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Priests for Life vs. HHS to Return to Judge Merrick Garland

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Date: May 17, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, a petitioner in the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the cases that has been challenging the HHS mandate in the U.S. Supreme Court, commented today on the fact that, thanks to yesterday’s action by the high court, the Priests for Life case now returns to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Chief Judge of that Circuit Court is Merrick Garland, President Obama’s choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Priests for Life (and the Archdiocese of Washington, whose case the court consolidated with that of Priests for Life) in November 2014, nearly three years after Priests for Life became the fourth group in the nation to challenge the HHS mandate.

Priests for Life asked for a rehearing in the Court of Appeals by the entire body of judges, but that request was denied in May 2015. The appeal was then made to the Supreme Court, which granted cert last November.

“Judge Garland did not side with us on this case; now, however, that we are back in his court, we come with even stronger arguments,” Fr. Pavone said, referring to the additional briefings that the Supreme Court requested of the petitioners and the government. The briefings show that both sides agree there is a way forward by which the government can pursue its objectives of contraceptive coverage and that the petitioners can be free of any involvement in the process.

“It’s not that the arguments necessarily sway the judges,” Fr. Pavone added. “It’s that the strength of our arguments reveals the extremism of the government and of the judges who side with them. The progress of the Priests for Life vs. HHS case in Judge Garland’s court will again shed light on the kind of people that a Democratic President will nominate for the Supreme Court and other federal courts, and will vividly remind the voters what is at stake in this election.”

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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Evangelist Alveda King: The Babies’ Blood is Crying Out as Courts Scramble to Wash Hands in Reversal Move

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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“Today’s action is another step forward in the cause of freedom, because the Court did not rule against The Little Sisters of the Poor. From the perspective one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing HHS battle, it’s clear that we are not out of the woods yet, because there may still be resistance from the government. This scenario reminds me of Pilate washing his hands during the trial of Christ,” said Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life.

“However, we pray and believe that the government can pursue its objectives without forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith,” continued King. “The case of Priests for Life vs. HHS is about freedom, and we are confident of final victory.“

Priests for Life Issues Further Comments in HHS Supreme Court Case

Priests for Life, the first group of the 37 Supreme Court petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court, has responded to today’s action by the Court in this consolidated case.

Robert Muise, of the American Freedom Law Center, which has represented Priests for Life in this case from the beginning, explained, “The Court’s action today continues to protect us from this unjust mandate, and from any punishment for not obeying it. It gives us a chance now to work out in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, whose ruling against us is now vacated, a solution that will continue to protect our religious freedom. As we have always said, because the very mission of Priests for Life is to advance a culture free from any kind of abortion, this organization continues to be a perfectly situated petitioner to object to the mandate.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, added, “We are encouraged by today’s development. The Supreme Court could have ruled against us, but evidently the Obama Administration did not succeed in persuading them to do so. A split Court could also have let the lower court’s negative ruling stand, but again, they did not see fit to do that. Instead, the Supreme Court, upon receiving further briefings, vacated the lower court rulings, and offered the parties an opportunity to work out a mutually acceptable solution in the lower courts, that will both allow the government to pursue its objectives and allow us to practice our faith. We are committed to continuing that process in the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, stated, “In April, we told the Supreme Court that if the government and the insurance companies are going to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives, they have to do it without any involvement from us, and without hijacking the insurance plan we offer our employees. Moreover, the government also told the Court that modifications to the accommodation would be possible. So now, we look forward to the next step of this process, which we hope will find a more reasonable response by the government than we have seen up to now.”

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Fr. Pavone: New Laws in Alabama Will Protect All of the State’s Children, Born and Unborn

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Date: May 12, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement regarding a new law in Alabama that prohibits abortion facilities from operating within 2,000 feet of elementary and middle schools and another that bans dismemberment abortion.

“By signing these bills, Gov. Robert Bentley is protecting not only the unborn, but also the children of his state. No child should be killed at any stage but the brutality of the dismemberment procedure makes it particularly obvious that it should be banned.” Father Pavone said. “Also, none of our communities should have abortion mills in their midst but it is especially macabre to have a killing center next to a school, so this is another important law.”

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 Urges Louisiana Governor to Sign Bill to Increase Waiting Period Before Abortion

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Date: May 12, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Louisiana legislature for passing legislation that extends the state’s abortion period from 24 to 72 hours.

“Abortion is life changing and final,” said Fr. Pavone. “Abortion clinics, like salesmen, want to speed their customers through the process before they can change their minds. A 72-hour reflection period is not only appropriate in this instance, it’s vital.”

The Louisiana legislature’s passage of H.B. 386 makes the state the sixth to pass a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. The bill now goes to Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who supports the measure, for his signature.

“My prayer is that Governor Edwards enacts this important legislation,” added Fr. Pavone. “As pastoral director of two ministries for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness campaign, I know how many women, now devastated by an abortion that can never be reversed, wish that they had been given just another day or two to gain the perspective and strength to do the right thing.”

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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Catholic Leaders Ask College Educators to Stop Giving a Platform to Pro-Abortion Politicians

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Date: May 11, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, this morning signed on to a letter to Catholic educators to implore them to stop inviting to campus and honoring pro-abortion politicians and public figures.

The letter is a response to decisions made at Georgetown and Notre Dame universities, among others, to invite Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to speak to students and to honor pro-abortion Vice President Joseph Biden.

The signatories include some of the most prominent Catholic and pro-life leaders in the nation, who are asking their campus colleagues to uphold “the sacred dignity of all human life and of the divinely ordered institution of marriage” and to refuse “to honor and award speaking platforms to public advocates of abortion and same-sex marriage.”

Father Pavone said:

“Pro-abortion politicians not only violate Catholic faith and Christian teaching, but also the very meaning and purpose of public service and government. Catholic universities should avoid these scandals not only because it contradicts Catholic teaching but contradicts humanity. To have academic discussions about terrorism, do we give places of honor to terrorists? Of course not. Nor should we do so for those who permit 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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Fr. Pavone: Priests for Life Supreme Court Case Reminds Us That Next President Will Shape Nation for 40 Years

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Date: May 9, 2016

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NEW YORK — As Priests for Life awaits word from the Supreme Court on its case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, challenging the HHS mandate, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, said the case illustrates the importance of the 2016 elections.

“With the Supreme Court evenly divided along ideological lines, it becomes clear that how Americans vote in November will not only impact the next four years, but the next 40 years as well,” Father Pavone said. “The president and the Senate together shape the Supreme Court and the other federal courts. Depending on what party controls each branch of government, the court will move solidly to the right or to the left. The differences between the two parties on fundamental issues could not be more clear, more stark, or more extreme.”

Father Pavone has recorded a series of short videos to explain more about Priests for Life vs. HHS, the Supreme Court case in which Priests for Life is a petitioner along with 36 others. The videos can be found at www.MandateMinutes.com and are available for broadcast.

A list of talking points about the case can be found at www.IStandwithPFL.com.

“Voters who find themselves dissatisfied with the likely Democratic and Republican candidates have to look beyond the nominees themselves and understand the impact of a party, and its prevailing philosophies, not only on the next four years but on the next 40 years,” Father Pavone said. “Among other things, do we want to protect the unborn or do we want to continue to be a nation that sanctions the murder of its most vulnerable citizens?”

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 Alabama Legislature for Protective Legislation for Children

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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Date: May 6, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today urged Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to sign into law a bill to protect unborn babies from being dismembered.

“It’s hard to imagine a more horrible death than having your body torn apart while you’re in a state of helplessness, but that’s what dismemberment abortions do to babies in the womb,” said Fr. Pavone. “The fact that such a barbarous procedure is the most common method of second-trimester abortions is not a reason to let it continue, but rather a reason to protect children from it as soon as possible. That’s why Priests for Life has been promoting this kind of protective legislation both on the state and federal level for many years.”

The Alabama legislature has become the fifth in the nation to pass legislation protecting children from dismemberment abortions, by which a living baby’s arms, legs, and head are separated from his or her body by surgical instruments. The baby’s parts are then removed and reassembled on a table to ensure that none remain in the mother.

“Governor Bentley has been a stalwart defender of the unborn and their mothers. I thank the Alabama legislature, and all who have lobbied for this bill, for getting it to his desk to sign,” 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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Mom and Daughter to Share Pain of Abortion Loss at March for Life Canada

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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May 5, 2016

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OTTAWA, Ontario — The day Allison Pollard learned about the abortion her mother had before giving birth to her, things started to make sense.

“I was 23 years old and the single mom of a 3-year-old daughter,” she recalled about the day 15 years ago when her mother, Anita Sonntag, told her and her younger sister about the abortion.

“We all cried. My sister and I hurt for our mother and we mourned our brother,” she said. “It’s hard to describe the feeling but it’s like we gained and lost a brother in the same sentence.”

Both mother and daughter will give their testimony at this year’s National March for Life Canada on May 12 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, said 13 women and men will speak about their abortion regret during a gathering at 2:45 p.m.

Last year, Allison stood with her mom, holding a sign that says “I Mourn My Aborted Sibling.” This year she will speak up for her brother.

Anita also remembers the day she told her daughters about their aborted brother, although she doesn’t know why she chose that exact moment to reveal the secret she kept buried for so long. She hadn’t been through healing yet, nor had her pro-life activism begun.

“I think at first they didn’t want to believe it,” Anita said of her daughters. “Then they came and hugged me. I think we were all crying.”

That day began a healing journey for both Allison and Anita. For Allison, things began to make sense.

“I wouldn’t say that I was always aware that I had an older brother but I did feel that I didn’t belong in the role of oldest sibling,” she said. “Someone was missing.”

Anita has been active as the Regional Coordinator for Saskatchewan for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign since 2008. In 2015, the campaign launched a new initiative called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an effort to reach out to all the different groups of people impacted by an abortion. When Anita read some of the work of Dr. Philip Ney on sibling survivors that was included on the Shockwaves website, she discovered “it was like Allison’s life story.”

When Allison went to a Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat at a site where Anita was on the team, both thought it would be best if Anita did not attend Allison’s sessions.

“Knowing she was in there, it was like, what did I do to this child of mine,” Anita said. And now that Allison is sharing her story in public, Anita said, “I thought it would bother me, because I’m responsible – the cause – of a lot of her pain. But it’s OK, I’m glad she’s doing it.”

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the U.S. in 2002, will be joining the March for Life gathering once again this year.

“Like the U.S., Canada has no limits on abortion,” Mrs. Steenstra said. “But unlike the U.S., the Canadian government pays for abortion. Through the Campaign, we hope to reach those who have not yet made the choice for abortion, to help them change their minds. And we also want to reach men and women, like us, who did make that choice and deeply regret it. Healing is available for everyone impacted by abortion.”

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

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

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Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life Praises Kansas Legislature for Pro-life Measures

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Date: May 3, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised the Kansas legislature for two pro-life measures that it has passed and sent to the desk of Governor Brownback. One measure would prohibit midwives from performing abortions, the other would make permanent an annual budget provision that ensures state family planning funds be given to entities that do not perform abortions.

“Governor Brownback, a longtime friend of Priests for Life, is committed to enacting pro-life legislation. This is why Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council recently honored him with our Pro-life Recognition Award on the day of the national March for Life in Washington,” Fr. Pavone explained. “We are delighted that these measures are going to him.”

“The abortion industry is already highly unregulated and unscrupulous,” said Fr. Pavone. “Any legislation that prohibits this industry from sliding into even lower standards is urgently needed. And as far as funding is concerned, family planning funds should be directed to helping family members, not killing them.”

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 Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Date: May 2, 2016

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NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016)

The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years.

Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily hints for Sundays and holy days, and articulates the pro-life dimensions of the priesthood itself.

“Defending the dignity of the human person is not a task added on to our ministry but rather one inseparable from it and flowing from its very heart,” Father Pavone writes in a chapter on “The Heart of the Priesthood.”

The preaching tips focus on abortion as the preeminent issue, for reasons that both this book and an entire body of Church documents identify and discuss.

Another section of the book also reviews dozens of common fears or hesitations clergy have regarding preaching on abortion.

The book has received the endorsement of several high-profile Catholic clergy, including Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

To order the new book, go to www.ProclaimingTheMessageOfLife.com.

Priests for Life had its start in San Francisco when several priests wanted to form an association to help their brother priests. The new apostolate received recognition by the Archbishop of San Francisco on April 30, 1991. Fr. Frank Pavone became the first full-time director in 1993. The apostolate has now become a family of ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, Stand True Youth Outreach, Civil Rights for the Unborn (led by Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and much more. It is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused exclusively on ending abortion.

For more information, visit www.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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