Priests for Life welcomes new Pontifical Council for Laity, Family, and Life

June 6th, 2016

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Date: June 4, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has welcomed the news this morning from Pope Francis that he is establishing a new Pontifical Council for Laity, Family, and Life.

“Pontifical Councils” are a particular type of Vatican office that assists the work of the Holy Father and the Catholic Church around the world on particular themes of importance to the Church’s ministry.

Already in existence are the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The new Pontifical Council combines these two. It also indicates that there will be a special connection between the new Pontifical Council and the already existing Pontifical Academy for Life, which addresses life issues from an academic perspective.

Fr. Frank Pavone was an official in the late 1990′s at the Pontifical Council for the Family, which fosters initiatives in the defense and pastoral care of the family and of the sanctity of human life. He was also appointed to be a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2010.

“I believe this new step of the Holy Father, in accordance with the advice he has received from his Cardinals, will strengthen the Church’s efforts to defend life and family at a time when these are more important than ever,” Fr. Pavone stated. “In particular, this step elevates and emphasizes the importance of defending life from evils like abortion. Whereas the Pontifical Council for the Family, where I served, was entrusted with fostering initiatives to protect human life from abortion, that role, in this new Pontifical Council, is now explicitly referenced in its title and is given its own “Section,” that is, an official division of the office, headed by an “Under-Secretary.” I know both from my own experience in working at the Pontifical Council for the Family and from my experience heading a worldwide pro-life ministry that has regular interaction with the Vatican that this structural change will make it possible for pro-life groups to have even more effective interaction with the Church on the global level, and for there to be even more mutual encouragement in the urgent task of defending what Pope Saint John Paul II called “the first of the fundamental rights, the right to life” (Evangelium Vitae, 20). We look forward to working with this new Vatican office.”

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 Proposes Next Step in HHS Mandate Case

May 28th, 2016

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Date: May 27, 2016

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NEW YORK – Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. have filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit proposing a next step in their ongoing lawsuits challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate.

The letter by the appellants refers to the consolidated cases before the D.C. Circuit, Priests for Life v. HHS and Archbishop of Washington v. Burwell. (These two cases were consolidated by the D.C. Circuit and heard in 2014; the Court ruled against Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese in December 2014, after which the case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which consolidated these two cases with five others, comprising the case Zubik vs. Burwell. The Supreme Court recently sent the cases back to the four appellate courts from which they came. Hence, now, Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington are together again in the D.C. court.)

The letter proposes that the appellants submit to the Court of Appeals in 30 days a status report on any progress made with the government in resolving the matter. The filing is the appellants’ first court submission since the Supreme Court action less than two weeks ago.

“The Supreme Court noted in its Zubik v. Burwell decision that the administration has confirmed that it could draft a regulation that meets our religious liberty concerns,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We are hopeful that the government will adhere to that confirmation and end this case quickly.”

Under the Supreme Court’s Zubik ruling, all seven lawsuits that were before the highest court were remanded to their respective appeals courts on May 16. In a move widely interpreted as favorable to Priests for Life and the other religious non-profit groups, the Court noted that the government has stated in a legal brief that its HHS mandate accommodation can be modified to protect the religious concerns of those organizations.

“This particular case to protect religious liberty has gone on for over four years,” added Fr. Pavone. “With the Supreme Court’s recent action that proposes a feasible solution, there’s no reason for the Obama administration to delay. It’s time for a resolution.”

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 C. King: There is a Battle for the Seed in the Toilets

May 19th, 2016

160519 blog image2Both our sons and daughters are impacted by this toilet battle. They are either being flushed down the tube or exposed and exploited shamelessly. This is a battle for THE SEED. Those who are confused between bathrooms will go in and out of both male and female facilities, approaching our boys and girls. The gender confused are also Satan’s victims. As a mother and grandmother of both boys and girls…

“Don’t you see that children are GOD’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.” – Psalm 127:3-5 MSG

Bathroom and abortion coercion have a lot in common. This just in from Newsone.

Roe, Wade and Private Bathrooms
By Nina May
(Reprinted by permission)

I really was trying to avoid writing about this because the left has such a sick agenda on all things “women”. I think it is going to be up to each woman to do her own personal “Girlcott” of businesses who fall for this demeaning, unnecessary, unproductive and stupid idea of allowing men in the women’s restrooms.

The most obvious and apparent inconsistency, in this new dictate from on high, is that it is a direct contradiction of the finding in Roe. vs. Wade which was all about a woman’s right to privacy and the fact that the government could not tell a woman what to do with her body. But now, that same government is taking away the most private aspect of a woman’s life, and that is her bathroom habits.

If she wanted to go into the bathroom to have an abortion, they would clear the entire store of anyone standing in her way, including men pretending to be women for the purpose of preying on them.

And from a practical perspective, how are you going to prove who is who or what? Are you going to make the men drop and the women pull up their dresses to check for the sex the way they do with the baby chicks at Tractor Supply?

160519 blog image1But you can be sure, if they put urinals in the women’s bathroom and a guy, dressed as a woman, is standing there doing his business … the world will know. That seems a little insensitive to me. It’s as though the government is trying to create a situation where transgendered people are humiliated and stigmatized and the only way to force them “out” is to see how they pee, and what they pee with.

I can’t believe liberals and Democrats can be so heartless, so cruel, so discriminating against transgendered individuals. It is just amazing to me that Barack Obama and Hillary can look at themselves in the mirror realizing the trauma they are going to visit upon these poor helpless people. Just shocking.

Ok, so beyond the fact that the left is forcing all transgendered people to fly their flags for the world to see, you have the issue of all the nut cases coming out, pretending to “self-identify” for a few minutes so they can be alone with a woman when she is totally vulnerable. Or what has already been reported is that they are in the adjoining stall filming her privacy … which again, the Supreme Court said the government has an obligation to protect.

So, the government, instead of protecting a woman’s privacy and right to choose to pee in private, have thrown them to the dogs. They have locked them in a room where they are helpless prey and told them they are evil if they oppose this procedure. So much for women’s rights. But it is a perfect storm for a nationwide “Girlcott” of these establishments.

Women are being told by the store, the local police, the state, the federal government that she is on her own and she might get assaulted in a public bathroom. But, heh, it’s in the interest of diversity and fairness. Fine, then I suggest every woman pack when she goes to the bathroom. As soon as you get in a stall, pull the slide back and let it pop, just to send that recognizable sound throughout the bathroom in case some predator is lurking in a neighboring stall.

160519 blog image3You could even drop a couple of bullets on the floor as you pack your clip so they think you are a little nervous, and think they might have the upper hand as they try and grab you as you exit the stall. But to further throw them off, pretend you are on the cell phone, telling someone exactly where you are and that it’s getting harder and harder just to pee in public. Say loudly that just the day before, you had to pop two guys who were pretending to be women in the Target bathroom.

Women have lost all power in this society and we can thank the democrats, the liberals, the feminists, and men who think women are nothing more than brood mares and have convinced them to kill their own babies in the name of privacy but won’t give that woman privacy in the bathroom.

We need another women’s movement in America where they regain the rights the radical feminists have squandered through the years by trying so hard to make women like men. They have lost their dignity and humanity and have allowed themselves to be intimidated and manipulated by a social engineering plan designed to eradicate the distinctions between men and women.

And all of this totally ignores the very private issues of colostomy bags, catheters, insulin pumps, IBS, and a myriad of other private, medical or just plain embarrassing situations people have to deal with on a daily and often times, irregular basis. What about their rights? What about pregnant women or nursing mom or women dealing with monthly issues? There are so many elements to a woman’s physiology that men are clueless about and for them to now force women into their world of exposed body parts and urinals is insensitive, misogynist, and dangerous.

The only reasonable explanation is that men feel they are superior to women and will not be happy until all aspects and characteristics of women are melded into those of a man, eradicating women all together.

The clueless feminists are empowering this genocide that is creating a totally male dominated society, like many countries where women have no rights at all. There, women are just objects to breed the next generation of boorish men who are clueless about what a real woman is, and you can be sure, she doesn’t have a penis.

160519 blog image4So, if the right to privacy has been determined by the Supreme Court to protect what a woman does with her body then either be consistent in the law, or overturn Roe. v. Wade.

Oh, and to bring it current, liberals give Trump a hard time about being anti-women when they are pushing the biggest anti-women, anti-privacy, anti-choice move in the history of the country.

There is an easy solution that is in a lot of countries, in fact I encountered it in Israel. There is a bathroom space where the sinks are in an open space for everyone to use. But there are private, lockable stalls that anyone can use, very much like on an airline. You are in there alone, do your PRIVATE business then come out and wash your hands with everyone … men and women.

There are logical fixes if these clueless men are determined to go down this road, but to argue it in terms of “protecting” the privacy of one class of people while destroying it for others is just another line item on the left’s long list of ways to destroy our culture … and dehumanize women.

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Fr. Pavone Urges South Carolina Governor to Sign Bill Protecting Late-Term Babies

May 18th, 2016

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Date: May 18, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today complimented South Carolina lawmakers and urged South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to sign a bill passed this week that would protect babies from abortion after 19 weeks.

“Governor Haley has indicated she will sign this bill and I applaud her commitment to ending brutal and medically unnecessary late-term abortions,” Father Pavone said. “South Carolina joins a growing list of states that recognize that babies in the womb feel pain and are deserving of our protection. The South Carolina House and Senate, and particularly Rep. Wendy Nanney, should be proud that some of the most vulnerable citizens in the state have been given back their right to life.”

“Priests for Life has been working for decades to advocate for precisely this type of legislation,” Father Pavone continued, “and we will continue working with legislators around the country to replicate this accomplishment of South Carolina in multiple other states.”

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 vs. HHS to Return to Judge Merrick Garland

May 17th, 2016

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Date: May 17, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, a petitioner in the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the cases that has been challenging the HHS mandate in the U.S. Supreme Court, commented today on the fact that, thanks to yesterday’s action by the high court, the Priests for Life case now returns to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Chief Judge of that Circuit Court is Merrick Garland, President Obama’s choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Priests for Life (and the Archdiocese of Washington, whose case the court consolidated with that of Priests for Life) in November 2014, nearly three years after Priests for Life became the fourth group in the nation to challenge the HHS mandate.

Priests for Life asked for a rehearing in the Court of Appeals by the entire body of judges, but that request was denied in May 2015. The appeal was then made to the Supreme Court, which granted cert last November.

“Judge Garland did not side with us on this case; now, however, that we are back in his court, we come with even stronger arguments,” Fr. Pavone said, referring to the additional briefings that the Supreme Court requested of the petitioners and the government. The briefings show that both sides agree there is a way forward by which the government can pursue its objectives of contraceptive coverage and that the petitioners can be free of any involvement in the process.

“It’s not that the arguments necessarily sway the judges,” Fr. Pavone added. “It’s that the strength of our arguments reveals the extremism of the government and of the judges who side with them. The progress of the Priests for Life vs. HHS case in Judge Garland’s court will again shed light on the kind of people that a Democratic President will nominate for the Supreme Court and other federal courts, and will vividly remind the voters what is at stake in this election.”

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: The Babies’ Blood is Crying Out as Courts Scramble to Wash Hands in Reversal Move

May 16th, 2016

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“Today’s action is another step forward in the cause of freedom, because the Court did not rule against The Little Sisters of the Poor. From the perspective one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing HHS battle, it’s clear that we are not out of the woods yet, because there may still be resistance from the government. This scenario reminds me of Pilate washing his hands during the trial of Christ,” said Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life.

“However, we pray and believe that the government can pursue its objectives without forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith,” continued King. “The case of Priests for Life vs. HHS is about freedom, and we are confident of final victory.“

Priests for Life Issues Further Comments in HHS Supreme Court Case

Priests for Life, the first group of the 37 Supreme Court petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court, has responded to today’s action by the Court in this consolidated case.

Robert Muise, of the American Freedom Law Center, which has represented Priests for Life in this case from the beginning, explained, “The Court’s action today continues to protect us from this unjust mandate, and from any punishment for not obeying it. It gives us a chance now to work out in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, whose ruling against us is now vacated, a solution that will continue to protect our religious freedom. As we have always said, because the very mission of Priests for Life is to advance a culture free from any kind of abortion, this organization continues to be a perfectly situated petitioner to object to the mandate.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, added, “We are encouraged by today’s development. The Supreme Court could have ruled against us, but evidently the Obama Administration did not succeed in persuading them to do so. A split Court could also have let the lower court’s negative ruling stand, but again, they did not see fit to do that. Instead, the Supreme Court, upon receiving further briefings, vacated the lower court rulings, and offered the parties an opportunity to work out a mutually acceptable solution in the lower courts, that will both allow the government to pursue its objectives and allow us to practice our faith. We are committed to continuing that process in the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, stated, “In April, we told the Supreme Court that if the government and the insurance companies are going to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives, they have to do it without any involvement from us, and without hijacking the insurance plan we offer our employees. Moreover, the government also told the Court that modifications to the accommodation would be possible. So now, we look forward to the next step of this process, which we hope will find a more reasonable response by the government than we have seen up to now.”

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Evangelist Alveda King: Freedom of Speech – Open Letter to College Professor Under Siege

May 13th, 2016

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In an article at The American Conservative, Professor Gavin Ahern of Xavier College Prep is in the spotlight for bringing up the controversial topic of abortion and genocide to his students. The open letter below is intended to commend and encourage Professor Ahern, his colleagues, peers, students and all people of goodwill to continue to shed light regarding the sanctity of life.

Along these same lines, we are getting more and more reports regarding gag orders on educators who have the courage to speak out regarding the injustice, of the current one sided imbalance and intolerance regarding freedom of speech regulations.

The popular movie series GOD’S NOT DEAD and a growing pool of other movies explore the role of educators like Professor Ahern who are swimming upstream in today’s culture war. Please support this movement at Movie Guide.

Finally, please join us at CRU (Civil Rights for the Unborn) in encouraging Professor Ahern and indeed all educators to speak the truth even in the face of the onslaught of political correctness.

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Dear Mr. Ahern,

I am writing you because I read about the recent controversy surrounding the flyer which you distributed to your students about abortion and the black genocide going on in our country today. I applaud you for your courage to share the truth with your students. The opposition, the abortion industry, has flooded society with so many lies for so long about what abortion really is and how it affects our society, that when someone takes a stance against them, it seems like everyone comes down on you. I was encouraged to read that the faculty is standing behind you and not letting pressure from the community dictate their actions.

As you may know, I work with Fr. Frank Pavone at Priests for Life. As a nondenominational Christian, I highly regard the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion and contraception. In a time where so many colleges are extending invitations to pro-abortion public figures to speak to the students, it is refreshing to know that you are standing up and teaching your students the truth.

Also, your compassion is evident in your providing insight to the female students to bring them awareness of the dangers of abortions and hyper sexuality which is being marketed to them on a daily basis through television, peer pressure, and all the political posturing over “women’s reproductive health.” Abortion is not healthcare.

I encourage you to stand firm in your conviction to spread the truth about abortion and help protect our young women from falling into the deceptive harmful trap of the abortion lies.

If there is anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact me through my assistant, Eugene Vigil at eugene@priestsforlife.org. Please be assured of our prayers and support.

Together for Life,
Evangelist Alveda King
Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn
Priests for Life

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Fr. Pavone: New Laws in Alabama Will Protect All of the State’s Children, Born and Unborn

May 12th, 2016

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Date: May 12, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement regarding a new law in Alabama that prohibits abortion facilities from operating within 2,000 feet of elementary and middle schools and another that bans dismemberment abortion.

“By signing these bills, Gov. Robert Bentley is protecting not only the unborn, but also the children of his state. No child should be killed at any stage but the brutality of the dismemberment procedure makes it particularly obvious that it should be banned.” Father Pavone said. “Also, none of our communities should have abortion mills in their midst but it is especially macabre to have a killing center next to a school, so this is another important law.”

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 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.”

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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.”

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