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Priests for Life and Silent No More Team Help Organize and Speak at Dozens of Protests Against Planned Parenthood

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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Date: August 20, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Priests for Life is one of the national co-sponsoring groups organizing and promoting rallies against Planned Parenthood across the country on Saturday, August 22, and on the same day, will launch a national week of prayer and fasting to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, will have representatives speaking at multiple rallies to share their abortion testimony, and various members of the Priests for Life pastoral team will also give talks at various locations.

The teams will have a presence in at least 26 of the Protest Planned Parenthood rallies, and have fostered participation in hundreds more, particularly through activating the nation’s Churches.

• Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of the newly released book “Abolishing Abortion,” will speak at the Manhattan protest, outside the Margaret Sanger Center, at 26 Bleecker Street.
• Father Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of Priests for Life, will be at the rally in Augusta, GA
• Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate for Priests for Life, will lead the protest at the Planned Parenthood in Albuquerque.
• Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, is an organizer and speaker for the rally in Marietta, GA.
• Bryan Kemper, Priests for Life’s youth outreach director, will speak at the event in Dayton, Ohio.

In addition, 22 regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign have helped to organize and will speak at rallies from coast to coast, including: Los Angeles and Vista, CA; Meridian and Silver Spring, MD; St. Louis, MO; Plattsburgh, NY; Eugene, OR; Quakertown, PA; Providence, RI; San Antonio and Austin, TX; Charlottesville, Richmond and Falls Church, VA; Hackensack, NJ; Wisconsin Rapids and Waukesha, WI; Dayton, OH; Everett and Sequim, WA; Louisville, KY, and Birmingham, AL.

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said
“So many women from the campaign are involved because they bought their abortion at Planned Parenthood but they received substandard medical care that left them with physical or psychological damage,” said Janet Morana, executive . “Their experience trumps the political rhetoric surrounding abortion.”

News outlets planning to cover any of these events are invited to call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org to arrange interviews with anyone on the Priests for Life and Silent No More teams. Any outlets that would like to be provided with photos from the rallies should contact Ms. Palma on Friday morning. Video may be available from select locations.

“At various key moments in our struggle against abortion, something happens that gives the American public a chance to see abortion — and the abortion industry — for what they are. The veil is lifted off of the corruption and horror of these atrocities, which continue not because the American people support them but because abortion industry hides them,” said Father Pavone.

“Now, with the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, many realize for the first time that abortion is not the serene and innocuous thing that slogans made them think it was, and that Planned Parenthood is not the caring, service-oriented organization that its marketing masters make the public think it is. We are in a brief window of opportunity now to rouse ourselves and our fellow citizens to 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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Supreme Court Considering Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Date: August 17, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court will meet on September 28 to consider whether or not it will hear Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate.

In the lead case for the Churches and religious non-profits objecting to the HHS mandate, “Priests for Life, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services,” the Court consolidated the Priests for Life petition with that of the Archdiocese of Washington. Petitioners in the Priests for Life case include not only the organization, but also, in their personal capacities, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, as well as Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, and Fr. Frank Pavone.

The Obama administration’s response to the joint petitions contends that the new “accommodation” for faith-based ministries does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Robert Muise, co-founder and senior co-counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said that, “In arguing, contrary to Priests for Life’s contentions, that it would be consistent with Catholic Church teaching for Priests for Life to comply with the challenged regulations, the government is taking on the impermissible role of deciding what does or does not violate Church teaching and then asking the Court to exceed both its judicial function and its judicial competence by confirming the government’s position. If the Court accepts this argument, it will destroy religious freedom as we know it.”

Priests for Life will submit its reply to the government’s objections on August 26.

Father Pavone said the government’s arguments are unpersuasive and dangerous:

“They are saying, in effect, that they know better than we do what violates our faith. It’s ridiculous, and it undermines all that American was founded on. It is the believer who believes, and the government is supposed to respect his right to believe, not control it.”

A Friend of the Court Brief supporting the petition of Priests for Life in this case has been filed, with the assistance of Americans United for Life, by the following groups: Association of American Physicians & Surgeons; American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Christian Medical Association; National Catholic Bioethics Center; Alabama Physicians for Life; National Association of Pro-life Nurses, and the National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center have indicated that because Priests for Life, in addition to being a religious non-profit entity, is particularly well-suited to challenge the HHS mandate, because the very mission of the organization is to protect human life from precisely the activities that the mandate wants to expand.

To read the government’s response to Priests for Life’s petition, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/15-08-supreme-court.pdf To see all the documentation and commentary on this case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.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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Campaign of Fasting and Prayer Announced

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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Date: August 13, 2015

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Churches urged to join interdenominational campaign Aug. 22-29 to End the Evils of Abortion and Planned Parenthood

NEW YORK — On Aug. 22, pro-lifers will begin eight days of fasting and prayer to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood. Prayers for the interdenominational effort can be found at PrayerCampaign.org.

The campaign begins on a day that will be marked by a coordinated nationwide protest outside Planned Parenthood facilities.

At PrayerCampaign.org, all people of faith will find five unique prayers to be used on that day and each day through August 29. The prayers, available in English and Spanish, include a prayer for repentance, for those wounded by abortion, for pro-life advocates and public officials and for the conversion of Planned Parenthood.

“Prayer is the foundation of the pro-life effort,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion. “And prayer, well-prayed, leads to action.”

A number of national groups are co-sponsoring the prayer effort, including the National Pro-Life Religious Council; National Clergy Council; Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life; Presbyterians Pro-Life; Evangelical Church Alliance; Conservative Congregational Christian Conference; LifeNews.com; Americans United for Life; Tubman Truth; Faith and Action; Gospel of Life Ministries; National Pro-Life Center; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates; Catholics Called to Witness; Jill Stanek; Pro-Life Action Ministries; Life Issues Institute; Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union, and Hispanics for Life.

“Often believers say their first response to abortion should be prayer,” Father Pavone said. “Not so. It should be repentance, because when innocent blood is shed on the land, all in the land must answer for it. This leads us to intense and sustained prayer and fasting.”

Churches are asked to announce PrayerCampaign.org in their bulletins and on their websites from August 22-29. Suggested wording can also be found at PrayerCampaign.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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Remember All Aborted Children at Sept. 12 Services

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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Date: August 12, 2015

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NEW YORK — The third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – to take place Sept. 12 at gravesites and memorials all over the country — takes on a new significance this year in light of a series of undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood officials trafficking in the organs and limbs of aborted babies.

“The recent revelations about abortion giant Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling body parts from aborted babies makes it all the more important for those of us who love these children to visit their gravesites,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, which is sponsoring the memorial with Priests for Life and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.

“This small handful of aborted children whose bodies have been buried in sacred ground — rather than incinerated, flushed down the drain, or dissected and sold for profit — represent all the tens of millions who have been abandoned since abortion was made legal,” Scheidler said. “Let us visit them on September 12 and mourn as we should for all of abortion’s unborn victims.”

Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at many of the 47 gravesites of aborted babies throughout the United States, as well as at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children.

Tens of thousands of aborted children have been retrieved from abortion mills and other facilities and given the honor and dignity of a burial. The stories of how they were killed, how they were found, and how they were buried, along with the pictures and videos that document those events, can be found at www.abortionmemorials.com, which also has a list of burial sites and services, and suggestions for ways to get involved.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said leaders of the pro-life movement have long known about the sale of baby parts but now the rest of America is catching a glimpse of the true nature of abortion.

“America is seeing the baby – not the fetus, not the products of conception – but the actual child who is killed in abortion,” he said. “We need a strong show of support at this year’s memorial service to put the abortion industry on notice that this nation is quickly reaching the point where we will no longer tolerate this barbarism.”

The National Day of Remembrance, Father Pavone said, “creates a focal point for our grief, both national and personal, and for the education of future generations. These services also will provide opportunities for an urgent call to healing after abortion for the women who have suffered from this terrible choice and are now grieving again as they watch the undercover videos that show the truth about abortion.”

Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society noted that, “Since 1973, 58 million human beings have been killed in legalized abortion. This is a national slaughter — and so few, indeed a mere fraction of those human lives, managed to find their way into a human cemetery. The recent undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the sale of aborted baby body parts reveal that indeed human beings are killed in abortion as their torn bodies lay in the back rooms of these clinics. Those bodies will never see a humane burial.

“When we honor the graves of the aborted unborn we pay honor to all the unwanted unborn. How ironic that the last work of mercy, to bury the dead, is for the first work of mercy these buried aborted babies ever knew. The least we can do is honor them and allow their voices from the grave call us to end the injustice of abortion.”

While the simultaneous services around the nation will be held on September 12, the National Day of Remembrance Team also announced that on Saturday, October 24, a special memorial service will be held in Philadelphia at the site where the bodies of babies killed by Kermit Gosnell were retrieved from his abortion facility. Gosnell is serving life in prison for killing some of those babies who were born alive. The date of the Philadelphia service was moved due to preparations being made for the imminent visit of Pope Francis to the city.

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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For August Shockwaves, an Outreach to Abortionists and Clinic Workers

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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August 6, 2015

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The horror of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress underscore this month’s focus of Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.

In August, those who perform and assist in abortions are being invited to healing. Apart from the mother who experiences the abortion, this is the population most intimately involved in the abortion decision and procedure. Included in this outreach are clerical and administrative workers; counselors and social workers; medical staff who analyze, dissect and dispose of the unborn child’s body; nurses who provide medication and the abortionists who perform the actual procedures.

Father Frank Pavone, National Pastoral Director of Silent No More and author of Abolishing Abortion, explains:

“Of the many lessons to be learned from the undercover work of the Center for Medical Progress in regard to Planned Parenthood and organ harvesting, one is that abortion not only destroys babies and their mothers; it destroys the doctors who perform it. To be able to do what they do, and to discuss it so casually – over lunch – shows that they themselves have become dehumanized. When these people eventually leave the abortion industry, they are sorely in need of healing. We have seen this time and time again in our work with former abortionists and clinic workers.”

Father Pavone pointed out that the testimony of Holly O’Donnell, a phlebotomist interviewed on one of the Human Capital video releases, indicates she fainted the first time she was confronted with the remains of aborted children at a Planned Parenthood. She was told by a co-worker that “It still happens to a bunch of us.”

“Other former clinic workers have told us the exact same thing,” Father Pavone noted.

Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an architect of Shockwaves, said:

“The publicly sanctioned practice of fetal killing has an even darker fruit; the corruption of the mind, heart and soul of those who become facilitators and apologists for the practice. The Planned Parenthood videos reveal that just as with the Nazi doctors, these normal men and women learn to divorce the reality and fully gravity of their medical practice from their everyday life and activities. But it’s rare that they can continue this throughout their careers.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney have issued an invitation to anyone who has left the abortion industry, or who is looking for a way out, to take advantage of the opportunities for healing available through Shockwaves.

“We have worked with many people who have left the abortion industry, including Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was instrumental in the effort to legalize abortion,” Mrs. Morana noted. “Anyone can find healing, just as he did.”

Mrs. Forney added: “Women who have had abortions find it hard to believe they can be forgiven, or forgive themselves, but those of us who have experienced God’s mercy are here to tell everyone that forgiveness and healing are possible, even for those who have spent years performing or facilitating abortion.”

To arrange an interview with anyone on the Shockwaves team or a former abortionist or clinic worker, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another 552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org.

Fr. Pavone on latest video: Were these babies born alive?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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Date: August 4, 2015

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NEW YORK –Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today regarding the newest video made public by the Center for Medical Progress.

“The latest video, released today, increases the evidence that Planned Parenthood is violating federal law that prohibits selling body parts or altering the abortion procedure to obtain such parts. Moreover, the video talks about obtaining full fetal cadavers. It raises the disturbing question as to whether some of these babies are born alive and then killed. Kermit Gosnell is serving life sentences for doing that. It may be time for some Planned Parenthood doctors to join him in prison.

“The discussion of full cadavers is no surprise to me; in fact, I have obtained full cadavers of aborted babies, in order to bury them, from pathologists who in turn got them from abortion clinics.”

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.

Fr. Pavone: “There’s more than one way to defund Planned Parenthood”

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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Date: August 3, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the Catholic Church’s largest pro-life organization, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s vote not to consider legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

“It’s disappointing but not unexpected that the Senate failed to advance the bill to defund Planned Parenthood. But there will be other opportunities coming up soon to achieve what S. 1881 will not be able to accomplish. There is more than one way to defund Planned Parenthood.

“I am confident that investigations of this corrupt organization on the state and federal level will make it clear that beyond being defunded, Planned Parenthood needs to be shut down and those responsible for breaking federal laws regarding the sale of body parts prosecuted.”

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.

Alveda King: God harvests souls. The devil harvests baby body parts.

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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July 31, 2015

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Atlanta, GA – Opinion – In part four of the PPH expose by the Center for Medical Progress view undercover conversation with Dr. Savita Ginde, VP/Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) where she talks about coordinating with other Planned Parenthoods making sure that they’re “all saying the same thing, and that the CEOs are all saying the same thing;” and talking about their attorney creating layers so that it doesn’t look like they’re selling baby body parts.

Is PPH switching and padding? Yes – regardless of Cecile Richards’ flimsy defense that the videos are “highly doctored” and “highly edited.” The videos are also posted in their entirety, so her claims that, “it’s not a fee… It’s just the cost of transmitting the material” fall flat and false, because the videos clearly show the doctors negotiating a price at one point – wanting to charge per-item vs. a flat fee for several specimens because “we can see how much we can get out of it.”

PPH gets money from the mother for the abortion; then double-dips by collecting money for the baby body parts from the procurement companies.

“Switching price tags and padding the expense account are two things GOD hates.” – Proverbs 20:10 MSG.

In a news flash, a devil-worshipping group calling itself the Satanic Temple is raising funds to promote abortion-on-demand to counter legal efforts such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and 20-week abortion bans. A highly publicized ceremonial unveiling of a satanic figure, an event billed as the “largest public satanic ceremony in history,” sold $25 and $75 tickets, the proceeds of which will be used to support the reproductive rights legal action fund.

Why connect the two? It’s a three headed demonic force.

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Again, the pro-life struggle is part of a bigger battle going on in our world – a battle for souls – a battle between good and evil. Many don’t understand; in today’s culture, people like Cecile Richards call evil, good and good, evil. They are backed by so much money; their lying message is repeated so often, people begin to believe it; creating a ball of confusion.

In 1 Kings 18:20-40 ESV, Elijah asked the people: “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”

It quickly becomes clear their “little g gods” have no power. On the other hand, CREATOR GOD proves to be mighty! Read the full passage here.

In closing: “The night is far gone; the day is at hand… let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” – Romans 13:12 ESV.

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;” – Matthew 9:37 ESV.

We need to pray for souls, not kill them for sport and profit.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21 ESV.

Fr. Pavone: No surprise in court order blocking undercover videos

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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Date: July 30, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the court order blocking the release of undercover videos showing employees of a tissue procurement firm that works in tandem with Planned Parenthood.

“The temporary restraining order which StemExpress obtained against our colleagues at the Center for Medical Progress is a very narrow one that will not affect the release of more powerful videos to come, including the one released this morning. The order, which was hastily issued, will be followed up with a hearing in a few weeks.

“There is no surprise here. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood are guilty of both moral and legal wrongdoing, and ultimately their only defense is to try to shut us up. That effort will fail.

“We at Priests for Life not only will continue to help lead the effort to make the public aware of the atrocities of abortion and the sale of baby body parts, but we will do so in direct defiance of any effort to stop us or our pro-life colleagues.”

For more information on the Center for Medical Progress’s Human Capital Project, go to www.babybodyparts.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.

Fr. Pavone to Hillary Clinton: Get Off the Fence!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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Date: July 29, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, responded to Hillary Clinton’s comments about the Planned Parenthood videos uncovering their sale of body parts.

“Hillary Clinton said, ‘I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing.’ That’s like saying that pictures of the Holocaust are disturbing, while permitting the Holocaust to continue.

“The only reason we see disturbing pictures and videos of the sale of baby body parts is because those babies are dehumanized and killed by the legal abortions Hillary herself defends.

“It is time for her, the Democratic party, and all pro-abortion politicians to get off the fence. Either reject abortion altogether, or keep quiet. But don’t insult our intelligence by allowing a practice to continue and then complaining that its results are disturbing.”

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.