As Super Tuesday Looms, Civil Rights for the Unborn Surges

February 29th, 2016

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The expansion of The African American Outreach of Priests for Life is reflected in the new moniker “Civil Rights for the Unborn.”

As the director of the over-a-decade-old pro-life outreach to African Americans, Evangelist Alveda King says, “today is the last day of Black History Month. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday. Now is the time to give the babies a chance to be born to make history, to be born to live to cast their votes.”

Now called Civil Rights for the Unborn, The African American Outreach of Priests for Life, the project will continue to be led by longtime activist Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of A.D. King.

“Our new name reflects what Priests for Life’s African American Outreach program has always been – an arm of the civil rights movement to which my family has dedicated our lives,” said Dr. King. “On this last day of Black History Month, we reaffirm that, acting under the banner Civil Rights for the Unborn, we will clearly and forcefully continue to heighten awareness in the black community that civil rights begin when life begins.”

Over the last 10 years, Priests for Life’s outreach program to African Americans has worked nationally with other civil rights activists on numerous efforts, including organizing the Pro-Life Freedom Rides, protesting convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, and publicizing “Tonya Reaves Could Have Been Me,” the consciousness-raising campaign that grew from the tragic death of a young African American woman who died from an abortion.

This year again, Priests for Life and Civil Rights for the Unborn will work hard to make sure voters keep the life issue in the forefront as they choose the next president of the United States.

“My prayer is that we elect a pro-life president,” Dr. King said. “That’s a priority.”

Commenting on the expanded outreach of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “The right to life is both a civil right and the foundation of all other civil rights. With Alveda’s leadership, Civil Rights for the Unborn will proclaim these truths to the African American community, which has been so disproportionately devastated by abortion.”

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Civil Rights for the Unborn – The African American Outreach of Priests for Life

February 29th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Priests for Life today announces the expansion and re-naming of its over-a-decade-old pro-life outreach to African Americans.

Now called Civil Rights for the Unborn, The African American Outreach of Priests for Life, the project will continue to be led by longtime activist Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of A.D. King.

“Our new name reflects what Priests for Life’s African American Outreach program has always been – an arm of the civil rights movement to which my family has dedicated our lives,” said Dr. King. “On this last day of Black History Month, we reaffirm that, acting under the banner Civil Rights for the Unborn, we will clearly and forcefully continue to heighten awareness in the black community that civil rights begin when life begins.”

Over the last 10 years, Priests for Life’s outreach program to African Americans has worked nationally with other civil rights activists on numerous efforts, including organizing the Pro-Life Freedom Rides, protesting convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, and publicizing “Tonya Reaves Could Have Been Me,” the consciousness-raising campaign that grew from the tragic death of a young African American woman who died from an abortion.

This year again, Priests for Life and Civil Rights for the Unborn will work hard to make sure voters keep the life issue in the forefront as they choose the next president of the United States.

“My prayer is that we elect a pro-life president,” Dr. King said. “Nothing is more important.”

Commenting on the expanded outreach of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “The right to life is both a civil right and the foundation of all other civil rights. With Alveda’s leadership, Civil Rights for the Unborn will proclaim these truths to the African American community, which has been so disproportionately devastated by abortion.”

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 to lead Prayer Rally on Night Before Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in HHS Mandate Cases

February 26th, 2016

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Date: February 26, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff in the case Priests for Life vs. HHS announced today that on Tuesday night, March 22, Priests for Life will lead a national prayer rally for religious freedom in front of the U.S. Supreme Court from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The oral arguments in this case, with which six other cases have been consolidated, will be heard the next morning, March 23, when there will also be a rally outside the court. The consolidated case is called Zubik vs. Burwell.

All the plaintiffs and Friends of the Court in the case will be invited to participate, as will presidential candidates, members of Congress, national and local pro-life groups and religious organizations. Everyone who values religious freedom is urged to come.

Those who cannot be present physically are invited to join in the prayer campaign at www.SupremeCourtVictory.org.

Fr. Frank said: “At issue in this case is a very basic principle of American law: The government cannot punish a believer for living out his or her faith. Nor can the government decide that a particular belief is not worth protecting. This case has implications well beyond the HHS mandate. It affects the freedom to practice any aspect of one’s religion in America.”

Plaintiffs in the Priests for Life case also include Janet Morana, Executive Director, and Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Priests for Life was the fourth organization to file a federal challenge to the HHS mandate, over four years ago. Since then, this case has made its way up through the court system, receiving adverse judgments but also injunctions protecting the organization from punishment for not obeying the mandate, which would require participation in the government’s efforts to expand coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives.

Priests for Life is represented in this case by the American Freedom Law Center.

For information about the Priests for Life case, and the arguments involved, and to express your support, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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Voter Turnoffs: Avoid Tricky Political Spin Traps

February 26th, 2016

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Often politicians make unenforceable promises that make people feel good. We applaud those promises from candidates we like, because they strike a feel good chord. On the other hand, we attack those seemingly impossible unfulfillable promises from candidates we don’t prefer, because we want them to lose so that our candidates can win. It’s all an emotional spin trap.

I’m not sure what took me so long, but during past elections I “wrote in” names for candidates because of personal, or philosophical reasons, I couldn’t stomach some who received nominations. This time around, I’m committed to voting for whoever is against the abortion agenda and PP’s role in abortion on some level and who receives the nomination for the party who is most against abortion. I’m not going to choose the “lesser of two evils,” because at the end of the day who wants to vote for evil?

I’m just going to vote for the one most closely aligned to the position that human life of mothers and their babies is valuable from conception or fertilization until natural death (no abortion and no euthanasia for babies, poor, sick and infirm people); and that life and the liberty to be born is a human, moral and civil right.

And then according to Proverbs 3:5-8, I will trust God to work it out.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” – Proverbs 3:5-8 NLT

Not voting is not an option. Too many people in the suffragette and race wars in the U.S. (including my dad Rev. AD King, my uncle, ML King, and yes, me) struggled, and some even died for the right to vote.

America needs healing… Beware the spin games. Pray and vote for life because our generations are depending on deliverance.

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Fr. Pavone Commends Wisconsin Gov. Scott , Legislature for Reducing Public Funding for Planned Parenthood

February 19th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commended Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing into law two bills that will dramatically reduce public funding for Planned Parenthood.

“It’s interesting that limiting Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursement for dispensing contraceptives to the actual cost of the drugs, as one of these new Wisconsin laws will do, will save the public $4.5 million dollars,” states Fr. Pavone. “With overbilling like that by just one state affiliate, it’s no wonder that the nation’s biggest abortion business turns a profit year after year.”

Gov. Walker appeared at a pro-life pregnancy resource center today to sign two new state measures. One will limit Planned Parenthood’s reimbursement from the government for birth control drugs and devices to their actual cost. The second will redirect family planning funds to organizations that do not perform abortions, such as state, county, and local health departments. Combined, the two laws will prevent about $8 million in public funds from going to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

“Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin legislature know what it means to serve the public,” added Fr. Pavone. “With these two bills, they simultaneously protect our most vulnerable, protect the right of conscience, and guard the public pocketbook.”

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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Guttmacher Institute Sides with Government Against Priests for Life

February 18th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commented on the Guttmacher Institute’s amicus brief filed in opposition to Priests for Life v. HHS, which is now challenging the HHS mandate in the Supreme Court.

“The Guttmacher Institute asserts that the religious freedom rights of Priests for Life and the dozens of other groups and individuals with cases now before the Supreme Court are subservient to the demands of government regulators,” said Fr. Pavone. “This may be what abortion advocates claim, but it’s not what the law states.”

The Guttmacher Institute has filed an amicus curiae brief in the consolidated Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell, in which the lawsuits of Priests for Life and six others seek the court’s protection from the Obama administration’s demand that religious non-profit groups participate in the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in violation of their faiths. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the matter on March 23.

“Contrary to what Guttmacher and the abortion lobby allege, the government could find any number of ways of making birth control available without forcing church groups to violate their own beliefs,” added Fr. Pavone.

“The abortion lobby likes to talk about the separation of church and state, but it now wants to weave the tentacles of government into religion, telling churches what they can and can’t believe. The hostility of abortionists and their supporters to people of faith and to faith itself has never been more apparent.”

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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A King in the High Court: History Repeats Itself

February 16th, 2016

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Dr. Alveda King plaintiff in Priests for Life Challenge to HHS Mandate

NEW YORK — Forty-nine years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a petitioner in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, his niece, Dr. Alveda King, will appear as a plaintiff in the same court.

In 1967, Rev. King sought to overturn his 1963 conviction for violating a Birmingham, AL, ordinance by leading a public demonstration without a permit.

This year, Dr. Alveda King is a plaintiff in Priests for Life vs. HHS, a case that seeks to block the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS Mandate. The mandate would force Priests for Life to cooperate with the government in expanding insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and other objectionable “services.”

Both cases are about civil rights.

The Supreme Court ruled against Rev. King and upheld his conviction, but two years later the Birmingham ordinance was found to be unconstitutional. Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life, is hoping justice will be swifter this time around.

“The people of the United States have a right to understand this,” she said. “The civil rights of every human being will be impacted by this decision. People forget that life is a civil right.”

Priests for Life objects to the mandate on religious liberty grounds, and finds it particularly offensive that a ministry formed specifically to fight abortion is being coerced to provide abortion-inducing drugs and devices to its employees.
“Life is a civil right,” Dr. King said. “In an abortion, you violate the rights of the baby.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, noted that this month’s observance of Black History Month is a perfect time to highlight the King family in the Supreme Court.

“It’s historic that a member of the King family is once again defending civil rights in the U.S. Supreme Court,” Father Pavone said.

Dr. King said the nation has come a long way in recognizing the civil rights of African-Americans but has a long way still to go in recognizing that those rights begin in the womb.

“We are reminding Christians everywhere, of all races, ethnicities and creeds, that we must stand together and unite to protect the civil rights of all,” she said. “That includes the babies in the womb.”

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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Black Leaders Say Justice Scalia Will Be Missed as Anti-Life Movement Expands Black Abortion Death-Sentencing Efforts

February 15th, 2016

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Atlanta, GA – On the occasion of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Black Prolife Leaders mourn his death and decry current anti-life decisions which seek to impose abortion death sentences on hundreds of babies and mothers in New York and other communities.

“My heart breaks that America cannot take time to mourn with the Scalia family” said Catherine Davis, President of the Restoration Project. Instead, we must turn, immediately, to the political – assessing the ramifications of the death of this great jurist. We do pray with them, however, for strength and peace as they navigate this new normal of life without their husband, dad, and grandfather.

Citing statistics from Too Many Aborted the leaders considered Justice Scalia to be “a champion civil rights voice for life.”

“Justice Scalia understood what happens when being human is not enough to ensure protection from racial discrimination as a human. I thank God for the Fourteenth (14th) Amendment to the United States Constitution and for the legacy of Justice Scalia,” said Walter Hoye, Founder of Issues4Life Foundation.

Evangelist Alveda King, director of African American Outreach and a party to a Priests for Life HHS Mandate case before SCOTUS said, “Justice Scalia was a prophet in many ways. The loss of his opinions regarding the sanctity of life will create a terrible void.”

Pastor Stephen Broden of Dallas based Protect Life and Marriage Texas said: “The death of Justice Scalia has once again heightened the fact that the anti-life forces are working overtime to enforce killing babies as normative in our culture. SCOTUS is now considering major abortion cases that will impact how we as a nation will view abortion for a long time. The agenda on the left is apparent when in 2015 the Empire State legislators put forth legislation to shoot poison into the heart of babies well into the third trimester if a mother feels she is not “emotionally stable” to raise the baby. America needs to take notice of the anti-life agenda and vote to ensure and secure a pro-life presence on the Supreme Court.”

At the turn of the century, The Black Prolife Movement experienced a “resurgence” combining prominent 20th century civil rights voices and newly emerging Prolife voices. Adding to the “we shall overcome abortion” and “no more womb lynching” themes of L.E.A.R.N. and Black Genocide.org, many more Black Prolife organizations have emerged. Joined by partners across the Prolife Movement, Blacks are participating in films and other documentaries such as MAAFA21, BLOOD MONEY, and popular videos by The Radiance Foundation. Many of the 21st century leaders also represent their own organizations while coalescing at National Black Prolife Coalition and are published in their benchmark book LIFE AT ALL COSTS.

Day Gardner, founder of National Black Pro-Life Union points out the perspective of the deceptive messaging of The Reproductive Justice movement, created in 1994; the Trust Black Women Partnership, created in 2010; and the Black Lives Matter movement, created in 2012; all which allegedly were created because according to them, ‘the lives of Black people were in peril.’ If they really care, they should support the Defund Planned effort, to end the destruction of the fruit and wombs of women.”

Gardner further explained: “Hiding behind the pretense that these deceptive entities were born out of a demand for the self-determination and liberation of Black people in this country, and that all these organizations were ‘born’ because of the leadership of Black women, their ‘Trust Black Women’ mantra is highly offensive; because they want to birth lies rather than babies.”

King also asks: “How can the dream survive if we murder our children? Life is a civil right. If you force the mother to take harmful chemicals or to abort the baby, you violate the rights of the baby and the health of the mother.” Watch video

Today, while mourning the departed SCOTUS champion, Justice Antonin Scalia, the National Black Prolife Coalition continues to “inform, educate and activate” the communities of America and the world regarding the urgency of ending the eugenics and genocide of abortion.

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Father Pavone: In Justice Scalia’s memory, Let Us Strive to Preserve this Great Republic

February 15th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today after learning of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I am saddened today to learn of the passing of a great man, a great American, and a great Justice of the Court. I have been privileged to know Antonin Scalia, and some of his family. And he was blessed with a wonderful family. He once told his sons that he would consider it such a blessing if one of them were to become a priest. His son, Father Paul, is an exemplary Catholic priest today.

“Justice Scalia had a profound understanding of how our government — and in particular the Supreme Court — is supposed to work. He did not want the Court to create public policy, whether it was policy he agreed with or not. He urged people to use the political and legislative process to bring about change.

“In the days to come, let us pray for him, for his family, and for the Court and the nation he served so well. In his memory, let us strive to attain his understanding of this great Republic and to work tirelessly to preserve and expand the blessings it can be for the world.”

Priests for Life’s legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court, along with six other cases, on March 23.

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 on Obama Administration’s Opposition Brief in Supreme Court Case

February 11th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today on the opposition brief the Obama administration filed in the Supreme Court case Zubik vs. Burwell, of which Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases.

“This is a clash of worldviews,” Father Pavone said. “The Obama administration and other powerful forces on the other side of this battle see abortion, contraception and sterilization as goods to which all must have access. For them, it is the most natural conclusion in the world that these ‘services’ should be mandated and to accomplish this, they are willing to bulldoze over the religious liberty on which this country was founded.”

Father Pavone continued: “The administration contends that our objection to having to sign what amounts to a permission slip to allow our employees to get their contraceptives and abortifacients covered is a ‘stretch of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’ That is precisely what the Supreme Court will decide and I remain confident the court will rule on the side of religious liberty.”

Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the case – along with Father Pavone and Executive Director Janet Morana – commented that the Obama administration’s insistence that these drugs and devices are crucial to women’s health is nothing short of sinister.

“A disproportionate number of women suffer serious medical side effects from abortions and use of artificial contraceptives,” she said. “I am one of those women, and I oppose this mandate on behalf of all women.”

The seven consolidated cases at the Supreme Court are as follows:

14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS
15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

For information on the Priests for Life and other cases, go to www.IStandWithPFL.com.

To participate in the prayer campaign for victory in these cases, see www.SupremeCourtVictory.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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