Archive for August, 2012

Silent No More

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012





One of the most powerful ways to turn the culture against abortion is to echo the voices of those who regret their abortions. That’s why the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has a brochure called “What Comes Next?” It explains to those who have gone through post-abortion healing how to let their voices be heard, if that is their call. Also, our brochure “Partners in Healing” invites Churches, organizations, and pregnancy centers to join with the Campaign in promoting healing and echoing the testimonies of abortion experiences. These brochures will help you individually, and your groups, understand how you can harness one of the most powerful forces in the pro-life movement today!

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No Shades of Gray

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012





Father Frank and Georgette Forney in National Review tribute to Nellie Gray. For the complete article go to www.nationalreviewonline.com.

FR. FRANK PAVONE

Thanks to Nellie Gray, I have a standing appointment every January 22 at the place where the most disastrous decision in American history was made. On that now-infamous date in 1973, newspapers across the country declared in their headlines that the U.S. Supreme Court had “settled the abortion issue.” But because a courageous woman knew she couldn’t live with that decision, she mustered her forces to march on Washington and say abortion is murder and would not be tolerated in a nation whose Declaration of Independence declares the right to life inalienable. She found her motivation to fight abortion by thinking about how the Nuremburg trials had made it clear that there are laws of human nature that no government may transgress. It is regrettable that we still march, but march we do, in ever-growing numbers. Our presence, in the hundreds of thousands, in the seat of government of the most powerful nation in the world, is proof that abortion remains the most unsettled issue in America. The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade could be the most important yet. There are certain galvanizing moments in the history of every movement for social reform — moments that represent definitive turning points on the path to victory. For the pro-life movement, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade can and should be such a moment. Priests for Life is mobilizing a coordinated effort to have events not only in January but throughout 2013 to bring focus to the holocaust of abortion and how to end it. We will have to march without Nellie Gray this year, but when we ultimately march to victory — and we will, I assure you — it will be because a woman of great faith and great conviction was bold enough, and heartbroken enough, to take those first steps. — Fr. Frank Pavone is national director of Priests for Life and president of the National Pro-life Religious Council.

GEORGETTE FORNEY

I can’t recall a conversation with Nellie Gray in which the topic of unity was not discussed. Her main goal and greatest desire was to see people unite in support of the sanctity of life and protection of the pre-born. She was faithful in this effort, especially in including the women and men from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. As people who have been involved in abortion, we expected her (and all pro-lifers) to ignore us and reject us. Instead, she embraced us and gave us a platform to share our message of regret and hope in the help that is available. Each year Nellie invited us, as Silent No More women and men, to help lead the March for Life, during which we carry our “I Regret My Abortion/I Regret Lost Fatherhood” signs. I cannot tell you how many people embrace us and reach out seeking help for themselves or family members. By uniting even those who have personally experienced abortion, Nellie was able to create an atmosphere during the March for Life that continues throughout the years as pro-lifers reach out to both pregnant women and those who have suffered from abortion. As we approach 40 years of legalized abortion, the encouragement Nellie gave to us who have had abortions has inspired more women and men to be silent no more, and we are dismantling the argument that women need the right to abortion as we share how wrong and bad the choice of abortion has been in our lives. Our voices, along with everything being done by the many pro-life groups, are uniting to make abortion less acceptable and ultimately unthinkable. — Georgette Forney is president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

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Stand True and Priests for Life Present: 2012 Top Ten Back To School Pro-life Things To Do

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012





I used to hate this time of year.  ”Back to school” were probably three words I hated more than any other.  I know it is easy to say that now I love the idea of back to school since I am long past my school age years, but if I could go back with the knowledge I have now I would do it in an instant.

If you have read our commentaries and newsletters for any amount of time, you would have heard me use this phrase: darkness is not the opposite of light, but the absence thereof.   If we are willing to shine our light in the darkness, the darkness must flee.  If we decide to hide our light, the darkness will flourish.

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have done a great job at bringing the darkness of child killing into our schools.  Planned Parenthood starts by promoting sexual promiscuity, distributing contraception and finishing the cycle with abortion when the contraception fails.  They have created culture of free sex and death that enslaves young girls and traps them in their deadly cycle.

It is time for us to shine the light on this darkness and be a witness in our schools.  This generation must be willing to stand and expose the lies of Planned Parenthood and free young people from the bondage of their deadly cycles.  We must be willing to go against the grain, fight for purity and life; we must Stand True!

We have put together a top ten list of pro-life actions you can take on campus this year. 

  1. Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity – Last year students from over 4,000 campuses in 28 countries participated and 64 babies were saved in one day. Go to HTTP://WWW.SILENTDAY.ORG to register and get involved. Pr-life Day of Silent Solidarity Fan Page – HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PROLIFEDAY
  2. Start a pro-life group on your campus – This is a great way to identify other pro-life students and come together to create awareness and put on events on your campus. If you need help starting a pro-life group on your campus contact HTTP://WWW.STUDENTSFORLIFE.ORG.
  3. Wear pro-life t-shirts to school – I have heard many stories about girls who have cancelled abortions after seeing pro-life messages on t-shirts, stickers, posters and more.  Go to HTTP://STORE.PROLIFEWORLD.COM.
  4. Make pro-life book covers, locker posters and dorm door posters.  This is easy, cheap and a great project to do with your friends.  You can use some of the popular pro-life sayings like: She’s a Child Not a Choice, Abortion Stops a Beating Heart, Choose Life, or you can be creative and come up with your own slogans.
  5. Do a  diaper drive for your local pregnancy help center or home for unwed  mothers.  The new Stand True, SFLA and Pro-life Aggies National Community Baby Shower is the perfect tool to do this. https://www.facebook.com/NationalCommunityBabyShowerDay
  6. Organize students to attend your local March for Life or the national ones in Washington DC or San Francisco in January.  Do a Google search to  find out if there will be a local March for Life in your area.
  7. 40 Days      for Life campaign. The 40 Days for Life campaign is one of the most successful pro-life events ever and it takes place for 40 days in both the fall and spring.  Go to HTTP://WWW.40DAYSFORLIFE.COM.
  8. Sidewalk Chalk – If you are on a public college campus sidewalk chalk is perfectly legal and a great way to spread pro-life messages.  For public High School Students you can chalk the public sidewalks leading up to campus.  It is best to do this early in the morning so every one sees the messages on the way to class.
  9. Literature table or distribution – On a college campus you can usually get a table  out on a public area of campus to distribute literature and set up fetal models or other educational materials.  In public high schools it is legal to distribute literature on your free time as long as the other      students are willing to take it.  If you have any trouble distributing literature you can contact our legal team at HTTP://WWW.ALLIANCEDEFENSEFUND.ORG/. You can order pro-life materials from HTTP://STORE.PROLIFEWORLD.COM ,HTTP://WWW.HH76.COM or HTTP://WWW.PRIESTSFORLIFE.ORG.
  10. Bring a pro-life speaker to campus or church – For high school and middle school students you can get a local church to sponsor a pro-life youth rally with a pro-life speaker and invite everyone from school. For college students, if there is not a pro-life club on campus that can do this, find a Christian or Republican club that might be able to sponsor an speaker.  You can e-mail INFO@STANDTRUE.COM and we can help get you a great pro-life speaker.

Bonus Item: Get involved with Get Out The Vote projects like http://www.ivoteprolifefirst.com/ and http://www.politicalresponsibility.com

Out of School? How about a pro-life internship? - Click here for all the details on the Stand True Fall Pro-life Internship -http://www.standtrue.com/fallprolifeinternship/

These are just a few ideas; we know there are hundreds more ideas and events you can get involved with.  The point is to be active and willing to shine the light on your campus.

To get daily pro-life news, quotes, projects and updates make sure you are connected with us: 

Stand True Facebook Fan Page – HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/STANDTRUEFORLIFE

Stand True Twitter – HTTP://WWW.TWITTER.COM/STANDTRUE

Here are a few important dates of national events this year:

October 16 – Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity – HTTP://WWW.SILENTDAY.ORG

September 28-30 – National Community Baby Shower - https://www.facebook.com/NationalCommunityBabyShowerDay

September 29-Oct 2 – Acts Five 29 - http://actsfive29.com/

November 10-12  – International Pro-life Youth Conference – Los Angeles, CA HTTP://WWW.INTERNATIONALPROLIFEYOUTH.COM

January 26 – Student for Life of America Conference, Washington DC –HTTP://WWW.STUDENTSFORLIFE.ORG

January 25-March for Life, Washington DC – HTTP://WWW.MARCHFORLIFE.ORG

January 19 – Walk for Life, San Francisco, CA - HTTP://WWW.WALKFORLIFEWC.COM

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012





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

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet!” (Isaiah 58:1).

Reflection: In order to give voice to the voiceless and to reach the numbers of people we need to reach in the short time we have to reverse the culture of death, we sometimes have to be in the public spotlight. “Let your light shine before others,” the Lord said, always reminding us that the glory goes to the Father (see Mt.5:16).

Prayer: Lord, teach me that humility does not mean I am always hidden, but rather, that I am always exactly where you need me to be. Amen.

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Help Those Who Are Hurt by Abortion

Monday, August 20th, 2012





How does abortion harm women, men, and families, and how do people heal from the wounds? The more we understand this, the better we can persuade our culture to reject abortion. Now, Dr. Theresa and Kevin Burke and Fr. Frank Pavone have combined their expertise in a series of DVDs that contain the training seminars they present to clergy, counselors, and other lay professionals who want to help those who are hurt by abortion.

The information in these presentations is also valuable for the general public, and will help people understand why Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are the most successful program for healing after abortion. You will also see some powerful music videos included.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, August 20th, 2012





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

“Certainly, from the moral point of view contraception and abortion are specifically different evils: …the former is opposed to the virtue of chastity in marriage, the latter is opposed to the virtue of justice and directly violates the divine commandment “You shall not kill”. But despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected…” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n. 13) .

Reflection: Abortion and contraception are both grave sins, but the Pope points out that they are different in nature and that abortion is worse. Neither should be tolerated.

Prayer: Free us, Lord, from the contraceptive mentality that closes the door to generosity. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, August 19th, 2012





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

“For see what earnestness this godly sorrow has produced for you…what indignation…what desire to see justice done” (2 Corinthians 7:11).

Reflection: Only when we have a deep passion for justice can we make the sacrifices needed to build a Culture of Life. Christians believe in righteous anger, which the Lord and his saints exhibited in the face of evil. We are angry at what the culture of death does each day. We ask the Holy Spirit not to extinguish our anger but rather to channel it into a wholesome, energized passion which sustains us in the task at hand.

Prayer: Give me righteous anger, Lord, purified by your Spirit. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflections

Saturday, August 18th, 2012





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

“All things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

Reflection: Cloning is an assault on human dignity and a denial of God’s purpose for human life. Cloning is not about having carbon copies of people walking around. It’s about starting new lives in order to harvest cells for the purported benefit of the person who is genetically identical. In the process, of course, the embryo would be killed.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we were not created to be killed, harvested, or manipulated for some other purpose. We were created through you and for you. May we rejoice in that truth and oppose whatever contradicts it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, August 17th, 2012





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

“You will be doing well if you truly observe the sovereign law…’You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (James 2:8).

Reflection: Some prominent politicians claim that it is not their business to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of America. That’s true. But none object to enforcing laws against stealing. Why isn’t that an imposition or religion, given the fact that the Bible and the Catechism tell us not to steal? The reason, of course, is that you have a right to your possessions, not because you are Catholic, but because you are human.

Prayer: Lord, help us distinguish between religious beliefs and moral laws rooted in our nature. Amen.

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National Prayer Service to Memorialize Miss Nellie Gray

Thursday, August 16th, 2012





Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, announced today that the national pro-life prayer service to be held on the morning of Friday, January 25, in Washington, D.C. will be dedicated to the memory of Miss Nellie Gray, who led the March for Life every year since 1974.

The service, known as the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, is interdenominational, and has taken place for nearly two decades. The planning for the January service has been in the works for a couple of years already, due to the significance of this January being the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

“Now, we have an even deeper meaning to the service,” said Fr. Pavone. “We will thank the Lord for Nellie, we will commend her to the Author of Life, and we will beg God that He will bestow on us all a double-portion of her spirit. Attending this service will be a wonderful way to honor her memory and renew our determination to fulfill her vision.”

The service will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. It is open to the public. That same afternoon, the March for Life, which Nellie Gray led, will take place. To keep up to date as plans progress for the morning prayer service and other events regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe, visit www.roevswade40.com.

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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