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Fr. Frank Pavone on New Florida Abortion Waiting Period Law: “We should rush to save lives, not end them.”

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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Date: June 11, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the Catholic Church’s largest pro-life organization, today praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing legislation that will establish a 24-hour waiting period for abortion.

“We should rush to save lives, not end them,” said Fr. Pavone. “If Governor Scott and the Florida legislature will have saved one life through this legislation, it will have been more than worth the effort.”

The new law is scheduled to take effect on July 1, when Florida will become the 27th state to have a waiting period for abortion. North Carolina recently enacted a 72-hour waiting period.

“Abortion is a final, life-altering, life-ending decision,” added Fr. Pavone. “Sometimes one day can make all the difference in someone’s life.”

Priests for Life continues to work throughout the country to promote laws like this where they do not yet exist.

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 granted stay in challenge against HHS mandate

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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Date: June 10, 2015

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life will not have to obey the HHS mandate – or pay steep fines for refusing to do so – after a federal appeals court granted the pro-life ministry a stay late today.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted our motion to stay the mandate, meaning that the injunction protecting us from the mandate will remain in place while the Supreme Court considers our case.”

On Tuesday, the ministry’s attorneys filed the cert petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its case, on the merits, challenging the HHS mandate, after the appeals court refused a petition to give the case a hearing before the full court.

“Without the stay granted today, we would have been in the position of being fined for failing to comply with the mandate,” Father Pavone said. “But no matter what happens, we will not obey the mandate, nor will we pay fines to the government.”

To read the petition, and to find more information on the case, see 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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Priests for Life files cert petition with U.S. Supreme Court in case against HHS Mandate

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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Date: June 9, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that the ministry’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Our attorneys filed today our ‘cert petition’ with the U.S. Supreme Court. This means we are asking the Court to hear our case, on the merits, challenging the HHS mandate.

“We had to take this step after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against us in November, and then a few weeks ago denied our petition for an en banc hearing,” explained Fr. Pavone.

“We believe we can win this case at the High Court,” Fr. Pavone continued, “but let it be clear that we also believe in a higher court, and that no matter what happens, we will obey God rather than men.”

To read the petition, and to find more information on the case, see 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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Priests for Life: Let’s all admit abortion decline is a good thing!

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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Date: June 7, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone and members of the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life, one of the nation’s largest and most visible pro-life groups, commented today about the Associated Press report showing that abortions have declined 12 percent since 2010.

“Whenever a report about a decrease in abortions is issued, both sides of the abortion debate rush to give explanations and take credit,” Fr. Pavone said. “It’s important to realize, first of all, that the factors accounting for this are multiple, complex, and often hard to measure. But a few things are clear to us, including that the primary reason well may be the abortion industry itself. As the most unregulated surgical industry in America, specializing in activity that bears a stigma that it cannot seem to shake, this industry has been imploding for years. Its advocates have run out of arguments, and cannot even bring themselves to describe the procedure they support. Its clinics have increasing difficulty recruiting physicians, and have been closing in record numbers.

“Moreover,” Fr. Pavone asserted, “we on the pro-life side see and touch on a daily basis the lives that we are privileged to save. Reduction in abortion isn’t simply revealed in abstract statistics, but in living babies who know how to get our attention.”

“Youth are making a difference,” said Bryan Kemper, President of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life. “Abortions continue to decline as this generation is not just more pro-life but increasingly active in the pro-life movement. Young people are rejecting the lie that pro-life is a war on women and realizing that the actual war on women is abortion. Youth activism is erupting around the world and I know this is the generation that will abolish abortion.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, noted that abortion advocates are encouraging more women to speak publicly about their abortions. But that particular approach helps the pro-life side more than the other side.

“The women of Silent No More have been speaking out about their abortions for more than a decade,” Mrs. Morana said. “Now that pro-abortion women are speaking out too, people are noticing a curious thing: The stories are remarkably similar. For so many women on both sides of the debate there is lingering physical and psychological damage, on top of regret and heartbreak. Women are listening, and they are choosing life.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said, “Minority communities have long been targeted by abortion profiteers but we have begun to fight back. We are working towards the day, and I believe it will come soon, when it will no longer be true that the most dangerous place for an African-American baby is in the womb.”

Fr. Pavone concluded, “Each day I see the dedicated work of the Priests for Life team, and its many supporters around the nation, in changing attitudes towards abortion, passing laws, and counseling parents to choose life. It works. Above and beyond any arguments about who should take the most credit for the decline in abortions, let’s start by hearing some consensus across the battle lines of the abortion debate that any decline in abortions is a good thing, and that the decline should accelerate!”

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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New Mexico Priest to Join Full-Time Priests for Life Team

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Date: May 27, 2015

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Fr. Stephen Imbarrato assigned to work with Fr. Frank Pavone starting June 12

NEW YORK –Father Stephen Imbarrato, founder of two pro-life groups in Albuquerque, will join the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life, it was announced today by Father Frank Pavone, National Director.

Father Imbarrato has been released by Archbishop Michael Sheehan to do full-time pro-life ministry with Priests for Life.

fr-stephen-imbarrato“Father Imbarrato will be a powerful addition to an already powerful Priests for Life team,” Father Pavone said. “The growth of this diverse team of leaders over the years has been organic. Leaders have come onto the team after years of collaboration with us and the development of a relationship of communication and trust. The case of Father Imbarrato is no exception. I have known him and worked with him in the pro-life trenches from before he entered the seminary. He thinks clearly about the tragedy of abortion and responds courageously to it.”

Since his ordination in 2005, Father Imbarrato has been doing parish ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which encompasses Albuquerque, the late-term abortion hub of the nation. He founded Project Defending Life there and then later started Protest ABQ to ensure that everyone who lives, works or visits Albuquerque understands that babies are aborted there through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason.

Although he will continue to live in Albuquerque, he has handed over the reins of those organizations to new leadership to allow him to travel nationally and internationally for Priests for Life.

“Father Imbarrato’s passion for ending abortion stems from an experience he had as a young man when a girlfriend aborted their twins,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “His testimony with Silent No More at the March for Life in D.C. in 2004 was the first time a post-abortive dad joined the campaign to say he regretted his lost fatherhood. Many courageous men have followed his example.”

Father Imbarrato is a native of New Jersey who was ordained to the priesthood after studying at Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut. He met Father Pavone while discerning his call to the priesthood and has collaborated on many pro-life projects with Priests for Life. His first official day at the New York-based ministry will be June. 12.

“For the last 10 years I have been blessed to be in parish ministry as well as pro-life ministry. I believe the time is right to answer Our Lord’s call of full time ministry dedicated to end pre-born child killing,” Father Imbarrato said. ”What better means to do this than with Father Frank Pavone and the Priests for Life team? I am very blessed.”

To find out more about Father Imbarrato, visit www.PriestsForLife.org.
To book him for an interview, email media@priestsforlife.org.
To schedule him for a trip to your Church or pro-life event, email travels@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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Fr. Pavone: We must act now to protect these babies

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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Date: May 13, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding today’s vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) in the House of Representatives.

“It is very fitting that on the two-year anniversary of the conviction of late-term abortionist and murderer Kermit Gosnell , our federal government is poised to take action to protect babies from a brutal and inhumane death at a point when they can feel pain. Many of Gosnell’s victims were well past 20 weeks. This bill would have protected them.

“We know from our work that some healthy mothers of healthy babies choose abortion after 20 weeks for reasons that have nothing to do with rape, incest or threats to physical health or life. Our ministry recently was asked to try to stop a healthy woman who was 30 weeks pregnant from aborting her healthy baby, but the abortion proceeded because there was no law to stop it.

“We must act now to stop this barbarous practice and protect these babies.”

For information on Priests for Life efforts to protect babies from pain and stop dismemberment abortions, please go to www.StopDandE.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. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life Urges Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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Date: May 11, 2015

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“It Would be Immoral Not to Support This Bill”

NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on the House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) this week.

“Not only are five-month-old unborn babies pain-capable, but they are increasingly capable of life outside the womb at that age, too,” said Fr. Pavone.

“The unborn cannot say ‘Ouch!’ but their bodies – through analysis of the anatomical structure, through hormonal stress responses, and through full body responses to stimuli – tell us that they feel pain. This is enough motive for the government to protect them, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will do precisely that.”

The House had been scheduled on January 22 to vote on legislation to protect from abortion unborn babies 20 or more weeks old, but the vote was delayed until this week.

“This week marks the anniversary of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder convictions,” added Fr. Pavone. “I will never forget sitting in that courtroom listening to the arguments about how a few inches in the location of these babies would mean the difference between guilt and innocence for the man who killed them. By passing the Pain Capable bill this week, Congress can honor the memory of those and countless other babies.”

“Now I have heard some say that because this law does not protect all unborn children, that it is wrong to support it. Somehow they believe we are guilty for not doing what we cannot do. But actually, we would be guilty if we fail to do what we can do, and therefore to support a bill like this, in a form that will secure a majority of “yes” votes, is morally obligatory,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Today and tomorrow Priests for Life is urging citizens and their Churches to contact their Representatives to urge a YES vote on H.R. 36,” 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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Alveda King Prays for Life, Peace in El Centro

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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May 4, 2015

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El Centro, CA – On her most recent leg of her “Peace and Justice Tour,” while promoting her latest book KING RULES, Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life is stopping to pray with concerned citizens in El Centro. “There are many “Macedonian Calls” lately, asking me and my team to come over and pray about current events and pressing concerns. Most recently, we are stopping in El Centro to address a strange dichotomy. There is a disconnect in the community that must be addressed in prayer.”

King is speaking of the planned opening of an El Centro Planned Parenthood facility near the Mexico border. “Everyone knows that Planned Parenthood is after money, offering abortion and harmful byproducts; and in that process they target the most vulnerable American women and families; Latinos and African Americans. Now they are after the women of Mexicali and their babies, because they are easy prey to their lies that they offer ‘safe, legal and rare’ abortions. These women don’t need death care, they need help. Pregnancy care centers, adoption and agape love are available in El Centro. Families just need to know where to look.”

The outspoken evangelist is on an “extended tour” to promote peace, justice and “righteous civil rights.” She explains how her book KING RULES offers solutions to the unrest that is beleaguering our nation and the world. “KING RULES is a gift to our nation and the world, with real life examples from the family of my famous Uncle MLK about how to overcome the challenges of living in today’s world.”

Pointing to the opening of the new MLK Sports Pavilion and the anticipated opening of a new Planned Parenthood, both in El Centro, King said: “The MLK Pavilion offers help for the youth of the community, while the Planned Parenthood facility offers death.”

Making a word play on the caption of the MLK Sports Pavilion announcement: “DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPORTS PAVILION OPENS, TIME TO PLAY” FROM A December 12, 2014 press release, Alveda says: “The Pavilion is open, now it’s time to pray that Planned Parenthood doesn’t move in with its well planned killing machine. Please don’t allow the leaders in El Centro, or anyone for that matter, whether it’s ISIS, race riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, or anywhere; don’t let anyone use the name and legacy of Uncle MLK to promote death. He was a man of God.

“As to El Centro, they can’t open a gym on one side and a killing mill on the other. That’s not civil rights. That’s a civil wrong. True Civil Rights begins at conception in the womb and should end with natural death.”

While in El Centro, Alveda will be discussing her books and praying with members of the local prolife community.

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Montana Governor Urged to Sign Fetal Anesthesia Bill Despite Democrats’ Track Record

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Date: April 20, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today praised the Montana legislature for approving and urged Governor Steve Bullock to sign legislation that would offer women the opportunity to have their late-term babies anesthetized prior to an abortion.

“To rip off the arm or leg of a 20-week-old-or-more unborn baby is barbaric; to do it without at least giving the child an anesthetic beforehand is just plain sadistic,” said Fr. Pavone. “I strongly urge Governor Bullock to sign this legislation so that at least some babies may not feel the excruciating pain of being dismembered.”

The Montana Senate last week approved a measure that would, prior to the abortion of an unborn baby of 20 weeks or more gestation, have an abortionist offer the mother the option of having her child anesthetized prior to the procedure. The bill is based on scientific evidence that unborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks.

“It will be interesting to see how far the Governor is willing to let his own views on abortion, and the extreme position of his party, interfere with decency and commonsense,” added Fr. Pavone. “We have laws protecting cattle from unnecessary pain when being slaughtered. Hopefully, Democrats can see that we should at least do the same for our children.”

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Alveda King Joins Hearst Heiress

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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Atlanta, GA – Alveda King to add support to Hearst Heiress Cosmo Battle:

Alveda King will join Victoria Hearst in DC next week to bring awareness to the harmful impact of soft porn among the youth and young adults to our nation. Read below:

ADVISORY
Press Conference on “Cosmo Harms Minors” Campaign

Victoria Hearst Takes On Hearst Corporation’s Cosmopolitan Magazine

WHO: Victoria Hearst, the granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst of the Hearst Corporation empire and the Founder and President of Praise Him Ministries in Montrose, CO; Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation; Dr. Miriam Grossman, MD, board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.

WHAT: Press conference to launch “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign and to release results from national survey on Cosmopolitan Magazine and minors. Coalition demands that Cosmopolitan Magazine be displayed behind blinders or in a wrapper and not sold to minors.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TIME: 10:00am EST; light breakfast and coffee served at 9:00am EST

WHERE: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

WHY: In recent years, Cosmopolitan Magazine has blatantly started to target young girls to expand their audience and increase profits. This staple of the supermarket checkout line has steadily declined from a somewhat inspirational women’s magazine to a verbally, and many times visually, pornographic “how-to” sex guide encouraging readers to engage in violent and dangerous sexual acts in every issue.

Cosmo is leading the way in further desensitizing young women and girls to accept and participate in the pornified and sexually violent culture around them. The “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign seeks to inform, expose and equip communities to take action and protect minors.

About Victoria Hearst
Victoria Hearst, daughter of Randolph A. Hearst, is spearheading a campaign called “COSMO Harms Minors” (cosmoharmsminors.com). COSMO is the nickname for Cosmopolitan Magazine, published by her family’s company, the Hearst Corporation. COSMO’s content is sexually explicit and currently available for minors to purchase. Miss Hearst formed Praise Him Ministries in 2001, which includes Praise Productions Christian Store and Ridgway Christian Center. Miss Hearst is a passionate advocate for Israel and the Jewish people, having worked alongside Mayor Ron Nachman of the city of Ariel on projects in Judea and Samaria. Victoria also assists the Jews of Gush Katif who lost their homes and livelihoods when exiled from Gaza in 2005. Victoria sits on the board of Billye Brim Ministry/Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and Operation Blessing Japan.

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE)
Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), is the leading national organization dedicated to opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, and addiction. The organization changed its name to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the scope and mission to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.

About Miriam Grossman, MD
Miriam Grossman, MD is a practicing physician, author, and speaker. She is known internationally for her courage in breaking ranks and calling foul on the Sexuality Education industry. Dr Grossman has been on over 200 radio, news, and television shows, and has provided expert testimony in several state legislatures. She has lectured at the British House of Lords and the United Nations, and her work has been translated into seven languages.

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