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24th Season of Defending Life to Premiere March 5 on EWTN

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 4, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – EWTN viewers will get an inside look at the important work being done by Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries when the 24th season of Defending Life has its premiere this week.

Hosted by Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Father Denis Wilde, OSA, Associate Director of Priests for Life, the show will air at 2:30 a.m. ET every Wednesday and 11 p.m. ET every Thursday. Those tuning in by radio can hear the show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday.

The new season’s 13 episodes will introduce viewers to the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, including Bryan Kemper, the Youth Outreach Director, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach. Gospel of Life Ministries’ work around the globe will be highlighted by Bob Lalonde, Director of International Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Mr. Lalonde also will discuss the work of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, which falls under Gospel of Life Ministries. Mrs. Morana’s book “Recall Abortion” will be explored.

Other guests to appear during the season will include Wendy Wright of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, and Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of “Abandoned,” who will discuss her work in recovering the bodies of aborted babies. Couples who have shared an abortion experience and now speak out as part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be featured in the season’s final two episodes.

Defending Life was born from a conversation Mother Angelica and I had in 1994,” Father Pavone recalled. “We were in her office discussing my pro-life work. She told me, ‘We need to have you tape a series on abortion!’ She picked up the phone right then and there, talked to one of the producers, and we scheduled it!”

Here’s some feedback Defending Life has received from viewers over the years.

“I had my own terrible experience with abortion years ago, but have experienced healing through Christ with His Church. I am a big fan of Father Pavone and enjoy watching Defending Life on EWTN. Thank you so much for your words of love and encouragement and hope.”

“I heard your TV program. I am a retired attorney and I work hard to save the lives of unborn children and the elderly. Your program put great arguments in my mind and I will use them.”

“The night before I was going to have an abortion, something woke me up and I saw your Defending Life program. Now I’m having my baby.”

Mrs. Morana noted that leaders of pro-life groups have told her they use the show to open their meetings and jump-start their planning on various projects.

“Every show contains good information that groups can adapt to their own needs,” she said. “Priests for Life also has resources that are available to the public to help individuals and groups increase their pro-life activism. In turn, we ask those groups to help us promote the show by announcing it on their social media sites and in their parishes.”

For information about the upcoming season, as well as past seasons, go to www.DefendingLife.tv

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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American Heritage Girls is 21st Century Beacon of Truth for Families

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014





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American Heritage Girls Respect Life Badge

AHG is a common sense inter-denominational faith-based character-development program for girls ages five through 18. My family embraces their Biblical worldview, traditional Christian values and critical thinking opportunities. Their recent announcement of a Respect Life Patch reinforcing AHG’s commitment to honoring life from conception to natural death is a breath of fresh air and a beacon of truth.

American Heritage Girls is a wonderful faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts. It promotes a life-honoring culture, stresses the importance of service and espouses values that clearly delineate right from wrong. I also write about many of these shared values in my new book KING RULES, a Thomas Nelson release.

AHG girls participate in a wide array of badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences. Troops representing more than 30,000 girls in 48 states can earn the Respect Life Patch by participating in an event that brings attention to respecting life or by providing a service project for an organization whose mission/purpose demonstrates a desire to respect life, such as pregnancy resource centers, pro-life groups and hospices.

When my Uncle ML spoke about his dream for a day when his children ‘will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,’ the character he had in mind was founded on the teachings of the Bible, which include respect for life. With all the talk we hear today about choice, it seems that the choice of life is often overlooked and undervalued. I’m gratified that American Heritage Girls stresses the value God places on each individual and the importance of living a life that is pleasing to Him.

“We are honored to have Alveda’s endorsement and support,” says Patti Garibay, AHG executive director and founder. “She has been a tireless advocate for the unborn and a person whose life is dedicated to glorifying God in everything she does.”

Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG currently has more than 30,000 members across the globe, with more than 720 troops in 48 states. In the past four years, it has experienced 40-50 percent membership growth annually.






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Abortions Are Down Some: Still Not Safe and Rare, Especially in Black Neighborhoods

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014





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The abortion lobby is scrambling to take credit for a decline in abortions while hiding the truth that abortions are still disproportionally high in Black Communities. In the pro-life world, we have been working very hard to bring not only a decrease in abortion rates, but to make abortion UNTHINKABLE across the board!

Yet, we still face the issue of African American communities being targeted by the abortion lobby while claiming to make abortions “safe, legal and rare.” For instance, in New York and in some cases nationally, abortions are down due to diligent pro-life strategies such as prayer, legislative awareness, public awareness, pregnancy care centers, abortion healing, African American and all minority awareness, aggressive media outreach, etc. Still in NY Black abortions remain upside down, 2 abortions to 1 live birth.

Agencies like The Chiaroscuro Foundation, a not-for-profit organization seeking to reduce the number of abortions in New York and provide pregnant women with viable alternatives to abortion, note the decline and are cautiously optimistic. In a recent statement, they report:

“New York City’s abortion ratio dropped substantially in 2012, according to data released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene last week. While the City’s abortion rate is still nearly twice the national average, the progress is encouraging.

“We have been raising awareness about New York City’s high rate of abortion for the past four years, and we are certainly encouraged by the progress made during that time,” said Greg Pfundstein, president of the Chiaroscuro Foundation. “We will continue to work with community leaders, churches, and organization who share our concern about this problem and to help women facing unplanned pregnancies find the support they need in their communities.

“The City’s claim that increased use of contraception is the cause of the substantial decline is quite perplexing, though,” Mr. Pfundstein continued. “While the CDC through its comprehensive National Survey of Family Growth has found steadily declining rates of teenage sexual activity, they have not found substantial increases in contraceptive use. And the City has been pushing Plan B for several years, which studies show does not decrease the pregnancy rate. If the City has data proving their claim, they should make it available to the public.”

“The abortion ratio citywide fell to just over 37% in 2012-a record low since 1970 when abortion was legalized in New York. The Bronx continues to lead the city with an abortion ratio of 47%. The largest drop in the abortion ratio was in Brooklyn, which saw the ratio drop from 37% to 34%. Staten Island continues to have the lowest ratio at 29%. The ratio of abortions for African-American women remained highest in the city in 2012 at 55.9%, down from nearly 60% in 2009. Asian and Pacific Island women had the lowest ratio at 17.5%. City abortion data from 1994-2012, broken down by borough and ethnicity, is available at our website.

“Despite an overall reduction in abortions, some areas-primarily minority or low income neighborhoods-continue to experience a disproportionate number of abortions. “We were pleased with the progress, but we still have a long way to go, especially in meeting the needs of poor and minority women,” said Molly O’Connor, communications director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation.

“Of the 197,046 viable pregnancies in New York City in 2012, 73,815 were terminated by abortion. 1,832, or 2.48%, of the abortions performed in the City in 2012 were performed at gestational ages of 21 weeks or later.

“It’s time we look at the resources we’re providing pregnant women in need,” O’Connor said. “Local churches, community organizations, and neighbors are crucial to delivering services and support that empower women to choose alternatives to abortion.”






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Governor Cuomo: I AM A (HU)MAN BEING

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014





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New York Governor Says No To Civil Rights

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there’s no room for pro-lifers or natural marriage supporters in New York. “… they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” said Cuomo. Obviously Governor Cuomo doesn’t know many of the prolife people who live in New York, who they are and what they believe.

Many New Yorkers including my boss Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization and based in New York, would disagree.

Perhaps the Governor should read the Bible. God says to choose life. Is there no room for life in New York, Governor Cuomo? There is room for life at the welcoming table of Jesus Christ, because life and love are part of God’s gift to humanity. Let’s be honest, everybody living needs God’s love, whether they realize it or not. And all human beings make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, so we could all use a good dose of repentance. There’s no room for self-righteousness, just a good dose of Agape Love and Repentance.

Then too, in the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there’s room for everybody. Yes, we’re all in need of love and forgiveness and there’s a lot of that to go around. We can all recover if we just learn to love each other. This is the basis of human rights, civil rights and social justice. The right for everyone to be born, and to live is actually the first and most basic of human and civil rights.

“The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.” – MLK 1967 Christmas Sermon

The New York Governor is actually denying us our civil rights, our Constitutional rights, our human rights. The opportunity to speak out and say what we believe as long as we are loving, gracious, and kind should never be denied any human being.

Yesterday, on my birthday, January 22, I took a few moments to somberly reflect that I’m not truly free and won’t be until the babies are free. Babies and their parents, mothers and fathers, are being denied the opportunities to live happy and productive lives and enjoy genuine civil and human rights including the right to be born and live by people seated in high place in misused seats of power.

For example, we have a temporary injunction against the HHS Mandate order requiring that Priests for Life, where I am Director of African American Outreach, has to pay to provide our employees with easy access to carcinogenic contraceptives and easy access to abortion even though our mission and purpose is to inform the public about the harm and damage these very agents can cause in a family’s life. And Governor Cuomo would deny us the right to free speech and would actually deny us the right to live in New York if we should so choose, unless we give up our right to freedom of speech. Tsk, tsk, tsk and shame on him! I guess he’s not going to invite the Pope to visit New York either.

So let’s shout it out in New York while the sun is still shining – babies are still being aborted in America. Until that stops and everybody has the right to see the light of day, there are no civil rights in New York or anywhere else people are being denied the right to grow healthy families.

I’m on the way home from the very successful observance of the 41st March for Life in Washington activities. Still have hope; still praying that truth is marching on.






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Fr. Pavone: Preaching Against Abortion is Neither Judgmental Nor Political

Saturday, January 18th, 2014





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 17, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today in preparation for the observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on Jan. 19.

“It’s been 30 years since President Ronald Reagan designated Jan. 22, 1984, as Sanctity of Human Life Day, to coincide what was then the 11th anniversary of the tragic and unjust Roe v. Wade decision. So many Churches, of all denominations, continue to mark the third Sunday of January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

“Today we remind every pastor in America that preaching against abortion does not mean we are judgmental, nor does it mean we are political. It simply means we stand with the weakest, most marginalized members of our society, the children still in the womb, and we stand ready to help their moms and dads welcome new life, despite the fears they may have.

“We at Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries are happy to provide resources for preaching at www.ProLifePreaching.com and for prayer at www.PrayerCampaign.org,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

The premier prayer event marking this month of prayer and preaching on abortion will be held on Wednesday, January 22 in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, and Fr. Pavone will deliver the sermon. 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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Pro-Life Power Hitters to Speak at March for Life Youth Rally

Thursday, January 16th, 2014





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 16, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Many of the biggest names in the pro-life movement will speak at the March for Life Youth Rally to take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life, was tasked by the March for Life to organize and build this event, now in its third year. The rally was booked solid three months before the March and the waiting list is in the thousands. James Nolan of Crossroads will host the event with Kemper.

“March organizers saw how vital young people are, both to the March and to the pro-life movement, and made this rally an official March event,” Kemper said. “This generation is committed to being the generation that ends legal abortion in this country and when thousands of them are together under one roof, they can move mountains.”

Emceeing the rally will be Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League. Speakers will include Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life; Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Troy Newman of Operation Rescue; Lila Rose of Live Action; Ryan Scott Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, and many others.

Noting that this is the third year that the Youth Rally has been on the official March for Life roster of events, Father Pavone said busloads of high school and college students from all over the country energize the March and assure leaders who have been in the trenches for decades that their work will continue and spread.

“As these young people gather, it is so clear that they want to learn what they can do to end abortion in their own school, Church, and community. That is why, as we bring so many leaders together to address them, we provide them, and their families, with concrete, practical resources and ideas that save lives,” Fr. Pavone said. “And we tell them that right here and now, they are already leaders in the pro-life movement.”

For a speakers’ schedule, go to Standtrue.com/mflyouthrally/

To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Janet Morana or Alveda King, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or 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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Fr. Frank Pavone on McCullen v. Coakley – Massachusetts Law Violates First Amendment in Order to Further Violate the Right to Life

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 15, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said the case of McCullen v. Coakley, which is being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court, illustrates how “abortion perverts justice.”

“So called ‘bubble zone’ laws are the fruit of abortion’s poisonous tree,” stated Fr. Pavone. “They violate pro-lifers’ First Amendment free speech rights in order to protect the profits of abortionists who violate the right to life of unborn babies. They are a wrong committed to perpetuate another wrong.”

“It’s plainly discriminatory for the government to say that abortion supporters can speak freely at a given place, but pro-lifers cannot,” added Fr. Pavone. “Then again, bubble zone laws and abortion are based on the same illicit notion, namely that some people have rights and some people don’t.”

In McCullen v. Coakley, the plaintiffs are challenging a Massachusetts law that bars pro-life sidewalk counselors from coming within 35 feet of an abortion clinic entrance.

Fr. Pavone added, “When a person has a reasonable chance of saving a life, it is not only morally permissible to break the law regarding the bubble-zone, but it is virtuous to do so. If this law is not struck down, I’ll come and violate it myself.”

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 Comments on Record-Setting Closings of Abortion Mills

Friday, December 27th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 27, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Troy Newman, Director of Operation Rescue, have announced that the number of abortion mill closures in 2013 has risen to at least 87.

Fr. Pavone said, “We have been teaching for the last two decades that abortion collapses under its own weight, and that the weak point is precisely the abortion mill. In this year when the horrifying nature of the abortion industry came to light in the Gosnell trial and when so many state laws increased the standards for abortion mills, we see that coming true more than ever.”

According to the tracking done by Operation Rescue, there are now 582 abortion clinics operating in the country today, a drop of 12 percent in 2013 alone, and a 73 percent drop from 1991, when there were some 2,176 abortuaries in the United States.

“These numbers show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

Noting that Operation Rescue works closely with Priests for Life on many life-saving projects –particularly the closing of a clinic in Birmingham, AL, that was performing abortions illegally, Newman said, “Both groups share the credit for these awesome statistics.”

Father Pavone said the clinic closings have energized the whole pro-life movement.

“The lives of babies and their mothers are saved when every clinic closes,” he said. “Knowing there are so many children having birthdays in 2014 who might never have been born convinces us that applying pressure to clinic operators and abortionists is a vital part of our work to end abortion.”

To read the full Operation Rescue release, visit http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/death-throes-of-the-death-industry-a-record-87-surgical-abortion-clinics-close-in-2013/

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 John O’Connor Institute for the Pro-life Training of the Clergy

Friday, December 27th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK — Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a key architect of the abortion industry, said publicly to gatherings of clergy, after he became pro-life, that he and his pro-abortion colleagues in the 1960′s and 70′s “would never have gotten away with what we did if you (the clergy) had been united, purposeful, and strong.”

The key reason Priests for Life got started was the conviction that today’s proponents of the culture of death will still not get away with what they are doing if we become more united, purposeful, and strong.

Cardinal O’Connor was instrumental in the genesis and growth of Priests for Life, having released Fr. Frank Pavone in 1993 to do this work full time. In a letter to Fr. Frank, the Cardinal wrote, “I know of no effort more noble, more timely or important than the recruitment of our clergy in the cause of life.” (March 21, 1996).

Mindful, then, of the teaching and example of Cardinal O’Connor and Dr. Nathanson in this regard, Priests for Life intends to redouble its efforts in 2014 to train the clergy. With the support of Cardinal O’Connor’s sister, Mary Ward, we are launching the Cardinal John O’Connor Institute for the Pro-life Training of the Clergy, which will include a re-packaging of many of the activities Priests for Life has done all along, together with some new initiatives.

These activities, which will span all denominations across the Body of Christ, will include the following:

– Training seminars for seminarians, deacons, and priests, in which our team will travel to seminaries and dioceses, and present a flexible package of presentations ranging in length anywhere from a luncheon talk to a seminar of several days, and covering the themes of preaching, counseling, and pro-life strategies and activities that can be carried out and promoted in parishes, schools, and other Catholic institutions.

– Training in pro-life spirituality, with retreats and days of recollection available for seminarians, deacons, and priests.

– A new book on Preaching the Pro-life Message, containing, among other things, answers to the most common fears about addressing abortion, and homily hints based on the readings of every Sunday of the three-year liturgical cycle. These homily hints are also available for each of these Sundays in video format on You Tube, as well as in a smartphone application.

– Special training days offered for clergy at our New York headquarters of Priests for Life, as well as at our Washington DC office, right behind the Supreme Court. Sessions in Washington will include special opportunities to interact with practicing Christians in Congress and to learn more about how to support pro-life legislation.

– Specialized training in post-abortion healing, making use of our expert team who developed Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, which operates under the umbrella of Priests for Life, and also making use of the insights of our Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

– Specialized training in the healing of former abortion clinic workers and abortionists, based on the research and experience of the “Society of Centurions,” a worldwide organization of former abortionists, who have gone through healing based on the model developed by Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Philip Ney, foremost expert in the psychology of abortionists.

– Specialized training in how to dialogue with advocates and practitioners of abortion, and show to them the face of Christ, inviting them to conversion based on a recognition that our belief in the sanctity of every human life includes theirs, too.

The Cardinal’s sister, Mary Ward, recently said of this effort, “The pro-life legacy of my brother, Cardinal John O’Connor, is well known. Part of that legacy was his work in helping Priests for Life get started, and his support of Fr. Frank Pavone, whom he ordained and later released to help inspire and motivate clergy across the country. This new Institute started by Priests for Life, and named after the Cardinal, will continue to plant his vision and passion for the defense of life in the hearts and minds of many priests for decades to come. This work deserves the support of all in the Church.”

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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Albuquerque, Babies Need Your Vote!

Friday, November 15th, 2013





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Please join Priests for Life in our prayers and efforts to further protect children in the womb by encouraging people in Albuquerque, New Mexico to vote for and support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that will prevent babies from experience the pain and horrors that abortion brings inside the womb of pregnant women. If passed, hundreds of babies will be rescued.

We wouldn’t do to cats and dogs what abortion is doing to kill little babies in the womb. We must act now to do the decent thing, speak up and vote for those who cannot speak for themselves.

131115 Blog Image2Early voting for this measure ended today; Father Frank Pavone, National Director of PFL is urging everyone who has not yet voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in Albuquerque to make sure they get to the polls on Tuesday. And he is urging every American to join Priests for Life in contacting every U.S. Senator on the record to ask how they would vote on a similar ban on late-term abortion because such a bill was introduced in the Senate this month by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Father Stephen Imbarrato, who is part of the Priests for Life team as a Priest Consultant, and is founder of Project Defending Life, is in Albuquerque working for the passage of the bill.

“We are facing a well-financed pro-death force,” Father Imbarrato said. “Planned Parenthood has put huge amounts of money into this battle because they know if we win and they lose, this initiative will spread to cities all over the country. We are mounting a true grassroots get-out- the vote strategy focusing on the churches and people of faith.”

131115 Blog Image3In a 1967 Christmas sermon, my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

In a few days, many will celebrate Thanksgiving, and Christmas will swiftly follow. One of the greatest gifts we can give to babies in the womb and their mothers is the gift of life. After all, John 3:16 teaches us that God so loved the world that He gave us the gift of Jesus Christ. God says to choose life. We can help give the gift of life and love by protecting little babies in the womb from the pain and destruction of abortion.

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