​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Already Quite Alive

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“From my mother’s womb, you have been my God.” (Psalm 22:11) 

Reflection: Abortion supporters sometimes ask, “Why don’t you focus on caring for people who are already alive?”
But if children in the womb are not already alive, why does it take an abortion procedure to kill them? When we speak about unborn children, we are not speaking about “possible” children; we are speaking about real children who are already quite alive.

Prayer: Father, open our eyes to recognize our brothers and sisters in every place where they live, including in their mothers’ womb. Open our hearts to love them as you do. Amen.

Media advisory: Reporting on Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Against HHS Mandate

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As a service to reporters and media outlets covering the Supreme Court case of Zubik vs. Burwell, we have listed here again the seven cases that have been consolidated. On November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to the following cases challenging the HHS mandate, and consolidated them. The Court listed them here in the order in which they reached the Supreme Court:

(ORDER LIST: 577 U. S.)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015

CERTIORARI GRANTED

14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.

14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS

15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5576-media-advisory-reporting-on-zubik-vs-burwell-supreme-court-case-against-hhs-mandate

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills…

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7)

Reflection: There is not a single social problem that abortion has solved; in fact, every problem its advocates once promised it would solve is worse today than on the day abortion became legal.

Tens of millions of children have been aborted in America since 1973. How many more have to be killed before we realize that abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills?

Prayer: Lord, be our salvation. Save us from false hopes, misleading solutions, and deceptive remedies. Only in the paths you point out for us can we find wholeness and salvation. Keep us wise and faithful. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, open my lips…

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Lord, open my lips…” (Psalm 51:17)

Reflection: If you were stranded on a desert island, and had, pen, paper, and a bottle, the note you write and put in that bottle could save your life. Before sealing it and throwing it in the sea, you would make sure that you put your very best effort behind what you say. So it is with conversations you have about abortion. Some day they may save a life. Conduct them well.

Prayer: Give me confidence, O Lord, at every moment in which I will need to speak on this topic. Open my lips, that I may save lives by what I say. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Intrinsic Value

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“We are all his children.” (Acts 17:28) 

Reflection: Abortion has killed children who may have been great scientists, doctors, inventors, and Presidents. Yet every life taken by abortion is equally valuable. People do no derive their value from how productive or famous they are or may become. The most hidden, obscure, and humble life has as much intrinsic value, and as many human rights, as the most notable personalities in history.

Prayer: Lord, I cannot begin to imagine the plans you had for each aborted child. May we realize more deeply the value of each one of them, even the most humble and forgotten. Amen.

Get to know the presidential candidates by watching debates!

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As we continue in this election year, we are going to point out to our Priests for Life family the various ways we can become better informed about the candidates, and urge others to do the same.

As one of those ways, I urge you to watch the upcoming presidential debates tonight, February 4 and Saturday, February 6 to get to know more about the candidates so when it’s time to vote in the primaries you will be prepared.  The information is as follows:

Democratic Presidential Primary Debate TV: MSNBC, 9:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, February 04 Live Stream: MSNBC.com

Republican Presidential Primary Debate TV: ABC, 8:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, February 6 Live Stream: ABCNews.com

And please invite others to watch.  Much is at stake in the elections of 2016, including the makeup of the Supreme Court, and we need active and informed voters.

On our Priests for Life website, we have a calendar of events for Elections 2016 that we are constantly updating and that you can refer to for more information as the year progresses.

I would be interested to know what you think of the candidates and their messages after the debate.  You can send me a message right on the form at the top of PoliticalResponsibility.com. On that form you can also let me know what kind of elections activities you are involved in or how we may help you become more involved.

As we know, prayer is key!  So I urge you to join us for a Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders and order prayer cards for your friends, family and parish.

Finally, Lent is around the corner so I invite you to also pray with us a Lenten Prayer for Life from February 10- March 24.

Blessings,

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Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life

Fr. Frank Pavone 2016 National Prayer Service Speech

On the day of the 2016 March for Life, we held an exciting interdenominational prayer service, where everyone of all denominations were invited and welcomed, the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers. It was held at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) on the morning of Friday, January 22, 2016.

The prayer service was sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, and Gospel of Life Ministries.

With representatives from numerous Christian denominations and pro-life groups, this is the premier prayer event marking the tragic commemoration of Roe vs. Wade. We will gather in repentance and grief, but also in hope-filled, joyful determination and unity to bring an end to abortion once and for all!

We wanted to fill Constitution Hall with thousands of believers, and show the nation, and the media that covered the event, showing that pro-life people are not going away, no matter how long the battle or how powerful the enemy! The prayers and message of this service will certainly convey that.

Please enjoy this video, and share it to your friends and family!

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Respect the Rights of Others

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“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want; rather, I do what I hate.” (Romans 7:15)
Reflection: Abortion advocates say we should “trust” women to make their own decisions. Are we then to simply trust that people won’t lie, cheat, run red lights, or rob a local department store? The whole argument is absurd. At times, people do not respect the rights of others. That’s why laws exist.

Prayer: Lord, with St. Paul, I acknowledge that I am inclined to sin, despite my best intentions. Help me, and help all of us as we struggle against the pull of evil. Amen.

Praise for Kentucky governor for his leadership on life

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“Kentucky is blessed to have a governor who leads by serving,” said Fr. Pavone.  “Governor Bevin’s immediate action to sign the new informed consent for abortion law is a great act of service not only to pregnant mothers, but also the state as a whole.  The more women know about abortion and its alternatives, the more women will choose life.”

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5575-praise-for-kentucky-governor-for-his-leadership-on-life