Stop Planned Parenthood Title X Tax Funding: #DefundPP

September 16th, 2016

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Alveda King, Director of civilrightsfortheunborn.com is concerned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the Title X (pronounced Title Ten) program. The proposed rule is designed to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood.

Leading the charge to sound the alarm is Rep. Diane Black. “We commend Congressman Black for leading the charge to protect mothers and children and defund planned parenthood. She is further sounding the alarm. This is proof positive, new evidence that PP and backers are fleecing US taxpayers to further eugenics and genocidal abortion and corresponding harvesting agenda; we must act now!”

Leading an awareness and action campaign to rescue taxpayers from “supporting genocide unawares,” King is urging people to oppose the rule by contacting members of Congress as well as commenting on the travesty here:

There is a 30 day comment period which started September 7, 2016 when the proposed rule was technically/initially published in the federal register. Instructions for commenting are included in the proposed rule. You can click on the hyperlink and download the POF to follow the options for submitting comments.

Commenting period scheduled to end on October 7, 2016. Act now!

The Title X program is a family planning program run by the Office of Population Affairs at HHS. First authorized in 1970 to reduce population growth by providing family planning to low income women, [which became a cloak for the abortion/genocide agenda] the program has not been reauthorized since 1985. However it has continued to receive funding through the Labor, HHS Appropriations bill. $286 million was appropriated for FY16. Millions a year to PP.

Over the years, some states receiving Title X grants have directed their funding to county health departments, community health centers and other clinics and women and family assistance centers that do not provide deadly abortions.

As a result funds are redirected away from Planned Parenthood and their abortion agenda.

These current proposed rules are designed to ensure funds go to Planned Parenthood, and curtail aid to life saving women and children centers.

Groups may be interested in the press release from Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) who will be leading a Member sign-on letter commenting on the proposed rules.

Ryan Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation, weighs in on the debacle.

Hold President Obama to his word.

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Fr. Pavone challenges ‘‘Catholics for Choice’ to describe what they defend

September 16th, 2016

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Date: September 16, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a nationwide advertising campaign that suggests abortion is sanctioned by the Catholic Church.

“As has been reported, the ‘Abortion in Good Faith’ campaign launched by Catholics for Choice — a D.C. based group that has no affiliation with the Catholic Church – is misrepresenting the Church’s unequivocal opposition to abortion no matter what the circumstances of the pregnancy. For the group to state that taxpayer-funded abortion is a Catholic social good is nothing but a politically motivated attempt to sow confusion.

“Long ago, the U.S. Bishops made it clear publicly that “Catholics for Choice” is not Catholic, and this recent campaign has prompted more clarification from individual bishops.

“This kind of campaign is a devious attempt to mislead Catholics, not only about what the Church teaches, but about what abortion is. If this group wants to defend abortion, let them describe it. I challenge them to say exactly what they mean when they use the word abortion.’ Are they saying taxpayers should fund the decapitation and dismemberment of living children? Let’s ask them, is this what you mean?”

Father Pavone also noted that most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded 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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30th season of Defending Life premieres Sept. 21 on EWTN

September 15th, 2016

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Date: September 15, 2016

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Just in time for a presidential election that will determine the character of the United States for generations to come, the 30th season of Defending Life will premiere Sept. 21 on EWTN.

Created by Priests for Life in 1994 at the direct request of EWTN founder Mother Angelica to Fr. Frank Pavone, Defending Life is the longest-running, farthest-reaching show ever aired about abortion.

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 Frank Pavone, National Director, is the creative director of the series.

The first three episodes will focus on the November elections.

“Voting with a Clear Conscience” will give viewers 10 easy steps to understanding how to apply Church teaching at the ballot box. “Ten Responses to Pro-Abortion Politicians” will teach viewers how best to respond to lawmakers and their lies. “The Vote for Life Campaign” will focus on faithful citizenship that includes taking action to change the political landscape of the nation.

Other topics to be discussed will include: Choosing life despite being homeless; Obamacare and the HHS mandate, and the “Death with Dignity” scandal.

“On Defending Life, we take on the most pressing life issues and we not only educate, but activate as well,” Father Pavone said.

Mrs. Morana, who is also the co-host of EWTN’s The Catholic View for Women, said the series highlights the work of pro-lifers across the country.

“We want viewers to know what might be happening right in their backyard, and we want them to get involved,” she said.

Also known as “The Protest Priest,” Father Imbarrato said he appreciated Pope Francis’s recent comments to young people that “we didn’t come into the world to vegetate … We came for another reason: to leave a mark.”
Father Imbarrato said: “When you watch Defending Life, you’ll have a clear idea of how to leave a mark for the unborn and the vulnerable.”

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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Another Challenge – This Time Trump Health Care

September 15th, 2016

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There is yet again more controversy, this time about whether or not Mr. Trump should include children of homosexual parents, partners or adopters in the health care plan.

Even in a case like this, Prolife would dictate that an innocent child deserves protection and health care.

While both abortion and homosexual marriage are anti-Bible, all the children are alive and in need of God’s grace, in and out of the womb; as well as do those who birth or adopt them.

At the end of the day, a child is a child no matter what.

This current argument about human sexuality and healthcare for children is yet another tactic designed to cause distraction, angst and confusion.

It’s like putting the children in the middle of a child custody battle. The children are innocents, not to be used as pawns. Grace is needed on behalf of the children.

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” – Galatians 2:21 KJV

My friend CC, a Prolife Prayer Warrior writes:

“When a homosexual woman comes into our facility impregnated via in vitro or by having sexual intercourse with who she considers a sperm donor, we love her and the child in her womb by taking care of the mother and the child together. We’ve seen lives saved and hearts change because of Jesus love.

“We’re known as a Christian ministry. We’ve had to address this in our hearts before the first person crossed the threshold. While we do not agree with homosexuality or abortion, we take to Jesus the human dignity of the mother, father and child. God the One Who gives Life….the Creator Sustainer of all human life.

“Through us honoring and valuing each life and reflecting His Love and Truth…His Word in our hearts…hearts and lives change. We know this to be true. Love.”

I agree! Human dignity and human frailty, that’s what Jesus’ love and blood cure. Oh God, save our sin sick souls. Friends, Stay focused. America, PRAY!

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Public Urged to Comment on HHS Mandate Religious Liberty Cases

September 12th, 2016

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Period of public comment ends Sept. 20

The public comment period ends Sept. 20 for those who would like to help solve the impasse over the Affordable Care Act’s unjust contraception and abortion mandate.

After hearing oral arguments March 23 in Priests for Life vs. HHS and six other cases against the mandate, the Supreme Court sent the cases back to the lower courts with the admonition that the Obama administration and the petitioners – 37 in all – should sort it out themselves. On July 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice in the Federal Register asking the public for its ideas.

“For everyone who understands how important this case is, this is our opportunity to stand together strongly for religious liberty,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a named petitioner in Priests for Life vs. HHS. “You can be sure that those who want to advance abortion and contraception at the expense of religious liberty will let their voices be heard. We must not fail to raise ours.”

Tonight, Monday September 12, Priests for Life will hold a public webcast, from 9 to 10 pm ET, to guide people as to how to participate in this process. People may sign up at www.priestsforlife.org/Webcast.

For information on the Supreme Court cases and for detailed guidance on how to participate in this public comment period, go to www.IStandwithPFL.com.

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Fr. Frank Pavone available for comment on Johnson Amendment during Value Voters Summit

September 8th, 2016

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Date: September 8, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion (Nelson Books, August, 2015) has written extensively about the Johnson Amendment and is available for comment on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to discuss the repeal of the amendment at this week’s Value Voters Summit.

In Abolishing Abortion, Father Pavone devotes several chapters to the political origins of the law, how it has stifled churches and clergy since 1954, and how Churches themselves often make its effect worse or simply use it as an excuse for cowardice:

“Having won his Senate seat only by a margin of 87 highly disputed votes and now up for re-election, Johnson wanted to silence two secular, nonprofit organizations that were supporting his opponent. Johnson had made inquiries with the IRS commissioner to determine whether these organizations were breaking any law by their political involvement. When told they were not, he introduced the amendment to punish them for what had been legal up till then. At the time, there were no discussions, debates or any considerations of a constitutional foundation for the amendment. Nor was there any discussion of whether this restriction applied to churches.”

Father Pavone also criticizes the interpretation of the amendment offered by the IRS, with its vague “facts and circumstances approach:

“… It has been a maze of confusion and inconsistency that, in practice, has made this provision unintelligible and therefore next to impossible to apply.”

Fr. Pavone’s book offers some practical suggestions to move forward beyond self-censorship. To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, contact Leslie Palma-Simoncek, communications director at Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

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

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Alveda King, Naomi King: De-sanctification of Human Life at Core of America’s Crime Crisis

September 7th, 2016
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Mrs. Naomi King, wife of Rev. A.D. King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and mother of Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life, was recently vandalized at her senior citizens’ residence in Atlanta, GA. Along with Mrs. Naomi King’s, cars of other residents were vandalized, with windows bashed in, and possessions rifled in the car. On October 9, 2015 Mrs. King experienced a similar attack where a teenager approached her car, demanded her keys, and punched her in the face repeatedly when she refused to get out of the car or give up the vehicle.

Mrs. King is a voice for civil rights and justice. She loves Jesus Christ. Today, she and her daughter Alveda are advocates for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. They agree that a disregard for the sanctity of human life is at the core of America’s violent crime crisis.

Quoting Saint Mother Teresa, Alveda explains: “What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

In 1951 Mrs. Naomi was faced with an unexpected pregnancy. She was offered a “choice” by the then “Birth Control League” that would become “Planned Parenthood.” The offer was for a “procedure for a mysterious female ailment,” a D&C which would have eliminated everything in Naomi’s womb.

Naomi went to her future father-in-law, Martin Luther King, Sr., who prophetically described the baby he’d seen in a dream three years prior. Naomi didn’t abort that baby; Alveda. As a result, Evangelist Alveda King is a voice for life today.

Paraphrasing words from her brother-in-law, Mrs. Naomi says: “When we do not value the human personality then our society is in trouble.” She also urges in an open letter: “Our God, who is loving and merciful gave you life and gifts. Are you thankful?”

Naomi’s love of God, grace and beauty, earned for her the title “The Butterfly Queen. “I’m so glad I chose life for my angel daughter Alveda,” she said.

Evangelist Alveda loves her mother and is grateful for her life. She prays for a “cease fire” in America’s abortions, crime and violence; and concludes urging everyone: “Pray for America and vote pro-life.

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Priests for Life Launches Nine-Week Election Novena Today

September 6th, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced that today begins a nine-week novena that focuses on the 2016 elections.

“For nine weeks before Election Day” Father Pavone said, “Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in an Election Novena. In this prayer campaign, we pray that we will choose wisely and that God’s people may not vote simply according to party loyalty or self interest, but rather, according to principle and the Word of God.”

The novena prayer can be found at www.ElectionPrayer.com. “The prayer is both nonpartisan and nondenominational.”

“When God judges nations,” Father Pavone said, “he does not necessarily send down fire and brimstone. Rather, he simply leaves us to endure the consequences of our own choices.”

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Topical – Controversial – Relevant: The Catholic View for Women’s Sixth Season Kicks Off Sept. 7

September 6th, 2016

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Date: September 6, 2016

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The Catholic View for Women will tackle sizzling hot topics when its sixth season premieres Sept. 7 on EWTN.

Co-hosts Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo will give the Catholic View treatment to the transgender movement, same-sex attraction, the lingering damage of the sexual revolution and choosing chastity. Guests also will address street evangelization and how to cope after the death of a teenager.

Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Bring Out the Best in Marriage, written by Ms. Tomeo and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore, will be highlighted in one episode and Father John Riccardo of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be on two episodes to discuss what people in the pews are longing to hear from their priests.

“You don’t want to miss the new season,” said Ms. Bennett Gutierrez, executive director of the Vida Initiative and Los Angeles Pregnancy Services. “Our guests will share moving testimonies of how they are living their faith despite pressures from the Culture — like living chastity or discerning a vocation in a secularized world by young Catholic women, or raising a precious baby with special needs. Women of all ages should tune because they’ll be inspired to find the answers to all of life’s challenges in the splendor of our Catholic faith.”

The show began in 2011 as an antidote to secular women’s shows like “The View,” where, Mrs. Morana notes, the conservative women on the panel and guests who are pro-life or against same-sex marriage are regularly shouted down.

“Shows like that say they are about women and women’s issues, but they rarely delve into topics that matter to real women, and they never talk about the things that matter to Catholic women,” said Mrs. Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “That’s what we specialize in at The Catholic View for Women.”

Catholic media personality Ms. Tomeo concurred: “What I love most about this opportunity to speak to women around the world is that we are able to address at length real issues that impact women but are rarely discussed in the secular culture. Once again will be sharing stories and interviews that are sure to make a difference in our viewers’ knowledge of their faith and they way they apply it to their everyday lives.”

The Catholic View airs at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesdays and is rebroadcast at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

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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American Freedom Law Center Names Fr. Pavone a “Freedom Fighter”

September 1st, 2016

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Date: September 1, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award Sept. 20 in Michigan during the American Freedom Law Center’s annual dinner.

Father Pavone is also the keynote speaker for the dinner at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. He will share a powerful message about the critical moment we face right now in America regarding religious freedom and in our national elections.

Sharing the Freedom Fighter Award with him will be Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (on whose Board of Directors Father Pavone serves).

“Each of these ‘freedom fighters’ has demonstrated exceptional courage in defense of religious freedom and the right to life,” said Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel. “We are honored to not only call them our ‘clients,’ but friends and fellow warriors in our fight for faith and freedom.”

Father Pavone said he is deeply honored by the award.

“Those who defend the unborn soon realize that they get treated like the unborn; their rights are also ignored,” he said. “The American Freedom Law Center stands up for our Constitution, however and wherever it is being challenged, so to have them bestow on me the Freedom Fighter Award is very humbling and deeply appreciated.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its ongoing challenge to the HHS mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23.

In February 2012, Priests for Life was the fourth organization in the nation to file suit against the mandate, which would force employers to be complicit in providing contraceptives, abortifacient drugs and sterilization to their employees. Houses of worship are exempt, but faith-based ministries like Priests for Life were only offered an “accommodation” that is still morally objectionable.

In March, the Supreme Court heard seven consolidated cases in Zubik vs. Burwell, including the Priests for Life case. Rather than issue an opinion, the Court sent the cases back to lower appeals courts with the instruction that the government should try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the religious groups. That agreement has not yet been reached.

To reserve tickets for the dinner, go to www.americanfreedomlawcenter.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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