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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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Father Pavone Urges Protection for Albuquerque Babies from Late-Term Abortion

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 15, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – Early voting on a proposal to protect unborn children in Albuquerque from late-term abortion ended today, and those who have not yet voted can go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today in support of the measure:

“Late-term abortion has been breaking bad in Albuquerque for too long. The vote to protect children from this outrage against humanity is crucial.

“Pro-aborts have resorted to desperate measures to protect their investment in barbaric, dismemberment abortions, illegally hacking the web site of the organization supporting the ban and having a Planned Parenthood phone bank in New York calling voters in New Mexico. Those opposing the ban realize that what happens in Albuquerque next week can happen soon in Germantown, MD, Boulder, CO, and in other places where the ‘right’ to an abortion includes the right to tear a human child — who can feel pain — limb from limb in the sixth month of pregnancy and beyond. Support is already building to pass this measure in neighboring Valencia County, New Mexico, to prevent Albuquerque abortionists from simply changing their address.”

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.”

Father Pavone urged 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 urged every American to join Priests for Life in getting every U.S. Senator on the record about how they would vote on a similar ban on late-term abortion was introduced in the Senate this month by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Father Pavone also urged people to see exactly what these measures are protecting children from, by viewing the medical diagrams of dismemberment abortion at www.priestsforlife.org/resources/medical/de.jpg, and sending this link to others via email, website links, and social media.

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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Thank you Senator Graham

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Can you imagine babies in the womb breathing a sigh of hope hearing that US Senator Lindsey Graham will introduce a bill to protect children from abortion starting at 20-weeks of fetal age (“22 weeks of pregnancy” by the LMP measurement). And yes, studies show that babies in the womb feel pain, and that they respond to stimulus. When there is joy in the environment outside the womb, they dance and wave their hands and kick their legs.

On the other hand, when the abortion knife is after them, they run away. Hear Fred Hammond’s testimony of how he narrowly missed the abortionist’s knife on my website.

One version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been enacted in 10 states. This legislation identifies the child’s ability to feel pain as the relevant state interest in protecting that child from dismemberment by abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “we have been sounding the alarm about the pain of the child, and the need to end late-term abortion, for the past two decades. For many years we’ve been distributing the diagram that shows what the dismemberment procedure looks like.

I am joining Father Frank in asking the public to join us in asking each Senator publicly whether he or she thinks that dismemberment of a child in the final months of pregnancy should be allowed. For the record, President Barack Obama voted against the pain capable measure during his term in the U. S. Senate. Most people never knew his position on this crucial question when they elected him to the office of President.

This project will help constituents “put their Senators on record whether there is ultimately a vote in the Senate or not. People can indicate that they want to know their Senators’ answer to this question at Priestsforlife.org/AskWashington. Then, we will let the Senators know that these people from their own states are joining us in asking that question. Finally, we will publicize their answer — or lack thereof,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Some Senators, of course, will be running for re-election in 2014. If they are not already thinking about fetal pain, they might be forced to do so by considering electoral pain as well,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

In just a few months America will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. It seems fitting that efforts like addressing the fetal pain capable act will be a step in the right direction of including all human beings, from conception/fertilization until natural death under the civil rights, and ultimately human rights banner. I want to thank Senator Graham for having the courage to further address this vital issue.

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Priests for Life Calls on Senators to Support Pro-life Bill

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 4, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed the news that later this week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce a bill to protect children from abortion starting at 20-weeks of fetal age (“22 weeks of pregnancy” by the LMP measurement). He also described some of the things Priests for Life will do to support that bill.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been enacted in 10 states. This legislation identifies the child’s ability to feel pain as the relevant state interest in protecting that child from dismemberment by abortion.

“We at Priests for Life have been sounding the alarm about the pain of the child, and the need to end late-term abortion, for the past two decades,” Fr. Pavone pointed out. “And for many years we’ve been distributing the diagram that shows what the dismemberment procedure looks like: http://www.priestsforlife.org/resources/medical/de.jpg.

“We will make sure that every Senate office in Washington is given these diagrams,” Fr. Pavone explained. “Moreover, we will urge Senators to become co-sponsors of this bill, will demand action by Senate leadership to allow a vote, and will urge our grassroots supporters to communicate with their Senators.

“We are also asking the public to join us in asking each Senator publicly whether he or she thinks that dismemberment of a child in the final months of pregnancy should be allowed. This project will put each Senator on record whether there is ultimately a vote in the Senate or not. People can indicate that they want to know their Senators’ answer to this question at http://www.priestsforlife.org/AskWashington. Then, we will let the Senators know that these people from their own state are joining us in asking that question. Finally, we will publicize their answer — or lack thereof,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Some Senators, of course, will be running for re-election in 2014. If they are not already thinking about fetal pain, they might be forced to do so by considering electoral pain as well,” 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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Dr. Alveda King: Media Lies Belie Duty to Publish Truth About Abortion and Civil Rights

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Staten Island, NY – “If media members print distortions, half-truths, or lies, they are duty bound to print corrections. Associated Press reporter Bob Lewis has printed a lie,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. King cited a Washington Post excerpt where AP reported:

“In little-noted LG race, GOP’s voluble and volatile Jackson debates wonky Dem doctor, Northam – By Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia’s lieutenant governor candidates… clashed over health care, how to care for the dangerously mentally ill and women’s access to reproductive health services…”

King explains: “In his story on the Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidates’ debate, Mr. Lewis printed as fact a false claim [easily fact-checked as false] of one of the candidates. Mr. Lewis’s article states that the “personhood” bill considered by the Virginia legislature last year would have outlawed most forms of abortion in the state. In fact, the bill would have outlawed no abortions in the state.”

A brief Google search would reveal that the personhood bill’s summary declares that any rights granted to an unborn child are “subject only to the laws and Constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth.” So the bill is restricted by Roe v. Wade and every subsequent abortion decision by the Supreme Court. In other words, it would prohibit no abortions. Missouri has had almost identical language in its state code for years, language that has been upheld in court and which has barred zero abortions.

“Obviously Mr. Lewis and perhaps millions of Americans don’t understand the concept of “personhood” that upholds the constitutional mantra that all men [people] are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Now that the door is open on the discussion of unalienable [civil] rights, let’s demand the basic and intrinsic civil right of life for all persons, born and preborn,” Dr. King insists.

“On the wings of 50th anniversary of The Civil Rights Act enacted July 2, 1964 are the cries of the aborted babies. While the landmark legislation outlawed major forms of racial, ethnic, national, religious, minority, and female discrimination, people in the womb were left out.”

“Mr. Lewis’s misleading story must be corrected immediately – anything less would mean that the Associated Press no longer values the truth” she concluded.

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Renewed Priests for Life Pro-Life Training Announced

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Priests for Life

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Date: September 9, 2013

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347-286-7277

Presentations include Archdiocese of Chicago, EWTN, and the Vatican

This week and next, Priests for Life is announcing new efforts in the pro-life education of the clergy and laity. Building on the work of the last two decades, Priests for Life will present renewed initiatives to train people how to live out their commitment to protecting human life. “The pro-life effort is not simply a cause, a movement, or a political position,” explained Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “All that has its place. But pro-life is, at its core, a spirituality. The Gospels and the teachings of the Church not only teach us why we are pro-life; they teach us how to live it. There are specific virtues we need, and these virtues shape pro-life activity and strategy.”

Priests for Life just produced new programs for EWTN which reflect this spirituality, and this week Fr. Frank will present it, at the invitation of the Vatican, to a conference of jurists sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Then, at the end of the week, Fr. Frank will again present this approach in Chicago.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office, with the blessing of His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., has invited Fr. Frank to lead a special leadership retreat for Parish Respect Life Coordinators to help them spiritually and mentally prepare for Respect Life Month and another great year of pro-life parish ministry.

“Several years ago, I went to a pro-life retreat that was led by Fr. Frank, and since then, I have wanted to provide this type of experience to all of our Parish Respect Life Coordinators” said Margie Breen, Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“I first came to know of Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life from Father’s appearances on several different EWTN shows. First, it was Father asking people to view the horrible abortion pictures on his Priests for Life website that got me involved in the pro-life movement. Second, I credit Father for my full time pro-life ministry. It was during one of his EWTN homilies that he asked people to leave their current full time work and find ways to work full time in the pro-life movement. I stepped out in faith, and God opened the doors to my current ministry as Respect Life Office Director. The road hasn’t been easy, but it never is when you are working to fight one of the worst injustices of our time. I am grateful to Father Frank and Priests for Life for their important ministry!,” Margie concluded.

Fr. Frank explained, “This retreat will be designed to impart the pro-life spirituality on which we have trained activists around the world for years. It is a spirituality based on the teaching, life and example of three pro-life icons whom I was privileged to know personally and who shaped profoundly my own vocation to pro-life activism: Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Cardinal John O’Connor, who ordained me to the priesthood and gave me permission to devote myself fulltime to the defense of the unborn.”

Fr. Frank added, “From its inception, Priests for Life has had a close and fruitful relationship with the Archdiocese of Chicago. When Cardinal O’Connor released me to be the first full-time director of the organization, Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago permitted Fr. Jim Heyd to be the Associate Director. Cardinal George later permitted Fr. Heyd to work with us full-time. On many occasions over the years, the Archdiocese and its parishes have welcomed Priests for Life. Now, with the exemplary work of Margie Breen, and under the inspiring leadership of Cardinal George, the Archdiocese continues to advance the pro-life cause, and I am honored to assist in that effort.”

To hear some of Fr. Frank’s training seminars in pro-life spirituality, www.priestsforlife.org/audio/retreatsandseminars.htm Stay tuned to PriestsForLife.org for more announcements about these efforts.

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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Why I Joined the Lawsuit Against the HHS Mandate

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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As a staunch advocate for the unborn and an outspoken activist against the harm that contraceptives can do to women, I find it appalling that the Obama Administration would force my employer, Priests for Life, to be complicit in offering contraceptives, directly or indirectly, to its employees.

That is why I have decided to join forces with Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and Priests for Life to challenge the Department of Health and Human Services and stop the implementation of the “contraceptive services mandate” which would force Priests for Life to provide insurance plans that include coverage for, or access to, contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and related education and counseling.

Because such insurance plans would provide the very harmful agents are we at Priests for Life and I personally are fighting against every single day, I must oppose the HHS Mandate.

Please review the PowerPoint presentation and video to educate the public about the harmful effects of using contraceptives. To think that I or the company I work for would have anything to do with anyone being harmed from the use of contraceptives is something that I am not willing to accept.

There is also another related aspect of contraceptive use that many don’t understand.

As I said in the press release Priests for Life sent out, “[t]he Obama administration’s insistence on free contraception is an affront to civil rights.

“There are racist and eugenic roots to this thinking. Efforts to control the population always target minority and lower-income groups. We will not sit still and allow this to happen.”

Click HERE to see a copy of the press release regarding the complaint filed today.

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Priests for Life Is Back In Court To Fight For Religious Freedom.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Priests for Life

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August 19, 2013

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WASHINGTON, DC – On behalf of the national pro-life ministry, the American Freedom Law Center filed a lawsuit today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Obamacare mandate that Priests for Life’s insurance plan must provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization services to its employees.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. EDT, Priests for Life will welcome Rep. Michele Bachmann for a Religious Freedom webcast to discuss the case and talk about how people can help to safeguard our First Amendment right to freedom of religion and the even more fundamental right to life itself.

Priests for Life was the fourth organization to file a lawsuit against the mandate in February 2012. The court protected Priests for Life from the effects of the mandate, but declined to rule on its merits because the administration promised that accommodations for faith-based employers would address the organization’s concerns. Those accommodations, released in June, still do not provide Priests for Life the protection it needs from being forced to cover the objectionable drugs and services as part of their health plans.

Therefore, the need now arises to file the lawsuit again, when the court can no longer tell us that new changes are coming or that harm to the organization is not imminent.

“As we predicted from the outset, the accommodation turned out to be no accommodation at all,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

The lawsuit alleges that the regulations violate the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing religious organizations to violate their religious beliefs.

The new lawsuit names as plaintiffs, along with the Priests for Life organization itself, the following individuals: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director; Janet Morana, Executive Director, and Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach.

“Our concerns are not resolved just because the insurance carrier pays for the services that violate our Catholic faith,” Father Pavone explained. “The fact is that Priests for Life still becomes the gateway through which people can have insurance coverage for some of the very things that our international ministry was formed to combat.”

Mrs. Morana noted that, beyond Priests for Life’s religious objections, there are health concerns as well, since the birth control pill has been labeled a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

“We care about our employees at Priests for Life,” she said. “We would never provide something for them that was both morally wrong and physically hazardous.”

Dr. King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., said the Obama administration’s insistence on free contraception is an affront to civil rights.

“There are racist and eugenic roots to this thinking,” Dr. King said. “Efforts to control the population always target minority and lower-income groups. We will not sit still and allow this to happen.”

Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said, “Despite his rhetoric about protecting the right of conscience, President Obama continues his war against religious liberty in order to promote his progressive, liberal agenda. Indeed, progressive liberals view pregnancy as a disease to be ‘prevented’ by contraception and ‘cured’ by abortion. By forcing religious organizations to participate in this culture of death agenda, the Obama administration is violating a core freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights.”

Catholic groups are not alone in objecting to the contraception/abortifactient mandate. David Yerushalmi, also a co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said: “As an orthodox Jew who objects to this mandate on religious and constitutional grounds, I can say with confidence that observant Jews are as opposed to Obama’s assault on religious liberty as are those in the Christian communities across the country. In this battle, we all stand as one.”

The Tuesday, Aug. 20 webcast, which can be accessed online or by phone, will feature special guest Rep. Michele Bachmann as well as Father Pavone, Janet Morana, and Dr. King. Other nationally-known guests have been invited. Sign up to join the webcast at PriestsforLife.org/Webcast.

“As one of the first organizations to launch a lawsuit against this unjust mandate, Priests for Life is more than ready to bring this battle to the next level with today’s new filing,” Father Pavone said. “I am more than confident of victory, not only because of the expertise of the American Freedom Law Center, but because we are fighting for what America itself stands for: freedom, and above all, life.”

Priests for Life vs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be found at http://www.priestsforlife.org/pdf/complaint-priests-for-life-v-dhhs.pdf

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.

To read the press release from the American Freedom Law Center click HERE

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Priests for Life Director Praises Judge William Clark

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Priests for Life

August 11, 2013

Shandon, Ca – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today.

“Our Priests for Life team learned with sadness yesterday of the passing of Judge William P. Clark, Jr. This was a man who served our nation constantly, whether in the key positions he held in President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet, or in the countless ways in which, behind the scenes, he defended the very principles on which the nation was founded.

“He was a great friend of Priests for Life and especially of our administrative team. We got to know him in the late 1990’s and he invited us frequently to his ranch. He opened his property in Shandon, and the beautiful chapel he built on it (“Chapel Hill”), to the pro-life movement, and several times a year we hosted private retreats there for national pro-life leaders. These retreats built up the unity of the movement and enabled leaders to come together in confidential settings to build up relationships of trust, which led to fruitful collaboration. We look forward to the continuation of these retreats.

“Judge Clark served as national security adviser. But along with his role in that position under President Reagan, he fought for our nation’s security by fighting for the right to life, on which all other rights and security depend. He understood the priority of this issue, and lent his advice, encouragement, and personal involvement to the initiatives that we in the pro-life leadership would undertake.

“He and his wife Joan made a public profession of promises as a Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, which is the pro-life spirituality program of Priests for Life.

“It will be my honor, along with our Executive Director, Janet Morana, and our Vice-Chairman, Anthony DeStefano, to represent so many of our colleagues in the pro-life movement as we participate in the funeral on Wednesday of our great friend and national hero, Judge William Clark.”

For a video tribute of Fr. Frank to Judge Clark, see http://youtu.be/SFrVlLmv50A

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Changing Your Community

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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I, along with co-host Emmanuel Boose, invite and encourage you to listen to our show, Changing Your Community, which airs on Urban Family every Saturday at 3:00 pm ET and on a variety of other radio stations. To see a listing of stations click HERE.

This week we’re interviewing Dr. Billye Brim of Billye Brim Ministries.

Also, please visit our website at cycbroadcast.com for more information.

Alveda and Emmanuel

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