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“Brittany’s Death Was Not a Victory for a Political Cause”

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Date: November 2, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement after learning of the suicide of Brittany Maynard, a young woman in Oregon who decided to die under the state’s Death with Dignity law rather than continue to battle an aggressive brain cancer.

“We are saddened by the fact that this young woman gave up hope, and now our concern is for other people with terminal illnesses who may contemplate following her example. Our prayer is that these people will find the courage to live every day to the fullest until God calls them home. Brittany’s death was not a victory for a political cause. It was a tragedy, hastened by despair and aided by the culture of death invading our country.”

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 to US Senate Candidates: Do You Support Painful Dismemberment or Not?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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November 3, 2014

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Washington, DC – In a strongly worded statement on the day before the midterm elections, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, called today on candidates for the United States Senate to take a clear position on a piece of legislation that would protect children in the womb from five months and older from procedures that dismember and decapitate them.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, already enacted in various states, is based on the scientific evidence that by the time they reach 20 weeks of development in the womb, children can feel pain, and that therefore the state has an interest in protecting them from abortion procedures that tear off their arms and legs and crush their heads. The US House of Representatives passed this measure on the federal level. It was introduced in the US Senate, but the leadership did not bring it to a vote.

“If there had been a vote,” Fr. Frank said, “those already in the Senate and now asking for our votes would have gone on record regarding this legislation, which the majority of Americans support. By avoiding a vote, Senate leadership has given candidates cover from this uncomfortable question. But we should not. Every candidate for US Senate should be asked a simple question: Are you in favor of protecting children in the 5th month of development and beyond from painful dismemberment?

“Now there are those who will claim that the highest virtue in the political debate is civility and the best tactic is dialogue. But even if one takes that approach, one must admit that a civil dialogue begins with honesty stating your position on the issues. The problem with so many of these candidates is that they will not even take the first step toward civil dialogue. On the most important issue of life and death, they are mute.

“Some of the Senate candidates have indeed made it clear where they stand on the Pain-Capable bill. Others have run away from the issue. The failure to address such a basic question of life, death, and decency is already a failure of leadership. If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he or she supposed to respect yours?”

Click here to see what US Senate Candidates have and have not said about the Pain-Capable Bill.

Click here to see the medical diagram (Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.) of the procedure from which this legislation would protect these children.

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Right-to-Die Movement is a Stain of Violence on our Society

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Date: October 30, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana this week published a column for the National Catholic Register about a young woman with terminal brain cancer who publicly announced plans to kill herself Nov. 1 using lethal drugs obtained under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. The column can be read here:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/JMorana/glen-campbell-and-brittany-maynard-face-their-mortality-very-differently

Mrs. Morana released a new statement today regarding the young woman’s public statement that Nov. 1 might not be the right time:

“In a video recorded two weeks ago and released over the last day, Oregon resident Brittany Maynard says Nov. 1 might not be the right time to take her own life. That’s wonderful news, and I hope she never takes those lethal drugs. But the damage has already been done. She is still actively promoting the right to die, when we have no such right. It’s a lie and a stain of violence on our society. I pray to God she decides not to kill herself and instead goes to a hospice program and leaves this earth when God wants to call her home. But the point is not whether and when she decides to end her life. Oregon’s law helped this woman to despair, and will help other families push inconvenient people out of the way. That damage won’t be undone even if she decides not to end her own life.

“If you think gay marriage hit this country like grassfire, then stand back and watch how this illegitimate right-to-die movement snowballs. We need prayer, right now.”

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: Let the Pulpits Thunder!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Washington, DC: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today and sent it to every parish in the nation:

“This weekend is the final push to turn out voters for Election Day. All of us at Priests for Life want to thank in advance the countless priests whom we know will let their pulpits thunder as they remind their people of what is at stake in this election and urge them to get to the polls. The best tool to use for preaching this weekend is the US Bishops’ document Living the Gospel of Life (1998). It makes very clear what so many people want to confuse or hide, namely, that the right to life is the foundational issue in any election.

“We urge every preacher this weekend to emphasize the following words that come from that document:

“Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life. But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community. If we understand the human person as the “temple of the Holy Spirit” — the living house of God — then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. All direct attacks on innocent human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, strike at the house’s foundation. These directly and immediately violate the human person’s most fundamental right the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand” (LGL, n. 23).

“Moreover, Priests for Life urges Churches to remind their parishioners to get to the polls on Election Day, and to assist with transportation where necessary.

“Furthermore, it is important this weekend not to get bent out of shape if people show up in the parking lot to distribute voter education materials. First of all, Churches should be handing out non-partisan voter guides to their people inside the Church. Secondly, no Church is going to get into trouble with the IRS because an outside group organizes and pays for literature distribution on the cars in their parking lots, even if that literature is highly partisan. In fact, I will guarantee it. Pastors and Churches should be more concerned about the trouble they might get into for interfering with citizens’ rights to mobilize and educate voters than the trouble they may have been told they will get into for simply ignoring it.

“Again, we honor and thank the many priests who will step up to the plate this weekend and help citizens elect pro-life candidates.”

For more information, see www.PoliticalResponsibility.com.

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Fr. Frank Pavone – Supreme Court’s Texas Order Inexplicable

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Date: October 14, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s order blocking the enforcement of Texas’s law requiring abortion clinics to meet minimum health and safety standards.

“The Supreme Court did not explain its order in the challenge to Texas’s law protecting women’s health. Perhaps that’s because the court’s order is inexplicable. Women’s health is on the line and six justices ruled that abortionists can continue to rake in the cash rather than make their clinics safer for women.

“We know that the abortion lobby is now rejecting the slogan ‘safe, legal, and rare’ because the word ‘rare’ correctly implies that there’s something wrong with abortion. It’s obvious that abortion promoters also don’t like the term ‘safe,’ because making facilities safer for women means less cash in their pockets. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s order, Texas abortionists’ bank accounts won’t take a hit – women will.”

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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Texas is a Victory, Because Abortionists Just Don’t Care

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Date: October 3, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing Texas to enforce its abortion clinic standards law while the court examines its constitutionality.

“The 5th Circuit’s decision is a great victory for women’s health,” said Fr. Pavone. “We have seen too many young women harmed, sometimes fatally, because of botched abortions. The Texas legislature, as recognized by the court, acted in the public interest and the public’s health. The reason some see this law as ‘restrictive’ rather than ‘protective’ is that they do not yet know the extent of corruption and malpractice in the abortion industry.”

“There is no good reason to oppose having clinic hallways wide enough for a gurney to pass through. Abortionists just don’t think women are worth the expense,” added Fr. Pavone. “Unless, of course, the abortion lobby thinks that a woman who’s bleeding to death should just walk to the ambulance.”

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: Justice Ginsburg Has Prejudged Texas’s Abortion Law and Must Recuse Herself When It Comes Before the Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Date: September 30, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding any case related to Texas’s abortion law passed in 2013.

“Supreme Court justices are not supposed to announce how they will rule on a case before they even hear oral arguments. It’s a question of basic integrity and common sense.” said Fr. Pavone. “Justice Ginsburg has already announced to the world how she would vote on a key question regarding Texas’s abortion law that’s now in federal court. That’s wrong and she should remove herself from any decision on that law.”

At issue in legal challenges to Texas’s abortion law is whether it is intended to protect women’s health or just a way to close abortion clinics. Justice Ginsburg strongly implied to an interviewer that she has already made up her mind on this question. When asked if legislatures can be trusted to protect “access to reproductive choice,” she answered, “How could you trust legislatures in view of the restrictions states are imposing? Think of the Texas legislation that would put most clinics out of business.”

“This really boils down to what Justice Ginsburg values more, protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court, or protecting the abortion industry,” added Fr. Pavone. “This is not an abstract, theoretical matter – Justice Ginsburg has already decided a specific case she hasn’t even heard yet. By any logical standard, she should recuse herself from any Supreme Court decision on any part of Texas’s abortion laws.”

Legal challenges to various sections of Texas’s 2013 abortion law are currently before federal courts and are widely expected to reach the Supreme Court in the next year or two. In question are provisions stating that abortion clinics must meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists should have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that they can continue to provide care to women experiencing emergency complications.

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 Urges Supreme Court to Protect Clergy from Government Overreach

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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Date: September 23, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone announced today that Priests for Life (PFL) has joined with Catholic Action to file an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to accept a case involving the state of Louisiana’s attempt to force the Catholic Church to violate its sacrament of confession.

Fr. Pavone, National Director of PFL, said the lawsuit, Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux, is yet another example of government’s increasing intrusion into religion.

“No government entity has the right to tell a church what it can or cannot believe. It is not God,” he said. “The sacrament of confession has been one of the pillars of the Catholic Church for centuries, but now the state of Louisiana wants to dismantle it by forcing a priest to violate his sacred duty of confidentiality. This cannot and will not happen.”

Fr. Pavone continued: “The Constitution, the rules of evidence, and decades of case law say that government cannot force a priest to reveal what is said to him in a confessional. If a law enforcement official or judge tells a member of Priests for Life to violate the seal of confession, I will urge that priest to disobey that order and stay in jail as long as necessary to fight it.”

“Confession is not a mere ritual,” added Fr. Pavone. “It is a sacred ministerial practice, the violation of which by a priest can result in his excommunication from the Church. If the state requires us to choose between incarceration and excommunication, we will choose the jail cell. My prayer is that the Supreme Court will accept this appeal and reverse the Louisiana Supreme Court so that priests across the country do not have to make this decision.”

Fr. Pavone also said that if the state can force into public view statements made during confession, it will not just be priests who will be harmed.

“If there is no confidentiality in confession, the freedom of believers to confess their sins will be severely restricted,” he said. “Mothers and families impacted by abortion, in particular, will be discouraged from experiencing God’s forgiveness if they fear their confessions will be made public.”

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Priests for Life HHS Lawsuit Moves Forward; Latest Government “Accommodation” Is No Accommodation at All

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Date: September 18, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life (PFL), today announced that Priests for Life has responded to the Obama administration’s latest HHS mandate maneuver with a supplemental legal brief filed with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the mandate is currently before that court, the second highest in the nation. Priests for Life was the first of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate to have oral arguments at the appellate level, back in May.

“The Obama administration keeps trying to put a new coat of paint on a house that cannot stand,” said Fr. Pavone. “The seventh and latest version of the HHS mandate is no different from the others that courts around the country have found unconstitutional. It is a violation of all Americans’ fundamental right to religious freedom.”

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering the appeal brought by Priests for Life and individual plaintiffs Fr. Pavone, PFL Executive Director Janet Morana, and PFL African American Outreach Director, Alveda King. The lawsuit challenges the Obamacare regulation requiring religious non-profit organizations to violate their religious beliefs by participating in the provision of abortion causing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations to employees or face crippling fines.

“Priests for Life will not comply in any way, shape or form with this latest ‘accommodation’ which is, in fact, no accommodation at all,” added Fr. Pavone. “If necessary, we will take this fight to the Supreme Court. No American should be forced by the government to violate his religious beliefs, especially when the government can achieve its policy goals in other ways.”

“They say that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. By that definition, this administration should see a doctor,” stated Mrs. Morana. “This new accommodation is the same as the old accommodation that the Supreme Court indicated was unconstitutional. Logic would indicate that a real change in policy should be in order, but logic doesn’t seem to enter into the equation here.”

“Why this administration is intent on coercing religious believers to violate their faith defies understanding,” added Dr. King. “The President could easily find alternatives to the current HHS mandate, but he seems intent on imposing his will. If the choice is between obeying God or the Department of Health and Human Services, we will choose God every time.”

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Davis, Gardner, King: Black Christian Pro-Life Women Urge Hollywood to Promote Justice for All

Friday, September 12th, 2014
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Please watch the message “one nation under God” here: http://youtu.be/YMET5aIDdOY

Then sign on to our National Black Prolife Coalition Hollywood letter at www.africanamericanoutreach.com.

An Open Letter to Tasha Smith, Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, Star Jones, Keli Goff, and other Black entertainers and media:

Atlanta, GA – In an open letter to celebrities, Alveda King of www.africanamericanoutreach.com, Catherine Davis of www.blackprolifecoalition.org, and Day Gardner of www.nationalblackprolifeunion.com write:

“By definition, an ambassador is “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” This definition settles the question some of us were debating about whether or not you are aware of what you are promoting when you speak for Planned Parenthood. It deeply saddens and, yes, angers us that you are representing, and actually promoting an organization whose mission is population control and whose goals are to specifically control the Black birth rate even if it results in genocide.”

Read entire letter and sign on at http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/open-letter-to-hollywood.aspx

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