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Fr. Frank Pavone: Let American Voters Decide the Next Direction of the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Date: March 16, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today issued the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The Senate is both completely justified and correct in permitting the next President, whoever that may be, to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice, and the next Senate to vote on that nominee. This is no time for a lame duck President to push through a judge for a lifetime appointment. Let the American people speak, in the elections, about the direction they want the court and the nation to go.

“We at Priests for Life are more aware than usual of the impact of the Supreme Court, as our religious liberty case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, which challenges the HHS mandate, goes into oral argument at the Supreme Court this coming Wednesday.

“Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley have announced that the U.S. Senate will not take any action on any nominee President Obama puts forward for the high court. I am confident that they will remain firm in their commitment. I call on all Americans to urge their Senators to do the same.”

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 Attorneys Reply to Government Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Date: March 14, 2016

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Priests for Life vs. HHS challenges Obama Administration – Oral arguments next week

NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that attorneys for his organization and for co-plaintiffs have filed their response to the government’s opposition brief in the Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell, of which Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases. The Court will hear oral arguments in the dispute over the HHS mandate on March 23.

“Our brief argues conclusively that the Obama administration has not proven that it has any legal basis to force Priests for Life and the other religious non-profit groups to violate our religious beliefs,” said Fr. Pavone. “Federal law is clear that the government cannot force a believer to choose between following his faith and following the law. The government’s goal of increasing access to abortion-inducing drugs is not a ‘compelling interest,’ and, even if it were, there are alternate ways to achieve it than forcing priests to violate the faith they were ordained to proclaim.”

Priests for Life, the first of the dozens of petitioners now before the Supreme Court to challenge the legality of the Obamacare rule known as the HHS mandate, filed their response brief with the justices on Friday. The Court will now study the case documents in preparation for oral arguments next week.

“For a variety of reasons, the government has already exempted many employers from this mandate, including some who do not even object to it,” Fr. Pavone added. “How can it justify exempting from the mandate, for non-religious reasons, a person who doesn’t even object to it, and at the same time insisting on imposing it on us who do object to it for religious reasons?”

For information on the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.com; for a prayer campaign related to the case, see www.SupremeCourtVictory.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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Alveda King calls on African-American clergy to stand with Priests for Life at Supreme Court

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Date: March 14, 2016

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NEW YORK – Evangelist Alveda King, a plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Priests for Life vs. HHS, has called on African-American clergy to stand with her in this crucial battle for religious liberty.

Evangelist King is the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life. Priests for Life, along with its National Director, Father Frank Pavone, and Executive Director, Janet Morana, are challenging the HHS mandate within the Affordable Care Act that calls on employers to provide cost-free contraception and abortifacient drugs and devices to their employees.

The case, along with six others, will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23.

“This case can be seen as an extension of the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Evangelist King. “Freedom of religion is cherished by African-Americans. If we lose this battle, and allow the federal government to dictate how we may practice our religion, everyone loses. This is a human rights fight and a civil rights fight. Everyone’s religious freedom is under review.”

To learn more about the case, go to 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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Fr. Pavone Blasts Notre Dame Decision to Honor Vice President Joe Biden

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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Date: March 10, 2016

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding Notre Dame University’s decision to honor pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden with the 2016 Laetare Medal, the highest award the university gives to Catholics.

“Back in 2009, I was honored to stand with graduating students at Notre Dame who refused to attend their own commencement because pro-abortion President Obama was being honored by the University. We had an alternate commencement ceremony, in which the students’ commitment to defending the most vulnerable among us, the unborn, was highlighted and honored.

“Apparently, some at Notre Dame still don’t get it. And this time, matters are made worse, because the pro-abortion public official being honored claims to be Catholic. Any attempt by him, or by the University, to cloud the issue with philosophical or theological abstractions and nuances only proves the point (as I make at length in my new book, Abolishing Abortion) that there is a profound institutional denial, in many of our Catholic institutions and dioceses, that we are living in the midst of a holocaust. There is only one legitimate Catholic response to this holocaust, and it is identical to the only legitimate human response: radical solidarity with the children in the womb and with their families, expressed by a total rejection of abortion both in culture and in law.

“On the political landscape today, there is a widespread frustration and rejection of establishment politics. The same is true within the Church. Countless faithful Catholics — priests included — are fed up with the disconnect between the rhetoric and the action, and the betrayal by leaders and institutions that don’t live up to the principles on which they were founded.

“Vice President Biden, like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and many others, are public servants who do not know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Our youngest brothers and sisters, our nation, and our Church – in all its institutions – deserve better than that.

“Priests for Life calls on Catholic institutions and in fact on all schools to remember at this year’s commencement exercises the children who would have graduated had they not been aborted. A mention of these children, a candle, a dedication in the yearbook, or an empty chair would all be appropriate ways to remember them.”

Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused on ending abortion. View here a playlist of videos of Fr. Pavone’s talks at Notre Dame in 2009 during the alternative commencement ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9D166BCD035DC37F

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Fr. Pavone: Clinton, Sanders out of step with Americans on abortion

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

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Date: March 8, 2016

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NEW YORK — Even the Huffington Post expressed dismay that after seven debates, the Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had not been asked any questions about their extreme views on abortion. A Twitter campaign, #AskAboutAbortion was even started because of the glaring omission on an issue of such importance to so many Americans.

Last night, finally, Bret Baier broke the silence on the Fox News Town Hall with the Democratic candidates. He asked both candidates, “Can you name a single circumstance at any point in a pregnancy in which you would be OK with abortion being illegal?”

Sen. Sanders could not name a single circumstance. Touting the worn-out and contrary-to-fact slogan of abortion advocates, he said, “That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician and her family.”

Secretary Clinton said, “I have been on record in favor of a late pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother.”

But as those who follow the abortion issue closely know, “health of the mother” is the exception that swallows the rule, because under Supreme Court precedent, any circumstance can be construed as a “health” reason.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented, “Once again, the Democrats can’t point to an abortion that they wouldn’t permit. This does not simply reflect the views of these two candidates, but that of the official party platform. At the same time, it is out of touch with grassroots Americans, including Democrats, who are increasingly opposed to the out of control policy of abortion on demand that has held sway in America since Roe vs. Wade.”

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 to lead Prayer Rally on Night Before Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in HHS Mandate Cases

Friday, February 26th, 2016

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Date: February 26, 2016

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Priests for Life vs. HHS among seven consolidated cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff in the case Priests for Life vs. HHS announced today that on Tuesday night, March 22, Priests for Life will lead a national prayer rally for religious freedom in front of the U.S. Supreme Court from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The oral arguments in this case, with which six other cases have been consolidated, will be heard the next morning, March 23, when there will also be a rally outside the court. The consolidated case is called Zubik vs. Burwell.

All the plaintiffs and Friends of the Court in the case will be invited to participate, as will presidential candidates, members of Congress, national and local pro-life groups and religious organizations. Everyone who values religious freedom is urged to come.

Those who cannot be present physically are invited to join in the prayer campaign at www.SupremeCourtVictory.org.

Fr. Frank said: “At issue in this case is a very basic principle of American law: The government cannot punish a believer for living out his or her faith. Nor can the government decide that a particular belief is not worth protecting. This case has implications well beyond the HHS mandate. It affects the freedom to practice any aspect of one’s religion in America.”

Plaintiffs in the Priests for Life case also include Janet Morana, Executive Director, and Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Priests for Life was the fourth organization to file a federal challenge to the HHS mandate, over four years ago. Since then, this case has made its way up through the court system, receiving adverse judgments but also injunctions protecting the organization from punishment for not obeying the mandate, which would require participation in the government’s efforts to expand coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives.

Priests for Life is represented in this case by the American Freedom Law Center.

For information about the Priests for Life case, and the arguments involved, and to express your support, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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Fr. Pavone Commends Wisconsin Gov. Scott , Legislature for Reducing Public Funding for Planned Parenthood

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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Date: February 18, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commended Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing into law two bills that will dramatically reduce public funding for Planned Parenthood.

“It’s interesting that limiting Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursement for dispensing contraceptives to the actual cost of the drugs, as one of these new Wisconsin laws will do, will save the public $4.5 million dollars,” states Fr. Pavone. “With overbilling like that by just one state affiliate, it’s no wonder that the nation’s biggest abortion business turns a profit year after year.”

Gov. Walker appeared at a pro-life pregnancy resource center today to sign two new state measures. One will limit Planned Parenthood’s reimbursement from the government for birth control drugs and devices to their actual cost. The second will redirect family planning funds to organizations that do not perform abortions, such as state, county, and local health departments. Combined, the two laws will prevent about $8 million in public funds from going to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

“Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin legislature know what it means to serve the public,” added Fr. Pavone. “With these two bills, they simultaneously protect our most vulnerable, protect the right of conscience, and guard the public pocketbook.”

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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Guttmacher Institute Sides with Government Against Priests for Life

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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Date: February 18, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commented on the Guttmacher Institute’s amicus brief filed in opposition to Priests for Life v. HHS, which is now challenging the HHS mandate in the Supreme Court.

“The Guttmacher Institute asserts that the religious freedom rights of Priests for Life and the dozens of other groups and individuals with cases now before the Supreme Court are subservient to the demands of government regulators,” said Fr. Pavone. “This may be what abortion advocates claim, but it’s not what the law states.”

The Guttmacher Institute has filed an amicus curiae brief in the consolidated Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell, in which the lawsuits of Priests for Life and six others seek the court’s protection from the Obama administration’s demand that religious non-profit groups participate in the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in violation of their faiths. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the matter on March 23.

“Contrary to what Guttmacher and the abortion lobby allege, the government could find any number of ways of making birth control available without forcing church groups to violate their own beliefs,” added Fr. Pavone.

“The abortion lobby likes to talk about the separation of church and state, but it now wants to weave the tentacles of government into religion, telling churches what they can and can’t believe. The hostility of abortionists and their supporters to people of faith and to faith itself has never been more apparent.”

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: In Justice Scalia’s memory, Let Us Strive to Preserve this Great Republic

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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Date: February 13, 2016

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today after learning of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I am saddened today to learn of the passing of a great man, a great American, and a great Justice of the Court. I have been privileged to know Antonin Scalia, and some of his family. And he was blessed with a wonderful family. He once told his sons that he would consider it such a blessing if one of them were to become a priest. His son, Father Paul, is an exemplary Catholic priest today.

“Justice Scalia had a profound understanding of how our government — and in particular the Supreme Court — is supposed to work. He did not want the Court to create public policy, whether it was policy he agreed with or not. He urged people to use the political and legislative process to bring about change.

“In the days to come, let us pray for him, for his family, and for the Court and the nation he served so well. In his memory, let us strive to attain his understanding of this great Republic and to work tirelessly to preserve and expand the blessings it can be for the world.”

Priests for Life’s legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court, along with six other cases, on March 23.

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 on Obama Administration’s Opposition Brief in Supreme Court Case

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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Date: February 11, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today on the opposition brief the Obama administration filed in the Supreme Court case Zubik vs. Burwell, of which Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases.

“This is a clash of worldviews,” Father Pavone said. “The Obama administration and other powerful forces on the other side of this battle see abortion, contraception and sterilization as goods to which all must have access. For them, it is the most natural conclusion in the world that these ‘services’ should be mandated and to accomplish this, they are willing to bulldoze over the religious liberty on which this country was founded.”

Father Pavone continued: “The administration contends that our objection to having to sign what amounts to a permission slip to allow our employees to get their contraceptives and abortifacients covered is a ‘stretch of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’ That is precisely what the Supreme Court will decide and I remain confident the court will rule on the side of religious liberty.”

Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the case – along with Father Pavone and Executive Director Janet Morana – commented that the Obama administration’s insistence that these drugs and devices are crucial to women’s health is nothing short of sinister.

“A disproportionate number of women suffer serious medical side effects from abortions and use of artificial contraceptives,” she said. “I am one of those women, and I oppose this mandate on behalf of all women.”

The seven consolidated cases at the Supreme Court are as follows:

14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS
15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

For information on the Priests for Life and other cases, go to www.IStandWithPFL.com.

To participate in the prayer campaign for victory in these cases, see www.SupremeCourtVictory.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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