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Fr. Frank Pavone on the Democrats’ draft platform: “It’s not just the unborn whom Democratic Party leaders disrespect.”

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Date: July 19, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today criticized the Democratic Party’s draft platform language on abortion.

“The Democrats’ draft platform is telling loyal grassroots supporters that unless they favor totally unrestricted and taxpayer financed abortion on demand, they are no longer welcome in the party,” said Fr. Pavone. “Apparently, it’s not just the unborn whom Democratic Party leaders disrespect, but also rank and file pro-lifers and the handful of Democratic Members of Congress who vote pro-life.”

The Democrat’s draft platform, to be given final approval next week at the party’s national convention, calls for the repeal of all state and federal laws “that impede a woman’s access to abortion.” It also demands taxpayer funding for abortions and for the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.

“When Democrats controlled Congress not that long ago, there were dozens of Democrats on Capitol Hill who at least said they were pro-life,” stated Fr. Pavone. “Today, the pro-life Democrat who supports popular measures such as the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding of abortion, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which safeguards from abortion unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain, is almost extinct. And it’s not surprising.”

Fr. Pavone added, “Today, Democratic Party is poised once again to say, at its Convention, that pro-lifers – or even people who just favor parental notification for abortion – have no place in their party. One has to wonder how party leaders expect to gain the support of people they openly purge from their ranks.”

Among the tools which Priests for Life will make available to educate voters in this election is a non-partisan voter guide that compares the positions of the Republican and Democratic platforms on key issues of concern to the electorate. It will be posted at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com and will be of a similar format to the one issued in 2012.

“People need to understand that when they vote, they not only put individuals into power, but also parties, which carry a whole philosophy. It is a moral obligation not only to vote, but to do so in an informed way, and that includes knowing where the parties stand, and how their platforms have changed over the years,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Frank Pavone Praises GOP Platform’s Call for Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Date: July 19, 2016

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Landmark book, “Abolishing Abortion,” calls for Church to stop political self-censorship

NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the inclusion of language in the approved Republican Platform calling for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment which, in an undefined and chilling way, tells churches and non-profit organizations that they must not “participate in or intervene in…any political campaign.”

“The Republican platform’s language is historic,” said Fr. Pavone. “For the first time, a major party has called for the freedom of churches and other non-profit organizations from the Johnson Amendment. That’s America. We’re about encouraging participation, not discouraging it.

“Last summer, in preparation for this election year, my book Abolishing Abortion was published, and it takes aim at the Johnson Amendment and at the distorted interpretations of it by the IRS and by Catholic dioceses and Church institutions.

Fr. Pavone continued, “It is time to face openly and honestly the problems this Amendment creates, and fix them. The platform is a step in the right direction, and is fully consistent with Catholic Church teaching which says, “At all times and in all places, the Church should have the true freedom to teach the faith, to proclaim its teaching about society, to carry out its task among men without hindrance, and to pass moral judgment even in matters relating to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it.” (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, n. 76)

Delegates at the Republican Convention have approved the party platform, which states in part, “Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”

“It is ironic,” added Fr. Pavone, “that many Church entities fight for religious freedom against the HHS mandate, but tolerate quite well the restrictions of religious freedom posed by the Johnson Amendment. In fact, some dioceses issue mandates of their own that quell religious freedom as much as the HHS mandate does. It’s time to wake up. We are not saying the Church should start endorsing candidates. We are saying that that the decision about how much to say regarding elections is a decision that should be made by the Church, not the government.”

For more information on the Johnson Amendment and the position of Priests for Life, see www.PoliticalResponsibility.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Telephone Press Conference Monday After Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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Date: June 24, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#

Priests for Life submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one in Texas is necessary.

Any questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

You can read a series of op-eds published by Fr. Frank about this case here.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Pavone Blasts HHS Decision to Allow California to Break Federal Law

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Date: June 23, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the federal Department of Health and Human Services decision to overlook federal law and force health insurers in California to cover abortion.

“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”

The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.

“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”

Fr. Pavone continued, “Moreover, all of this again points to the critical importance of religious liberty as an issue in the November elections. We need a president who supports religious liberty and appoints judges who do the same. I urge everyone to keep this in mind as they vote in November.”

“I stand with Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other pro-life lawmakers in Congress who strongly oppose HHS in this matter,” Father Pavone said.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Press Conference Following Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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Date: June 16, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule as early as today on a Texas abortion case that could have far-reaching implications for facilities across the country, Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media shortly after the ruling is announced.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

Priests for Life also submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one Texas is defending are necessary.

As soon as the ruling is announced, Priests for Life will send an email with precise instructions for dialing into the conference, and a list of the participants.

All questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, as 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Pavone Thanks Donald Trump for Key Message to Christians

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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Date: June 13, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, thanked Donald Trump today for the speech he gave on Friday, June 10 at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. In the speech, he hit on themes of key concerns to Christians. Mr. Trump acknowledged, at the outset of his remarks, the presence of Fr. Frank and other key religious leaders in the audience.

Fr. Frank stated, “Mr. Trump was crystal clear about the need to defend and promote the sanctity of life, to preserve the institution of marriage, to appoint pro-life judges, and to protect religious liberty. In fact, he mentioned explicitly the efforts of some to “restrict religious liberty with government mandates.” Priests for Life was among the first group to challenge the HHS mandate in court, and our case went all the way to the Supreme Court and is still unresolved.

“I also appreciate Mr. Trump’s assertion, “We will protect the right of Churches to speak their minds on political matters, free from intimidation.” This is the key message of my book Abolishing Abortion, in which I call on the Church to abandon the self-censorship that is so prevalent and so unnecessary, even within the current structure of the law.”

After his speech, Fr. Frank, along with other key religious leaders who were present, greeted Mr. Trump and thanked him for his stand on these issues of critical importance.

For a transcript of Mr. Trump’s speech, click here.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life stands with NYS Assemblyman Castorina as he works to protect unborn babies and their mothers

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 8, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life is standing in solidarity with Staten Island State Assemblyman Ron Castorina, who spoke the truth about abortion and the impact it is having on the African-American community as the Assembly prepared on Tuesday to vote on a bill that would expand abortion in New York State.

The bill ultimately passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly by a vote of 88-44 but Assemblyman Castorina spent his allotted 15 minutes passionately defending life, even as Democratic members tried repeatedly to get him to yield the floor. Unable to silence him, the Democrats stormed out.

“I urge my friends in the African-American community to be very careful about supporting this legislation,” Castorina said during his remarks. “We’re talking about African-American genocide.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, as well as Executive Director Janet Morana and Evangelist Alveda King, head of Civil Rights for the Unborn – Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach – applauded the assemblyman, who won the seat during a special election in April.

Evangelist King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., defended Castorina from charges that his comments about black genocide were racist.

“The truth is not racist,” she said. “African-American communities are targeted by the abortion industry and too many of our babies die in abortion. These are facts that cannot be disputed. Mr. Castorina showed great courage in speaking this truth to members of the Assembly who clearly could not bear to hear it. Elected officials in all levels of government have begun to speak this truth, like Rep. Trent Franks, Katrina Jackson, a Democrat in the Louisiana Legislature, and Rep. Sean Duffy. They have likewise been criticized. Priests for Life and the National Black Pro-Life Coalition applaud these efforts and ask for prayer for these life advocates.”

Fr. Frank Pavone added, “Today I am especially proud to be a Staten Island resident, New York State is one of the most dangerous places in the country for unborn children, and Mr. Castorina clearly recognizes that things will only get worse under the bill. Four in ten pregnancies in the state end in abortion. Six in ten African-American babies die in the womb. Clearly New York does not need more abortion. What we need are more people like Mr. Castorina willing to go out on a limb to protect the unborn.”

Mrs. Morana, who is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said expanding abortion through the third trimester – which the bill accomplishes through a broad health exception to the current 24-week limit – will put New York women at risk.

“In 2013, Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from Westchester, traveled to Maryland to abort her daughter at 33 weeks because doctors believed the baby had a seizure disorder. Days later, Jennifer and her baby girl Madison Leigh were buried together in the same casket. Late-term abortion is dangerous for women. If this bill becomes law, we will be mourning more Jennifer Morbellis right here at home.”

Although the bill passed the Assembly, it is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Frank Pavone Praises Oklahoma’s New Measure to Promote an Abortion-Free Society

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 7, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law legislation that will provide pregnant women, students, and the general public with information “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.”

“States promote life by discouraging smoking, illicit drug use, and drunk driving,” said Fr. Pavone. “Promoting an abortion-free society is entirely consistent with this ethic. Oklahoma’s Governor and legislature have performed a great public service by establishing these new life-affirming public information sources.”

The law, known as the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, authorizes the state health department to make available online scientifically verifiable information on the unborn child’s development, described at two-week intervals. The government website will also list public and private agencies and services available to help pregnant mothers and those with newborns.

In addition, the measure establishes a student curriculum to be made available to local school districts on a voluntary basis that’s “consistent with the provisions of the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act.” Public service announcements that “consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being” will also be produced.

“Oklahoma – and all states – have a compelling interest in promoting public health,” added Fr. Pavone. “I can think of no greater way to do that than to create an abortion-free society. I strongly urge the legislature to appropriate the funds necessary to put these programs into action.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life welcomes new Pontifical Council for Laity, Family, and Life

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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Date: June 4, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has welcomed the news this morning from Pope Francis that he is establishing a new Pontifical Council for Laity, Family, and Life.

“Pontifical Councils” are a particular type of Vatican office that assists the work of the Holy Father and the Catholic Church around the world on particular themes of importance to the Church’s ministry.

Already in existence are the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The new Pontifical Council combines these two. It also indicates that there will be a special connection between the new Pontifical Council and the already existing Pontifical Academy for Life, which addresses life issues from an academic perspective.

Fr. Frank Pavone was an official in the late 1990′s at the Pontifical Council for the Family, which fosters initiatives in the defense and pastoral care of the family and of the sanctity of human life. He was also appointed to be a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2010.

“I believe this new step of the Holy Father, in accordance with the advice he has received from his Cardinals, will strengthen the Church’s efforts to defend life and family at a time when these are more important than ever,” Fr. Pavone stated. “In particular, this step elevates and emphasizes the importance of defending life from evils like abortion. Whereas the Pontifical Council for the Family, where I served, was entrusted with fostering initiatives to protect human life from abortion, that role, in this new Pontifical Council, is now explicitly referenced in its title and is given its own “Section,” that is, an official division of the office, headed by an “Under-Secretary.” I know both from my own experience in working at the Pontifical Council for the Family and from my experience heading a worldwide pro-life ministry that has regular interaction with the Vatican that this structural change will make it possible for pro-life groups to have even more effective interaction with the Church on the global level, and for there to be even more mutual encouragement in the urgent task of defending what Pope Saint John Paul II called “the first of the fundamental rights, the right to life” (Evangelium Vitae, 20). We look forward to working with this new Vatican office.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life Proposes Next Step in HHS Mandate Case

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Date: May 27, 2016

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NEW YORK – Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. have filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit proposing a next step in their ongoing lawsuits challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate.

The letter by the appellants refers to the consolidated cases before the D.C. Circuit, Priests for Life v. HHS and Archbishop of Washington v. Burwell. (These two cases were consolidated by the D.C. Circuit and heard in 2014; the Court ruled against Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese in December 2014, after which the case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which consolidated these two cases with five others, comprising the case Zubik vs. Burwell. The Supreme Court recently sent the cases back to the four appellate courts from which they came. Hence, now, Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington are together again in the D.C. court.)

The letter proposes that the appellants submit to the Court of Appeals in 30 days a status report on any progress made with the government in resolving the matter. The filing is the appellants’ first court submission since the Supreme Court action less than two weeks ago.

“The Supreme Court noted in its Zubik v. Burwell decision that the administration has confirmed that it could draft a regulation that meets our religious liberty concerns,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We are hopeful that the government will adhere to that confirmation and end this case quickly.”

Under the Supreme Court’s Zubik ruling, all seven lawsuits that were before the highest court were remanded to their respective appeals courts on May 16. In a move widely interpreted as favorable to Priests for Life and the other religious non-profit groups, the Court noted that the government has stated in a legal brief that its HHS mandate accommodation can be modified to protect the religious concerns of those organizations.

“This particular case to protect religious liberty has gone on for over four years,” added Fr. Pavone. “With the Supreme Court’s recent action that proposes a feasible solution, there’s no reason for the Obama administration to delay. It’s time for a resolution.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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