Florida Abortionist Loses Medical License

A Florida abortionist has lost his medical license, in part because of a botched abortion in which he inadequately dilated a patient’s cervix, then ruptured her uterus and shoved the unborn child’s body into the abdominal cavity. This was all done in a so-called “safe and legal” abortion clinic.

Many people wonder why someone who goes through the rigors and expense of medical school and ends up with the prestigious title “doctor” would want to use their skills doing abortions. Part of the reason is that these people have no respect for themselves, and are truly the bottom rung of the ladder in the medical profession. Malpractice is rampant in their secret, shame-covered world, and only rarely results in suspended licenses. Let’s pray they will all be stopped from killing babies and hurting women.

–Fr. Frank

Planned Parenthood Violations “No Surprise,” states Fr. Pavone

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today on a Birmingham, Alabama Planned Parenthood clinic being placed on probation by state health authorities for performing abortions on minors without parental consent in clear violation of the law and ignoring cases of possible child abuse.

“This may be news to many, but it’s not news to us,” Fr. Pavone said. “This is par for the course and we’ve been tracking it for years. It’s time for the nation to wake up and realize that making abortion legal did not make it safe, and that in hundreds of facilities nationwide, Planned Parenthood is engaged in criminal activity and deserves to be shut down.”

Vienna Archbishop Praises American Pro-Life Movement in Visit to Priests for Life Office

Staten Island, NY – Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria, praised the work of Priests for Life and the American pro-life movement during a stop in New York on his six-day trip to the United States. The Cardinal visited the headquarters of Priests for Life on Staten Island and met with Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, and his pastoral team.

“We look with a certain envy to your country, where for so many years the life issue has been so central,” said Cardinal Schönborn.

The Cardinal was particularly interested to learn how the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Rachel’s Vineyard – both ministries of Priests for Life — are reaching men who have lost children to abortion. He was especially impressed by the statement “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood,” which is a theme that the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is emphasizing. “The concept of lost fatherhood is the central drama of our time,” the Cardinal noted.

After his visit to the Priests for Life headquarters, Cardinal Schönborn offered Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, where he was joined by Fr. Pavone and other priests and bishops. The Cardinal hosted a dinner after the Mass, to speak about the International Theological Institute in Gaming. Priests for Life promotes the work of the Institute, where Fr. Pavone has been invited to make presentations on the theme of the defense of life.

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Another Woman Dies From a So-called “Safe and Legal” Abortion

It has happened again. A woman walked into a so-called “safe and legal” abortion clinic, and ended up dying along with her baby. This tragedy occurred in Jackson Heights, New York City. Complications from the abortion required the thirty-seven year old woman to be transferred to a hospital, where she later died after bleeding heavily.

Actually, the fact that she was even transferred to the hospital is more than what happens in some of these cases, where women are neglected in the abortion clinic and left to die there without any emergency medical equipment on hand.

We are talking here about legal clinics, not back-alleys. Making abortion legal did not make it safe, and the sooner the public understands that, the closer we will be to ending this horror.

–Fr. Frank

Primary elections have begun

Primary elections for the 2010 cycle have begun. In the primaries, whose dates vary from state to state, voters choose what candidates are going to be on the ballot. Laws regarding primaries and who can participate in them vary from state to state. But what is common across the board is that it is a Christian duty to vote. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that voting is a moral obligation; so does the Second Vatican Council. And common sense tells us the importance of voting in the primaries. After all, if we’re going to complain that the names on the ballot in the General Election are unsatisfactory, we can begin by looking at ourselves, to make sure we did everything possible to get the best candidates onto the ballot in the first place.

–Fr. Frank

First Friday Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the First Friday of the Month, and we give special honor and worship to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in reparation for the sins of the world. This Heart is the core of the pro-life movement, which is a movement of self-sacrificing love. Nothing can stop the love of the Heart of Jesus, which is the meaning of the flame we see. This love is met by rejection and hatred, symbolized by the wound in the heart.
Pro-life activists experience the same thing. Our love for the unborn is met with misunderstanding, ridicule, shunning, and persecution of all kinds. Yet nothing can extinguish the flame. We continue to love those who cannot love us back, and cannot even know we are loving them. And that is a gift of the Sacred Heart.

–Fr. Frank

Is John Carr Pro-Life?

Dear Friends,

I received some inquiries recently regarding John Carr, who serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The inquiries, stemming from controversies over the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Center for Community Change, essentially asked if John is pro-life and committed to the goal of securing protection for the lives of unborn children.

Because I am in a position to answer that question, and because of the fact that hurting people’s reputations never serves our cause, let me state for the record that the answer to that question is “Yes.”

I have had many opportunities to talk to and listen to John over the years, in public and in private, to read his articles, and to discuss our common goal of seeing social justice and peace applied to our neighbors in the womb. His record is clear, and unlike some others, when he talks about justice and peace and human development, he does not fail to include the unborn.

I share with you below his own comments, as well as those of Richard Doerflinger, the Associate Director of the Secretariat for Pro-life Activities of the US Bishops’ Conference. As we work together to resolve the problems that do exist in our Church and in our culture, let’s do so with great caution to preserve the good reputation to which all of our colleagues have a right.

Fr. Frank Pavone

From John Carr:

My experience with CCC was that it focused on poverty, housing and immigration and had no involvement in issues involving abortion and homosexuality.

When I served, the board never discussed or acted on any position involving these matters and if they had, I would have vigorously opposed any advocacy for access to abortion or gay marriage.

I have spent my personal and professional life defending human life and dignity and Catholic teaching, including current efforts to keep abortion funding out of health care reform. I regret that once again the failure to contact me or CCHD has led to unfair allegations in attempts to undermine the essential work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

From Richard Doerflinger:

The facts behind the allegations about John Carr are simple enough: He was once on the board of an anti-poverty organization that did good work for providing food and housing and promoting rights for immigrants; long after he left the board, the group got into advocacy for abortion and gay rights agendas(which he would have strongly opposed if he had still been on the board). To turn this into a charge against John Carr is ridiculous.

But that is to understate the matter. I have worked with John on health care and abortion issues for two decades at the Catholic bishops’ conference. He has staunchly defended and promoted the Church’s teaching on the right to life of the unborn throughout this time — and often in secular liberal forums where it makes him many enemies and loses him many friends. His dedicated work on the health care reform issue is a major reason why the bishops’ advocacy for the pro-life amendment to the House health care bill was so successful.

Both Were Wrong

Scott Roeder, who killed abortionist George Tiller, has been convicted of murder. Pro-life groups, including Priests for Life, reaffirmed their opposition to violence in the efforts to bring an end to abortion. It was also an occasion for people to ask whether Mr. Roeder should have been allowed to make the argument in court that his actions were carried out for the saving of human life.
The fact is that what he did was wrong. The fact also is that what George Tiller did was murder also. What we can learn from the tragedy of Scott Roeder is that the pro-abortion forces do not want anyone to give the slightest acknowledgement to the humanity of the unborn. Our movement must always be nonviolent, and it must also always insist on the truth.

–Fr. Frank