Archive for January, 2010

Fr. Frank Pavone Comments on Attempts to Block Tebow Ad

Thursday, January 28th, 2010





Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today on the efforts of pro-abortion groups to keep CBS from broadcasting a Focus on the Family ad featuring quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother during the Super Bowl.

“Why should it bother people who call themselves pro-choice if women watch Pam Tebow and her son Tim on Super Bowl Sunday and freely decide to choose life? Would fewer abortions be a bad thing?” asks Fr. Pavone. “As for the argument that the ad should not be shown because it is divisive, since when do we broadcast only things on which the American people all agree? In that case, the Super Bowl itself could not be broadcast.”

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It’s an Election Year!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010





This year is an election year, and too many people still think that religion and politics don’t mix. But with so many public servants failing to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public, religion is more important than ever to clarify what does and does not belong to the common good.

If a politician cannot respect the life of a little baby in the womb, how can he or she respect your life or mine?
The message of the pro-life movement is not that abortion is the only issue. Rather, the message is that if we fail to protect any segment of the human family, as we now fail to protect the unborn, we have taken away the basis for protecting everyone else. It’s time to vote pro-life.

–Fr. Frank

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What is your Pro-life Strategy?

Monday, January 25th, 2010





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Fr. Pavone on State Senator Scott Brown’s Victory

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010





Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement last night regarding the special election in Massachusetts:

“The victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts last night represents several simple facts about the current state of American politics:

1. Pendulums swing. The American people, no matter what their political affiliation, are not comfortable with any one party holding supermajorities in Washington.

2. Americans love freedom. When Washington ignores the will of the people, as the Democratic Party has been doing on so many issues, the people respond at the voting booth to reclaim their own voice.

3. Elections are the answer. Whether the issue is health care, abortion, or anything else, when the people feel powerless to change the minds of those in power, they change those in power.

“Priests for Life has launched its 2010 political responsibility activities and will hold a national conference call on Monday night January 25 from 9 to 10pm ET to help individuals, organizations, and Churches do all they can to influence the elections of November 2010. To sign up, see www.priestsforlife.org/conferencecall.”

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Jennifer O’Neill, Dr. Alveda King, and 45 Others Harmed by Abortion to Testify in Front of Supreme Court Friday

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010





Washington, DC – Famed actress Jennifer O’Neill, civil rights activist Dr. Alveda King, and 45 Silent No More women and men from across the country will testify to their abortion experiences this Friday at 3:00 pm in front of the Supreme Court Building.

“The Silent No More Awareness Campaign was born of the grief, pain, and suffering that those of us who have had abortions know all too well,” said Georgette Forney, a co-founder of the SNMAC. “We are growing in number because women have found that abortion is not the answer, it’s the problem.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will gather with the Silent No More witnesses as the March for Life reaches the top of Capitol Hill. “The empty slogans of the child-killing industry avoid the realities of abortion,” he stated. “The Silent No More Awareness Campaign lives and breathes those realities every day. One can’t help but be moved and motivated by their stories.”

“This year the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be even more visible at the March,” added Janet Morana, another co-founder of the SNMAC. “In addition to our signature ‘I Regret My Abortion’ and ‘I Regret Lost Fatherhood’ signs, we have distributed across the country over 45,000 new signs that say, ‘Women Do Regret Abortion’ and ‘Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.’ The message is simple, but in the lives of our members, profound.”

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Dr. Alveda King on King Day: The Dream Includes Us All, Born and Unborn

Monday, January 18th, 2010





Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., released the following comments today on the celebration of her Uncle’s life.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of a Beloved Community where all are treated with respect and dignity,” said Dr. King. “He fought against society’s exclusion of people who were treated as less than human because of their appearance. Today, we are compelled to continue Uncle Martin’s fight by standing up for those who are treated as less than human because of their helplessness and inconvenience.

“The unborn are as much a part of the Beloved Community as are newborns, infants, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. Too many of us speak of tolerance and inclusion, yet refuse to tolerate or include the weakest and most innocent among us in the human family. As we celebrate the life of Uncle Martin, let us renew our hearts and commit our lives to treating each other, whatever our race, status, or stage of life, as we would want to be treated. Let us let each other live.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will join Alveda and her family as a program participant in the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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“Vote Pro-life” Coalition of Organizations Forming

Friday, January 15th, 2010





Washington, DC – Declaring that it is time for the Culture of Life to gain ground at the voting booth, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that a “Vote Pro-life” Coalition is forming to assist organizations, Churches, and individuals to foster Christian political responsibility.

“For years, Priests for Life has been working with groups like National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Wallbuilders, National Clergy Council, National Pro-life Religious Council and many other organizations to foster political responsibility. This year we will both continue and enhance this collaboration. The “Vote Pro-life” Coalition will assist organizations and individuals to advance activities like:

a) Non-partisan voter registration drives in Churches and through other organizations;

b) Educating candidates and voters about life issues and their critical importance;

c) Informing voters about the positions of candidates on key issues;

d) Getting voters to the polls during early voting and on Election Day, November 2, 2010.

All of the training and activities of this coalition will be conducted within the limits of what Churches and other tax exempt entities can do within IRS guidelines.

The Coalition will designate specific weekends of the year as “Voter Registration Sundays” and will also coordinate a major prayer campaign of nine weeks from September 1 to Election Day, November 2.

The Coalition has formed a Facebook cause at www.causes.com/voteprolife and will also sponsor a teleseminar for the general public on Monday evening, January 25, from 9 to 10pm ET.

This is a call that people can join either by phone or by internet. Fr. Frank Pavone will be joined by David Barton of Wallbuilders and Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List and will talk specifically about:

a) Why 2010 can be a year of significant progress in the political arena;

b) What obstacles the pro-abortion forces are likely to put in the way of the Church and the pro-life movement;

c) Exactly what you can do as an individual, in your pro-life organization, and in your Church to promote political responsibility.

“Now is the time to get started,” Fr. Pavone stated, “and we need all hands on deck!”

See www.PoliticalResponsibility.com for more details

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Let’s March for Life!

Friday, January 15th, 2010





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Novena for January 22

Thursday, January 14th, 2010





Starting today, Priests for Life is conducting a prayer novena in preparation for January 22, the sad observance of the Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized child-killing in the United States throughout pregnancy. This prayer, which you can find at priestsforlife.org, asks the grace of mercy and conversion upon our nation, that the killing may cease, and that those who have been involved in abortion may find healing.

We need to be spiritually prepared for January 22. Many preparations are being made for marches, parish activities, and other events to commemorate this day. Let us prepare spiritually as well. Go to priestsforlife.org to sign up for the novena and download the prayer.

The bishops have designated January 22 as a day of penance. Let us prepare well for it by this novena.

–Fr. Frank

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16th Annual National Conference for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers to Be Held at Capitol, Morning of January 22

Thursday, January 14th, 2010





Washington, DC – The 16th Annual National Conference for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place on Friday, January 22, in the Congressional Auditorium of the Capitol Building.

This gathering is to be held between 8:30 and 10:15 am on the morning of the March for Life, and will include a talk by Fr. Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council and National Director of Priests for Life, and an exhortation by Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church. Also speaking will be Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, who will receive the NPRC National Pro-Life Recognition Award during this gathering.

The event is open to the public.

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