FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 2, 2012
Contact: Leslie Palma
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, denounced today the acts of violence committed against pro-life activists Keith and Jennifer Mason and Everett Stadig.
Fr. Pavone has also called upon organizations and leaders that support legal abortion to denounce this violence, which followed a Newsweek profile on the Masons and their Personhood USA movement.
“Where are the voices of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and other abortion advocacy groups when violence is perpetrated on pro-life people? These groups are heard loud and clear when violence is done to supporters of their philosophy. It would be nice to see some consistency here,” Fr. Pavone stated.
Early on Wednesday, June 27, someone threw a 45-pound boulder through the front door of the Mason’s suburban Denver home, the couple lives with their three young children. Mrs. Mason is nine months pregnant with their fourth child. For security reasons, the Masons have had to leave their home.
On Saturday, June 30, Stadig, a Personhood volunteer, was attacked while gathering signatures on a petition outside a grocery store in another Denver suburb. The 69-year-old was knocked to the ground and later had to have hip replacement surgery.
Whether or not the two attacks were related, Mason said that “spiritually, they’re connected. We have no doubt of that. Some of the more fringe activists in the pro-abortion movement will act. I think they feel threatened by what we’re doing.”
In May, a pro-abortion extremist pleaded guilty to threatening the life of Father Pavone and Princeton University scholar Robert George. Theodore Schulman faces up to four years in prison at his sentencing in September.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.