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Fr. Pavone: Judges Ignore Reality of the Abortion Industry

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Date: July 29, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a ruling from a panel of the federal appeals court that will keep Mississippi’s only abortion clinic open, at least temporarily.

“A law enacted to safeguard the health of Mississippi women is being kept on hold not because it is a bad law, but because the abortionists at Jackson Women’s Health Center are such bad doctors that they can’t get a hospital to agree to give them admitting privileges. The panel that said the law is probably unconstitutional either did not know the facts about the caliber of doctors who kill babies for a living, or they didn’t care. In the minds of pro-aborts and judges sympathetic to their cause, access to abortion is more important than any other consideration, including women’s safety.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said: “The appeals court panel is so concerned about access to abortion that they will just look the other way as abortions are botched and women are harmed.”

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 Reminds Administration That No Cooperation With Mandate Is Possible

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 23, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a new accommodation to the HHS mandate to be announced by the Obama administration.

“The Priests for Life lawsuit against the HHS mandate is the next to be decided, having already had oral arguments in the nation’s second most influential Court, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. At the crux of the issue is that our completion of the form required under the “accommodation” given to religious non-profit groups constitutes cooperation in the very evil that the form says we are objecting to.

“If the government just kept us out of the process altogether of either triggering, authorizing, or in any fashion being the gateway for employees to receive coverage for objectionable practices, that would satisfy our concerns. Of course, we would have to carefully examine any changes the Administration makes to its current policy, in order to verify that what our faith considers immoral cooperation is completely excluded.”

For information on the Priests for Life lawsuit, go to Priestforlife.org/HHSmandate

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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Cardinal Dziwisz Dedicates Priests for Life Ministry to Saint John Paul II

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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Date: June 3, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — As initially announced following the canonization of St. John Paul II, Priests for Life has dedicated our ministry and organization to his special protection.

This was carried out in two separate ceremonies during the week of May 19. At the monthly meeting of the entire pastoral team of Priests for Life on Wednesday, May 21, this dedication was made at the conclusion of Mass by Father Frank Pavone, National Director. But two days prior to that, Fr. Frank, along with Janet Morana, Executive Director, and several staff, were privileged to visit with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was visiting in the United States. Cardinal Dziwisz was the longtime secretary and personal assistant to John Paul II.

The Cardinal himself prayed the prayer of dedication of the ministry of Priests for Life to the protection of St. John Paul II, and in that ceremony, the Cardinal presented to Fr. Frank and to the entire team of Priests for Life a first class relic of St. John Paul II.

In presenting the relic, the Cardinal said, “This relic of St. John Paul II is his blood, blood that was taken on the Saturday that he died. This blood is ever a symbol of love. May it signify our love for the family and for life, in defense above all of the lives of unborn children.”

The visit with the Cardinal was arranged in order to interview him for our Defending Life series on EWTN. The principal theme of the interview was the “Be Not Afraid” John Paul II International Center, established by Cardinal Dziwisz in Krakow in 2006.

The Center is meant to create a living memory of John Paul II, to preserve and spread his legacy, and to promote the values by which he lived and which he inspired us to follow. Priests for Life is working to spread awareness of the Center, and of the foundation which supports it here in the United States, the Friends of St. John Paul the Second “Be Not Afraid” Center, Inc., based in Linden, New Jersey (see www.JohnPaul2USA.org).

Father Frank worked at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family under the pontificate of John Paul II. The Pontifical Council for the Family fosters the pro-life work of the Catholic Church. Fr. Frank stated, “I was privileged to converse with Pope John Paul II multiple times about the defense of life against abortion and other threats. The core of his teachings and example was and remains the dignity of the human person. In promoting the John Paul II International Center, we at Priests for Life obviously want to give primary attention to this core teaching of St. John Paul II. All who do pro-life work need his intercession today more than ever, both to withstand the attacks that come from all directions and also to avoid the temptation to think that somehow the defense of the unborn should be less of a priority than other issues. Both for the Church and the state, there is one moral imperative today that stands above all the rest: to end abortion.

“I had the opportunity to discuss with John Paul II on multiple occasions the work of Priests for Life, and he expressed strong support and encouragement,” Fr. Frank explained. “Given that personal contact with him, and given the priority he placed on the defense of the right to life, it is highly appropriate that we place our entire ministry and activity under his special patronage.”

A video of the dedication with Cardinal Dziwisz and Father Pavone is available at
http://youtu.be/9bed7DXENzo

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 Praises Governor Fallin and Oklahoma Legislature for Law on Abortion Patient Protection

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law a bill that says abortionists must have local hospital admitting privileges and abortion clinics must have equipment to handle medical emergencies.

“I remember singing in the choir in grammar school, ‘You’re doing fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, OK!!’ Today I am singing this again, because Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma legislature are to be commended for placing the safety of women above the profits of abortionists. This legislation ensures that a woman will receive immediate treatment in the event of a medical emergency during or after an abortion and will have continuity of care if she needs to go to a hospital,” said Fr. Pavone. “One would think that goes without saying in America, but in America’s abortion industry, it doesn’t.”

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Spreading the truth that #Abortion has nothing to do with #WomensHealth

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Date: May 28, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries are firing on all cylinders today as it takes part in a Twitterstorm on women’s health and abortion in developing countries.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is sending out Tweets from his account, @frfrankpavone, as are members of the Pastoral Team, including Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper, @bryankemper, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, @alvedaking. Janet Morana, executive director, is sending Tweets from @recallabortion and @regretabortion.

Through her work at the United Nations as PFL’s Special Representative, Marie Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, part of Gospel of Life Ministries, learned that today, #May28, a coalition of pro-abortion groups would take to Twitter to promote abortion as essential healthcare for women and for its inclusion in the next set of goals being created at the United Nations.

Mrs. Smith brought the event to Kemper’s attention last week. Since then, he and Andy Moore, director of online communications for Americans United for Life, have been publicizing the event across the social media universe.

“Pro-life Tweeters gave a major push back to the global promotion of abortion as part of women’s health as pro-abortion activists marked May 28 as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health,” Mrs. Smith said. “May 28 was supposed to be a day when a cacophony of pro-abortion organizations and radical feminist groups came together to advance global access to abortion, but their plans was interrupted.”

Kemper commented: “Once again the pro-life generation has risen up and taken over the Twittersphere as we have dominated #womenshealth by as much as 15 to 1 during the pro-abort Tweetfest. The youth are always called the leaders of the future but they are showing they are the leaders of today by flooding Twitter with the truth that abortion is not #womenshealth. Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life is dedicated to educating, activating and equipping this generation and we are excited to see today’s successful takeover of the pro-abortion Tweetfest.”

“We really can’t underestimate the value of this kind of social engagement,” said Father Pavone. “We are directly reaching people all over the globe with important, informative messages about how abortion is not healthcare in any circumstance. To have such a global audience is exciting for us.”

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: New polls show voters will demand more protection for the unborn

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 22, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today about two polls on abortion attitudes that were released this week.

“The new Gallup poll on abortion, released today, and the Politico poll released earlier this week contain much good news for our nation’s unborn because they show support for additional measures to protect babies in the womb.

“The poll by Politico shows that support for measures like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will be strong this November,” said Fr. Pavone. “When 80 percent of voters in highly contested states and Congressional districts say they want babies protected from late-term abortions, if not most or all abortions, it’s pretty clear who the extremists are – those who support abortion on demand.”

He continued: “The Gallup poll shows that 50 percent of Americans want some restrictions on abortion, with 21 percent of those saying it should be illegal in all circumstances. These are good numbers. Half of all Americans clearly understand that abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy is wrong. It gives me hope that, at the very least, we will soon be able to protect babies from the brutality of a late-term abortion.”

Father Pavone noted that both polls showed a minority of Americans – 28 percent in the Gallup poll and 19 percent in Politico survey — favoring legal abortion at any time and for any reason.

“These findings are consistent with what we have seen for many years,” Father Pavone said. “Most Americans reject most abortions. It is simply false to say that most Americans support Roe v. Wade, because that decision brought us the extreme policy of abortion on demand, which most of the public rejects.”

To see both polls, go to www.priestsforlife.org/statistics/polls.aspx

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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Joshua Duggar Stands with Priests for Life

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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Date: May 4, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joshua Duggar, Executive Director of FRC Action, is standing with Priests for Life in its challenge against the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate and will speak at a rally for religious freedom on May 8 in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Duggar, who is well-known as the oldest of the “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV show, said “Americans understand it’s not right for the government to come in and force people to violate their religious belief. They’re telling people what they have to think, basically.”

Mr. Duggar said push-back against the mandate is crucial because the government might continue to overreach, if not challenged.

“The government continues to interpret laws in ways that give them more control and more power,” he said. “There’s a very clear pattern of targeting conservative groups, people who stand for family values and protecting the unborn, the most vulnerable among us. It’s very clear what their goals are: Their agenda, their will, their way.”

Oral arguments will be heard May 8 in Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the mandate. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be in court for the arguments and also will address the rally planned for 9 to 11 a.m. that day at 333 Constitution Ave. NW.

Also planning to address the crowd is Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the suit, along with Father Pavone and Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life.

Lawmakers and national pro-life leaders who support the Priests for Life cause also will address the crowd during the rally.

“We are so grateful for the support of Josh Duggar and the others who are standing with Priests for Life,” Father Pavone said. “We cannot allow the government to tell us what we can believe and how we should act on those beliefs. We will not sit by and watch our Constitution dismantled.”

A lineup of political and pro-life power hitters will speak at the rally on Thursday, including Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee; Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas; Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona; Gary Bauer of American Values; Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee; Lila Rose, President of Live Action; Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life; Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Tim Goeglein, vice president for external relations for Focus on the Family; Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union; Jimmy Nolan, President of Crossroads; Paul Rondeau, Executive Director of American Life League; Sam Casey, Managing Director and General Counsel of the Law of Life Project; Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation; Tina Whittington, Assistant Director, Students for Life of America; Rev. Rob Schenk, President of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital; Rev. Patrick Mahoney, President of Christian Defense Coalition, and Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council.

Father Pavone also will address the gathering, along with several Priests for Life pastoral team members, including: Dr. Alveda King, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit; Youth Director Bryan Kemper; Hispanic Outreach Director Father Victor Salomon. Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, counsel for Priests for Life, also will make remarks during the rally.

For up-to-date information on the rally and the lawsuit, go to 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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Hobby Lobby Stands With Priests for Life! #IStandWithPFL

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Date: April 29, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Following a phone call today with Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green expressed his solidarity with Priests for Life and the other religious, non-profit groups who, like Hobby Lobby, are challenging the HHS Mandate. Mr. Green released the following statement:

“The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

Father Pavone commented, “I was proud to pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 as Mr. Green and his family were inside. We are grateful to Mr. Green and his family for their support of us, as both of our organizations continue to fight for the freedom of religion guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. As Americans, we have to stand together to protect our freedoms.”

Priests for Life is the lead party in a lawsuit against the HHS mandate that will have oral arguments on May 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A rally in front of the courthouse is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. that day. Members of Congress, numerous national pro-life leaders and the Priests for Life pastoral team, including Father Frank Pavone, Dr. Alveda King, Father Victor Salomon and Bryan Kemper, will speak at the rally.

Fr. Frank has also announced a prayer novena that will begin April 30 and conclude on May 8. He urges all parishes and families to participate. See the prayers at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on the rally and the lawsuit, visit www.IStandwithPFL.com On social media, use hashtag #IStandWithPFL.

For a video version of this release, go to http://youtu.be/zoz_FdTapS4

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 Praises Oklahoma Governor, Legislators on New Law Regarding Gravely Ill Unborn Babies

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Date: April 29, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma lawmakers for enacting legislation to ensure that a woman who receives a dreaded diagnosis for her unborn child also receives information on available care for her and her baby.

“All too often, when a mother receives the news that her unborn child likely faces a brief lifespan after birth, she faces incredible pressure to have that child killed,” said Fr. Pavone. “For years, we have been promoting perinatal hospice care, and this new law gives countless women that loving alternative to abortion.

“Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma legislature are to be commended for their compassionate and caring efforts to help mothers and fathers facing such heart-wrenching crises.”

Fr. Frank concluded, “When a child is very ill before birth, just as after, what matters most is not how much time the child has to live, but how much love we have to give that child.”

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: Pro-lifers Are Winning the Pain Capable Battle

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Date: April 24, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant for signing into law a bill to protect six-to-nine-month-old unborn babies.

“The abortion lobby believes that the painful dismemberment of babies should be allowed up until birth. Mississippi, an increasing number of other states, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the American people disagree,” said Fr. Pavone. “Governor Bryant and the Mississippi legislature are to be commended for their compassion in enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The protection of babies in the womb based on their capacity to feel pain is the next major battleground for the pro-life movement, and one that we are already winning.”

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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