Archive for January, 2011

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Is Real Common Ground

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director for Priests for Life, issued the following statement today on the introduction in Congress of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“When polls show that 60 to more than 70 percent of the American public agree that the government should not pay for abortions, I think that qualifies as ‘common ground.’ The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act expresses the will of the people. It will save money, but more importantly, it will save lives.”

Fr. Pavone added, “Priests for Life will activate all its communications outlets and hundreds of thousands of supporters to lobby strongly for this legislation, and to challenge abortion advocates to explain why what they consider a matter of choice should be funded by force.”

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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Join Me This Weekend in DC and San Francisco!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

January 2011 will hold many pro-life events from coast to coast. I hope to see you in person at some of them, particularly at the Prayer Service I will lead on the morning of the March for Life in Washington, DC, and at the Silent No More Awareness gatherings both at the March for Life and at the West Coast Walk for Life. Details are below. I am asking your assistance to spread the word about these gatherings so that we can make them larger than they have ever been!

I will be in San Francisco, CA on January 21-22 for the West Coast Walk for Life. On Friday, January 21, I will speak at an Interfaith Prayer service to be held from 8-9pm PT at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will also participate in this event.

On Saturday, January 22 at the Walk for Life, Georgette Forney and I will mach in front with the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. At 1:45PM PT the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will gather and give testimonies at Marina Green Park on Marina Boulevard.

I head to Washington, DC, that night on a red-eye flight. On Sunday, January 23, I will do a book signing from 3:30-5:30pm ET at the bookstore of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, along with my full-time associates Theresa and Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard.

Monday, January 24 is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Please start the day with me at the nation’s premier pro-life service on Capitol Hill from 8:00-10:00am, The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers. I will deliver the homily. We are confirming the exact location in one of our Federal buildings, and that detail will be on www.priestsforlife.org/marchforlife shortly. Please publicize this prayer service if you can and invite everyone you know to attend.

As soon as the Marchers reach the steps of the Supreme Court, please join me there for a gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. There we support and listen to the men and women who have lost children to abortion and I will again address the crowd. We have already had over 65 post-abortive men and women sign up to participate.

Whether or not you can attend, please read and spread the testimonies found at www.silentnomoreawareness.org/testimonies

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Exposing the Truth Behind the Rhetoric

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

During these days many women who have had abortions are preparing to share their stories publicly at gatherings across America in observance of the anniversary of the legalization of abortion by Roe vs. Wade. They will share how their own despair deceived them into thinking abortion was the only option. They will speak about the pain and the fear, and the depths of darkness into which this so-called choice immersed them. They will speak of how abortion led to suicide attempts, drug abuse, divorce, and rebellious behavior. They will tell how it ripped families apart. Men will also share the suffering they experience after abortion. And they will all share how Christ healed them. Let’s fight abortion by reading and spreading their testimonies to others. See www.silentnomoreawareness.org.

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Crossing the Continent to Walk for Life

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will once again take part in this year’s Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 22.

“This year the Walk takes place on the actual anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion for any reason and throughout all nine months of pregnancy,” Father Pavone said. “The Walk for Life gives pro-lifers a chance to say, in a highly visible way, that we intend to end abortion. Moreover, our fellow citizens are more aware than ever of the pain and regret that abortion brings. As a nation, we are ready to move away from abortion.”

Organizers at the seventh annual Walk for Life expect more than 35,000 people to join them for a rally at 11 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza and the walk, to begin at noon, along the Embarcadero to Marina Green. Despite a heavy rain, the 2010 Walk drew a crowd that was estimated to be between 23,000 and 35,000 people.

Father Pavone will be accompanied by Georgette Forney, a Pittsburgh, Pa., resident who, together with Janet Morana, is a co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. The campaign invites women and men who have been harmed by their abortion experiences to give public witness.

During a rally at the Marina Green immediately following the Walk, a dozen Silent No More members will talk about their experiences, including how they found hope and healing, and the courage to go public with their stories to help others.

“The stories of these women cannot be refuted by any research or by the assertions of those who advocate for choice,” said Mrs. Forney, who had an abortion as a young woman. “The truth is, abortion hurts women.” Visit www.silentnomoreawareness.org for information.

Priests for Life was founded in 1991 as an outreach to Catholic priests, seminarians and lay leaders. It has now become a family of ministries, has a voice at the United Nations and, through its international office, spreads a pro-life message throughout the world.

Through its ministries of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Rachel’s Vineyard, Priests for Life demonstrates its commitment to the women and men who have been victimized by abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard is the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion. Weekend healing retreats are held in 700 locations across the country and overseas. Visit www.rachelsvineyard.org for information.

To interview Father Pavone, Janet Morana, or Georgette Forney, call Daniel Matejek at 888-735-3448, ext. 251, or email media@priestsforlife.org. Visit www.priestsforlife.org/marchforlife for Father Pavone’s itinerary in San Francisco.

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Priests for Life Leaders to be in Vanguard of March for Life

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Priests for Life and its family of ministries will again be represented at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Jan. 24.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will march in the vanguard of the annual protest of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. With him will be the founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life), Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, as well as the founders of Rachel’s Vineyard (a ministry of Priests for Life), Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke. Sixty-five women and men who are part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will conclude the march by giving their testimony in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building.

“We come to Washington to point out that the American public does not embrace and never has embraced the Roe vs. Wade policy of abortion throughout pregnancy,” said Father Pavone. “Moreover, our fellow citizens are more aware than ever of the pain and regret that abortion brings. As a nation, we are ready to move away from abortion.”

Priests for Life was founded in 1991 as an outreach to Catholic priests, seminarians and lay leaders. While that remains central to its mission, Priests for Life also reaches out to the African-American and Latino communities, has a voice at the United Nations and, through its international office, spreads a pro-life message throughout the world.

Through Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard, Priests for Life demonstrates its commitment to the women and men who have been victimized by abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard is a healing program for those whose abortions have let them grief-ridden and unable to forgive themselves. Weekend healing retreats are held in 700 locations across the country and overseas. Visit www.rachelsvineyard.org for information.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign invites women and men who have completed a healing program to publicly proclaim “I Regret My Abortion.” Visit www.silentnomoreawareness.org for information. Singer Kelly Clinger, a former backup vocalist for Britney Spears, is the celebrity spokeswoman for Silent No More. Read what she’s written about her own abortion experience, and her spiritual journey since then, on the Silent No More homepage.

Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of Priests for Life’s African-American outreach, also will give her testimony at the Supreme Court.

“The women and men of Silent No More are the irrefutable voice of the pro-life movement,” Mrs. Morana said. “Experience trumps rhetoric.”

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Every year, from January 18 to the 25th, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by many denominations. All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice. In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote, “Many Christians from all Communities, by reason of their faith, are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially the poor, the lowly, and the defenseless…Christians who once acted independently are now engaged together in the service of this cause, so that God’s mercy may triumph”. The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.

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No Easy Decision

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Perhaps you saw or heard about MTV’s recent abortion episode, “No Easy Decision.” It’s about James and Markai, a young couple who have a child and are faced with another pregnancy about which they are ambivalent.

As the episode unfolds, we enter into the mind and heart of this couple as they struggle between hope and despair. One of their key fears is the deprivation their new child “will” face. They don’t want to be in a position not to be able to provide the child with what the child deserves. And they preface their questions with, “If we have this other child…”

Of course, they already do. And maybe this is why it’s “no easy decision.” We’re wrestling with more options than God ever intended to give us. The question is not “if we have this other child,” because a pregnant couple already has that child. And if it seems hard to deprive the child of possessions, how is it so easy to deprive the child of life?

They ultimately have the abortion, and later in the program are interviewed about that experience.

A program like this, first of all, does have much merit, because the more we can all enter into the experiences of those who face these situations, the better we will be able to serve them and ultimately give them the strength to choose life. We in the pro-life movement serve people like this every day. We know their pain both before and after abortion. We, too, want the world to listen more closely to that pain.

The theme, however, that it is “no easy decision” to choose how to proceed in these situations, does not mean that there is no right and wrong. The fact is that there are moral absolutes, such as “you cannot kill an innocent human life.” The fact that one may be torn by all kinds of emotions and rationales does not for a moment take away the moral absolute.

There was one major way in which the program contradicted itself. It claimed, with a certain pride, to “show the choice” that many people are afraid of. But it in fact did not show the choice, and this remains the big gap in the abortion debate. If we are going to pride ourselves in being unashamed to face up to this difficult choice and talk about it openly, then let’s go all the way and actually describe and see the procedure. Nobody shared in this program the simple fact about the suction abortion procedure that Markai underwent, in the way, for instance, that abortion doctor Harlan Raymond Giles did when he gave sworn testimony in US District Court as follows:

“Question: Can the heart of a fetus or embryo still be beating during a suction curettage abortion as the fetus or embryo comes down the cannula?
Answer: For a few seconds to a minute, yes.”
(Western District of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S).

No easy decision, indeed.

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Honoring Martin Luther King

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Today our nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for the equal dignity of every human life against the evil of segregation. “If we are to have peace on earth,” he wrote, “we must be concerned about…the sacredness of all human life. Man is a child of God, made in His image, and must be respected as such.” When we truly believe this, he continued, “we won’t kill anybody.” Many who knew Dr. King assert that if he were alive today, he would be with us in the pro-life movement. We should note that in Dr. King we honor a man who broke the law and was thrown in jail, because he was opposing a law that was unjust. It’s a good reminder, especially for those who think that no law should ever be broken.

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Alveda King Says her Uncle Martin was a Social Conservative

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, full-time Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said today that advice columns written by her uncle for Ebony magazine in 1957-58 reveal a man who today would be regarded as a social conservative.

“In advising men and women on questions of personal behavior 50 years ago, Uncle Martin sounded no different than a conservative Christian preacher does now,” said Dr. King. “He was pro-life, pro-abstinence before marriage, and based his views on the unchanging Word of the Bible. Today, Planned Parenthood would condemn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the ‘religious right.’”

In advice columns written for the African American-oriented magazine, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told a young man who had impregnated his girlfriend and refused to marry her, resulting in a “crime,” that he had made a “mistake.” He urged another reader to abstain from premarital sex, noting that such activity was contributing “to the present breakdown of the family.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” added Dr. King. “Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 50 million missing lives.”

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Father Pavone to Join King Family at Commemoration

Friday, January 14th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will be a guest of the King family Monday at a celebration of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church. This year marks 25 years since the designation of Jan. 15 as a federal holiday set aside to honor and remember the non-violent civil rights activism of Rev. King.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for the oppressed, and no one is more oppressed than the 52 million unborn children who have been killed in the womb,” said Father Pavone, who will join Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, executive director, at the service.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. On Sunday at 11 a.m., Father Pavone will preach at the Believers Bible Christian Church, 3689 Campbellton Rd., Atlanta.

Last year Priests for Life launched Pro-Life Freedom Rides for the Unborn to raise awareness of the high rate of abortion in the African-American community. The rides, which began with a trip from Birmingham to Atlanta in July, helped solidify ties among a coalition of pro-life African-American leaders from across the country who are committed to ending the genocide of black babies.

“Certainly in this decade America has become pro-life,” Dr. King said. “We are moving toward a victory. My uncle would always say, ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ And the truth for life is arising for America.”

Since he took over as national director in 1993, Father Pavone has transformed Priests for Life into an internationally recognized organization that fights for the rights of unborn children, and of their mothers and fathers, and has become a family of ministries serving the Church worldwide. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church working to end abortion and euthanasia.

Priests for Life empowers priests, seminarians, deacons and lay leaders to become more effective champions of life. Priests for Life also operates the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion – Rachel’s’ Vineyard. In partnership with Anglicans for Life, Priests for Life also coordinates the worldwide Silent No More Awareness Campaign, whereby those who have been healed give public witness about how abortion hurt them.

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