Archive for the ‘Freedom’ Category

“All” Means Everyone

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The nation’s first Freedom Rides for the unborn were held this summer, under the leadership of Priests for Life and Dr. Alveda King. Most of the civil rights leaders with whom we have spoken understand the connection between the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement, because they understand the common principle involved: the sacredness and equal dignity of every human life, despite differences in the circumstances under which that life is lived.

A few, however, do not understand it, and to them we ask: when civil rights activists declared that all people were equal, exactly which people were they not referring to? When Dr King asserted that nonviolence was the only appropriate response to a problem, exactly which people was he saying would be appropriate victims after all?

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Article from The Birmingham News

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Anti-abortion rally launches “Pro-Life Freedom Ride”

Invoking the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, anti-abortion clergy members and their supporters gathered tonight at the BJCC to embark on a “Pro-Life Freedom Ride.”

The group, Priests For Life, plans to hold a prayer vigil Saturday morning at Birmingham’s Planned Parenthood before departing for Atlanta, where they will hold a service at King’s tomb.

King’s niece, Alveda King, is the director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and was present at tonight’s rally.

“I have no doubt that if they were alive, my uncle Martin and my father A.D. would be with us on these Freedom Rides for the unborn,” she said in a statement issued prior to the rally.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told the audience tonight that they fight for “equal protection for our youngest brothers and sisters.”

The anti-abortion movement, Pavone said, is a natural extension of the civil rights crusade King championed until his death in 1968 as they seek “nonviolence against the unborn.”

Pavone said they reach out to women contemplating abortion or who have had an abortion.

“We are a movement that reaches out to those who are oppressed. Come to us, we will help you,” Pavone said.

“It’s not a matter of freedom of choice. It’s a matter of people who feel they have no freedom and no choice.”

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First Pro-Life Freedom Ride Events This Weekend

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Birmingham, AL – The nation’s first Pro-Life Freedom Ride for the Unborn launches tomorrow, to start with a rally/concert in Birmingham tonight and conclude with a prayer service at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, will lead the Freedom Ride along with other civil rights activists, clergy, and the Priests for Life pastoral team. “The pro-life movement is the civil rights movement,” declares Dr. King. “We will ride this summer for the same cause as those who rode almost fifty years ago, that every single human being is worthy of equal protection under the law.”

Tonight’s 7:00 pm event at the Birmingham Jefferson County Convention Complex Theatre will feature speakers, music, and the premiere performance of “The Least of These,” a new pro-life anthem written and performed by Jamie Owens Collins.

Saturday at 9:00 am, Freedom Riders will hold a prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood abortion center on Birmingham’s 27th Place South before boarding the bus for Atlanta at 11:30 am. At the ride’s conclusion, a prayer will be offered at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This launches a new chapter in the pro-life movement,” adds Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “It’s time to cash the check from the vaults of freedom and justice in America on behalf of children in the womb.”

More info at ProLifeFreedomRides.com

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This Weekend’s Pro-Life Freedom Ride Moved into High Gear

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Birmingham, AL – As civil rights and pro-life activists gather for this weekend’s launch of the first Pro-Life Freedom Ride, new survey results show that raised awareness about abortion could have a profound impact among African Americans.

“Friday’s Birmingham rally and Saturday’s Pro-Life Freedom Ride are about spreading the message that an entire group of Americans, the unborn, is being denied the most fundamental civil right, the right to live,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “These new poll results confirm that the more people learn about abortion and its impact on lives, families, and communities, the more they reject it.”

In conjunction with the Freedom Rides, Priests for Life is releasing the results of polling and focus group work it recently commissioned among the African-American community. Commenting on the results, The Polling Company/Woman Trend President Kellyanne Conway said, “African Americans are concerned about the scourge of abortion in their community, and respond to related facts and figures.” She continued, “Large majorities agree that every life should have a chance, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or circumstance. They support pregnancy resource centers and call for greater assistance by family, friends and religious and community leaders to help pregnant women and their babies.”

Saturday’s first Pro-Life Freedom Ride, led by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, will be preceded Friday night by a concert rally at the Birmingham Jefferson County Convention Complex Theatre starting at 7:00 pm. Details at www.ProLifeFreedomRides.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia.

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The Symbolism Behind the Freedom Rides

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

In nineteen sixty one, civil rights activists held Freedom Rides to oppose segregation. The rides increased visibility and participation in the cause.

Now, to fight the injustice of abortion, pro-life activists will hold Freedom Rides for the unborn. These rides, led by Priests for Life and Dr. Alveda King, will symbolize the fact that all the varied activity of the pro-life movement can be summarized by the theme of freedom. Pro-life education frees people from ignorance; pregnancy centers and healing ministries free them from despair; legislative and political action frees them from unjust laws.

The first ride is this weekend, from Birmingham to Atlanta. Along with the rides, there are activities everyone can do locally. Find out more at priestsforlife.org.

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Even if you have never been involved in an abortion, you can help those who have had abortions to make their voices heard. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign mobilizes men and women who have lost children to abortion. The Campaign helps these men and women find healing and gives them opportunities, in organized gatherings, to share their testimonies of pain and healing.

You can serve as a “Regional Coordinator,” to organize events at which these women and men will speak up and say, “I Regret My Abortion” and “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.” These events reach the public with the message that abortion is a dead end, an empty promise, and that the doors of the Church are open to all who seek forgiveness. Become a Regional Coordinator – find out more at Silent No More Awareness dot org.

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A Twisted Perception of Freedom

Monday, July 12th, 2010

We sometimes hear from those on the other side of the pro-life battle that they want to work together with us to (quote) reduce the need for abortion. It is part of our pro-life mission to reduce the numbers of abortions, and in fact our goal is not just to reduce but to end it. We have to start by making it clear that there is no need for abortion in the first place. No abortion is necessary, neither medically, nor morally. Women get abortions not because of freedom of choice, but because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. Yet when the People of God provide better choices, the way is clear to help both mother and child. Yes, we will reduce abortions, but let’s never imply there is a need for abortion.

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Parental Coercion is Illegal

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

“I’ve made the appointment and am taking you for an abortion.” Many young girls hear these words, and abortion clinics nationwide are more than ready to collaborate with bullying parents.

Now, Priests for Life is collaborating with The Justice Foundation and Life Dynamics to provide for such girls the legal tools they need to protect themselves and their children. A standard letter has been prepared, informing parents that they are subject to legal liability if they force their daughter to abort. Crimes like fetal homicide or civil torts like battery, negligence, and false imprisonment can be incurred.

Likewise, a letter is available that can be sent to abortion clinics saying the clinic can be subject to various forms of criminal prosecution and/or civil liability for performing the abortion on that girl.

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Pro Life Freedom Rides Announced

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Alveda King
888-735-3448, ext. 251
Date: July 6, 2010

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and fulltime Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church, has announced that on July 24 she will lead the first Pro-life Freedom Ride. The ride will take place from Birmingham, AL to Atlanta, GA.

Details of events to occur in Birmingham on the evening of the 23rd and the morning of the 24th, as well as of the service to take place at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tomb in Atlanta on the 24th, are on the website www.ProLifeFreedomRides.com.

Pro-life people are welcome to caravan in their own vehicles behind the Freedom Ride bus, which will depart Birmingham midday on the 24th and arrive in Atlanta in the late afternoon.

Just as important as the specific events in Birmingham and Atlanta, however, are the simultaneous activities that pro-life people are urged to carry out in their own communities on that weekend and beyond. Such activities have begun with the Prayer Campaign that was launched on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, and continued until Independence Day, July 4.

“The theme of the pro-life movement is, indeed, freedom,” Dr. King stated. “How can one be free if one is not alive? How can any movement call for equal rights if the most fundamental right, life, is not secured equally? That’s why we are calling people from across the religious, ethnic, and political spectrum to ride with us for freedom for all, including the unborn.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, added, “The Freedom Rides call people across America to activities that free people from ignorance about abortion, that free moms and dads from the despair that leads to abortion, that free those who have had abortions from the burden of guilt and shame, that free our nation from unjust laws, and that free our unborn brothers and sisters from the violence of abortion.”

See details at www.ProLifeFreedomRides.com.

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An Inherent Contradiction

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Our Priests for Life headquarters is within easy driving distance of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This statue is a strong symbol of the welcome our nation has given to people from around the world. Fittingly, engraved on the base of this monumental statue are the words from Emma Lazarus’s poem, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

As we prepare for the celebration of Independence Day, let’s remind ourselves and others that this welcome can make no sense if we are afraid to welcome the children in the womb. America is a haven for those escaping oppression in far-off lands. Why should it be a land where we oppress the unborn by the violence of abortion?

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