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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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

“Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you?” (Sirach 7:28)

Reflection: Some fathers are now beginning to claim the same kind of “right” to walk away from their parental responsibilities as mothers are able to do by abortion. They ask, if we can’t force the mother to be a mother, why should we force the father to be a father? The bitter fruits of Roe v Wade continue to unfold.

Prayer: Lord, instill in all fathers and mothers a deep sense of responsibility for their children, born and unborn. Give them joy in giving of themselves to their children. Amen.

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Fr. Pavone calls HR7 “urgently needed legislation’

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

NEW YORK, NY  — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“Priests for Life is very pleased that the House of Representatives has passed HR 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This is sensible and urgently needed legislation. While 221 Republicans voted for the measure, only 6 Democrats did, making one wonder what it is about being a Democrat that makes it so attractive to pay for child-killing. For that matter, the same can be asked of President Obama, who indicated he would veto the legislation, should it reach his desk.”

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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Priests for Life asks Supreme Court to hear

Monday, January 27th, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review its challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive services mandate.

Attorneys from the American Freedom Law Center have invoked a special rule of the Supreme Court to ask for a review even before there has been a ruling on the challenge from the United States Court of Appeals. The petition says the case is of such “imperative public importance” that it requires an immediate ruling from the Supreme Court.

Specifically, the petition asks whether the contraceptive services mandate of the Affordable Care Act as applied to non-exempt, nonprofit religious organizations, such as Priests for Life, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In the petition, Robert Muise, American Freedom Law Center co-founder and senior counsel, noted that the Court this term will hear a challenge to the mandate filed by owners of for-profit businesses who claim their free exercise of religion is violated by the mandate. Because the mandate also applies to non-exempt faith-based non-profits, “it will serve the public interest by having this matter resolved immediately for all affected parties.”

Muise also said the Priests for Life suit, filed on behalf of the organization; its National Director, Father Frank Pavone; Executive Director, Janet Morana, and Director of African-American Outreach, Dr. Alveda King, is “uniquely situated to advance this important challenge.”

The petition notes that Priests for Life — one of the first groups to sue against the HHS mandate — is particularly well-suited to launch such a lawsuit. Not only does the mandate violate its religious freedom, as is true of so many other religious organizations, employers, and businesses, but in this case the organization exists precisely to fight the evils that the mandate seeks to expand.

Priests for Life was founded in 1991 “to spread … the Catholic Church’s position and central teaching regarding the value and inviolability of human life.” Contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients are all instruments of the culture of death, the petition declares, “and their use can never be approved, endorsed, facilitated, promoted, or supported in any way.  Thus, this challenge goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s corporate raison d’être.”

“The contraceptive services mandate has been challenged by many religious non-profits, with varying outcomes,” Father Pavone said. “Clearly the Supreme Court will have to rule on one or more of these challenges, and we believe the Priests for Life case cuts right to the heart of the matter. Whatever the outcome, we cannot and will not obey this mandate. We decide how to practice our religion. The government does not decide for us.”

To follow the history and progress of our case, visit www.priestsforlife.org/HHSMandate.

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

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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

“Stand firm and immovable, devoting yourselves completely to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Reflection: An 11-year old girl wrote recently: “My mother and I are taking a bus and will be coming to the March for Life. My teacher said that I will receive 0′s on any work that I miss and it can’t be made up. I told her missing a day at school in order to stand up for life is more important and I’m willing to suffer the consequences.”

Prayer: Lord, may we imitate this young girl’s willingness to sacrifice for the cause of life! Amen.

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Pro-Life Power Hitters to Speak at March for Life Youth Rally

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Many of the biggest names in the pro-life movement will speak at the March for Life Youth Rally to take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life, was tasked by the March for Life to organize and build this event, now in its third year. The rally was booked solid three months before the March and the waiting list is in the thousands. James Nolan of Crossroads will host the event with Kemper.

“March organizers saw how vital young people are, both to the March and to the pro-life movement, and made this rally an official March event,” Kemper said. “This generation is committed to being the generation that ends legal abortion in this country and when thousands of them are together under one roof, they can move mountains.”

Emceeing the rally will be Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League. Speakers will include Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life; Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Troy Newman of Operation Rescue; Lila Rose of Live Action; Ryan Scott Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, and many others.

Noting that this is the third year that the Youth Rally has been on the official March for Life roster of events, Father Pavone said busloads of high school and college students from all over the country energize the March and assure leaders who have been in the trenches for decades that their work will continue and spread.

“As these young people gather, it is so clear that they want to learn what they can do to end abortion in their own school, Church, and community. That is why, as we bring so many leaders together to address them, we provide them, and their families, with concrete, practical resources and ideas that save lives,” Fr. Pavone said.  “And we tell them that right here and now, they are already leaders in the pro-life movement.”

For a speakers’ schedule, go to Standtrue.com/mflyouthrally/

To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Janet Morana or Alveda King, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

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

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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

“They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).

Reflection: At the March for Life in Washington, women who have had abortions lead the way. They are the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. They march at the very beginning of the immense crowd, and carry signs that say “I Regret My Abortion.” Then, in the late afternoon, they gather at the steps of the Supreme Court, and share their testimonies one by one. Fathers of aborted babies are also there, with signs saying, “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.”

Prayer: Lord, bless these courageous men and women, and thank you for their powerful witness. Amen

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Fr. Frank Pavone on McCullen v. Coakley – Massachusetts Law Violates First Amendment in Order to Further Violate the Right to Life

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

STATEN ISLAND, NY  – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said  the case of McCullen v. Coakley, which is being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court, illustrates how “abortion perverts justice.”

“So called ‘bubble zone’ laws are the fruit of abortion’s poisonous tree,” stated Fr. Pavone.  “They violate pro-lifers’ First Amendment free speech rights in order to protect the profits of abortionists who violate the right to life of unborn babies.  They are a wrong committed to perpetuate another wrong.”

“It’s plainly discriminatory for the government to say that abortion supporters can speak freely at a given place, but pro-lifers cannot,” added Fr. Pavone.  “Then again, bubble zone laws and abortion are based on the same illicit notion, namely that some people have rights and some people don’t.”

In McCullen v. Coakley, the plaintiffs are challenging a Massachusetts law that bars pro-life sidewalk counselors from coming within 35 feet of an abortion clinic entrance.

Fr. Pavone added, “When a person has a reasonable chance of saving a life, it is not only morally permissible to break the law regarding the bubble-zone, but it is virtuous to do so. If this law is not struck down, I’ll come and violate it myself.”

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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Religious Leaders to Demand Right to Practice Religion

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Annual prayer service for the unborn will serve as rallying cry for life and freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clergy members from dozens of denominations will gather here on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to demand an immediate end to the government assault on the unborn, their mothers and fathers, and on religious freedom.

“We are issuing a call for life and the religious freedom to defend it,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which, along with other groups, will host the 20th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall.

“For decades, we have been protesting the government’s removal of protection for the unborn. That is why we hold this prayer service in the nation’s capital,” said Father Pavone. “And it is not surprising that a government willing to deny life will also be eventually willing to deny freedom. In the midst of this seat of government power, we will stand up in unity and affirm both life and freedom.”

Priests for Life, of which Father Pavone is also National Director, filed the fourth of more than 80 lawsuits against the “HHS mandate” that says employers must provide free contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services to their employees. After a D.C. court ruled against Priests for Life, an emergency injunction was granted on New Year’s Eve that will protect Priests for Life from the mandate while the case is on appeal.

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born, held annually on the morning of the March for Life, brings together clergy and their congregations from across denominational lines. The event is the nation’s principal prayer service on the occasion of the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy and throughout the 50 states.

“For many years we have been crying out for justice for the babies in the womb and for their mothers who are harmed by abortion,” said Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and a plaintiff in the ministry’s lawsuit. “To force us to participate in a mandate that is totally opposed to everything we believe in would be very egregious to me.”

Among the co-sponsors of the event are Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, and Gary Bauer of American Values. Among the clergy leading prayers will be Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a leader of the nationwide Hispanic evangelical movement.”

The National Memorial is free and open to the public. Large groups can easily be accommodated. Catholics have the option of attending Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue, located at 1776 D St, at 18th Street NW. For information, go to NationalPrayerService.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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Make Plans to Start March for Life Day at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Monday, January 6th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 22 is the most important day on the calendar for the pro-life movement, as we mourn the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade and solidify strategies for the upcoming year during the March for Life.

This year also marks the 20th National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, the nation’s premiere ecumenical pro-life prayer service, which will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall.

Sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) and several other national groups, the service of preaching and song brings together clergy from dozens of denominations, all united in the cause of saving the unborn.

“Everything we do on behalf of the unborn begins and ends with prayer,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the NPRC and keynote speaker at the event. “And to pray together, across denominational lines, shows one of the most powerful dynamics uniting the Body of Christ: to stand with Christ is to stand with life, and therefore to stand against whatever destroys it.”

Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the NPRC during the service.

Sponsoring organizations for the service that grows each year include the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, Gospel of Life Ministries and National Pro-Life Radio.

Serving on the Host Committee for the service are Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President of American Values;
Dick and Shirley Bott of Bott Radio Network; Rich Bott, President and CEO of Bott Radio Network; Bob Reccord, Executive Director of the Council for National Policy; Alan Sears of  Alliance Defending Freedom; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life;
Brad Mattes, CEO of Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life; Pastor Luke J. Robinson, Director of Voice of Truth and Life Ministries; Pastor, Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church; Austin Ruse of  Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute;  Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee.

“As we gather for this prayer service this year, we will also issue a strong call for religious liberty in America,” Father Pavone said. “Those who oppose our stand for life increasingly oppose our freedom to take that stand. Now it is time to unite more strongly than ever for both life and freedom!” Priests for Life recently won an injunction against the unjust HHS mandate that would require employers to provide health insurance coverage for practices they find morally objectionable.

The National Memorial will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue. The service is free and open to the public. DAR Constitution Hall is at 1776 D. St NW, at 18th Street in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to NationalPrayerService.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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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

“Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Lk. 14:27

Reflection: To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. May your peace fill my soul, and may I become more like your crucified and risen Son.

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