Archive for January, 2013

Roe v Wade

Thursday, January 10th, 2013





MFLThis month many of you will march for life, in Washington DC and in your own towns and cities. The day will come when Roe v Wade will be overturned. The Court could say that the people can decide whether abortion should be legal in their own state. But the Court could also rule that the unborn child must be protected as a person under the 14th Amendment, just like the born must be protected. The Roe v Wade decision itself admits that if the unborn child can be shown to be a person, abortion cannot be legal at all.  Reversal of this disastrous decision remains a key goal for which the Church and the pro-life movement continue to work and pray. As pro-life people march this month in various events, let’s renew our commitment to that goal.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, January 10th, 2013





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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 mingled with the nations and adopted their practices… They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, polluting the land with their blood” (Psalm 106:35, 37-38).

Reflection: The killing of children is especially condemned by God through the prophets. In the land God gave his people to occupy, foreign nations had the custom of sacrificing some of their children in fire. God told His people that they were not to share in this sin. Sadly, however, they did so.

Prayer: Have mercy on us, Lord, and save us from the idolatry of death. Amen.

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“Safe & Legal” Project Highlights Abortion’s Danger to Women

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013





In 1996, then-President Bill Clinton famously said he would like to see abortion “safe, legal and rare.” Seventeen years later, abortion remains legal. It kills more than a million unborn babies a year, so it is certainly not rare. And as a new project called “Safe & Legal” demonstrates, abortion is not safe for women.

“We are bringing graphic visuals to the truth that abortion harms women,” explains Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, which is co-sponsoring this project along with Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics (the group which initiated it).

marla_momA new brochure, entitled “Safe and Legal,” shows the beautiful photo of Marla Cardamone, and then her horrific autopsy photos following her death by “safe and legal abortion” at a respected hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

“I am grateful to Marla’s mom Deborah and her husband for their full support of this project and their permission to use these photos,” said Fr. Pavone. “As they know, this project isn’t just about Marla; it’s about the countless women Marla represents, who are killed by abortion without the world ever knowing.”

This past July, Priests for Life and its Director of African American Outreach, Alveda King, helped bring attention to a young mother, Tonya Reaves, who was killed after a botched second-trimester abortion in Chicago. “The utter failure of the abortionist to get help for Tonya after she developed complications constitutes nothing less than murder,” Fr. Pavone explained.

The case of Tonya, and many others, will be highlighted along with that of Marla on the special website, SafeAndLegal.com, that has been developed for this project.

The brochure about Marla will be distributed widely by Priests for Life and others at this year’s March for Life. Moreover, also at the March, Priests for Life will release Executive Director Janet Morana’s new book, Recall Abortion, which makes the case that abortion is a failed product that should be recalled by the government just as other harmful products have been recalled. This book, along with the annual gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which Janet co-founded, will reinforce the same message about how abortion harms women.

“We ask everyone to get involved and to spread the truth about Marla and others killed and wounded by abortion,” said Fr. Frank. “As Deborah Cardamone has said often, we have to speak, because if we are silent, we are part of the problem.”

For more info, and for audio and video format of this press release, visit Priestsforlife.org/Marla.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013





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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

“People brought children to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them. For it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’” (Matthew 19:14).

Reflection: The apostles mistakenly thought that Jesus didn’t have time for the children, that they were not important enough for his attention, that they were a distraction from his mission. Instead, Jesus indicates they are at the heart of his mission.

Prayer: Lord, the kingdom belongs to children. Grant that we may treat them accordingly. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013





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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

“A consistent ethic of life…far from …equating all issues touching on the dignity of human life—recognizes instead the distinctive character of each issue while giving each its proper place within a coherent moral vision ” – US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, 2001

Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand, and war and capital punishment on the other. The fundamental pro-life principle is that we never target the innocent. War and capital punishment are never justified if they do, whereas abortion is never successful if it doesn’t.

Prayer: Lord, give us a consistent respect for every life and a proper understanding of every life issue. Amen.

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PFL Secures Religious Freedom Exemption

Monday, January 7th, 2013





flag-and-crossPriests for Life has scored a victory in its challenge to the religious-freedom-busting HHS mandate. Lawyers for the Obama administration stipulated that the pro-life organization would not have to offer contraception, sterilization services and abortifacient drugs through its employee health insurance plan.

Charles S. LiMandri, president and chief counsel for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, which filed Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the government in February 2012 (the fourth such lawsuit), said the government changed its stance after a judge in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York said he would be inclined to side with the pro-life group. Priests for Life argued that it was a religious organization that should be exempt from the rule.

The American Freedom Law Center, which filed suit jointly with LiMandri, noted that the agreement came as a result of the court strongly urging the government to enter into the stipulation. If an agreement was not reached by December 21, the court scheduled a hearing for December 26, at which time it was evident the court would order the injunction.

The agreement will stay in effect at least until the government issues new regulations covering contraceptive services under the health care law.

“We are not expecting the government to come up with regulations that we can accept, but this is still an important first step,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We were prepared to violate the mandate on Jan. 1, at great expense to our organization. We are very grateful to the court that we did not have to take that step, and we remain confident that this unjust mandate will be entirely and permanently struck down.”

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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, January 7th, 2013





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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

“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion… Do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope.” — John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.99.

Reflection: The God of Life is a God of Mercy. The pro-life movement rejects abortion, but does not reject those who have abortions. Rather, it embraces them with love and mercy, and invites them to the forgiveness and peace of Christ.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all those who have had abortions. Through the compassion of those around them, make them confident that they can turn to you for forgiveness, and grant them your peace.

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The Epiphany

Friday, January 4th, 2013





Epiphany MagiThis weekend the Church celebrates the Epiphany, a feast marking the manifestation of Christ as the Savior for all nations. In “The Gospel of Life” John Paul II stated that human life itself is “a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory”. In Christ, God reveals us to ourselves, and shows that the universal offer of God’s salvation extends to everyone, including those still in the womb. Let us pray for the epiphany that will give everyone the ability to see beyond the appearances of those who are smaller and weaker, and recognize them as equals. This is the epiphany most needed in this New Year, and one which flows directly from recognizing who Jesus is.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, January 4th, 2013





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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

“We need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception.” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: Some call abortion “termination of pregnancy.” But so is birth. The fact is that every pregnancy terminates. The issue is how. Abortion supporters are simply masking an act of violence with their language. It’s like a man killing his wife and saying, “I terminated our marriage.”

Prayer: Spirit of truth, keep us free from the power of deception. Give us clear minds to know truth, and courageous tongues to speak it. Amen.

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An Instrument to End Abortion

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013





Saint-Paul-eSaint Paul declared that he never wanted to boast in anything except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord himself indicated to his followers that they were to take up their own cross each day, and Saint Peter declares that Christ suffered for us to leave us an example, that we might follow in his footsteps.

Christians venerate the cross, not because Jesus is still on it, but because it is the instrument by which he saved the world and by which we take hold of that salvation.

This means that the cross is also the instrument for ending abortion and building the culture of life. Practically, that means that it is silly to seek to escape controversy and criticism. When we plan pro-life projects, let’s plan to embrace the cross.

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