31st Season of Defending Life Premieres March 8 on EWTN

March 1st, 2017

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NEW YORK – The 31st season of EWTN’s Defending Life will premiere March 8 with 13 new episodes.

The longest-running, farthest-reaching television show about abortion, Defending Life was created by Priests for Life in 1994 at the direct request of EWTN founder Mother Angelica to Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Returning as co-hosts this season will be Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate at Priests for Life. Father Pavone is the creative director.

Episodes will focus on healing for fathers following the loss of a child to abortion; sibling survivors of abortion; the early days of the pro-life movement and the sacredness of every human life. Viewers will meet Dr. Beverly McMillan, a former abortionist turned pro-life activist; Sister Margaret Mary Christina, who was born at 24 weeks, and Dr. Donna Harrison of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns, among others.

Priests for Life senior advisor Jerry Horn, who has been in the pro-life trenches since 1983, will talk about his experiences through 34 years of activism. Viewers also will get to meet Ann Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who has a claim to the title of “Godmother of the pro-life movement.”

“I’m excited to be able to introduce our audience to a sibling survivor of abortion and to a woman who is Silent No More about her abortion experience,” Mrs. Morana said.

Father Imbarrato said an episode that focuses on the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (MEV), a Priests for Life ministry he oversees, should be especially interesting to lay people.

“Often people ask me how they can get more involved with pro-life, and I always point them to the MEV program,” he said. “It provides a deep immersion into the spirituality of the movement as taught by St. Pope John Paul.”

Father Pavone said the news season of Defending Life will continue its mission of educating and activating pro-lifers, while winning more converts to the cause.

“One episode will focus on all the ways people can get involved in the work of Priests for Life,” he noted. “We always need people willing to help us protect children, and their mothers and fathers, from the horror of abortion.”

Defending Life airs Wednesdays at 3 a.m. ET and Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET, and also can be streamed online at EWTN.com by clicking on the “television” tab. Find out more on www.DefendingLife.TV.

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 To Be Honored With Chairman’s Award at Annual NRB Convention

February 28th, 2017

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Date: February 28, 2017

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NEW YORK — Alveda C. King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, will be honored with the NRB Chairman’s Award on Thursday at Proclaim 17, the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Orlando, Florida.

“As Chairman, I can think of no other person so worthy of the Chairman’s Award than Alveda King,” said NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount. “In a year that has seen significant racial unrest, she has been a clear voice to America to return to biblical values, which will strengthen families and communities, and bring hope and reconciliation to our country.”

In a statement, NRB said Ms. King, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was selected for her “lifetime accomplishments in addressing the moral and spiritual needs of the nation in an exemplary manner.” The Rev. Billy Graham is a past recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

“I am so honored and grateful to be receiving this prestigious award,” Ms. King said. “I have tried through my life and work to honor God and stand up for what I believe in, beginning with the right to life for all human beings. This award tells me that, with God’s help, I am on the right track.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will attend the awards ceremony with Janet Morana, Executive Director.

“When Alveda King and I first met, we both recognized that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century,” Father Pavone said. “And then we realized we needed to combine forces, and she devoted herself full time to the pro-life effort as a member of the Priests for Life team. It is an honor to work side by side with her as we move closer to our goal of abolishing abortion in our lifetime.”

Mrs. Morana concurred.

“It was a blessing when she brought her ministry to Priests for Life,” she said. “Alveda helped us expand our pro-life outreach to the African-American and evangelical Christian communities.”

Also on Thursday, Ms. King will be honored with the Legacy and Leadership Award from Bott Radio Network. That award will be bestowed during a Bott Radio Network breakfast at NRB.

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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President Trump Calls Priests for Life’s Alveda King “A Tremendous Fighter for Justice”

February 22nd, 2017

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President Trump today gave his seal of approval to the work of Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life.

Ms. King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., was invited to join the president as he toured the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

Standing beside him while he addressed the media, President Trump said to Ms. King: “I want to profoundly thank Alveda King. She is a tremendous fighter for justice. You are so incredible. And I want to thank you for all the nice things you say about me.”

Ms. King said she was “honored and humbled” to be singled out for praise by the president.

“Under President Trump, our nation is going to make great strides toward protecting the unborn. Priests for Life is in the vanguard of the fight for life and having the president with us, rather than against us, will make all the difference.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, invited Ms. King to be part of the Priests for Life team 14 years ago when they found themselves together at the March for Life in D.C.

“We both agreed that the fight to abolish abortion is the civil rights movement of the 21st century,” 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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Evangelist Alveda King: “Roe Dies; First Lady Prays; Evangelist Dreams”

February 20th, 2017

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“What a difference a day makes.” On Saturday, February 18, my friend and sister Norma [Roe No More] McCorvey passed away. Norma was a valiant voice for justice in the anti-abortion war. We met on the battlefield years ago. I will miss her. Pray for her family and loved ones. Read a statement from her family HERE.

Just hours before news of Norma’s departure was announced, I woke up to face the day with a strange feeling that the world was shifting again. I couldn’t quite connect the awareness with current events; yet I knew in my heart there was a shift.

Moments earlier, as I was waking up from a dream, I heard these words: “Your daddy’s a grouch.” Just before opening my eyes, I either thought or replied: “Nope. My Daddy’s a King!” Then I woke up to face the day.

As I lay dreaming, I had no way of knowing that as the day progressed I would hear the news of Norma’s poignant death or receive a text pointing to First Lady Melania Trump’s tender rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” at a rally for her husband President Donald Trump at his U.S. Tour rally in Florida that same day.

Now regarding the dream; before you assume I was speaking of my biological dad Rev. A. D. King, the brother of my famous uncle Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., please realize that I was speaking of and still am praising my “Heavenly Father,” the Holy One and Only Lord God Almighty; the Creator and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ and author of The Holy Spirit; the Loving Father of John 3:16. Oh, if we could only pray harder to model our kinship with our loving Heavenly Father.

My dream was an affirmation and confirmation of what I’d been reminding myself of all week; the sovereignty of God. However, sometimes grumpy, self righteous and merciless judgment creeps into the hearts of God’s children. When this happens, since we say we are like our Father, it’s easy for others to think our Father is a grouch when we act this way.

I’m sharing these recent experiences with you because you just may be one who has been impacted by current events the way I’ve been lately.

For some reason midweek last week I turned on the television set to national news before I read my Bible verses for the day. For the record, I try not to do this because I’m old enough to realize that I need daily heavenly fortification to help me face the problems of the world. But that morning, I overrode my training and daily regimen:

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” – Matthew 6:34 MSG

For those moments while standing before the television as I flipped back and forth among the programming, President Trump was being hammered by hostile media and he was defending himself. As he described how he was still draining the swamp while bringing new jobs back into America, I began to cheer him on; hoping that he would also speak of his reversing tax payers’ funding to abortion providers outside of America as well as the appointments of Dr. Ben Carson to HUD and a prolife Supreme Court Justice.

In the midst of all of this, I was in danger of putting my confidence in President Trump rather than God. Realizing that I was slipping towards emotional reactions, I came to my senses, turned off the television and began to pray:

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG

Thursday had been a media day for me, filled with interview responses to my blogs and media appearances regarding race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism; and not enough time praying and meditating in the presence of God.

All of the hoopla over my recent interviews had begun to subside as I released a blog that said that race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism across the aisles must cease.

On Thursday I texted some fellow prayer warriors who were at various strategic prayer conferences around the country: “VERY intense warfare. Heart was getting heavy. On a call right now about exposing spiritual darkness and averting disaster.”

They responded with great insight and encouragement.

The next morning, Friday; soon after turning away from the TV screen, I joined a conference call where a report of a “Trump Resistance Movement” was discussed. We wondered if the “Resistance” really understands that their movement is fueled and funded by those who support abortion, anarchy and the like? Do they seriously want to resist restoring jobs from overseas, restoration of our inner cities, putting Americans back to work? Are they seriously resisting ending racism, reproductive genocide, sexual perversion, and global terror?

On that phone conference call I shared a word from our “prayer warriors” camp:

“Praying to circumvent the demonic structures and infrastructures and traps. Guidance by Holy Spirit. Political correctness is serious witchcraft (mind control). Don’t ask God to show up. He is waiting for us to show up. [to wake up, get up and get busy]”

In summary of this eventful week, I learned or was reminded of many lessons over those last few days:

1. Remember, Don’t turn on the TV before prayer and Bible reading [and coffee maybe].
2. Turn off the TV [and radio and social media and human conversation] and pray when your emotions get ahead of your spirit.
3. Pray with partners who can encourage and uplift with unbiased input.
4. Avoid all strife. Love and forgive. Seek highest ground of Agape Love as well as nonviolent conflict resolution.
5. Spend quality time with God. Pray without filtering the Bible or making God’s Word a “have it your way” buffet.

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Evangelist Alveda King: Pro-abortion Race Baiters, Bible Baiters and Sexists Must Cease and Desist

February 13th, 2017

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Atlanta, GA — In an effort to address current “hot topics” during Black History Month, Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn released the following opinion:

“The matter of Senator Elizabeth Warren invoking the persona of a civil rights icon to make a point is just the most recently noticed form of tricky political ploys. It’s bad enough that Senator Warren’s voice was silenced while her male counterparts were allowed to speak; apparently by a collaborative approach across the isles.

“That sexist moment in and of itself is questionable, invoking shades of duplicity over the ongoing battle to define women’s rights. Then there’s the nasty sting of both Bible baiting and race baiting.

“Race baiting according to Merriam-Webster, is “the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people.” Race bating, using the vantage point of skin color or ethnicity as an emotional trigger to stir up the public and distract people from reasonably understanding and responding to pertinent issues at hand is a deceptive and counterproductive political practice.

“Another equally dangerous distraction that is used to distract the American people is “Bible baiting.” Similar to race baiting, Bible bating takes scriptural context and twists it around to fit a particular political message. Both are deadly traps, enemies to civil rights and human rights.

“In the meantime, it’s important to resist shutting down honest conversations about racism, sexism and religion while confronting the problem of using such conversations for manipulation of questionable agendas. At the end of the day, we want to use nonviolent conflict resolution strategies to combat the triple evils, not feed them.

“For at least the last four decades or so, race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism have been used to distract the American people from the plague that has had the greatest negative impact on human life – abortion. Below are race related quotes from several politicians. Those quoted below espouse either pro-abortion or prolife platforms. Each has intentionally or unintentionally played “the race card” in using their chosen emotionally charged words to make a point in the conversations below.

“Some of these quotes are from Democrats, some are from Republicans. Most of these cited have apologized for their words once they were published. The quotes are cited simply as examples from just a handful among thousands of political remarks that have resulted in racial tension and disharmony.

“They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) to a largely African American audience during a campaign stop in 2012

“…so it’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope and I say this seriously I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he is an African-American.” – Former Senator Harry Reid (D) in 2013 on Congressional Republicans’ opposition to President Obama’s agenda

“Loretta Lynch is asked to sit at the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.” – Senator Dick Durbin (D) speaking in 2015 on the delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation to be Attorney General

“There isn’t enough racism in America to Justify the Voting Rights Act.” – Chief Justice John Roberts speaking from SCOTUS chair in 2013

“I used to own – my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” – U.S. Representative Don Young (R) in a 2013 radio interview

“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) in 2007

“[Obama has a] light skinned appearance and speaking patters with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” – Senator Harry Reid (D) 2010 comments

“Each of these quotes, in their own way, caused political firestorms. Enough is enough! Today we are calling on a “cease fire” of using race, sexism and religion as emotional fodder to adversely stir the hearts and distract the minds of the people of America from the issues at hand.

“Across the congressional isles, race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism have clouded one of the major civil rights issues of our times – the right to be born. People become so distracted by the racial, gender and religious posturing that they forget just how many Americans are dying from abortion, sickness, poverty, violence and other forms of genocide and eugenics in our nation.

“For years liberals and progressives have skillfully appealed to the Black communities, vying for the African American vote while maintaining that abortion is good for blacks and, conversely, that those who are pro-life are somehow anti-African American. They have alleged that the Hyde Amendment, for instance, is inherently racist and that those who support it must be the same. It’s one of those race baiting charges that makes no sense.

“For example: When Congress held a hearing last year on the Hyde Amendment and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen couldn’t resist playing the race card. He started by saying, “Controlling women’s reproductive processes has been something that men have done for years, or tried to do,” then moved on to add, ”And women since the days of slavery were very much encouraged to have children, because that was good, because you needed lots of more property to bring the crops to make the money.”

“So, as the Congressman not so subtly inferred, if you don’t want your tax dollars to pay for the dismemberment of low-income mothers’ unborn children – or any unborn children for that matter – you must be like 19th century slave owners. In short, you must be a racist. Really? Twisted attempt to pervert justice.

“Think about it. Why would Congressman Cohen’s imagined “racist” want more people of color to be born? Wouldn’t a racist want there to be fewer African Americans and Latinos?

“Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, certainly would want fewer poor people around. Sanger, who happily spoke to a women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan and received invitations to speak to a dozen more, said, “Birth control… means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks – those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” Clearly a big government fan, she proposed, “No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit….”

“Mrs. Sanger was a progressive in her era and she would be a progressive today, supporting the race baiters and calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment. She wanted fewer of those she called “unfit.” She wanted what she called “a cleaner race.”

“However, God’s Word teaches us that there is no “cleaner” or more “fit” race, only one human race. “He made from one blood every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…. (Acts 17:26)”

“It’s time that we stop allowing ourselves to be divided. Those who use ethnicity, skin color, political preference, religion, income, gender, physical ability or lack of such, or any other classification to divide our communities for their own political gain ultimately do not care for us. They care for themselves and their power.

“The next time a self-proclaimed progressive from any political party uses sexism, Bible baiting or race baiting to say that abortion benefits the African American community ask how the termination of 17 million black babies since 1973 helps anyone. You might be called a devil and a racist for asking, but those 17 million saints in heaven will call you friend.

“Finally, this precautionary warning regarding Bible baiting, race baiting and sexism should by no means preclude healthy discussions that would bring an end to these triple evils. Let’s not shut the conversation down. Instead let’s dig deeper.

“In doing so, Let us each pray; then continue to purpose within our own heart to examine our motives and act for the highest good.”

“Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.” – 1 Corinthians 11:28 MSG

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Fr. Pavone Praises Confirmation of Rep. Price as HHS Secretary; Urges Immediate Action on HHS Mandate

February 10th, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded the Senate’s vote to confirm Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“Secretary Price’s confirmation represents a new day for religious liberty,” said Fr. Pavone. “After five years of court battles which have taken Priests for Life to the Supreme Court and back, we have battled the department of HHS and its former Secretary. Now, as we welcome Secretary Price, we welcome new hope that the threats the HHS mandate poses to religious freedom will soon be a thing of the past.”

In February 2012, Priests for Life filed one of the first lawsuits against the HHS mandate, an administrative rule devised by bureaucrats in Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate has gone through revisions over the years, but each one has required religious non-profit groups such as Priests for Life to violate their faith by being complicit in the provision of abortion causing drugs and devices to their employees.

“We fought the HHS mandate all the way to the Supreme Court and we continue to fight it to this day,” added Fr. Pavone. “The government has no business telling Priests for Life or any other religious organization how or when we can practice our faith. Thank God, we now have a President and an HHS Secretary who understand that.”

For more information on the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate, visit 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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Fr. Pavone Applauds President Trump’s Comments, New Legislation on Johnson Amendment

February 2nd, 2017

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Religious leaders who are Democratic loyalists will have to find a new excuse

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s remarks on religious liberty during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

“President Trump is a man of his word, as we have seen in recent days, so I have no doubt he will keep his promise to repeal the Johnson Amendment. His vow at the National Prayer Breakfast to ‘totally destroy the Johnson Amendment’ was both welcomed and expected.

“President Trump understands that this ill-conceived law has muzzled clergy for too long. It’s time for priests, pastors and other clergy to be able, as the president said, ‘to speak freely without fear of retribution.’

“As I point out in my book Abolishing Abortion, the Catholic Church’s teaching is likewise that we need to be free ‘to pass moral judgment even in matters relating to politics’ (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 76). Many religious leaders who are loyalists to the Democratic party of death don’t like the fact that by clearly articulating the Church’s teachings on matters like abortion, we make the Democratic party look bad and cause them to lose elections. And so they hide behind the Johnson Amendment as an excuse for not speaking about these things during elections. Now, these cowardly leaders are going to have to find a new excuse.”

The Free Speech Fairness Act, which does away with the Johnson Amendment, has now been introduced by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) in the House of Representatives and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) in the Senate. Priests for Life will work vigorously with Congress and with the Trump Administration to make this law a reality.

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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Evangelist Alveda King to President Trump, Appointments remain Key: Slay the Beast. Defund Planned Parenthood.

February 1st, 2017

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In response to President Trump’s roster of cabinet appointees and new nominee for Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch, Evangelist Alveda King of Civil Rights for the Unborn salutes “our President.”

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She blogs today: “Dear America, President Trump’s appointments can solve America’s abortion crisis. The connections are uncanny to say the least.

“For example, for the past eight years, The Supreme Court, Social Security, Failing Public Schools, tax issues, and voter registration problems, and women’s health crisis have been connected to liberal abortion policies.

With millions of tax dollars lining the abortion industry’s coffers and nearly 60 million legal abortions in America to date, no wonder public schools are closing, social security is drying up, women are suffering from abortion related health problems, and on and on and on.

Tax funding to abortion providers depletes the Human Resources, the Human contributions of America! It’s time to slay the beast!”

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In her new book America Return To God, Evangelist King encourages America to pray for our President, all leaders and those in authority and for everyone on earth. Her message ’to the man in the Oval Office,’ “Yes, Drain the Swamp President Trump! Defund Planned Parenthood.”

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

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#CovertheMarch

January 26th, 2017

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As we get used to expecting the unexpected, President Trump shines the spotlight on tomorrow’s March for Life in DC. At the top of his first 100 days, the “man of the hour” points out that the crowd may be bigger than reported because the media doesn’t give much air time to the annual event.

Every year for the last 43 years pro-life activists have convened on Washington to march for life in protest for all the babies being aborted in America and around the world. This yearly March for Life gathering occurs each January on or about the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973. Ironically, I was born on January 22, 1951. So this “for such a time as this” Kairos Moment is personal for me in many ways, including my post abortive testimony.

During previous years, the March coverage has been sparse to say the least. Historically the coverage has been unfavorable, casting the participants in a less than significant light. Added to the slights is the tendency to underestimate the crowd size, the tens of thousands often gathering in inclement weather.

However, there is a dramatic shift of events this year. In a recent interview with ABC’s David Muir President Donald Trump was asked about last week’s Women’s March (which received a lot of media coverage). It’s important to note that participation of prolife women were shunned at that event.

It’s actually refreshing to have a president in office who supports the sanctity of life and is willing to speak the truth and call the media out for not doing the same.

From our vantage point, the pro-life movement is not asking the media to choose our side over another. We just want fair and balanced coverage, coverage of the truth.

I’m in DC for prayer services tonight and in the morning. Please join us, and you can also March actually, and virtually on live stream on EWTN! Finally, if you can’t be there, please pray for all who will be marching for LIFE!

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Pam Tebow To Receive Pro-Life Award at National Prayer Service

January 24th, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pam Tebow invites everyone who will be in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life to join her at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, to take place at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 in Constitution Hall.

Mrs. Tebow sparked a national conversation when she told the world – through a commercial aired during the 2010 Superbowl – that she almost lost her son when she was pregnant. Doctors suggested she abort her son because of strong medicine she was taking to battle a serious illness. She chose life, no matter the consequences, and that son, Tim Tebow, became one of the world’s greatest college football players of all time.

“On January 27, Americans from across the nation gather in Washington, D.C., to call for equal protection of the youngest children, those still in the womb,” Mrs. Tebow said.

“Moreover, men and women of the Silent No More Campaign gather to express how abortion hurt them and their families, and how the Lord brought them healing, forgiveness, and peace. I look forward to gathering with these pro-life Americans in Constitution Hall at the National Prayer Service that morning, and hope you can join me there as well.

“I am grateful, too, for the honor of receiving the National Pro-life Recognition Award which will be presented to me at the prayer service by Priests for Life and the National Pro-Life Religious Council. Join us in praying that America will soon become a nation with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.”

The National Memorial brings together clergy from dozens of denominations for prayers and preaching before the nation’s largest protest march against abortion. The service will end at 10:30 a.m., leaving attendees plenty of time to get to the March for Life site in time for the rally. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, will deliver the sermon.

Special musical guests at the service will include Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation and singer/songwriter Tony Melendez, who plays guitar despite having been born with no arms.

Organizations that are co-sponsoring the National Memorial include: Catholics Called to Witness; Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project; Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD – Open your heart to God); Life Issues Institute; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), and Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life

Serving on the Host Committee are Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee; Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life; Bradley Mattes, President and CEO, Life Issues Institute, and Dick, Sherley and Rich Bott of Bott Radio Network.

“This is the premiere prayer service during the March for Life, and everyone is invited,” Father Pavone said.

The National Memorial is free and no registration is required. Constitution Hall can easily accommodate large groups that will travel together to the March for Life.

Information on the National Memorial can be found at www.NationalPrayerService.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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