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What Kind of Religious Freedom Do We Want?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

We are living at a time when the Church in the United States must vigorously defend herself against attacks on religious freedom. In particular, the government is trying to force believers to violate their consciences when it comes to what kind of services their companies’ health insurance policies will cover. Priests for Life is proud to have launched one of the first lawsuits against this unjust mandate of our government, and we are confident we will prevail.

Yet part of defending religious freedom is defending a clear understanding of what it is. We don’t only have to defend it against the government; we have to defend it from misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

And one of the most dangerous misunderstandings is to confuse religious freedom with relativism — to think, in other words, that it’s simply the idea that “you can practice your religion if you let me practice mine,” because, after all, one religion is as good as the next.

But it’s not. There is such a thing as religious truth, and moral truth, and we are capable of knowing them.

At the core of authentic religious freedom is the conviction that human persons, because of their dignity, must seek the truth and embrace it freely — not the idea that such truth does not exist or is a product of one’s own making.

Put another way, freedom does not create truth; it is meant to lead to truth.

Professor Janet Smith wrote recently,

“Bishop William Lori argued that making Catholics fund contraceptives, abortifacient contraception and sterilizations is like making kosher delis serve pork. Actually, it is more like making all of us, and particularly the Anti-Smoking League, fund cigarettes.

“Jews do not argue that eating pork is something no one should do, but Catholics do argue that using contraception is something no one should do; among other reasons, the Church condemns it as against the natural law; it is against the health of women, the health of relationships and the health of society.”  (National Catholic Register, March 12, 2012)

This is a critically important point. Many are fond of saying that this fight isn’t about the issues of contraception and abortion. On the other hand, it cannot be disconnected from them. The other side doesn’t disconnect them.

Abortion advocate Patricia Baird Windle declared that abortion is part of her religion. ” You practice your religion and let me practice mine. My religion is a holy ritual of child sacrifice,” she has declared. Ginette Paris wrote the book The Sacrament of Abortion. And when the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law was passed in 1994, it included not only abortion clinics but also houses of worship. In the days of Operation Rescue, when pro-life activists blockaded abortion clinics, some abortion advocates retaliated by blockading Churches. They were returning insult for insult, for to them, the clinic is their place of worship.

So let’s be sure we’re clear about what kind of religious liberty we want to defend: one that serves the truth about life!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“All have a responsibility for developing legislative projects which will contribute to a society in which the dignity of each person is recognized” (The Gospel of Life, 90).

Reflection: The law called the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” states that babies born alive at any time of gestation, even as a result of a failed abortion, are to be treated as persons under the law. To be able to protect unwanted babies after a failed abortion brings us one step closer to protecting them before an abortion.

Prayer: Lord, please hasten the progress being made in our laws for the protection of life! Amen.

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Priests for Life, Father Pavone praised in Congress

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Priests for Life, its National Director and the many ministries under its pro-life umbrella were saluted in the United States House of Representatives on Aug. 1.  Six members of Congress spent 35 minutes speaking from the floor of Congress about the work of Priests for Life. As it normally does, C-Span broadcast the proceedings live.

Minnesota Congresswomen Michele Bachmann led the accolades, noting that Priests for Life is concluding the celebration of its 20th anniversary.

New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith, leader of the congressional pro-life caucus, said that for two decades he has been “moved, inspired and motivated to defend the weakest and most vulnerable among us by the remarkable life and pro-life witness of Father Frank Pavone,” whom, Mr. Smith noted, not only works to save unborn babies, but reaches out to women suffering after an abortion and even to abortionists themselves.

“This good priest sees not just the abortionist and their enablers committing violence against women and babies, but what might be if we genuinely care about their souls.”

Mr. Smith also noted the work of Janet Morana, Priests for Life’s executive director, and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which she co-founded to give women and men who have lost children to abortion a platform to tell the truth about their pain and healing.

Also speaking on the House floor during the session were Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska; Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio; Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan. Several others had indicated a desire to speak but there was not enough time in the 35 minutes allotted.

Mrs. Bachmann concluded the session with an explanation of the ministry:

“Priests for Life isn’t just for priests and it isn’t just for Catholics. The work of Priests for Life has enabled Americans of every walk of life, every ethnicity, every faith background, every political affiliation to awaken their consciences about the life issue, to speak up for the unborn… It’s very difficult to find any national initiative to the pro-life movement that either Father Frank Pavone or Priests for Life are somehow not deeply involved in.”

Mrs. Bachmann, noting her own commitment to pro-life work, said she is “extremely proud” to be affiliated with Priests for Life and Father Pavone.

‘I wish to thank Priests for Life for everything they continue to do protect and defend the sanctity of every human life.”

For the complete transcript in the Congressional Record, visit www.priestsforlife.org/congressional-record.pdf. To watch the House session, click http://bit.ly/MnoYpG

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The Mandate is In Effect: Stand With Us!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

 

Dear Friends,

The unjust and unconstitutional HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life and 57 other plaintiffs have sued the federal government, takes effect today. We at Priests for Life do not qualify for the year that the government has offered certain groups to “adapt” to the mandate. And we are not “religious” enough for this Administration.

But regardless of all that, we do not adapt to injustice; we oppose it.

Therefore today, on behalf of our organization and on behalf of myself personally, I announce our conscientious objection to this mandate.

Priests for Life has the highest respect for civil government and advocates the observance of all just laws. But this policy is unjust, and today I reaffirm our intention to disobey it.

I issued the following memo this morning at 12:01am to all our employees, consultants and prospective employees:

August 1, 2012

Dear Priests for Life Staff and Consultants,

The HHS mandate, about which we have been educating people since January and against which we have launched a federal lawsuit, goes into effect for Priests for Life today.

Whether or not the government decides to eventually impose fines on us when our health insurance policy is renewed in a few months is not the issue. The issue is that as of today, as far as the government is concerned, we have to provide health insurance coverage for practices that are morally objectionable.

In order to avoid the slightest semblance of scandal, or compromise of our principles, and lest any employee should imagine that we would ever consent to provide coverage for actions that destroy human life, I want to make it clear to you today that we will disobey this mandate. Neither Priests for Life as an organization, nor any one of our administrative team or Board of Directors, nor I personally, consent to provide, pay for, advocate, counsel, refer, or in any way tolerate or cooperate with any process, plan, exchange of money or services, or any other activity that would enable a person to engage in the use of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, or sterilization.

We reaffirm that our mission is precisely to eliminate abortion in every form, and we reaffirm our trust in you that you share that mission and are likewise offended by this mandate. We will therefore stand together in resisting it, and in our confidence that we will prevail, by persevering in prayer and action, in our lawsuit.

Thank you

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Having officially communicated this memo to our staff, I likewise invite all our supporters across the country and around the world to stand with us, and let their voices be heard by joining our Citizens’ Amicus Brief and by doubling their commitment to help our many initiatives succeed, especially those related to fostering the political responsibility of citizens.

Today is also the filing deadline for the Administration to introduce its motion to dismiss our case against the HHS, Priests for Life vs. Sebelius, as they have already indicated their intention to do. Our lead counsel in the case has advised us that he is confident our case has addressed the issues in such a way that we will prevail against this motion.

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone

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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Victims and Victors

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The question of abortion in cases of rape concerns many Americans. Should it not be allowed even in those cases, they ask, especially when they think of their own daughters.

It is understandable and natural to want to protect one’s own daughter. But that’s precisely why abortion is not the solution, even if she is raped. Rape causes a trauma, and abortion causes yet another one. An abortion does not un-rape a woman, but adds another layer of shame and guilt upon an already wounded soul.

The book “Victims and Victors” talks about studies of women who, having conceived through rape, had abortions, but then suffered more from the abortion than from the rape.

Protecting our daughters means doing all we can to keep them safe both from rape and abortion.

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Priests for Life welcomes Arizona decision on late-term abortion

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the decision of a federal court to uphold a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in Arizona.

“Priests for Life welcomes the decision of Judge James Teilborg regarding the Arizona law protecting children from painful dismemberment,” Father Pavone said. “Priests for Life vigorously supports similar laws in other states and the law that will be voted on today in Congress regarding protecting children in the District of Columbia.”

In the Arizona case, Judge Teilborg ruled that the law set to go into effect tomorrow is constitutional because it does not prohibit women from having abortions. He also noted in his decision that the state had provided “substantial and well-documented” evidence that a child at 20 weeks’ gestation or later has the capacity to feel pain.

“On an educational level, Priests for Life is bringing to the public’s attention the ‘D and E’ dismemberment abortion (see www.StopDandE.com).”  Father Pavone said. “The abortion debate should not be so abstract that we forget we’re talking about pulling the arms and legs off of babies. To those asking for our vote in November, I ask, do you or do you not think dismemberment should be legal? Every voter should ask the same.”

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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EMERGENCY VOTE IN CONGRESS! This Bill will STOP “PAIN-CAPABLE” ABORTIONS!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

“Surprise” Vote Being Taken in Congress
in less than 24 hours! — Tuesday, July 31st.

QUICKDROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING!

We MUST Tell Congress to 
STOP LATE-TERM ABORTIONS NOW!

I’m sending this e-mail to you on Monday. (7/30)
The Emergency Vote in Congress is TOMORROW!!

 

PLEASE ACT NOW if I’ve reached you in time…

Dear Friends,

You’ve heard me use this quote many times before…

“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members – the last, the least, the littlest.”

Abortion, of course, is the worst form of human mistreatment imaginable. It is the intentional destruction of an innocent human life at its most vulnerable stage: In the sanctity of a mother’s womb.

Here at Priests for Life, we work every day to make all abortion ILLEGAL once again – because intentionally killing a helpless innocent little baby can never be justified.

But when one actually considers the methods of abortion, it’s just too horrible to even contemplate. Yet is it 100% LEGAL — and growing in frequency every day.

I’m talking about the intentional killing by DISMEMBERMENT of LATE-TERM BABIES (third trimester) who are CAPABLE OF FEELING EVERY BIT OF THE PAIN of being torn limb from limb – just like you and I would!

You probably already know that late-term abortion IS legal in America—although states can add some restrictions.

And it is legal in WASHINGTON, D.C.

Now in some states, new laws have been passed stopping abortion after 20 weeks because of the child’s ability to feel pain. And that’s great news.

Well, there’s an EMERGENCY VOTE being taken TOMORROW MORNING on a new bill that will PROHIBIT abortions after 20 weeks in our nation’s capital.

It’s H.R. 3803, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, often referred to as the “D.C. late abortion ban” for short.

And I need you to contact your Representative and STRONGLY URGE him or her to Vote FOR H.R. 3803.

Most people still don’t know that abortion is currently legal for ANY reason through ALL NINE MONTHS of pregnancy.

An abortion facility not far from the White House now advertises dismemberment (“D&E”) abortions on request, to 26 weeks of pregnancy — the beginning of the 7th month! There is nothing to stop abortionists from performing abortions even closer to birth — for a price.

What a disgrace to our nation!!! (And this is why Priests for Life is putting a lot of energy into raising awareness about dismemberment abortion! Educating people on this is one of our key projects.)

That’s why I’m happy to report that Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) has authored a bill that is now coming up for a vote on a “fast track” procedure that’s happening TOMORROW – JULY 31ST!

In the bill, Congress adopts findings that by 20 weeks after fertilization (if not earlier), the unborn child has the capacity to experience GREAT PAIN. The bill then prohibits abortion in the federal District after that point (the beginning of the sixth month).

This is the bill for which our Priests for Life team recently walked the halls of Congress, with some of our priests and Dr Alveda King. We were able to increase the number of co-sponsors of this legislation. And I want to thank our colleagues at National Right to Life for crafting this bill and lobbying for it so effectively!

And now, because of tomorrow’s vote, every member of the U.S. House of Representatives will have to go on record on whether abortion should be legal for any reason to the moment of birth.

Therefore…

If we can achieve a big majority on this groundbreaking initial vote, it will set the foundation to win legal protection for pain-capable unborn children in the not-distant future.

The pro-abortion fanatics are UP IN ARMS about this bill – because they know it could erode the entire “framework” of Roe v. Wade.

Listen: Babies are being BRUTALLY DISMEMBERED far past the point that they are capable of experiencing excruciating pain!!!
Congress and President Obama need to STOP this brutality by enacting the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 3803, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks fetal age.

YOU MUST ACT NOW!

I apologize for the late notice on this… but this bill is coming up for a vote IMMEDIATELY!

As in TOMORROW MORNING!!!

That’s why I urgently need you to drop EVERYTHING you’re doing right now and CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN as quickly as you can—telling him or her to VOTE “YES” ON H.R. 3803 – the “D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (or “DC Late Abortion Ban” for short).

Think about it: if H.R. 3803 passes…

WE COULD PUT THE LEGAL “NAIL IN THE COFFIN”OUT OF ROE v WADE!

So please… contact your local Congressman IMMEDIATELY.

And since the vote is TOMORROW, there’s ONLY TIME FOR E-MAILS or TELEPHONE CALLS.

If you don’t know who your current Congressman is or how to call him/her, there are several convenient ways to easily find out.

#1.) You can go right now to http://www.house.gov/ and enter your ZIP code and street address, and the web site will tell you who your Member of Congress is and what his/her office phone numbers are.

#2.) Look up your Congressman in your local phone book in the “Government” pages. Even calling the local office is better than nothing! The local office will call the Washington office and let them know they’re getting flooded with calls urging a YES vote on H.R. 3803…!

#3.) Or, call your local City Hall, the library, or your main newspaper and they can give you the Congressman’s contact information.

But no matter what it takes, DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING and get your voice heard RIGHT NOW!

That’s because the vote on H.R. 3803 comes up on the floor of Congress TOMORROW MORNING

And We Can’t Afford To Be Even A MINUTE LATE On This!

Yes, it’s THAT urgent. (I wouldn’t pester you like this if it weren’t.)

Incidentally, they took us completely by surprise by sending this bill to the floor for a vote with virtually NO notice… because certain powers DON’T want this bill passed!

If you merely contemplate WHAT KIND OF PAIN AN UNBORN BABY MUST FEEL…

…WHEN HER ARMS AND LEGS ARE TORN OFF, AND HER HEAD IS CRUSHED…

… you’ll want to contact EVERY Member of Congress and MAKE SURE they ALL vote “YES” on H.R. 3803…!

Let them know that we’ll be closely watching their vote—ESPECIALLY since they’re all coming up for RE-ELECTION this November.

And what kind of a Congressman wants to be known as voting to keep LATE-TERM ABORTION (for PAIN-CAPABLE babies) LEGAL???

This could be “the last straw” for millions of Americans who rightly detest late-term abortions because these acts of murder are so UNSPEAKABLE.

And with your help, dear reader, we can get H.R. 3803 approved when it gets voted on TOMORROW! (Wednesday, July 31st).

Hopefully you’ll read this e-mail in time!

But to achieve this timely victory…

YOU MUST ACT NOW!

Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to let your voice be heard.

God bless you!

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone

P.S. To help Priests for Life continue all our work to defend the sanctity of life at all stages—especially the defenseless unborn babies who are brutally and ruthlessly slaughtered EVERY DAY in our nation—we ask that you please remember us in all your prayers and all your intentions.

In addition, I ask that you also take a moment to show us your support by making a small donation—quickly and easily—by clicking here.

It is only with your prayers and financial assistance that we can carry on our fight against the government-funded, media-backed, entrenched killing machine known as The Abortion Cartel—which is right now throwing everything they’ve got into the halls of Congress to stop H.R. 3803 from outlawing their lucrative LATE-TERM abortion business in Washington, D.C.

The Abortion Cartel knows full well that they stand to LOSE EVERYTHING if H.R. 3803 passes in the House of Representatives—less than 24 hours from now, as I write this.

Therefore, please CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE in Congress. PRAY that we achieve a miraculous victory for God and the babies. And SHARE this e-mail with everyone on your e-mail list right now, while you’re sitting at your computer.

Every time a Congressman hears from the voters, he’s hearing from THE BABIES.

Please… BE THEIR VOICE.

Take this life-saving action NOW.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, July 30th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“None of us lives for himself, and none of us dies for himself. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, if we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Rom. 14:7-8).

Reflection: There are two basic truths that each person has to admit in this life: 1. There is a God. 2. It isn’t me. To understand these lessons is to understand why evils like contraception, abortion, and euthanasia are wrong. Only God has absolute dominion over human life and over its coming and going.

Prayer: In life and death, O Lord, abide with me. I am yours. Amen.

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National Funeral Service Friday Morning

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about a funeral service planned for tomorrow for an aborted baby.

“On Friday morning, July 27, I will stand proudly with my brothers and sisters of Operation Save America to honor the body of an aborted child for whom we will offer a memorial service in which the public will have an opportunity to participate. We have also arranged for the burial of the child.

“It is not often that we have the bodies of aborted babies. Unfortunately, the act by which their lives are dishonored and their bodies dismembered takes those bodies and discards them with the medical waste.

“But once in a while, we are able to retrieve these bodies. When we do so, we give them the honor that others have denied them. The act of violence that killed them is done in secret; we believe that the act of reparation that honors them should be done in public. The cold-hearted killing was done in darkness; the broken-hearted mourning should be done in the bright light of day.

“We will have an open casket at this memorial service so that people can see the bruised body of this baby. The body is intact, having been killed by prostaglandin abortion, which induces violent contractions that bruise and ultimately kill the child. Seeing the child awakens the conscience to the fact that abortion kills real people, and must be put to an end without further delay.”

This service will occur Friday, July 27, in Charlotte, NC at the intersection of Trade and Tryon at 10 a.m. ET.

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, July 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering” (Exodus 3:7).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters say to us, “Let’s agree to disagree.” We have the greatest respect for those who disagree with us. But when victims are oppressed, we don’t just “agree to disagree” with the oppressor. Rather, we intervene to stop the oppressor and save the victims. Abortion is not about beliefs; it’s about bloodshed. It’s not about viewpoints, it’s about victims.

Prayer: Lord, you hear the cry of the oppressed; may we hear it also, and respond. Amen.

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