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Rally for Religious Freedom set for Friday on Wall Street

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, will be the keynote speakers Friday, March 23rd at noon at the Rally for Religious Freedom at the Federal Hall National Memorial in Manhattan.

Similar rallies in over a hundred cities across the nation this Friday are part of a coordinated effort in which Priests for Life has played a leading role once the effort was initiated by the Pro-life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-life Society. The rallies protest the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring all employer health plans to include free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections. Catholic universities, hospitals and not-for-profits like Priests for Life will be forced by the federal government to provide services that directly contradict Church teaching.

“The mandate is a clear violation of the First Amendment and should be rescinded on that basis,” Dr. King said. “But beyond that, the mandate endangers women by giving them poison and calling it health care. Birth control pills are bad for women; abortifacients are bad for women. We need to tell the truth, and to make sure that our voices are heard.”

Other speakers at the Federal Hall bilingual rally will include Father Victor Salomon, Director of Hispanic Outreach for Priests for Life; Father Agustino Torres of the Franciscan Friars; Chris Slattery, founder of Expectant Mother Care; Monsignor Philip Reilly of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants; Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Chris Bell, founder of Good Counsel Homes, and Dr. Anne Nolte of the St. Gianna Center for Women’s Health.

Priests for Life, which is organizing the New York City rally, filed the fourth of nine lawsuits against the Obama administration over the contraception/abortifacient mandate. The suit, filed Feb. 15 in Brooklyn Federal Court, seeks to permanently block the HHS mandate.

“Ours was the first lawsuit filed subsequent to the so-called ‘accommodation’ announced by the President on February 10, hence signaling to the administration in no uncertain terms that we did not consider his ‘accommodation’ helpful at all,” said Father Frank.

The lawsuits and rallies are accompanied by a prayer campaign to reverse the mandate; prayers for each day can be found at PrayerCampaign.org.

Federal Hall National Memorial is located at 26 Wall Street. For information, visit StandUpForReligiousFreedom.com, email Rally@PriestsForLife.org or call 347-286-7520.

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NewsOne taps PFL’s Alveda King as one of Top 10 Black Women

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Dr. Alveda King, Priests for Life’s full-time director of African-American Outreach, has been named one of NewsOne’s Top 10 Black Women.

In naming its “Sheroes,” the news service wrote of Dr. King: “Deemed the ‘voice of the voiceless’ and an enemy of pro-choice advocates everywhere, King, the niece of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., believes that unborn babies have a right to life…King, a pro-life activist and evangelical minister is driven by a strong spiritual conviction which is to keep the controversial issue of abortion before lawmakers.”

Dr. King shares the honor with First Lady Michelle Obama; astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison; Liberia President Elllen Johnson Sirleaf and other women of achievement.

“At Priests for Life, we have always recognized Dr. King as a ‘sheroe,’ because she is courageous and relentless when it comes to speaking out for the unborn,” said Father Frank. “To have her recognized by NewsOne is very exciting. She deserves the honor.”

An Atlanta resident and mother of six, Dr. King is a former college professor who served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a recipient of the Life Prize Award (2011), the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award (2011) from the Legatus organization and the Civil Rights Award from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) (2011). She is a best-selling author whose books include “How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children?” and “I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own.”

She is an accomplished actress and songwriter. The Founder of King for America, she is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Saint Anselm College and sits on the board of Georgia Right to Life. She is a member of the National Black Prolife Coalition, NBPC, a frequent guest on Fox News and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

“I am humbled and so honored by this recognition,” Dr. King said. “African-Americans need to bring an end to the abortion genocide that is decimating our community and NewsOne is helping me get that message to the people who most need to hear it. I thank NewsOne from the bottom of my heart.”

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To learn more about Dr. Alveda King and Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach, visit: priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/index.htm

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Post-Abortive Women, Cancer Victims Cheer Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s Decision to Defund Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Staten Island, NY – Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC) today hailed the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s announcement that it will no longer give money to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, or any other organization under Congressional investigation.

“This is more than welcome news, especially to the post-abortive women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign who are breast cancer survivors,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of SNMAC. “Of the 70 epidemiological studies that have been conducted worldwide since 1957, 80% report a risk increase of breast cancer for women who have had abortions. The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s donations to Planned Parenthood were as nonsensical as would be the American Lung Association donating to a tobacco manufacturer.”

“No one is more anxious to find a cure for breast cancer than the women of Silent No More,” added Georgette Forney, also a co-founder of SNMAC. “This is a plague that affects us personally and deeply. We recently lost a dear co-worker to breast cancer; the disease is all too familiar to our membership. On behalf of the breast cancer victims and survivors of Silent No More, I can’t thank the Susan G. Komen Foundation enough for this decision.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign and other pro-life women’s groups have worked for years to disseminate the facts on the abortion/breast cancer link. Eve Sanchez Silver, a former Susan G. Komen medical research analyst and Hispanic outreach director, deserves special thanks for her tireless efforts to educate women, especially Latinas, on the breast cancer risk caused by abortion. Ms. Sanchez Silver, a two-time breast cancer survivor who left the Komen Foundation because of its donations to Planned Parenthood, appeared on Priests for Life’s Defending Life television program as part of those efforts.

Alveda King, fulltime Priests for Life associate and a spokeswoman for SNMAC, added today, “There are abortion clinics across the United States located on or near boulevards named after my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They have been dealing death to babies and, according to objective scientific research, breast cancer to women for decades. The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s new policy will save lives by making abortion, and therefore breast cancer, less prevalent in all communities.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Fr. Pavone and Alveda King Announce Support for Congressman Franks’ Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Fr. Pavone and Dr. Alveda King today issued statements in favor of H.R. 3541, the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA). The measure, the subject of a House subcommittee hearing this afternoon on Capitol Hill, would outlaw any abortion performed because of the race or sex of a baby.

“We know from census figures that sex selection abortions do happen in the United States,” said Fr. Pavone. “We also know because we minister to those who have had them. The abortion industry enables and facilitates discrimination against girls in the womb. The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act is urgently needed to stop the blatant and barbaric killing of babies because of their sex.”

“There’s still a place in America where people can be killed because of their race and the perpetrators go free. It’s the abortion clinic,” added Dr. King. “The minority baby whose mother listens to an abortionist who masks his racism in false compassion can be denied his life and liberty simply because of his skin color. This outrageous racism should be illegal. When Congressman Franks’ legislation is passed it will be.”

In addition to criminal penalties for the abortionist who performs a sex or race selection abortion, H.R. 3541 would establish civil remedies for the mother, father, and maternal grandparents of the victimized unborn child. The bill would also make it illegal to solicit or accept money for the performance of such discriminatory procedures.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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Alveda King: “Occupy” movement must turn away from violence

Monday, November 7th, 2011

ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, fulltime director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said the Occupy Wall Street movement must embrace prayer and disavow violence if it hopes to emulate the 20th century Civil Rights Movement.

“The whole Civil Rights movement was founded in prayer, in crying out to God in peace,” Dr. King said today during an interview on “Fox & Friends.” “This movement is not peaceful,” she said of Occupy Wall Street.

Dr. King, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr., was invited on the show to discuss comments made by Rev. Jesse Jackson last week in Atlanta, comparing the two movements and insisting that Martin Luther King would have supported Occupy Wall Street.

“Rev. Jackson knows this is not the model my uncle upheld, or that my father, Rev. A.D. King, upheld,” she said. “The people who came out are hurting, they need answers. They need help, not to be incited to violence. They need a leader who is going to lead them peacefully.

Calling him “a civil wrong leader on this point,” Dr. King said, “Rev. Jackson needs to revisit his 20th century history.”

Dr. King also noted that the pro-life movement has adopted the prayerful, peaceful model of the Civil Rights movement as it works to end abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide and killing of embryos for their stem cells.

To see the “Fox & Friends” interview, please click here: http://bit.ly/toi1by

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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“Redeem the Dream” conference set for Saturday in D.C.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.

“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.

“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”

Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.

Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.

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Alveda King “deeply saddened” by the loss of Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth

Friday, October 7th, 2011

ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, today commented on the passing of civil rights leader Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth.

“Dr. Shuttlesworth was a giant among Servant Christian Leaders. When our home was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, Dr. Shuttlesworth was a source of comfort and encouragement to our family. He will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Shuttlesworth, who died Wednesday at the age of 89, worked alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 to organize demonstrations against segregation in Birmingham. Earlier, he was one of four founding ministers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“My father, Rev. A. D. King, worked very closely with Dr. Fred. The staunch and courageous preacher and civil rights giant is credited as being part of the coalition that gave us the ‘Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement,’ which stressed non-violence, prayer and sacrifice.

Go to priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/non-violence.htm and scroll to the bottom to see the “Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement” from the text “New Day in Birmingham.”

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“Redeem the Dream” Conference Postponed

Friday, August 26th, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, has announced that the conference “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” set for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council has been postponed.

The Aug. 28 dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall has been postponed due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. No new date has been announced. “Redeem the Dream” will be rescheduled to coincide with the new dedication date.

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“Redeem the Dream” conference Saturday in D.C.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.

“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.

“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”

Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.

Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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Dr. Alveda King available for interviews on dedication of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, founder of King for America and the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be doing interviews this week regarding the dedication of the long-overdue memorial for her uncle in Washington, D.C.

“As people gather in the nation’s capital to remember and celebrate the life of my Uncle Martin, it is an opportune moment to declare that were he here today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be standing with those working to stop the violence of abortion against children in the womb and restore them to equal protection under the law,” Dr. King said.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 on the National Mall.

In conjunction with the dedication, Dr. King, Priests for Life, and a host of other pro-life organizations will host “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council at 801 G Street. The event will include a panel discussion, video presentations and a call to action.

Dr. King is available for interviews Monday, Aug. 22; Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. To arrange an interview, please call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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