Fr. Pavone Urges Louisiana Governor to Sign Bill to Increase Waiting Period Before Abortion

May 12th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Louisiana legislature for passing legislation that extends the state’s abortion period from 24 to 72 hours.

“Abortion is life changing and final,” said Fr. Pavone. “Abortion clinics, like salesmen, want to speed their customers through the process before they can change their minds. A 72-hour reflection period is not only appropriate in this instance, it’s vital.”

The Louisiana legislature’s passage of H.B. 386 makes the state the sixth to pass a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. The bill now goes to Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who supports the measure, for his signature.

“My prayer is that Governor Edwards enacts this important legislation,” added Fr. Pavone. “As pastoral director of two ministries for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness campaign, I know how many women, now devastated by an abortion that can never be reversed, wish that they had been given just another day or two to gain the perspective and strength to do the right thing.”

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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Catholic Leaders Ask College Educators to Stop Giving a Platform to Pro-Abortion Politicians

May 11th, 2016

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Date: May 11, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, this morning signed on to a letter to Catholic educators to implore them to stop inviting to campus and honoring pro-abortion politicians and public figures.

The letter is a response to decisions made at Georgetown and Notre Dame universities, among others, to invite Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to speak to students and to honor pro-abortion Vice President Joseph Biden.

The signatories include some of the most prominent Catholic and pro-life leaders in the nation, who are asking their campus colleagues to uphold “the sacred dignity of all human life and of the divinely ordered institution of marriage” and to refuse “to honor and award speaking platforms to public advocates of abortion and same-sex marriage.”

Father Pavone said:

“Pro-abortion politicians not only violate Catholic faith and Christian teaching, but also the very meaning and purpose of public service and government. Catholic universities should avoid these scandals not only because it contradicts Catholic teaching but contradicts humanity. To have academic discussions about terrorism, do we give places of honor to terrorists? Of course not. Nor should we do so for those who permit 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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America, Get Out of the Toilet!

May 10th, 2016

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In the midst of perhaps the most baffling presidential election America has faced in modern history, morality is caught in the crosshairs. As a man and a woman, the outlier and the insider face off in the battle of the polls, much is at stake. Meanwhile, America seems to be stuck in the toilet.

The current public bathroom debacle is designed to stir emotions and steer the unsuspecting masses away from reason into emotional la-la land. There is so much emotional spin around issues regarding the sanctity of human life and human sexuality that America remains in constant emotional flux while the tirades replace prayer, wisdom and healthy reasoning.

While I commend the now millions of Americans who are joining the protests and signing petitions against the government enforced efforts to use misplaced compassion to help transgender people, more is needed.

In other words, by turning a blind eye to the dearth of perversion within our communities — the sex traffickers, child molesters, adulterers and fornicators, racists, and so many other sin sick souls — and suggesting that allowing everyone to use the same public bathrooms will solve America’s problems, the current government administration, no matter how well intended or ill advised they are, is headed for disaster.

America’s moral dilemma won’t be solved in the public bathrooms of America.

In order to reconcile righteousness and justice in America, more godly intercession is needed. Added to our prayers must be legal strategies to serve and liberate rather than condemn the people.

In the 1950s and 1960s, prayer rallies and peaceful nonviolent protests were coupled with brilliant legal strategies to bring about transformational governance to allow Blacks the right to equal public access to bathrooms, public transportation, fair housing and employment.

That was then. Immutable skin color was the civil rights battle of the 20th century. Clear, plain and simple: One blood, one human race. (Acts 17:26).

This is now. Today the lines are blurred. Sexual preference isn’t the same as immutable skin color. The “how we are born” factor comes into play now. People aren’t so well versed in the “created in the image of God,” yet because of the fallen human nature “we are all born into sin.” Thus the “be born again” factor should be introduced.

Today, from the religious freedom perspective, we also need more legal brilliance. While from the opposite perspective governmental coercion from a bully pulpit decries and tramples the religious freedoms upon which our nation was founded. It’s time for the religious freedom bathroom protesters to “lawyer up.”

We don’t need pugnacious self-piety, self-righteous finger pointing and judgmental sermonizing; we need repentance and genuine pleas for God’s mercy and grace for all of America. And we need good legal strategies.

At the end of the day, forcing people to accept “free for all bathrooms” will not change people’s minds and hearts, nor God’s Word. Violating the civil and human rights of aborted children will not override God’s Word.

“Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 NLT

In order to obtain genuine, compassionate — God loves everyone — solutions in this battle between morality and immorality, we need divine compassion and divine intervention which is higher than our flawed justice system. Think about Haman and Queen Esther. God’s law superseded man’s law.

America, it’s praying time!

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Fr. Pavone: Priests for Life Supreme Court Case Reminds Us That Next President Will Shape Nation for 40 Years

May 9th, 2016

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NEW YORK — As Priests for Life awaits word from the Supreme Court on its case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, challenging the HHS mandate, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, said the case illustrates the importance of the 2016 elections.

“With the Supreme Court evenly divided along ideological lines, it becomes clear that how Americans vote in November will not only impact the next four years, but the next 40 years as well,” Father Pavone said. “The president and the Senate together shape the Supreme Court and the other federal courts. Depending on what party controls each branch of government, the court will move solidly to the right or to the left. The differences between the two parties on fundamental issues could not be more clear, more stark, or more extreme.”

Father Pavone has recorded a series of short videos to explain more about Priests for Life vs. HHS, the Supreme Court case in which Priests for Life is a petitioner along with 36 others. The videos can be found at www.MandateMinutes.com and are available for broadcast.

A list of talking points about the case can be found at www.IStandwithPFL.com.

“Voters who find themselves dissatisfied with the likely Democratic and Republican candidates have to look beyond the nominees themselves and understand the impact of a party, and its prevailing philosophies, not only on the next four years but on the next 40 years,” Father Pavone said. “Among other things, do we want to protect the unborn or do we want to continue to be a nation that sanctions the murder of its most vulnerable citizens?”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Pavone Thanks Alabama Legislature for Protective Legislation for Children

May 6th, 2016

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Date: May 6, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today urged Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to sign into law a bill to protect unborn babies from being dismembered.

“It’s hard to imagine a more horrible death than having your body torn apart while you’re in a state of helplessness, but that’s what dismemberment abortions do to babies in the womb,” said Fr. Pavone. “The fact that such a barbarous procedure is the most common method of second-trimester abortions is not a reason to let it continue, but rather a reason to protect children from it as soon as possible. That’s why Priests for Life has been promoting this kind of protective legislation both on the state and federal level for many years.”

The Alabama legislature has become the fifth in the nation to pass legislation protecting children from dismemberment abortions, by which a living baby’s arms, legs, and head are separated from his or her body by surgical instruments. The baby’s parts are then removed and reassembled on a table to ensure that none remain in the mother.

“Governor Bentley has been a stalwart defender of the unborn and their mothers. I thank the Alabama legislature, and all who have lobbied for this bill, for getting it to his desk to sign,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Mom and Daughter to Share Pain of Abortion Loss at March for Life Canada

May 5th, 2016

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OTTAWA, Ontario — The day Allison Pollard learned about the abortion her mother had before giving birth to her, things started to make sense.

“I was 23 years old and the single mom of a 3-year-old daughter,” she recalled about the day 15 years ago when her mother, Anita Sonntag, told her and her younger sister about the abortion.

“We all cried. My sister and I hurt for our mother and we mourned our brother,” she said. “It’s hard to describe the feeling but it’s like we gained and lost a brother in the same sentence.”

Both mother and daughter will give their testimony at this year’s National March for Life Canada on May 12 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, said 13 women and men will speak about their abortion regret during a gathering at 2:45 p.m.

Last year, Allison stood with her mom, holding a sign that says “I Mourn My Aborted Sibling.” This year she will speak up for her brother.

Anita also remembers the day she told her daughters about their aborted brother, although she doesn’t know why she chose that exact moment to reveal the secret she kept buried for so long. She hadn’t been through healing yet, nor had her pro-life activism begun.

“I think at first they didn’t want to believe it,” Anita said of her daughters. “Then they came and hugged me. I think we were all crying.”

That day began a healing journey for both Allison and Anita. For Allison, things began to make sense.

“I wouldn’t say that I was always aware that I had an older brother but I did feel that I didn’t belong in the role of oldest sibling,” she said. “Someone was missing.”

Anita has been active as the Regional Coordinator for Saskatchewan for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign since 2008. In 2015, the campaign launched a new initiative called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an effort to reach out to all the different groups of people impacted by an abortion. When Anita read some of the work of Dr. Philip Ney on sibling survivors that was included on the Shockwaves website, she discovered “it was like Allison’s life story.”

When Allison went to a Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat at a site where Anita was on the team, both thought it would be best if Anita did not attend Allison’s sessions.

“Knowing she was in there, it was like, what did I do to this child of mine,” Anita said. And now that Allison is sharing her story in public, Anita said, “I thought it would bother me, because I’m responsible – the cause – of a lot of her pain. But it’s OK, I’m glad she’s doing it.”

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the U.S. in 2002, will be joining the March for Life gathering once again this year.

“Like the U.S., Canada has no limits on abortion,” Mrs. Steenstra said. “But unlike the U.S., the Canadian government pays for abortion. Through the Campaign, we hope to reach those who have not yet made the choice for abortion, to help them change their minds. And we also want to reach men and women, like us, who did make that choice and deeply regret it. Healing is available for everyone impacted by abortion.”

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

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 of Priests for Life Praises Kansas Legislature for Pro-life Measures

May 3rd, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised the Kansas legislature for two pro-life measures that it has passed and sent to the desk of Governor Brownback. One measure would prohibit midwives from performing abortions, the other would make permanent an annual budget provision that ensures state family planning funds be given to entities that do not perform abortions.

“Governor Brownback, a longtime friend of Priests for Life, is committed to enacting pro-life legislation. This is why Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council recently honored him with our Pro-life Recognition Award on the day of the national March for Life in Washington,” Fr. Pavone explained. “We are delighted that these measures are going to him.”

“The abortion industry is already highly unregulated and unscrupulous,” said Fr. Pavone. “Any legislation that prohibits this industry from sliding into even lower standards is urgently needed. And as far as funding is concerned, family planning funds should be directed to helping family members, not killing them.”

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Fr. Frank Pavone Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

May 2nd, 2016

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NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016)

The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years.

Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily hints for Sundays and holy days, and articulates the pro-life dimensions of the priesthood itself.

“Defending the dignity of the human person is not a task added on to our ministry but rather one inseparable from it and flowing from its very heart,” Father Pavone writes in a chapter on “The Heart of the Priesthood.”

The preaching tips focus on abortion as the preeminent issue, for reasons that both this book and an entire body of Church documents identify and discuss.

Another section of the book also reviews dozens of common fears or hesitations clergy have regarding preaching on abortion.

The book has received the endorsement of several high-profile Catholic clergy, including Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

To order the new book, go to www.ProclaimingTheMessageOfLife.com.

Priests for Life had its start in San Francisco when several priests wanted to form an association to help their brother priests. The new apostolate received recognition by the Archbishop of San Francisco on April 30, 1991. Fr. Frank Pavone became the first full-time director in 1993. The apostolate has now become a family of ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, Stand True Youth Outreach, Civil Rights for the Unborn (led by Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and much more. It is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused exclusively on ending abortion.

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As Prince Departs the Planet, US Currency Plans a Facelift

April 22nd, 2016

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In the news this week, new faces for America’s currency are being highlighted and proposed as possible solutions to the not yet defeated nemesis of racism. Meanwhile, another “purple light” has gone out, with the death of Prince.

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Often nicknamed “Moses,” Ms. Tubman was a remarkable woman and a Christian female liberator. She guided slaves to freedom, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the Suffragette Movement, was a confidant of Frederick Douglass and played a role in the Civil War.

Connecting the 19th century freedom struggles to the 20th century battle for racial justice, recommendations have been made to include Martin Luther King, Jr., sometimes known as “The Black Moses,” of his day, on the five dollar bill in the near future as one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifetime, Uncle ML fought for liberty, racial justice, righteousness, and dignity for all human beings, born and unborn.

Many people don’t know that during Liberator Tubman’s remarkable “Underground Railroad” journey, there were often pregnant women and families with little children on the journey to freedom. As a Christian, Tubman did not advocate abortion or infanticide; instead she developed creative methods to calm the children and indeed all of the escaping slaves as they braved the famous, historical Underground Railroad trek.

In continuation, The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a pivotal time in our nation’s history as it addressed the civil rights of so many people in our country and tackled the issues of gaining racial equality and ending segregation.

The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, of which many members of the “King Family Legacy” were a part, is now a historical landmark in the journey to true Jubilee.

Yes, we are making advances, yet we still have a long way to go towards achieving racial harmony and regard for the human personality.

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham jail.

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Speaking of human personalities, a bright “purple” light has left the planet.

Prince, the famous rock singer has left us. He is remembered for his music, and his legendary romance with “Vanity.” Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as “Vanity” was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She was a backup singer and dancer for Prince. Their love affair was legendary. Vanity left her performance career in 1994, after she overdosed on crack cocaine, and survived to become a Christian evangelist. I believe she continued to pray for Prince, even though they no longer had a professional career together.

Always on the cutting edge with his music, most notably “Purple Rain,” before his death, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl” recently covered a Christian song, “What If,” by Nicole Nordeman. The song embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith. Interestingly, Prince and Vanity had that in common, the struggle between fame and faith. Vanity died in February 2016. Prince died this week.

There are many instances where celebrities battle with fame and faith, some become Christians, some don’t. Ted Baher of www.movieguide.org advocates for promoting Christian values in media and entertainment. Read more here.

With all of the challenges in the world, many of which can be seen with the jumble of current events bombarding our senses, the major goal for seeking solutions to human problems must continue to be the conversion of the hearts of men and women. Only when we truly love our neighbors can we learn to live together as brothers and sisters.

From a spiritual perspective, even now in the 21st century, prayer remains a key in the march towards Freedom. Recently in DC at www.unitedcry2016.com, there were people of every walk of life praying for our nation to come together as one people and to embrace our differences instead of letting those differences divide us. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

During his lifetime my mentor, Pastor Allan McNair, often said, “America must repent from racism and defeat racism if we truly want God to bless us and make America great.” He also encouraged us to pray for spiritual transformation, rather than try to solve everything through political and money seeking efforts. During this current news and election cycle, prayer should be a major key in seeking solutions for America’s ills.

So, as we say goodbye to Prince, look for the new faces on our currency, and prepare to elect a new president of the United States, may we remain prayerful that God will truly “bless America” as we repent for our sins and pray for mercy and justice for all.

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Fr. Pavone Confident Panel on Infant Lives Will Uncover Violations of Federal Law on Sale of Baby Parts

April 20th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today thanked the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for its work, as it holds another public hearing today to investigate the abortion industry’s gruesome practices.

“Former federal prosecutors will testify at today’s House hearing on the pricing of fetal tissue that there is probable cause to believe that abortion businesses have violated federal law,” stated Fr. Pavone. “We know that they have been violating the law for decades; the panel’s work will confirm this.”

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Norton will tell House Select Investigative Panel members that they should conduct “an aggressive investigation” into the pricing of aborted baby body parts for research. Former federal prosecutor Brian Lennon will state that “a competent, ethical federal prosecutor” could establish probable cause that violations of federal law have occurred in abortion clinics.

“Unfortunately, the Democratic members of this panel will be of no help in getting to the truth,” added Fr. Pavone. “Democratic leadership in the House is in bed with the abortion industry, is completely blind to its immoral and illegal activities, and in fact has criticized the work of this Select Panel from the outset. Despite their obstruction and opposition, however, I am confident that the Republican majority will get the job done.”

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