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Priests for Life to Announce Election Plans at Jan. 6 Press Conference in D.C.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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Date: December 29, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Priests for Life will announce some of its plans and strategies for the 2016 election during a press conference at 10 a.m. Jan. 6 in the Bloomberg Room at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“The people of God need to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who will be the main presenter at the press conference, which, he said, “will challenge both Church and state to fulfill their duties to protect children in the womb. Ending the holocaust of abortion has for some time — and remains now — the most urgent moral priority for both Church and state.”

Fr. Pavone will be joined by Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and a key participant in Catholic outreach efforts in past presidential election cycles.

The press conference will, in particular, call upon churches to stop censoring themselves when it comes to speaking about politics and elections.

“We’re not asking anyone to break the law,” said Fr. Pavone. “We’re asking them to understand the law and stop being afraid to live it out. The law allows us to do far more than we realize.”

To address that point, also joining Father Frank Pavone at the press conference will be James Bopp Jr., an attorney and a top expert on what the law permits churches to do regarding elections. He has provided legal guidance to Priests for Life in election-related activity through the years.

Mr. Bopp, who founded the Bopp Law Firm in 1992, was identified in a Reuters report as one of 66 attorneys – among 17,000 — whose clients have had remarkable success in having their petitions heard by the Supreme Court.
Also participating will be Christiana Holcomb, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has likewise provided tremendous help to Priests for Life and to churches and other organizations nationwide.

Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2012, Ms. Holcomb has worked to protect the freedom of churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries to freely exercise their faith without government interference. She also advocates for these issues as an Alliance Defending Freedom Regional Legal Academy faculty member and as a conference speaker throughout the country.

“Much or our message has been outlined in my recently published book Abolishing Abortion (Thomas Nelson, August 2015),” Father Pavone said. “As I document extensively in the book, churches often hide behind the excuse that they will lose their tax-exempt status if they become too vocal about voting pro-life,” Father Pavone said. “It is ironic that as churches oppose the Obama administration’s mandates limiting religious freedom, those same churches impose their own mandates limiting that same freedom. It’s time to stop censoring ourselves and to stop hiding behind the tax man while doing so.”

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St NW in D.C. For information about the press conference or to speak to Father Pavone, call Leslie Palma, Communications Director for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or email her at media@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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Gov. Brownback and All Kansans to be Honored with National Pro-Life Award at Jan. 22 Service

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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DATE: December 28, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — and the people of Kansas and their legislators — will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award at the 22nd annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Brothers and Sisters, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said: “Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the unborn in a profound and exemplary way. In 2015, Gov. Brownback signed a law, the first in the nation, to protect children from dismemberment abortion. We have supported and spoken about the need for this kind of measure for many years, and the governor’s commitment to protecting preborn children from the pain of dismemberment abortion led all of us in the pro-life movement to recommit ourselves to helping pass this law in many more states across the nation.”

Gov. Brownback, who will attend the National Memorial to accept the award, said he is honored by the recognition, and invites Kansans to join him at the prayer service:

“As Governor of Kansas I have signed 15 Right to Life bills reaffirming our commitment that life at all stages is sacred and valuable. I appreciate the efforts of the National Pro-life Religious Council, Priests for Life and their allied organizations in recognizing the people of Kansas and their elected officials at the National Prayer Service. Kansas has enacted legislation protecting unborn children from dismemberment abortions, and I encourage other states to do the same. I ask you, therefore, to join me at this prayer service, so that the action we have taken in Kansas can be an encouragement to similar efforts throughout this great land.”

Dismemberment abortion encompasses several common second-trimester procedures.

Soon after Gov. Brownback signed the bill, a county judge in Kansas blocked enforcement and father and daughter abortionists filed a lawsuit against it. Earlier this month, the 14-member Kansas Court of Appeals heard arguments from both sides and has promised a speedy decision.

“We pray this law will be enacted, and that the nation follows Kansas’s lead in protecting the unborn,” Father Pavone said.

Organizations that are co-sponsoring the National Memorial with the National Pro-Life Religious Council and Priests for Life include: American Values, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, Americans United for Life, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Alliance Defending Freedom and Catholics Called to Witness.

Serving on the Host Committee are: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President, American Values; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life; Brad Mattes, CEO, Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom; Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network, and Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network.

The National Memorial for the Pre-born is an interdenominational prayer service. It will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Constitution Hall. Large groups can be easily accommodated in the venue, and no tickets or reservations are required.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 17th Street. For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.NationalPrayerService.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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Priests for Life Offers Grant to Diocesan Respect Life Offices

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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Date: December 21, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Priests for Life has announced that it has sent out applications to diocesan respect life offices to apply for a $5,000 donation the organization will bestow. Between now and January 22, the day of the national March for Life, diocesan offices will be able to submit their application, describing the activities they have undertaken in the past year and those they are planning for the year to come.

For this year, Priests for Life will choose one of those offices to receive the gift, which is meant to express concretely the solidarity that the worldwide ministry has with local diocesan efforts. The donation will be directed specifically to those activities focused on ending abortion, which, among all pro-life issues, “necessarily plays a central role” and deserves “urgent attention and priority” (US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities).

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, explained, “Priests for Life was established twenty-five years ago precisely to foster the activity of the Church in ending abortion. Among the many ways we do that, we want to include material support for the best activities aimed at achieving that goal.”

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 Hails Dismissal of “Completely Illogical” Suit on Race and Sex-selective Abortions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Date: December 16, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum against Arizona’s law against race- and sex-selection abortion.

“So called minority rights groups were alleging that a law that protects children from being discriminated against because of their skin color or sex was itself discriminatory,” said Fr. Pavone. “The case was completely illogical from its inception.”

At issue is an Arizona law that bars the abortion of a baby solely because of his or her race or sex. The lawsuit brought by the two groups was dismissed by a federal judge and now that dismissal has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

“The abortion lobby has long maintained that the so-called right to abortion is more important than the rights to free speech or religious liberty,” added Fr. Pavone. “This time, groups that support abortion tried to claim that abortion on demand for any reason is more important than protections against race and sex discrimination. Basically, they tried to turn the law on its head. This time, thankfully, they failed.”

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: Kansas Constitution Does Not Contain ‘Right’ To Dismember Babies

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Date: December 10, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commented on the Kansas Court of Appeals hearing where oral arguments were presented on a first-of-its-kind state law banning dismemberment abortions.

“Dismembering an unborn child is not a matter of privacy,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s a matter of cruelty that reflects a callous disregard for human life. The Kansas Court of Appeals should reject the arguments of abortion businesses who claim that they have a right literally to tear a baby limb from limb.”

At issue in the hearing was a Kansas law forbidding the use of clamps, scissors, forceps, or other instruments to abort a living unborn child. Such instruments are usually used in second trimester abortions. The court session is believed to be the first time in over 25 years that all 14 members of the state Court of Appeals have met to hear a case.

“The abortion lobby makes the absurd claim that the Kansas constitution guarantees a ‘right’ to dismemberment abortions. A plain reading of history, though, shows that the Kansas legislature outlawed abortions only nine years after the state constitution was approved and that the abortion ban stood for over 100 years while the Kansas constitution was in force. The abortionists’ argument makes no sense; then again, what argument could possibly justify torturing little children to death?”

Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council will honor Governor Sam Brownback and the lawmakers and people of Kansas for being the first to enact a law of this kind protecting children from dismemberment abortions. The award will be given on the day of the National March for Life in Washington D.C. at an interdenominational prayer service to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 in DAR Constitution Hall. See www.NationalPrayerService.com for details.

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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Statement From Fr. Frank Regarding Shooting in Colorado Springs

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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Date: December 2, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

The senseless and universally denounced shootings that took place in Colorado Springs on Friday have brought a number of inquiries to me and other pro-life leaders regarding whether we intend to soften our language or modify our actions regarding Planned Parenthood and abortion generally.

In short, the answer is “No.” In fact, we will intensify both our language and our protests.

We neither participate in nor condone violence. Our messages and our protests did not start because of irresponsible and deranged perpetrators of violence, nor will they change or cease because of such people.

Planned Parenthood — and the abortion industry generally — are dismembering and decapitating little children on a daily basis, and for a profit. We describe abortion that way because that is how medical textbooks describe it. “A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus,” Dr. Warren Hern explains in Abortion Practice, p. 154. The US Supreme Court, moreover, has described abortion procedures in detail. “The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix… The friction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman. The process of evacuating the fetus piece by piece continues until it has been completely removed.” (US Supreme Court, Gonzales vs. Carhart, April 18, 2007, describing the D&E procedure).

If these things were not true, there would be no justification to say them; but since they are true, there is no justification for keeping silent.

As I explained in my column yesterday on FoxNews.com, our language reveals these horrors and opposes them, but the language of the abortion industry not only admits these realities but justifies them. That’s the kind of language that does damage to the moral framework of our society.

If people hear these things and are comfortable with them, they can act and vote accordingly. If, on the other hand, they think these practices should stop, they can work in legal and peaceful ways with us and the entire the pro-life movement to educate the public and change public policy.

In the coming months, we will intensify our multi-pronged Expose Abortion effort (www.ExposeAbortion.com), using the words of abortionists themselves, the photos and videos of abortion, and the corruption of the abortion industry to awaken the public to this violence. The strategies we will employ, and the principles on which they rest, are explained at length in my new book, Abolishing Abortion, released this summer by Thomas Nelson publishers (www.AbolishingAbortion.com).

Likewise, on Thursday, January 21, starting at 9am, we will hold a national prayer rally and protest against Planned Parenthood at its newest Washington DC location (1225 4th St. NE). Many of our fellow citizens will already be in Washington for the annual March for Life the following day, and we urge them to join us for Thursday’s protest, and for a National Prayer Service on Friday morning at 8:30am at Constitution Hall (1776 D St., NW (18th and D St).

Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion industry are committing crimes against humanity. We thank the Republican members of the Select Panel on Infant Lives for the work that they are committed to do to bring to light the facts that support this assertion, and we at Priests for Life will work hard to support their work and inform the public about it. As for the Democratic members of the panel, we will oppose their efforts to distort, dilute and deflect the meaning and purpose of the panel, and will steadfastly oppose their efforts to keep America’s holocaust going strong.

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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WI Law Struck Down By 7th Circuit

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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Date: November 25, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today criticized a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Wisconsin’s law requiring abortionists to have local hospital admitting privileges.

“The two judges who struck down Wisconsin’s law did so because one clinic in the state couldn’t find abortionists with hospital admitting privileges,” said Fr. Pavone. “The simple solution to this situation, as the dissenting judge noted, is that the clinic find qualified doctors, not that the state relax its standards.”

The Seventh Circuit voted two-to-one against the 2013 Wisconsin law, saying that if one of the state’s abortion clinics closed because its doctors lacked hospital privileges it would cause greater waiting periods at other facilities. Wisconsin argued that its requirement ensured continuity of care for women, resulting in better and faster treatment should complications arise.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to hear a challenge to a similar Texas law.

“It’s absurd for a court to claim that it’s upholding women’s ‘rights’ by allowing unqualified abortionists to operate on them,” added Fr. Pavone. “Hopefully, the Supreme Court will correct this when it rules on Texas’s law that protects women from substandard care.”

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Medical Groups Stand with Priests for Life in Supreme Court Case against Obama’s HHS Mandate

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Date: November 18, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning in advance of the press conference at 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in which he, Janet Morana, Dr. Alveda King (all of Priests for Life) and David Yerushalmi (American Freedom Law Center, representing Priests for Life) will address their challenge to the HHS mandate in the case recently accepted by the Supreme Court:

“As we hold our press conference this morning, I want to point out that seven national organizations comprised of physicians, bioethicists, and other health-care professionals, have filed a friend of the court brief that was accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court when it granted cert to our case a week and a half ago. The organizations are as follows:

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIOETHICS CENTER
ALABAMA PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRO LIFE NURSES
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC NURSES

“The brief these organizations have filed provides the medical evidence that some of the ‘services’ that we object to covering in our insurance plan do in fact act in such a way as to end a new human life after it has begun. Moreover, as health-care professionals who regularly have to defend their own rights of conscience, these organizations stand with us to oppose any government coercion we face to violate our own conscience.

“We thank these groups for standing with us, and look forward to victory in this case.”

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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Statement by Alveda C. King Regarding the Priests for Life HHS Mandate Lawsuit Currently Before the United States Supreme Court

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Date: November 18, 2016

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Washington, DC – As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a post abortive mother who has experienced the pain and harm of contraceptive agents such as shots, pills and devices, I join several women employees of Priests for Life in standing against any implied or otherwise open participation with any aspect of the HHS Mandate. I stand with Priests for Life which includes Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life; Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life; and myself.

The HHS Mandate infringes upon my rights as a woman, my religious freedom, my civil rights, and my health and well being.

Understanding that the U. S. Supreme Court speaks and rules from a position of common law — human law, and operating under a measure of authority to govern, in America theirs is the highest rule of law that humans can make. Yet the rule of the USSC is not the final word.

In the end, natural law, God’s law will always trump common law. Do not fear or be confused or deceived. Remain prayerful. Keep looking up. God will have the final word in this matter.

Therefore, I must encourage listeners in this manner: “Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”(Galatians 6:7 NLT)

“Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

As to the decisions before us regarding the HHS Mandate, in contrast to God’s law, the civil laws and common laws of nations are not written on anyone’s conscience or mind.

They are not written in the physical creation. Nor are they appended to the Bible. The civil laws of nations are only written in their own law books.

Consequently, the validity and force of such laws are based solely on national authority. There is no other supporting evidence or “witness” to testify for the validity of specific civil laws.

Consequently, in order for the civil laws of any nation to be authoritative, they must at least be supported by the testimony of another source and that they are consistent with God’s delegation of authority to civil governments.

This is more thoroughly explained in Romans 13:

“Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And wouldest thou have no fear of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same:

Wherefore ye must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.

Render to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfilment of the law.”

Romans 13:1-3, 5, 7-10 ASV

In order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God. We know the law of God by looking to its expressions. If the laws of a nation conflict with one of the expressions of the law of God, then something is amiss. Or, perhaps we do not understand one or the other clearly.

Unfortunately, for women, the HHS Mandate does not conform to this formula which is why I stand with Priests for Life in the complaint against the HHS Mandate.

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Press Conference to Draw Line in the Sand

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

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Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others to Explain Supreme Court Challenge to HHS Mandate

Washington, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“Tomorrow morning at 11am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, I will hold a press conference together with others on our Priests for Life team to explain what is at issue in our challenge to the HHS Mandate. The US Supreme Court has accepted the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, along with six other similar cases.

“Along with Priests for Life as an organization, our case names as individual plaintiffs Dr. Alveda King (our Director of African-American Outreach), Janet Morana (our Executive Director) and me. We will all be there, along with our attorney David Yerushalmi, who, with Robert Muise, represent us in this case through the American Freedom Law Center.

“At the press conference, we will explain in clear terms what is at issue in this case. We want the public to understand why we refuse to sign a simple form which, after all, says that we want to opt-out of providing insurance coverage for morally objectionable services.

“And we will also draw a line in the sand. We have said already that we will not obey the mandate, even if the Court upholds it. At this press conference, we will issue a rallying cry for others to join with us, and will remind the public of how essential this case is to the religious freedom of all Americans.”

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