Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Telephone Press Conference Monday After Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

June 24th, 2016

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Date: June 24, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#

Priests for Life submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one in Texas is necessary.

Any questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

You can read a series of op-eds published by Fr. Frank about this case here.

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 Blasts HHS Decision to Allow California to Break Federal Law

June 23rd, 2016

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Date: June 23, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the federal Department of Health and Human Services decision to overlook federal law and force health insurers in California to cover abortion.

“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”

The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.

“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”

Fr. Pavone continued, “Moreover, all of this again points to the critical importance of religious liberty as an issue in the November elections. We need a president who supports religious liberty and appoints judges who do the same. I urge everyone to keep this in mind as they vote in November.”

“I stand with Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other pro-life lawmakers in Congress who strongly oppose HHS in this matter,” Father Pavone said.

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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What These Ears Heard Donald Trump Say

June 22nd, 2016

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“Of course pray for everybody… [but] we can’t be, again, politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders, because all of your [political] leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes, selling the evangelicals down the tubes. And it’s a very, very bad thing that’s happening.” Donald Trump

“Don’t pray to be politically correct. Pray to be spiritually correct.” Alveda King

Yesterday, sitting among 1,000 Judeo-Christian apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, all spiritual leaders in America at a “Conversation with Donald Trump and Ben Carson” and emceed by Mike Huckabee, I heard Donald Trump say “pray for everybody” but “don’t be politically correct.”

Since the meeting was closed to media reporting, we need to understand that information can only trickle out through the biased perspectives of the attendees, me included.

If we are completely honest, we can agree that the main, number one issue of concern presented to Mr. Trump by the body as a whole was religious liberty. Mr. Trump assured the attendees that protecting religious liberty is a primary concern for him and is at the top of his to do list.

He further promised to appoint Prolife Supreme Court justices. He promised that “America will be free to say Merry Christmas” again. He promised economic justice as a means of lessening the bands of racism. He promised safe borders for America. He promised to strengthen our military to protect our nation. He gave God the credit for giving him intelligent children. So sorry you couldn’t be there to hear all of this.

At no time did Mr. Trump advise that Americans need to disobey the Bible. Those words did not come out of his mouth.

Looking forward, the estimated 1,000 leaders in the room have platforms that impact millions of Americans. Now our challenge is to now turn away from railing at each other and the candidates and truly obey the Bible ourselves.

Please join me now in praying for Mr. Trump, Mrs. Clinton, all congressional, gubernatorial, state, county and local candidates, that God will, according to Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2:2 bless us so that America can have peace and prosperity.

Amen?

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Celebrating Fathers, Seeking Jubilee on Juneteenth This Weekend

June 17th, 2016

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The third weekend in June is impacted by two seemingly unrelated holidays; Fathers’ Day and Juneteenth. More people remember Fathers’ Day because every human being has a biological father, regardless of the circumstances of conception.

On the other hand, Juneteenth, AKA Jubilee and Emancipation Day, is a US holiday commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Juneteenth is celebrated during “Fathers’ Day Weekend” in America.

Today, there is still a captive class of human beings. They are “slaves” to choice and are treated as property to be discarded at will. The vulnerable and pre-born babies in the womb don’t have a voice and are dying by abortion.

Thus today the Prolife Civil Rights Movement is the vehicle for their emancipation.

In 2010, Civil Rights for the Unborn (CRU) took Pro-Life Freedom Rides to Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. For eleven years, we’ve been proclaiming Jubilee for unborn babies, mothers, families and America. Of one blood, God created all people. Life is a Civil Right. We proclaim civil rights for the unborn!

Join us on June 17, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 PM EST as we tweet for the unborn. Use the hash tags #FreetheBabiesServetheMothers and #Juneteenth2016 and show your support for Life.

Every born and unborn person deserves human dignity and God’s justice.

Where peripherals collide, convergence is imminent. Let’s connect Juneteenth and Fathers’ Day together with two words, unity and love. We need to unite in praying for love for our fathers, and our children.

There are many mixed emotions surrounding the occasion of Fathers’ Day because sometimes personal circumstances surrounding our relationships with our natural fathers can be complicated, even in the best of times. In remembering my father, grandfather and uncle this season, I believe this blog by Kevin Burke as well as this prayer below from Priests for Life can bring Jubilee to our hearts regarding our natural fathers:

A Prayer for Fathers
By Father Frank Pavone

“Almighty God, you have taught us that you are the Father of us all, And that all fatherhood takes its origin from you.

You protect us from evil
And provide our daily bread.
You are strength and integrity, blessing and the font of life.

We thank you, then, for our fathers.
Though human, they are also a reflection of you, Lord God.
They are your gift to us.

We pray for all fathers today.
May they realize the greatness of their vocation
And have the strength to live it without fear.
Forgive their sins, and keep their eyes raised up to you

To those who still make this earthly journey with us,
Give us the grace to love them as we should;
And to those whom you have called from this life,
Give a special place of honor in the heavenly kingdom
With you, the Father of all.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. “

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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Press Conference Following Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

June 16th, 2016

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Date: June 16, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule as early as today on a Texas abortion case that could have far-reaching implications for facilities across the country, Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media shortly after the ruling is announced.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

Priests for Life also submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one Texas is defending are necessary.

As soon as the ruling is announced, Priests for Life will send an email with precise instructions for dialing into the conference, and a list of the participants.

All questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, as 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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Civil Rights for the Unborn Unveils New Logo

June 14th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 8, 2016

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As Juneteenth approaches, Civil Rights for the Unborn – the African-American outreach for Priests for Life – has unveiled a new logo that makes clear that “justice for all” must include the unborn.

Evangelist Alveda King, who became Priests for Life’s first African-American Outreach director in 2004, said the new logo is a visual reminder that all human lives matter, born or pre-born.

“At Civil Rights for the Unborn, we stress that a child in the womb is a separate and unique individual who has the same inalienable right to life as all of us,” she said. “But we also care about the mothers who feel driven to abortion by personal circumstances. We hope to reach moms before they make the irrevocable choice to abort their children, and we also want to contact mothers who have already bought the abortion lie and are suffering as a result, as I did for many years.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said he and Evangelist King – the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – came together when both realized that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

“The right to life is the most fundamental and most important right we have,” Father Pavone said. “No other civil rights issue of our day is more important than securing the right to life for the human beings still in their mother’s womb.”

In observance of Juneteenth this year, Evangelist King is asking people to visit the website www.CRUJuneteenth.com and signup for a social media Tweetfest taking place on Twitter on June 17, from 12 – 1 PM. Use the hashtags #FreetheBabiesServetheMothers and #Juneteenth2016 and help them go viral.

Also, visit www.CivilRightsfortheUnborn.com and signup for important updates on the movement.

“For our pro-life efforts to be successful,” Evangelist King said, “we’ve got to love them both.”

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 Thanks Donald Trump for Key Message to Christians

June 13th, 2016

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Date: June 13, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, thanked Donald Trump today for the speech he gave on Friday, June 10 at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. In the speech, he hit on themes of key concerns to Christians. Mr. Trump acknowledged, at the outset of his remarks, the presence of Fr. Frank and other key religious leaders in the audience.

Fr. Frank stated, “Mr. Trump was crystal clear about the need to defend and promote the sanctity of life, to preserve the institution of marriage, to appoint pro-life judges, and to protect religious liberty. In fact, he mentioned explicitly the efforts of some to “restrict religious liberty with government mandates.” Priests for Life was among the first group to challenge the HHS mandate in court, and our case went all the way to the Supreme Court and is still unresolved.

“I also appreciate Mr. Trump’s assertion, “We will protect the right of Churches to speak their minds on political matters, free from intimidation.” This is the key message of my book Abolishing Abortion, in which I call on the Church to abandon the self-censorship that is so prevalent and so unnecessary, even within the current structure of the law.”

After his speech, Fr. Frank, along with other key religious leaders who were present, greeted Mr. Trump and thanked him for his stand on these issues of critical importance.

For a transcript of Mr. Trump’s speech, click here.

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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The World’s “Greatest Boxer” is Gone But Not Forgotten

June 10th, 2016

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One week ago today, on June 3, many Americans and people around the world mourned the loss of Muhammad Ali. Dead at the age of 74, Ali, perhaps the greatest boxer ever, died after a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. May we pray for the peace of his family, his many admirers and his critics. We pray that Muhammad Ali be remembered not only as a man who won in a boxing ring, but who tirelessly waged war on the battlefield for justice.

Ali was born with the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. That’s who I met in the mid 1960′s at a “Fair Housing Rally” led by my daddy Rev. A. D. King, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church, in Louisville, KY. Daddy and his brother, Martin Luther King, Jr., (Uncle M. L.) were Baptist preachers and Civil Rights Leaders. I was a “youth organizer” in the Civil Rights Movement in those days.

Ali, a native of Louisville was a headliner in the Kentucky “Open Housing Movement.” As a contemporary of such civil rights icons as Uncle ML, Daddy AD, and yes, the prominent and dominant Malcolm X, Mr. Ali was making a lasting mark for himself inside and outside the boxing ring. Even though he was a contentious objector of the Vietnam War, he always loved America.

Perhaps even as Malcolm X recanted from his radical Islamic teachings of hatred of the Caucasian race, changing his name to Malik Shabazz after a visit to Mecca and adapting a message of universal peace and compassion, Mr. Ali also embraced that understanding as well as a love for “The Beloved Community” that my Uncle and Dad proclaimed during their lifetimes.

While Cassius Clay was raised in a Christian home, he later converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali; in part, because he objected to the western characterization of Jesus Christ. Yet, I believe in my heart that the Christian message that he learned from my uncle, Martin Luther King, and Daddy A. D. was impacting him, too.

Ali was not only a great boxer, but also a great man; a man of character, integrity and faith. He loved his God, his family and the world. Yet, he was a very complex personality; and like everyone, was subject to human failings.

Some may question my prayer that I’ll see Mr. Ali in Heaven. Yet God is ever merciful and judges the human heart. Mr. Ali is subject to the same grace and mercy that all humans seek.

Ali was devoted to his craft and was a fierce fighter who fought many battles, both in the ring and in his personal life. Although dealing with a debilitating disease in his latter years, he always carried himself with dignity. Perhaps best remembered for being a great boxing champion, Ali will be remembered for coining the phrase, “Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.”

The world has lost a great fighter and champion for justice.

Rest in peace Mr. Ali.

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Priests for Life calls for prayer for victory in Texas abortion case

June 9th, 2016

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Date: June 9, 2016

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NEW YORK — Sometime within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion on the most important abortion-related case in decades. To pave the way for victory in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is calling on churches, pro-life groups, families and individuals to pray a special prayer he wrote about the case and its importance to mothers and unborn children across the country.

The prayer asks God for His protection for unborn children and their parents and wisdom for the Supreme Court justices who are weighing their decision, and looks forward to the day “when all children and their families enjoy the full protection of the law.”

To find the prayer, as well as documents related to the case, go to www.SupremeCourtVictory.com

“Prayer is at the core of the pro-life effort, and this case is no exception. This case, moreover, has the potential of protecting countless women and children from abortionists who are so unqualified as not to be able to get hospital admitting privileges, and from clinics whose standards cannot measure up to those of ambulatory surgical facilities,” 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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Priests for Life stands with NYS Assemblyman Castorina as he works to protect unborn babies and their mothers

June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 8, 2016

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life is standing in solidarity with Staten Island State Assemblyman Ron Castorina, who spoke the truth about abortion and the impact it is having on the African-American community as the Assembly prepared on Tuesday to vote on a bill that would expand abortion in New York State.

The bill ultimately passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly by a vote of 88-44 but Assemblyman Castorina spent his allotted 15 minutes passionately defending life, even as Democratic members tried repeatedly to get him to yield the floor. Unable to silence him, the Democrats stormed out.

“I urge my friends in the African-American community to be very careful about supporting this legislation,” Castorina said during his remarks. “We’re talking about African-American genocide.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, as well as Executive Director Janet Morana and Evangelist Alveda King, head of Civil Rights for the Unborn – Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach – applauded the assemblyman, who won the seat during a special election in April.

Evangelist King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., defended Castorina from charges that his comments about black genocide were racist.

“The truth is not racist,” she said. “African-American communities are targeted by the abortion industry and too many of our babies die in abortion. These are facts that cannot be disputed. Mr. Castorina showed great courage in speaking this truth to members of the Assembly who clearly could not bear to hear it. Elected officials in all levels of government have begun to speak this truth, like Rep. Trent Franks, Katrina Jackson, a Democrat in the Louisiana Legislature, and Rep. Sean Duffy. They have likewise been criticized. Priests for Life and the National Black Pro-Life Coalition applaud these efforts and ask for prayer for these life advocates.”

Fr. Frank Pavone added, “Today I am especially proud to be a Staten Island resident, New York State is one of the most dangerous places in the country for unborn children, and Mr. Castorina clearly recognizes that things will only get worse under the bill. Four in ten pregnancies in the state end in abortion. Six in ten African-American babies die in the womb. Clearly New York does not need more abortion. What we need are more people like Mr. Castorina willing to go out on a limb to protect the unborn.”

Mrs. Morana, who is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said expanding abortion through the third trimester – which the bill accomplishes through a broad health exception to the current 24-week limit – will put New York women at risk.

“In 2013, Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from Westchester, traveled to Maryland to abort her daughter at 33 weeks because doctors believed the baby had a seizure disorder. Days later, Jennifer and her baby girl Madison Leigh were buried together in the same casket. Late-term abortion is dangerous for women. If this bill becomes law, we will be mourning more Jennifer Morbellis right here at home.”

Although the bill passed the Assembly, it is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

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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