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Father Frank Pavone Urges North Dakota to Appeal Ruling on Heartbeat Law

Thursday, April 17th, 2014





PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 17, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued a statement encouraging North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appeal the ruling of a district court judge who held that the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law violated Roe v. Wade.

“North Dakota led the states in courage and compassion when its lawmakers passed and Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation to protect babies with a detectable heartbeat,” said Fr. Pavone. “I was proud to be there in Bismarck, with pro-life activists from around the state, to thank the Governor and the legislator for those actions. That leadership is needed now to continue the defense of the heartbeat law and innocent lives. I earnestly hope that Attorney General Stenehjem will take his defense of the babies to the next step, the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

North Dakota’s “heartbeat” law, which was enjoined last year by federal Judge Daniel Hovland before it went into effect, would bar almost any abortion of a baby that’s found to have a detectable heartbeat.

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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#IStandWithPFL Rally Planned for May 8

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014





PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 2, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WHAT: Rally for Religious Freedom
WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals, 333 Constitution Ave., Washington DC
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, MAY 8, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has organized a rally for religious freedom from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 at the Federal Courthouse at 333 Constitution Ave, Washington, D.C.

On that day, oral arguments will be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Priests for Life vs. Department of Health and Human Services, the case of Priests for Life against the HHS mandate. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., are two of the named plaintiffs in the suit. They will speak at the rally and attend the oral arguments. Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the international Silent No More Awareness Campaign is also a plaintiff.

Joined with the Priests for Life case is also the suit brought against the HHS mandate by the Archdiocese of Washington. The Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College are among the plaintiffs in that case as well.

The rally and a related social media campaign, #IStandWithPFL, is meant to call attention to the fact that the concerns of the religious not-for-profits have not been addressed by the Obama administration’s so-called “accommodation” to faith-based employers.

The oral arguments on May 8 are the first such arguments on the appellate level, on the merits of the case, for the religious non-profit groups challenging the mandate. The recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood address the rights of businesses in regard to the mandate. A victory in that case would not necessarily resolve the issues being argued on May 8 on behalf of the religious non-profit groups.

Along with Fr. Pavone and Dr. King, other national pro-life and religious liberty leaders also will speak at the rally, as will Robert Muise, Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in the lawsuit.

For information or to set up interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277. The web page www.IStandWithPFL.com has the most current information about the lawsuit.

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: Horrific Conditions At Abortion Clinics Are The Norm Not The Exception

Monday, April 7th, 2014





PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 7, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the lack of abortion clinic inspections in New York State.

“For us at Priests for Life, this news is not news at all. Since the early 1990s, we have been addressing the utter lack of regulation and oversight of abortion facilities nationwide, particularly through our collaboration in the research and publication of the book Lime 5, which uncovers the horrific conditions and practices that are the norm, not the exception, in the abortion industry.

“As more of the public becomes aware of the failures of the civil government here in New York to inspect abortion facilities, we will push for all appropriate measures to be taken to address and prevent abuses.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, added:

“As we know from our work with the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, conditions in abortion facilities are far below any standards of normal medicine. These women, whose testimonies can be found at AbortionTestimony.com, have faced inhuman treatment and unforgettable abuse at these so-called clinics. If proponents of abortion, including those in public office in New York State, want this procedure to be considered part of normal medicine, then have them start enforcing normal medical standards.”

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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Dr. Alveda King Mourns Lakisha Wilson’s Senseless Abortion Death

Monday, April 7th, 2014





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Date: April 7, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Atlanta, GA – “Today is a rainy day in Atlanta, and like the song says, ‘I feel like it’s raining all over the world,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life.

“As my friends Dr. Day Gardner, National Black Prolife Union and Pastor Walter Moss, National Black Prolife Coalition, join the funeral march of Lakisha Wilson who was butchered and killed at the Preterm Abortion mill, I am praying that God will comfort her family as well as bring justice for all mothers and their babies, all victims of abortion.”

Lakisha’s family is still reeling in shock over her late-term abortion and consequent death at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland. Although she reportedly died on the day of her abortion, her body was kept on life support for days pending harvesting of her organs. “They didn’t value her life and her child’s, but they wanted her remains. Horrendous,” said Dr. King

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of PFL said: “Lakisha had her whole life ahead of her but she died because our nation still allows abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.”

“The Wilson family’s tragedy is the shame of our nation,” said Dr. King. “Abortion is decimating the African-American community. Black women who make up just 13 percent of the population account for 36 percent of the abortions. And black mothers like Lakisha are also counted among abortion’s victims.”

“Lakisha is a victim of ‘choice,’ just like Tonya Reaves was in 2012 when Planned Parenthood let her bleed to death after a botched abortion,” Dr. King said. “Our women are dying and people like Nancy Pelosi are calling for more abortion. America needs to recognize it has a problem. Abortion is never the answer.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of PFL and author of RECALL ABORTION, asks, “How many dead women are too many? Abortion is a harmful product that should be taken off the market before one more woman dies. It is way past time to recall abortion.”

Noting that there are now hundreds of documented deaths of mothers killed by “abortion complications,” Dr. King concluded: “Abortion is taking place in houses of horrors. Babies and women are dying. It is shameful. We must pray, we must expose the truth, we must demand regulations of these butchers. We must not allow Lakisha’s death to pass us by in vain.”






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Protective Law Might Have Saved Lakisha Wilson: Fr. Pavone Calls on U.S. Senate to Take Action on S 1670

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014





PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 2, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – Priests for Life today called on the U.S. Senate to take action on a bill that would protect children from abortion after 20 weeks.

Commenting on the death of Lakisha Wilson, 22, following what her family described as a late-term abortion at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said:

“This bill is meant to protect unborn children from the brutal and painful death of a dismemberment abortion, but it also would save the young mothers who are often butchered during this procedure. Lakisha Wilson had her whole life ahead of her but she died because our nation still allows abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

“The Wilson family’s tragedy is the shame of our nation.” Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, noted that abortion is decimating the African-American community. Black women who make up just 13 percent of the population account for 36 percent of the abortions. And black mothers also are counted among abortion’s victims.

“Lakisha Wilson is a victim of ‘choice,’ just like Tonya Reaves was in 2012 when Planned Parenthood let her bleed to death after a botched abortion,” Dr. King said. “Our women are dying and people like Nancy Pelosi are calling for more abortion. America needs to recognize it has a problem. Abortion is never the answer.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, said Americans are outraged when automakers and pharmaceutical companies fail to recall products they know are deadly, but that abortionists get a pass.

“How many dead women are too many? Four women that we know of have been killed by abortionists in the last two years alone,” said Ms. Morana, author of the book, “Recall Abortion.”

“Abortion is a harmful product that should be taken off the market before one more woman dies,” she said. “It is way past time to recall abortion.”

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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Father Pavone Remembers Pope John Paul II, the ‘Pope of Life’

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 2, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today, the ninth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

“The world lost a champion for life nine years ago. Pope John Paul II not only worked tirelessly for the protection of the unborn, but his own failing health in his later years was a powerful witness to the world that even the frailest and sickest among us have dignity and purpose.

“I was privileged to serve under Pope John Paul II at the Pontifical Council for the Family, an agency of the Vatican created specifically to sustain and coordinate initiatives for the protection of human life from its conception. His encyclical ‘Evangelium Vitae’ identified abortion and euthanasia as the fundamental and most serious moral problems of our day, and that document has become a cornerstone of my ministry at Priests for Life. He recognized that the right to life is the foundation of every other human right, and he worked to spread that message every day of his life.”

Commenting on Pope John Paul’s upcoming canonization on April 27, Father Pavone said:

“It is noteworthy that Pope John Paul II is being canonized so soon after his death, but this will give the world a Saint of Life when we most need one. The battle for life is as urgent as it ever was, and as Pope John Paul II said, ‘Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life!’” (World Youth Day, Denver, 1993, Assumption Day Homily).

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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MLK Family: Musical Tribute: “There’s a Message in the Music!”

Thursday, January 16th, 2014





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Contact: Eugene Vigil
470-244-3302 or
eugene@vigils.net

Atlanta, GA – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change invites us to Join The King Center and a concerto of partners on Friday, January 17, 2014 for “A Tribute to the Movement: Messages in the Music.” Admission is free.

The event begins at 8:00pm at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Horizon Sanctuary. Come and celebrate with King Center. Inc., The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Family Legacy Foundation, The MLK March Committee, Awspire Entertainment Group and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in a special event acknowledging Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s journey of Civil Rights in America and his 50 year legacy as a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

The lineup with MC Twanda Black of KISS-104 includes famed gospel singer Lydia Pace, Grammy Award Winner Vernessa Mitchell, Dance Makers of Atlanta, MLK Re enactor Stephon Ferguson, Apostle Darryl Winston and Inner Court, Jean Childs Young Dance Troup, Jarrett Ellis, Michael Barnes, Alexis Cierra, Kathy Bertrand, Teresa Olison, Chosen Vessels Dance Company, God’s Girls, Rev. Ben Marshall, David Hammond, Farris Watkins, FLY, Dr. Gregory A. McPhearson, and Sam Collier.

“This program is a celebration of music, poetry, spoken word, liturgical dance and other art forms of expression with emphasis on the long-standing Civil Rights history struggle for equality,” says National Park Service officer Robert Parker.

“The musical tribute aims to entertain and educate the general public on the importance of “meaning” and “messages” in music connected to historical and contemporary social movements in America,” said Grammy recipient Christopher Capehart of Awspire Music. Chris produced several of the songs for the program, including the Re-Mix of “LET FREEDOM RING,” from the original song written by Dr. Alveda King. Other Awspire songs performed by ICONIC JOURNEY DURING KING WEEK include COME TOO FAR, and AMERICA RECOVERS written with Oga Otamala.

“Throughout the modern day struggle for social change in America during the 1950’s and 60’s songs were used as a universal language that unified groups of individuals and focused their energy,” said King Center Board member Dr. Alveda King.

Event Co-chairperson and niece of Dr. MLK, Dr. Angela Farris Watkins added: “Singing inspired people at church meetings, sit-ins, marches, and other nonviolent demonstrations, and gave activists the courage to keep protesting in the face of serious danger from the opposition.

King Center CEO Dr. Bernice King said: “My father and other leaders and indeed the masses would often pray and then burst into song creating an atmosphere of hope in the midst of terror and confusion. Like Paul and Silas when they were bound in jail, Daddy knew that praise and worship was a powerful weapon for use in the battle.”

“Commonly, the songs chosen for these purposes were traditional hymns and spirituals with adapted lyrics that had several layers of meaning but expressed one consistent underlying message: a desire for freedom from racial prejudice, Said MLK March Organizer Jamida Orange, daughter of civil rights activists the late Rev. James Orange and his wife Cleo. “This event seeks to challenge this and future generations to continue to utilize music and the arts as a form of expression conveying significant meaning to the masses to combat racism and injustices with messages of peace and equality.”

“There is an old saying. We can’t all talk together, but we can all sing together. I hope that this tribute will pave the way for more victories in nonviolent conflict resolution. Indeed, let freedom ring in our songs and in our music,” she said. Ms. King added “On the national King Holiday, January 20, please join our “Let Freedom Ring: Choose Nonviolence” call to action for people all over the world. We are asking everyone to join in ringing bells as a symbol of their commitment to choosing nonviolence as a lifestyle; and to observe a moratorium on violence for the entire King Holiday, with “No Shots Fired.” This includes not firing with your tongue (violent speech), your fists, or guns.”

M s. King said that the King Center is also challenging young people to participate in the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign from January 15 through April 24, a “time to plant and nurture the seeds of a nonviolent world community, starting with our own lives.”

For more information, please visit www.choosenonviolence.org after January 1, 2014.






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Fr. Frank Pavone on McCullen v. Coakley – Massachusetts Law Violates First Amendment in Order to Further Violate the Right to Life

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 15, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said the case of McCullen v. Coakley, which is being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court, illustrates how “abortion perverts justice.”

“So called ‘bubble zone’ laws are the fruit of abortion’s poisonous tree,” stated Fr. Pavone. “They violate pro-lifers’ First Amendment free speech rights in order to protect the profits of abortionists who violate the right to life of unborn babies. They are a wrong committed to perpetuate another wrong.”

“It’s plainly discriminatory for the government to say that abortion supporters can speak freely at a given place, but pro-lifers cannot,” added Fr. Pavone. “Then again, bubble zone laws and abortion are based on the same illicit notion, namely that some people have rights and some people don’t.”

In McCullen v. Coakley, the plaintiffs are challenging a Massachusetts law that bars pro-life sidewalk counselors from coming within 35 feet of an abortion clinic entrance.

Fr. Pavone added, “When a person has a reasonable chance of saving a life, it is not only morally permissible to break the law regarding the bubble-zone, but it is virtuous to do so. If this law is not struck down, I’ll come and violate it myself.”

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 Calls on Senators to Support Pro-life Bill

Monday, November 4th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 4, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed the news that later this week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce a bill to protect children from abortion starting at 20-weeks of fetal age (“22 weeks of pregnancy” by the LMP measurement). He also described some of the things Priests for Life will do to support that bill.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been enacted in 10 states. This legislation identifies the child’s ability to feel pain as the relevant state interest in protecting that child from dismemberment by abortion.

“We at Priests for Life have been sounding the alarm about the pain of the child, and the need to end late-term abortion, for the past two decades,” Fr. Pavone pointed out. “And for many years we’ve been distributing the diagram that shows what the dismemberment procedure looks like: http://www.priestsforlife.org/resources/medical/de.jpg.

“We will make sure that every Senate office in Washington is given these diagrams,” Fr. Pavone explained. “Moreover, we will urge Senators to become co-sponsors of this bill, will demand action by Senate leadership to allow a vote, and will urge our grassroots supporters to communicate with their Senators.

“We are also asking the public to join us in asking each Senator publicly whether he or she thinks that dismemberment of a child in the final months of pregnancy should be allowed. This project will put each Senator on record whether there is ultimately a vote in the Senate or not. People can indicate that they want to know their Senators’ answer to this question at http://www.priestsforlife.org/AskWashington. Then, we will let the Senators know that these people from their own state are joining us in asking that question. Finally, we will publicize their answer — or lack thereof,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Some Senators, of course, will be running for re-election in 2014. If they are not already thinking about fetal pain, they might be forced to do so by considering electoral pain as well,” 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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Students Will Keep Silent to Speak Up for the Unborn

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 1, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Ninth annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is on Oct. 15

People from 40 countries all over the globe will mute their voices for the ninth annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Oct. 15.

Founded by Bryan Kemper, Director of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life, the annual observance gives participants an opportunity to spread the word about the injustice of abortion without saying a word.

“More than a million babies are killed every year by abortion in this country alone. We will never hear their voices,” said Kemper. “Once a year we ask people to stand in solidarity with those silenced victims of abortion as a way of demonstrating their commitment to ending this tragedy once and for all.”

A nationwide web cast will take place at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 3 to address key points about the day and to make sure students understand their legal rights on campus. Featured speakers will include Kemper; Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and other pro-life leaders.

To attend the web cast, go to http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventID=46335333.
The idea for the day of silence was born in 2004 after a college student in Louisiana asked Kemper how students across the country could work together to save the unborn.

“A spark went off in my head,” Kemper recalls. He headed to his basement computer and what was then a small email list to ask students to stand together in silent solidarity.

“We asked the students to take a vow of silence for a day, wearing red duct tape with the word ‘life’ or ‘silenced’ and pass out fliers explaining their silence to fellow students,” he said. “Now, something that started its first year as just a few thousand students from 300 campuses has grown into a worldwide outpouring of love and action.”

Schools, ministries, businesses and individuals can register their plans to participate at SilentDay.org, where they also will find ideas and resources for making the day a success.

“Fighting abortion requires us to act in solidarity with the babies abortion kills,” said Father Pavone. “By giving up our voices for a day, we remind others in a striking way that there is a whole segment of silent humanity waiting for us to recognize and protect them.”

For more information, contact media@priestsforlife.org, or call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or Rebecca Gabryel at 810-358-3362.

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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