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

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

PriestsForLife

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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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Dear Essence: We Stand To Lose Everything

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Essence Magazine, a popular publication that primarily serves Black women recently published an article entitled “What We Stand to Lose,” that attempted to defend abortion and carcinogenic birth control as “women’s rights.” While they attempted to balance the story by interviewing people from the “prolife camp,” the article is very one sided and does not reflect the startling statistics that prove that abortion and carcinogenic birth control are harming women, killing human babies, and sometimes killing women.

Rev. Arnold Culbreath of “Protecting Black Life” was interviewed for the article. None of the data he provided was included in the final edit. Please join Arnold in writing letters to Essence magazine’s Editor in Chief Vanessa K. Bush

Here’s an excerpt from a letter from my friend Rev. Arnold Culbreath followed by my open letter to Ms. Vanessa Bush, editor of Essence Magazine.

“While Ms. Rhodan’s “What We Stand To Lose” article argues for allowing the #1 killer to continue lurking in and preying on our community, many of us are far too familiar with what we’re already losing. We’re losing far too many precious lives, both born and unborn.

“A Call to Action

“Please join me in writing a letter to Essence magazine’s Editor in Chief Vanessa K. Bush to express your dissatisfaction and disappointment with Essence’s lopsided approach to this article. According to Ms. Rhodan, Ms. Bush wrote in the May issue that she’s counting on readers to “help keep Essence honest.” Let’s accept Ms. Bush’s offer.

“Ms. Bush can be reached via email at: vanessa@essence.com. After you’ve written your letter, please feel free to forward it to me at: Arnold@ProtectingBlackLife.org. I’d love to read them!”

An Open Letter from Dr. Alveda King

Dear Vanessa, Rev. Arnold Culbreath of “Protecting Black Life,” who you interviewed for your article “What We Stand to Lose,” invited readers to write to you and respond to your publication.

I am very disappointed that you chose not to print much of what Rev. Culbreath surely must have shared with you during his interview, choosing rather to briefly reduce the poignant testimony of his wife to a couple of sentences, and neglecting to share Arnold’s piercing and compassionate voice.

Yes, Rev. Culbreath is a man and you write for women. Yet a man, my grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. convinced my mother not to abort me in 1950. He and the father of my son convinced me after two abortions and a miscarriage, not to abort another baby, a son. I have six living children because God used these men to help rescue me from a harmful and deadly pro-choice/pro-abortion lifestyle.

Abortion kills human babies and sometimes human mothers. Abortion often hurts women in many ways. As the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brother Rev. A. D. King,II, I often ask the question: HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE IF WE MURDER THE CHILDREN?

Mam, the dream will die if we do not stop murdering our children.

I don’t know if you will print this, I do hope you read it. We have lost over 56 million dead babies and hundreds of women, mothers to legal abortion. If the truth is not told, if the scourge isn’t ended, we stand to lose entire communities.

Madam, we have already lost too much. If things don’t change, we stand to lose everything.”

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Fr. Pavone: ‘We are called to love them both’

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Priests for Life

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Date: November 26, 2013

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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today welcomed “The Joy of the Gospel,” the first apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis.

“The Pope reaffirmed the Church’s never-ending defense of the unborn, and urged a greater effort to help women facing difficult pregnancies,” Father Pavone said. “This is the heart of the Gospel teaching and it is always relevant.”

“The pro-life movement has long said that we are called to love them both, mother and unborn child. In fact, we are called to love them all, fathers included. We will continue to spread this message and make sure the Pope’s words are heard by all the faithful.”

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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Redeem America – Restore Life

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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If the Gosnell and Castro sagas teach us anything, and there are lessons to be learned, please let us remember that the lives of human beings are hanging in the balance of what comes next.

In a letter from the Apostle Paul, the Bible tells us this:

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

It’s the interests of those who are unwanted, unseen, and forgotten that we must learn to look out for. It’s the command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves that we must learn to obey.

Agape Love can ultimately redeem America and restore life. We just have to get past human depravity, such as has been depicted with Gosnell and Castro. Through their horrible and heinous deeds, we learn that humankind’s deprived nature is saturated in selfishness.

Selfishness blocks out love. It causes people to serve their own desires without consideration for others. It causes people to see others not as equals, but as useful pawns or obstacles to be eliminated.

A look at this week’s news tells us that mankind is capable of all kinds of rationalizations for treating others as less than human.

Castro is accused of using his fists to abort his own children. Gosnell ripped and snipped away the lives of thousands of babies, and even caused unspeakable pain and in some cases death to women.

These men not only regarded women as disposable chattel, and in Castro as his slaves; they also dehumanized their victims in unimaginable ways. One child Castro allowed to grow up bound in a dungeon; his other babies he killed by beating their mother and causing miscarriages.

America is being challenged to learn that situations like abortion and human trafficking are all part of a greater over-arching problem that’s been plaguing our world since the beginning of time – our selfish tendency to dehumanize those whose humanity is in the way of what we want.

In my lifetime, I have seen how our culture embraces dehumanization in various forms. I see very plainly that there are common threads in these manifestations.

When I was growing up, some of my schoolmates were killed by a bomb blast. Some white folk thought that people like me and my friends were somehow less than fully human.

My house was firebombed because my daddy worked for the basic human rights that were denied to people because of the color of their skin. My daddy, the Reverend A.D. King, later died under very suspicious circumstances – and many believe he died because of his civil rights leadership.

My uncle, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated because he refused to accept the dehumanization of African Americans.

Countless others were beaten with pipes and baseball bats, fire hosed, jailed, and lynched just for the color of their skin.

African Americans were regarded as inferior because we had been treated as less than human for hundreds of years.

When you’re treated as less than human, it’s easy to appear that way in people’s eyes. If people see you being abused for decade after decade, your mistreatment becomes, in a sense, the natural order of things.

All of this makes human mistreatment somehow palatable if not acceptable; and thereby the lives of those who oppress the most vulnerable easier. If the American public learns to accept everyone from natural conception or fertilization to natural death as brothers and sisters, the exploitation of all human beings would become much more difficult to justify.

Those who exploit and oppress fellow human beings under the cloak of racism, reproductive genocide or human trafficking are motivated by selfishness, greed, hunger for power, and the plain old bigotry that comes from pride and fear. All too many people take cover in denial that these problems exist, not wanting to look or care. Out of sight, out of mind is a much too familiar mantra.

Friends, we are dealing with a three headed monster; one that devours the weakest of our society. The thing about such a beast is that you must sever its source of power by eliminating all three heads; racism, reproductive genocide which breeds abortion and sexual perversion which breeds human trafficking. Cut off the heads and the monster will die.

One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights movement came when national newspapers and magazines showed pictures of peaceful demonstrators being clubbed and beaten. For the first time for many white people, racial discrimination and oppression were not just concepts. Americans in every part of the country saw segregation as the dehumanizing force that it was.

They saw the faces of its victims.

Surely the Kermit Gosnell trial, which is a tip of the iceberg by the way, is a defining moment in the 21st Century civil rights movement to defend the humanity of unborn babies and the dignity of their mothers. Because Gosnell did his killing outside the womb instead of inside it, America, at least that part of America that has seen news reports about the Gosnell case, has now seen some of the victims of abortion.

The rescue of the three girls in Cleveland who just escaped their prison of depravity is another tip of the iceberg situation, reminding America that young and vulnerable women are at risk of being secreted away in broad daylight to become abused and misused in a form of human trafficking in their own communities. This too is a defining moment where we can charge ahead with awareness campaigns to stop this inhumane victimization.

We cannot save the victims of abortion or human trafficking or prevent innocents from becoming new victims of other nefarious deeds without public awareness. Public awareness only happens if the public cares. And the public will only care when it loves the unwanted.

With love, children are adopted, not aborted. With love, children are cherished, not abused. With love, there is less room for the human trafficker because his hunting grounds are smaller.

There is much to be done to set the captives of human trafficking free. But if we can help create a culture that values others, we will have begun to break the captives’ chains. We must learn this lesson, then we will win this battle to redeem America using the weapons of truth and love because truth liberates and love never fails!

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Please Take This Survey and Help Distribute

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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I just took this survey by Dr. Coleman and would like you to take it too and help distribute it.

See what was sent to me below.

Publicize the surveys. Dr. Coleman has created two surveys: one for women who seriously considered abortion (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRSWMHWAC) but chose life, and one for women who have had at least one abortion (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRSAWMH). Please consider asking women you know who fit, or may fit, these categories to consider completing one of these surveys.

Consider distributing the attached flyers to:

* Center staff and volunteers
* Current or former clients
* Women who have completed your after abortion care program

What to communicate: As you invite women to participate in the surveys, please take a moment to communicate a few key points:
* The surveys are completely anonymous. No personal information will be collected and no follow up contact will be initiated.
* Each online survey may take approximately an hour to complete.

Thank you for your help!

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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is Awarded To Silent No More Awareness Campaign Leader in Canada

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

SNMAC

May 7, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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646-330-9749
Leslie Palma
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Angelina Steenstra

As she takes part in the National March for Life on Thursday, Angelina Steenstra, the National Coordinator for Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada and the Co-founder of Second Chance Post Abortion Healing ministry, will wear the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal she received in honour of her service to her fellow Canadians.

The medal was released at the end of 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952. The British monarch is Canada’s head of state, even though Canada has full political independence from the United Kingdom.

Steenstra said she was surprised and moved to learn that Maurice Vellacott, the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, had nominated her for the award. In a letter that accompanied the medal, Vellacott described Steenstra as “a force for good” and said, “Canada will become a nation that again values life because of works of sacrificial service.” Steenstra said, “I never thought of myself as being in service to my country, but being a recipient of this medal has opened my eyes, and now I see the work of raising awareness of the devastating aftereffects of abortion through a different lens.”

Abortion was legalized in Canada in 1969, but only when the life or health of a mother was imperiled by the pregnancy. In 1988, the Supreme Court struck down the existing law as unconstitutional. Without a law restricting abortion in Canada, abortions are now governed by provincial and medical regulations and can be performed for any reason up to the moment of birth. Because Canada’s 34 million citizens are covered by a nationalized health-care system, in almost every case the government picks up the tab. As in the United States, lax reporting requirements in Canada make it impossible to know how many children have lost their lives to abortion, but the number is believed to be greater than 120,000 per year.

The year 2012 marked 40 years since Steenstra left Canada to travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for an abortion following a traumatic date rape. Just a teenager, she was afraid to tell her family about the rape, and believed an abortion clinic worker who convinced her that her best option was to terminate her pregnancy.

“When I had my abortion, I was told it was no big deal, that it would solve ‘my problem’” she recalled. “In fact, the abortion began a life of problems. For years, I lived in denial that abortion was the root of my emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational pain.”

Steenstra attended the second annual Silent No More Awareness Campaign event during the March for Life in Washington D.C., in January 2004. She was so moved by the testimonies of the women and men that she accepted the invitation to bring the Campaign to Canada. Just four months later, on May 13, 2004, Canada hosted its first Silent No More Awareness Campaign gathering on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in conjunction with the National March for Life. Thirteen women and men came forward and stood shoulder to shoulder to publicly break their silence. They did this courageous act to help others avoid the pain of abortion, and to let those suffering in silence know that hope and healing were available.

“We were embraced,” she said. “It was a very unique and brave thing to do. People were very grateful and applauded our courage.”

This year’s event will mark the Canadian campaign’s 10th gathering. It is a celebration of all the lives that have been touched through the Campaign. Steenstra points out, “The ripple effect of our testimonies is immeasurable: Babies saved; Post-abortive women and men restored to joy; Relationships healed; Addictions broken; Hearts mended; Medical complications avoided – and the list goes on.”

Steenstra states that she is “grateful to be the recipient of this medal. I accept it on behalf of all the courageous women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with whom I stand, and on behalf of all the post-abortive women and men whom I’ve served over the past two decades.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign gathering will begin at 2:45 p.m. on the steps of Parliament Hill.

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada to Mark 10th Anniversary at National March for Life on May 9

Monday, May 6th, 2013

SNMAC

May 6, 2013
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Leslie Palma – 347-286-7277

The women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada will be in the vanguard of the National March for Life in Ottawa on May 9 and will talk about their abortion experiences and regret during an hour-long event, beginning at 2:45 p.m. on the steps of Parliament Hill.

Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Campaign, organized the first gathering in 2004 after attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that January. She was moved by the courageous testimony of the women who spoke in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building about their abortion experiences and knew that a similar gathering would be a powerful addition to the March for Life in Canada. Her efforts were embraced by National March for Life organizers, and a dozen women gave their testimony on May 13 that year.

“We’ve been very embraced. People are extremely grateful for our courage,” said Mrs. Steenstra, who last year was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of her service to her fellow Canadians.

Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, also will speak at the gathering.

“Women who have made the choice for abortion are the best qualified to talk about how devastating that choice has been,” Ms. Morana said. “Experience trumps rhetoric every time.”

Last year’s National March for Life was attended by a record-breaking crowd of 20,000 people. More than 4 million unborn children have been killed through taxpayer-funded abortion in Canada since 1969.

“Support for abortion is the politically correct position in Canada, but the debate is ongoing in the public square,” said Ms. Steenstra. “The Silent No More Awareness Campaign has contributed to the dialogue in a unique and meaningful way.”

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Lukewarm Promises: Prolife claims are big during election, cool off when time to deliver

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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I joined my good friend Catherine Davis a few days ago for a day of “Women at the Capitol” here in Georgia to visit the Governor to ask him to enforce the laws of Georgia which are designed to protect women. Catherine was joined by a group of about 100 concerned citizens, men and women, who are adamant about “Women taking back Choice” which included having Georgia’s abortion mills comply with minimal health standards that will protect our women.

s Day of Mourning 014When Catherine and I went in to ask to speak to the Governor, Nathan Deal, we were told that he couldn’t see us, and asked to fill out a request form to see him at a later date. However, the Governor was “at home” to several other visitors during the day. An aide did finally speak with Catherine and other members of her group later in the day to explain that the Governor “doesn’t do investigations.” Now bear in mind that we didn’t ask the Governor to investigate anything, we just asked him to uphold the laws that he is sworn to uphold. We didn’t ask him to write any legislation, pass any bills or mount any investigations. We just wanted to ask Governor Deal to help the women of Georgia. No good old southern hospitality was offered that day, only a few bags of peanuts were offered, while we watched other perhaps nonthreatening groups be allowed to receive a smile from the Governor.

We find that these scenarios are playing out across the country. Alabama, Mississippi, for instance, and several states have passed promising protection laws for women and babies, but the enforcement and investigation process is being held up in many cases. All across the country, politicians are running on prolife platforms, then even when prolife legislation is passed, governors, state licensing and health boards and other less visible sources are blocking real progress by failing to either enforce or investigate compliance requirements for the abortion industry to come up to even substandard levels of care for women who are being maimed, butchered and sometimes killed in the name of abortion.

There is a lot of word play going on, like with the Governor’s office. We asked for enforcement and were told that he doesn’t investigate. They know what we mean and what we need, but aren’t trying to help us, and maybe are hoping that we don’t come up with just the right “code” to get the answers that will help us.

This isn’t about the current governor of Georgia or any other single politician, because as Catherine and I discovered when another administration was in power, many states don’t really intend to help women. They just want to say and do enough to continue to elect acceptable candidates who can allow the abortion industry to continue to do business as usual. As far as the other administration was concerned, the then Speaker of the House was heard saying in a closed meeting” “We can’t really end abortion. That will leave too many black babies on the dole.” Sounds Nixonish doesn’t it?

Catherine, Day Gardner and I did a Black History Month expose on Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards and then President Nixon saying about the same thing, of course in a more crude language. President Nixon was lauding the efforts of the population control community to “kill the little Black b*!@–.” Cecile Richards applauded Mr. Nixon and even went so far to say that the Republican Party should go back to those “roots” which would mean that they would join the Democrat Party in enforcing and funding abortion at every level.

Let’s not be fooled, and let’s not throw in the towel. The battle is still raging. Let’s see this thing through. May God please help us to rip off all the blinders and let our women be healed and our babies see the light!

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CNN requesting stories from post-abortive mothers… spread the word!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

SPACERCNN iReport LogoCNN writes:

Have you had an abortion?

Forty years ago this year, the Supreme Court decided the historic Roe v. Wade case regarding whether women in the United States are legally permitted to have abortions. The result is that abortion cannot be legally banned, but states can regulate abortion procedures starting at the end of the pregnancy’s first trimester.

As much as abortion gets debated politically, rarely do we read stories of women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy. We want to hear from anyone who has had first-hand experience with abortion. How difficult was the decision? How do you feel about it now? How did it change your life?

We understand that abortion is a sensitive subject, and all submissions will be treated with discretion. You don’t have to show yourself on camera. But feel free to write your thoughts, record your voice, or make a video telling us about your story.

You could be part of a story for CNN.com.

Please send your submission by Feb. 15
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Click HERE to submit your abortion story.

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New SBA List Video

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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I recently attended a briefing on Capitol Hill where I and other pro-life women spoke about the reality of abortion.

This new video is a great new tool to add to the arsenal for pro-life defenders.

For more information on how you can get involved visit African American Outreach and SBA List.

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