Ma’am, Our Prayers and Dollars Already Go to ProWoman/ProFamily Causes

June 17th, 2015

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Recently an anonymous 26-year-old graduate student has posted a threat on ProLifeAntiWoman.com declaring that she will have an abortion unless people donate $1 million between July 7 and July 10. She writes that if the money is raised on the website, she will “have the baby, give it up for adoption and every cent of that $1 million will be put in a trust fund for the child, which he or she will have access to when they turn 21.” If $1 million is not raised, she says she will refund what is donated and have the abortion. She writes of her motivation, “I hope to give the American public a concrete example that the conservative right in America doesn’t actually care about the life of a child, they care about controlling the lives and choices of women.”

Link: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2015/06/16/pay-stop-abortion-pro-life-anti-woman

Talk about flawed thinking. How would giving this angry young woman a million dollars help the millions of butchered women and their babies who have been harmed by legal abortion?

It won’t. God help us.

Please tell this young lady to do her homework. The Prolife Movement already donates hundreds of thousands of prayers, hours and dollars to the Pregnancy Care Center Movement, Women’s Healing and other Women Friendly Causes to help not just one selfish angry woman to get $1 million; but to help thousands of mothers, fathers and their babies to get a new lease on life. For a reality check, mothers generally don’t get paid a million dollars to birth each of their children.

As a post abortive mother of six living children, I promise you I didn’t charge anyone one million dollars to birth them. On the other hand, the abortions cost those babies their lives and a whole lot of pain. See “How can the dream survive.”

This young lady needs a serious reality check. Please visit priestsforlife.org to see who really cares!

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Priests for Life leaders to take part in The Selma Project, June 19-20

June 12th, 2015

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Date: June 12, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda C. King, full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Martin Luther King Jr., will join Catherine Davis, founder of the Restoration Project and leader of the Selma Project, for a pro-life prayer rally and march June 19-20 in Selma, Alabama.

The event will use the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth – the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States – to highlight the tragedy of abortion in the African-American community. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and Bloody Sunday.

“When my uncle and other leaders marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, they were marching against the injustice of racism,” Dr. King said. “Today we march because since 1973 the unborn in this country have been denied the most fundamental human right, the right to life.”

Fr. Pavone noted that Dr. King joined the team at Priests for Life in 2003 after the two met at the March for Life and discussed its similarities to the civil rights marches of the 1960s.

“The pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century,” he said.

Dr. King noted that Priests for Life and its African-American Outreach led several Pro-Life Freedom Rides in the South in 2010 to draw attention to the way the abortion industry has targeted African-Americans for extinction. By returning to the Pettus Bridge just three months after the anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march there, organizers hope to once again underscore that connection between pro-life and civil rights.

The Selma Project also will highlight the unscrupulous practices of abortionists nationwide, and the fact that abortion is the most unregulated surgical industry. A local abortionist, Samuel Lett, runs the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, which should be licensed by the state because more than 10 abortions are performed there each month. But Lett denies performing abortions, and although a coalition of pro-life leaders has documented evidence that he does, the Alabama Department of Health has yet to initiate any kind of action against him.

“This Juneteenth has the potential to be the most vibrant and historic observance yet of this important day, because awareness is growing, among blacks and whites alike, of the unspeakable devastation wrought by abortion,” Fr. Pavone said. “Nobody who honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and nobody who claims to admire the civil rights movement, can ignore abortion any longer, or be silent any longer about it. In Selma and across America, the violence must stop now!”

The rally will begin at 7 p.m. CT June 19 at Christ the King Church in Selma. On June 20, marchers will gather on the Selma side of the bridge at 8:15 a.m. CT and walk across the bridge toward Montgomery.

For more information on the event, go to www.JuneteenthAAO.com.

To arrange an interview with Fr. Pavone or Dr. King, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org

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An Amazing Thing …

June 11th, 2015

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An amazing thing happened in Baltimore this week. Our leadership team was part of an unlikely coalition of leaders where we spoke at two panel discussions/community forums regarding the state of Baltimore, the nation and the world.

While sitting among leaders from the political, law enforcement community, spiritual, economic, and yes the NAACP; I realized my Uncle MLK was on to something when he said that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

That garment was on us as we met and talked together in Baltimore. A highlight of what turned out to be another leg of my “Peace and Justice Book Tour” was the opportunity to read excerpts from my KING RULES children’s book to school children at a charter school and to another group of children in front of the Billie Holiday Statue on the sometimes controversial and turbulent Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore.

There is hope for Baltimore, America and the world. Keep praying.

Love from the road.

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Fr. Frank Pavone on New Florida Abortion Waiting Period Law: “We should rush to save lives, not end them.”

June 11th, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the Catholic Church’s largest pro-life organization, today praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing legislation that will establish a 24-hour waiting period for abortion.

“We should rush to save lives, not end them,” said Fr. Pavone. “If Governor Scott and the Florida legislature will have saved one life through this legislation, it will have been more than worth the effort.”

The new law is scheduled to take effect on July 1, when Florida will become the 27th state to have a waiting period for abortion. North Carolina recently enacted a 72-hour waiting period.

“Abortion is a final, life-altering, life-ending decision,” added Fr. Pavone. “Sometimes one day can make all the difference in someone’s life.”

Priests for Life continues to work throughout the country to promote laws like this where they do not yet exist.

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 granted stay in challenge against HHS mandate

June 10th, 2015

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Date: June 10, 2015

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life will not have to obey the HHS mandate – or pay steep fines for refusing to do so – after a federal appeals court granted the pro-life ministry a stay late today.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted our motion to stay the mandate, meaning that the injunction protecting us from the mandate will remain in place while the Supreme Court considers our case.”

On Tuesday, the ministry’s attorneys filed the cert petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its case, on the merits, challenging the HHS mandate, after the appeals court refused a petition to give the case a hearing before the full court.

“Without the stay granted today, we would have been in the position of being fined for failing to comply with the mandate,” Father Pavone said. “But no matter what happens, we will not obey the mandate, nor will we pay fines to the government.”

To read the petition, and to find more information on the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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 files cert petition with U.S. Supreme Court in case against HHS Mandate

June 10th, 2015

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Date: June 9, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that the ministry’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Our attorneys filed today our ‘cert petition’ with the U.S. Supreme Court. This means we are asking the Court to hear our case, on the merits, challenging the HHS mandate.

“We had to take this step after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against us in November, and then a few weeks ago denied our petition for an en banc hearing,” explained Fr. Pavone.

“We believe we can win this case at the High Court,” Fr. Pavone continued, “but let it be clear that we also believe in a higher court, and that no matter what happens, we will obey God rather than men.”

To read the petition, and to find more information on the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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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Liberal Race Baiting is Tired, Sagging and Outdated

June 8th, 2015
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State Representative Alveda King, Daddy King, Dr. Mays, GA House Speaker Tom Murphy, Mrs. Coretta Scott King

For decades, the liberal camp has stirred up the emotions of the African American Community with reminders of our victimization from first slavery and then segregation and racism. Yet, in the midst of all our oppression, we have always managed to rise to the surface, and even ascend to the peaks of promise, stepping over the boulders of despair that would try to hold us back.

My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. often quoted his mentor Dr. Benjamin E. Mays. During his lifetime, Dr. Mays was President of Morehouse College in Atlanta. Many of the men of our family, including Daddy AD King and Uncle ML King, like Granddaddy, are “Morehouse Men.”

Dr. Mays would say: “No one can ride your back unless it is bent.” Granddaddy always taught us to “stand up straight and walk tall because God is on our side.”

When I hear Mrs. Senator Hillary Clinton or Mrs. Michelle Obama, or Al Sharpton, or other leading speakers stir up memories of racial unrest and oppression, even when they are pointing out the obvious current racial overtones and undertones that Blacks in America are still facing, I don’t hear hope. They don’t offer solutions, only more anger, pain and despair.

As a survivor of the 20th Century Race Wars, my back remains unbent, and I move forward for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who were created equal in God’s eyes.

In my book KING RULES, I write about the “Beloved Community” our legacy embraces. I write about Acts 17:26, where we discover that the human race is born of “one blood.” So we are not even “separate races.” This reminds us that what Uncle ML said is true: “We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.”

Please, someone, remind speakers like Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton that the answer to racial strife and confusion, in fact to all human issues, will always be love and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Kitchen table issues affect the rich and the poor alike. How will we feed our families, how will we educate our children, how will we manage successful career strategies, how will we improve our quality of life? It doesn’t matter how much we are able to pay for these benefits. The American Dream is that everyone will have some form of satisfaction, free from fear of danger, poverty and harm.

We still have a dream, The American Dream.

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Priests for Life: Let’s all admit abortion decline is a good thing!

June 8th, 2015

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Date: June 7, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone and members of the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life, one of the nation’s largest and most visible pro-life groups, commented today about the Associated Press report showing that abortions have declined 12 percent since 2010.

“Whenever a report about a decrease in abortions is issued, both sides of the abortion debate rush to give explanations and take credit,” Fr. Pavone said. “It’s important to realize, first of all, that the factors accounting for this are multiple, complex, and often hard to measure. But a few things are clear to us, including that the primary reason well may be the abortion industry itself. As the most unregulated surgical industry in America, specializing in activity that bears a stigma that it cannot seem to shake, this industry has been imploding for years. Its advocates have run out of arguments, and cannot even bring themselves to describe the procedure they support. Its clinics have increasing difficulty recruiting physicians, and have been closing in record numbers.

“Moreover,” Fr. Pavone asserted, “we on the pro-life side see and touch on a daily basis the lives that we are privileged to save. Reduction in abortion isn’t simply revealed in abstract statistics, but in living babies who know how to get our attention.”

“Youth are making a difference,” said Bryan Kemper, President of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life. “Abortions continue to decline as this generation is not just more pro-life but increasingly active in the pro-life movement. Young people are rejecting the lie that pro-life is a war on women and realizing that the actual war on women is abortion. Youth activism is erupting around the world and I know this is the generation that will abolish abortion.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, noted that abortion advocates are encouraging more women to speak publicly about their abortions. But that particular approach helps the pro-life side more than the other side.

“The women of Silent No More have been speaking out about their abortions for more than a decade,” Mrs. Morana said. “Now that pro-abortion women are speaking out too, people are noticing a curious thing: The stories are remarkably similar. For so many women on both sides of the debate there is lingering physical and psychological damage, on top of regret and heartbreak. Women are listening, and they are choosing life.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said, “Minority communities have long been targeted by abortion profiteers but we have begun to fight back. We are working towards the day, and I believe it will come soon, when it will no longer be true that the most dangerous place for an African-American baby is in the womb.”

Fr. Pavone concluded, “Each day I see the dedicated work of the Priests for Life team, and its many supporters around the nation, in changing attitudes towards abortion, passing laws, and counseling parents to choose life. It works. Above and beyond any arguments about who should take the most credit for the decline in abortions, let’s start by hearing some consensus across the battle lines of the abortion debate that any decline in abortions is a good thing, and that the decline should accelerate!”

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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Okay Cecile, Name a Time and a Place and Let’s Talk About Abortion

June 5th, 2015

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Recently, in a Time article, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that America needs to talk – really talk – about abortion.

Yes, it’s a conversation that’s long overdue; over 56.9 million dead babies overdue, a third of them being Black babies. But let’s have that talk on a level playing field.

When we talk, let’s put euphemisms aside and let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Let’s be truthful with the public. Let’s be clear from the onset – we’re talking about ABORTION. Not reproductive rights. Not healthcare or access to healthcare. Not a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body because the baby is not her body.

Many pro-life leaders have challenged Cecile Richards to have this conversation several years ago but We’ve never received a response.

Now that it’s her idea to “really talk” about abortion we pray that she won’t shy away from REALLY talking about abortion.

Abortion, although legal, is certainly not safe as they would have you think. This is evident by the hundreds of women who have died from abortion with report after report of ambulances being called to abortion ‘clinics’ to transport patients to hospitals after botched abortions.

Along with physical harm there’s psychological harm done by abortion as evident by the women and men of Silent No More Awareness Campaign; we speak openly of the harm of abortion on our lives.

In the past, any discussion over abortion has been heavily slanted in favor of the pro-abortion lobby. The abortion industry has millions of dollars to funnel into the media machine in order to spread their propaganda. Much of those millions is tax-payer dollars. Mainstream media is often happy to help push the abortion agenda; hiding the truth from the general public.

Like so many other propagandists Ms. Richards says, “Let’s talk about abortion,” but then is nowhere to be found when we say, “Okay, let’s talk.”

Let’s talk about what an abortion procedure is. Let’s talk about why you don’t want parents notified when children want to have an abortion. Let’s talk about the annual over half a billion dollars you receive in tax-payer money from our government. Let’s talk about who you target for abortion. Let’s talk about the many Kermit Gosnell abortionists that are performing abortions in cities all across America.

Let’s REALLY talk about abortion. When and where would you like to meet?

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New Mexico Priest to Join Full-Time Priests for Life Team

May 27th, 2015

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Fr. Stephen Imbarrato assigned to work with Fr. Frank Pavone starting June 12

NEW YORK –Father Stephen Imbarrato, founder of two pro-life groups in Albuquerque, will join the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life, it was announced today by Father Frank Pavone, National Director.

Father Imbarrato has been released by Archbishop Michael Sheehan to do full-time pro-life ministry with Priests for Life.

fr-stephen-imbarrato“Father Imbarrato will be a powerful addition to an already powerful Priests for Life team,” Father Pavone said. “The growth of this diverse team of leaders over the years has been organic. Leaders have come onto the team after years of collaboration with us and the development of a relationship of communication and trust. The case of Father Imbarrato is no exception. I have known him and worked with him in the pro-life trenches from before he entered the seminary. He thinks clearly about the tragedy of abortion and responds courageously to it.”

Since his ordination in 2005, Father Imbarrato has been doing parish ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which encompasses Albuquerque, the late-term abortion hub of the nation. He founded Project Defending Life there and then later started Protest ABQ to ensure that everyone who lives, works or visits Albuquerque understands that babies are aborted there through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason.

Although he will continue to live in Albuquerque, he has handed over the reins of those organizations to new leadership to allow him to travel nationally and internationally for Priests for Life.

“Father Imbarrato’s passion for ending abortion stems from an experience he had as a young man when a girlfriend aborted their twins,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “His testimony with Silent No More at the March for Life in D.C. in 2004 was the first time a post-abortive dad joined the campaign to say he regretted his lost fatherhood. Many courageous men have followed his example.”

Father Imbarrato is a native of New Jersey who was ordained to the priesthood after studying at Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut. He met Father Pavone while discerning his call to the priesthood and has collaborated on many pro-life projects with Priests for Life. His first official day at the New York-based ministry will be June. 12.

“For the last 10 years I have been blessed to be in parish ministry as well as pro-life ministry. I believe the time is right to answer Our Lord’s call of full time ministry dedicated to end pre-born child killing,” Father Imbarrato said. ”What better means to do this than with Father Frank Pavone and the Priests for Life team? I am very blessed.”

To find out more about Father Imbarrato, visit www.PriestsForLife.org.
To book him for an interview, email media@priestsforlife.org.
To schedule him for a trip to your Church or pro-life event, email travels@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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