Fr. Pavone Praises President Trump’s Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood

January 23rd, 2017

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Date: January 23, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today praised President Donald Trump’s action to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prevents taxpayer funds from being given to groups that promote or perform abortions abroad.

“Just as he and we have promised, so now we see pro-life fruits of the election unfolding as President Trump has taken immediate action to reinstitute President Reagan’s ‘Mexico City Policy,’” said Fr. Pavone. “Poll after poll shows that Americans do not want their tax money to pay for abortions. Stopping funding to foreign pro-abortion groups is a powerful first step toward doing the same domestically.”

The Mexico City Policy was first adopted by President Ronald Reagan and is named after a United Nations population conference held in Mexico’s capital in 1984. The policy, which has been in effect during Republican administrations and revoked in Democratic ones, bars the U.S. Agency for International Development from giving funds to organizations that promote or perform abortions in foreign countries.

“Thanks to President Trump’s action today, the International Planned Parenthood Federation will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers,” added Fr. Pavone. “And thanks to the president’s commitment to the unborn, we can soon say the same for Planned Parenthood in the U.S.”

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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Alveda King Represents Priests for Life at National Prayer Service with President Trump

January 23rd, 2017

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Date: January 23, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, was among 26 religious leaders who prayed for President Donald Trump Saturday at Washington National Cathedral.

The National Prayer Service is a tradition that dates back to the inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States of America. The tradition was revived in 1933 and has taken place every four years since.

Ms. King, a niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, said she prayed that “Our faith and gratitude remain in God, working through you President Trump to lead, embrace and bless all Americans as brothers and sisters.

“Today our prayer is that God will use President Trump and all who labor with him for God’s glory. We are also encouraged by the grace and respect with which he has begun his term.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said, “I am proud of our new president, and am rejoicing in his victory and his inauguration. There is indeed great reason for all who value life and love America to rejoice at this time. No need to wait to see what he will do, because he has already done an incalculable good for America by keeping Hillary Clinton from being elected. And we look forward to much more good as well!”

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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Silent No More Awareness Campaign will share message that abortion hurts women at Women’s March on Washington

January 18th, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will gather at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW at 10 a.m. Saturday to share the message that abortion hurts women.

“It’s ironic that the Women’s March on Washington aims to speak for all women, when half of those killed in abortion are baby girls,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of the Campaign and executive director of Priests for Life. “We also need to stop treating the women killed or injured in abortion as collateral damage.”

Campaign co-founder Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, said the Women’s March “has embraced a pro-abortion stance, betraying its mission of non-violence, by letting Planned Parenthood and NARAL serve as partners for the event. Therefore, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has decided that our counter-witness also needs to be present. We do not want people to think all women embrace abortion so we will stand on the sidewalk sharing the truth, ready to offer ministry and help to the hurting.”

Holding signs that say “I Regret My Abortion,” the women will provide a powerful visual contrast to the pro-abortion marchers, as they did in 2004 at the March for Women’s Lives during President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.

Noting that Saturday’s march is a protest primarily of the election of Donald Trump, Mrs. Morana said, “President-elect Trump is pro-life, has promised to nominate pro-life justices and judges to the Supreme Court and the federal bench, has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and protect babies in the womb past 20 weeks. We will not march against him.”
Mrs. Forney added: “Many of those participating in the March for Women’s Lives need to see the Campaign’s message and learn that there is help and healing for any one struggling with their abortion experience.”

The Campaign, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, has been present at the March for Life every year since 2003. Dozens of women and men who regret their abortion experiences tell their stories in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, where Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided in 1973.

The Campaign began Nov. 11, 2002. As of January 2017, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,803 Gatherings in 17 countries and all 50 states, with 6,270 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 136 high schools and universities in the last seven years, 11 in 2016 alone.

There are 2,506 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 421 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,611 people registered with the Campaign, representing 77 countries.

People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 5,361 women and 625 men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Also, 648 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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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Fr. Pavone Praises KY Gov, Legislature for Enacting Pro-Life Laws

January 12th, 2017

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Date: January 12, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky legislature for enacting the first two pro-life laws in the nation this year. One measure will protect from abortion babies who can feel pain and the second will offer a woman the chance to view a live ultrasound image of her child prior to an abortion.

“For years, a few pro-abortion legislators blocked the will of Kentuckians to enact measures that would protect women and their unborn babies,” said Fr. Pavone. “Obviously, with Kentucky legislators passing two pro-life bills in their first week of work and with Governor Bevin signing them into law today, the obstructionism of the abortion lobby has quickly and decisively ended. This is a great day for Kentucky and for life!”

After last November’s elections, Republicans were given a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in almost 100 years. The result has been the swift adoption of pro-life legislation that had been denied a vote under the Democrats’ control of the House.

“That these two bills were passed with overwhelming margins by both houses of the Kentucky legislature speaks to their popularity,” added Fr. Pavone. “That Governor Bevin is signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as the state’s first new law of 2017 speaks to its importance. Kentucky is blessed to have leaders who serve all her people, born and unborn.”

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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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Everyone,

January 6th, 2017

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I have a new book that I’d like to share with you today. I wrote America: Return To God because I believe it is needed for such a time as this. Please get the book at http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=17235

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Also, I’m available for MLK Holiday spots from the road next week and from Atlanta studio Sunday night 1/15 after 7pm and on Monday 1/16 from 7am until 5pm.

Please book through Leslie Palma, media@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277.

Every year in January we take time to remember and celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This time has come to be known as MLK week. This year it takes place from January 10-16, 2017. I usually join my family at various events throughout the week.

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State Rep. Alveda King, Daddy King, Dr. B. E. Mays, Speaker Tom Murphy, Mrs. Coretta King

Below are some events. More at The King Center.

1. Friday, January 13, 2017: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Coretta Scott King’s Memoir – My Life, My Live, My Legacy Reception, Intimate Conversation & Book Signing with Dr. Bernice A. King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds. I won’t be able to attend but my mother, Mrs. Naomi Williams King will be there.

2. Sunday, January 15, 2017: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Join me at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Artistic Tribute 2017. A great time will be had by all. Register HERE. Only a few free reserved seats remain.

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3. Monday, January 16, 2017: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Join Rev. Frank Pavone and Evangelist Alveda King at MLK Annual Commemorative Service.

4. Monday, January 16, 2017: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – I will participate in the Beloved Community Talk: Let’s Bridge The Racial Divide Across Urban Suburban and Rural America with Dr. Bernice King. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Kasich and others in a candid conversation.

Following MLK Week I will be going to Washington, DC to attend some Inauguration events including the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inaugural: A Salute to African American Leaders: Celebrating the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Wed., January 18, 2017: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM, The Good Sheppard, Good Samaritan Prayer Breakfast, Thur., January 19, 2017: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, and the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inaugural Gala, Thur., January 19, 2017.

January 22 is my birthday so I ask you to please pray for me as I prepare to go back to Washington on Friday, January 27 for the 23rd Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers, an ecumenical prayers service just prior to the March for Life. More information is available at www.NationalPrayerService.com.

I hope that some of you will be able to attend. If you don’t live in the area you can observe this week by joining us in prayer and spirit.

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Join me for the National Prayer Service on January 27 in Washington, DC

December 30th, 2016

2017 Happy New Year

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As I wish you a Happy New Year, please take a moment to consider a special invitation.

Please join me in Washington, DC on Friday, January 27 for the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers to be held from 8:30-10:30 am at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St).

This will be a powerful time of prayer, praise and worship and is always a time of inspiration and renewed focus on our mission.

Pam Tebow (mother of Christian athlete Tim Tebow) will be one of our inspirational speakers. Our special musical guest will be Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation and we will once again welcome Tony Melendez (the famous guitarist with no arms).

Clergy of all denominations are invited to join me in participating in a special way by processing in, sitting on stage and proclaiming an assigned prayer or scripture reading. There will also be prayer in unison. You are asked, when applicable, to wear appropriate clergy vestments and symbols. Clergy may contact Christa@NPRCouncil.org if they wish to participate in this way.

May I also ask your assistance in publicizing this event by way of your websites, email lists, social media accounts, etc? The website for this event is www.NationalPrayerService.com.

I hope you will join me for this time of prayer as we prepare to march with hundreds of thousands of others to show our love for our unborn brothers and sisters. The defense of the unborn is in fact the civil rights movement of today and all we do in the pro-life movement must be sustained by prayer.

God bless you…
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WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 24th, 2016

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Civil Rights for the Unborn wants to wish a very Merry Christmas to all our friends and supporters!

Please enjoy the holidays and let’s remember to pray for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people from the womb to the tomb as we celebrate Christmas and look forward to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

“For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Please enjoy this from 700 Club – Christmas with the Kings

And don’t forget to say Merry Christmas again!

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Let’s Say “Merry Christmas” Again!

December 9th, 2016
Front Left To Right: Alveda King (Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn), Dean Nelson (Board Chair of the Douglass Institute) and Day Gardner (President of the National Pro-Life Union). Back: Rev. Walter Hoye III (Founder of Issues4Life)

Front Left To Right: Alveda King (Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn), Dean Nelson (Board Chair of the Douglass Institute) and Day Gardner (President of the National Pro-Life Union). Back: Rev. Walter Hoye III (Founder of Issues4Life)

Friends, just after Thanksgiving, my good friend Dr. Day Gardner called me and said: “We need to say Merry Christmas again.” I totally agreed.

We quickly called our partners in Christ Rev. Dean Nelson and Rev. Walter Hoye to get the ball rolling and Christmas Bells ringing. The Movement has legs now.

LET’S SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN!

Together we, Day, Alveda, Dean and Walter are promoting the letter Walter has written below to Pastors. Join us as we celebrate Christmas by signing on sharing the letter far and wide.

God bless you,
Evangelist Alveda King

Please sign our LET’S SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN LETTER

Dear Pastors, community leaders and all believers …

Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember the reason Christ was born and the price He paid for the sins of the world as the Holy and Spotless “Lamb of God” slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived and died that the world would have a second chance at eternal life in Heaven.

Lifting up the name of Jesus in the public square, especially this time of year has and is the practice of billions around the world. December 25th (“Christmas Day”) has been a federal holiday in the United States of America since June 28th, 1870, when Congress created the original four holidays (“New Years Day”, “Independence Day”, “Thanksgiving Day” and “Merry Christmas.” Indeed, celebrating “Christmas”, the birth of Christ, is as American as it gets.

As Christians let us reject the trend to substitute “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas”.

As Christians let us remember the admonition of Christ Himself in Luke 9:26 and boldly proclaim “Christ is the reason for season” by saying “Merry Christmas” as we consecrate His holy and miraculous birth in the language of our everyday lives.

Is saying “Merry Christmas” demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity?

No! Of course not.

Just as someone in the Jewish faith who says “Happy Hanukkah” isn’t demanding that Christians or non-Christians convert to Judaism, neither are Christians who say “Merry Christmas” demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity.

When we Christians greet the world with “Merry Christmas” we are openly expressing to the world that we believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Not only is the public expression of our faith in Christ encouraged in the Bible, it is one of the fundamental freedoms we have and enjoy as Americans.

So let us reject the trend to say “Happy Holidays” or any other substitution for “Merry Christmas” and both faithfully and fearlessly say “Merry Christmas”.

May God richly bless you and yours.

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Dioceses of Spokane and Yakima Host Rachel’s Vineyard Training in Washington State

December 7th, 2016

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Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest ministry devoted to healing after abortion, just returned from Washington State, where she led a training for clergy. Three dioceses were represented – Spokane and Yakima in Washington and a diocese in Nigeria.

A total of 66 people attended the training in Wenatchee, WA, including 24 clergymen, four deacons’ wives and Sister Mary Rosanna Emenusiobi from Nigeria. She works full time in Nigeria’s largest pro-life, pro-family educational group, Family-Light of the Nation Foundation.

This training was the brainchild of Teresa Drollman, who helped organize 40 Days for Life and has been working to start a new Rachel’s Vineyard retreat site in Wenatchee. Chancellor Monsignor Robert Siller and Father Osmar Aguirre helped plan the conference along with the Rachel’s Vineyard team.

Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson was also instrumental in making the training happen. Bishop Tyson has initiated a program called Prepares, a nurturing response of the Catholic community to provide families the supportive services needed to help ensure healthy childhood development from pregnancy to age five. For more information click here: http://www.preparesforlife.org/.

“Father Peter Steele, ordained in May, told me this training was invaluable, and ten clergy want to be on the new teams in Washington state,” Dr. Burke said. “This was a valuable trip to help a new team that seeks to offer English and Spanish retreats. There is a very large population of immigrant workers in agriculture who live in Wenatchee and Planned Parenthood is very active in advertising abortion to them. It’s our goal to start a vibrant Latino ministry as well as the new English-speaking retreats.”

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats for healing after abortion are presently being offered at 375 sites across the United States and in over 70 countries, and the ministry continues to expand its outreach. Some Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are hosted by church-based ministries, counseling outreach programs, diocesan Respect Life offices, and crisis pregnancy centers. It is offered in both Catholic and interdenominational settings. Some 33 Catholic dioceses in the United States officially host Rachel’s Vineyard sites.

“People who come to Rachel’s Vineyard will meet people who care about them and the child or children lost to abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Rachel’s Vineyard. “The retreats are led by those who know the way of healing, and are ready to welcome all into a journey that leads to mercy and peace.”

The ministry’s hotline number, for those in need of healing, is 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463).

Rachel’s Vineyard, which enjoys the strong personal support of Pope Francis, is a ministry of Priests for Life. For more information on the ministry, go to www.rachelsvineyard.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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December Shockwaves Focuses on Healing Available to Everyone Impacted by Abortion

December 6th, 2016

SPACERHealing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an initiative to raise awareness of the various groups of people impacted by the loss of a child to abortion, in December calls on all priests, pastors and clergy members to preach about the healing power of the Lord in this season of Advent.

“December, and the Advent season, lead us to cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Aware as we are of the many wounds abortion brings, we are more deeply aware of our need for the Savior who comes with healing in his wings,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which launched Shockwaves nearly two years ago.

Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, noted that for mothers and fathers who have lost a child to abortion, December can bring about a melancholy tied to the awareness that someone is missing from the family celebration of Jesus’s birth.

“I often wonder what my baby’s First Christmas ornaments on the tree would look like, and what she would be doing now,” she said. “It is in these moments when I am most grateful that Jesus came to save a sinner like me.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said that for Catholics, Pope Francis’s recent announcement that all priests throughout the world will continue to be authorized to bring people to full reconciliation after the sin of abortion dovetails nicely with the December Shockwaves theme, Come Lord Jesus!

“The international conversation sparked by the pope’s announcement raises awareness that abortion is a sin that impacts the Church as well as society,” she said. “Forgiveness is available to all who seek it, no matter how they may have been complicit in abortion.

Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a Shockwaves architect, said “The Advent and Christmas seasons can be a time of abundant grace and new opportunities for spiritual growth, healing and joy, even for those harmed by the loss of a child to abortion. In fact, this loss can lead us to a deeper faith.”

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an international educational and pastoral effort, launched in January 2015 by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about and ministering to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child is killed by abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

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