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Two Burning Issues

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Friends, as you may know, you can always find key action items right on the front page of our Priests for Life website (priestsforlife.org) in the large ACTION box. In recent days, other leaders and I have been kept particularly busy with concerns on two fronts. One has been the Susan G. Komen Foundation, about whom we have raised the alarm for years concerning their donations to Planned Parenthood. When they recently announced their decision not to donate to Planned Parenthood, that abortion monster of a law-breaking corrupt organization turned on them with meanness and intensity. What hypocrites the organizers of Planned Parenthood are. They will take money from anyone, but as soon as someone expresses concern because they are under investigation (through every fault of their own), they turn on them, bully them, criticize them, and threaten them. I just have one thing to say to Planned Parenthood at this point in time: go away, so we can have a better world.

The other matter, of course, has been the current Presidential Administration’s callous disregard for the rights of conscience, through its HHS ruling about requiring religious institutions to cover the cost of abortion-inducing “contraceptives.” Wow. It used to be the other side that held up freedom of conscience. How things have changed, and the Church and her leaders are rising to the occasion.

Here my thought is this: why wait until the toothpaste is all over the room before we decide it’s better kept in the tube? So many who would not lift a finger to help us in the recent Presidential elections are now trying to work wonders to undo one of the consequences of the election — consequences that could have been avoided had more Churches spoken up, registered voters, and not chased out of the parking lot those who were distributing information about the harmful positions of the candidates. Maybe we will learn this time. There’s another election in November, after all!

One more item: you may have heard recently of the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia. He was a delightful man, and gave much encouragement to Priests for Life over the years. He led the bishops’ pro-life committee for some years, and had a deep love for the unborn. May the children give him a warm welcome in God’s Kingdom!

Blessings to you today, and thank you all for your good wishes on this, my Birthday! — Fr. Frank

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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 Urges Congress to Approve the Protect Life Act; Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Pavone today called on Congress to pass H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, a bill that would bar abortion funding in the President’s health care law.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced that the House will vote on the Protect Life Act next week. The bill would bar the President’s “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” from directly or indirectly funding abortions and would add right of conscience protections for health care workers unwilling to participate in abortions.

“Congress needs to take the funding wiggle room out of health care and close the loopholes – it needs to pass the Protect Life Act so that the public doesn’t have to pay for abortion,” Fr. Pavone said. “Moreover, those who work in the health care industry and who live out their deeply held beliefs need more conscience protection and they need it in writing. This Act will strengthen their protection.”

Priests for Life today alerted every Catholic parish in the nation to have its people call their Congressional representative about this bill.

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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Planned Parenthood Wants Your Children to Have Sex: It’s Good for Business

Monday, August 8th, 2011

ATLANTA, GA – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, commented on the recent release of EXCLAIM!, a document published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and targeted to a young audience.

“Planned Parenthood says EXCLAIM! is a young people’s guide to ‘sexual rights,’ ” Dr. King said. “Or is it just a way for the largest abortion provider in America to drum up more business? I say the latter.

“Planned Parenthood just wants to sexualize Americans and others in the world and now they are letting us know that the agenda is: The younger, the better! It makes sense from their perspective: the more people who are having sex, the more unwanted pregnancies we will have. That means more abortions for Planned Parenthood and that means, more money.”

Dr. King pointed out that Planned Parenthood often has a significant presence in public schools, which many parents might not realize.

“Americans better wake up,” she said. “Parents better wake up. Your children are in danger. They are being targeted by Planned Parenthood for sexual indoctrination. If your child goes to a public school make sure you stay engaged to find out if Planned Parenthood has its foot — or its contraceptives — in the door.”

To read Dr. King’s blog post on this topic, go to: http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/blog/index.php?p=3790

To read IPPF’s document entitled EXCLAIM!, go to: http://www.ippf.org/NR/rdonlyres/9CDED64D-5750-41A1-994D-E7D35D0F1580/0/Exclaim.pdf

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Case Against Planned Parenthood Moving Forward

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The case with 107 charges, including 23 felonies, against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is moving forward. Planned Parenthood broke various laws regarding late-term abortions and violated state record keeping laws. The corrupt organization also manufactured documents to cover up their crimes.

Priests for Life has been exposing this corruption since 1993. Keep in mind that fraud of all kinds, and disregard for every type of law, is standard practice in the abortion industry. You cannot practice vice virtuously. When your conscience is so darkened that you will kill a child, you’ll do anything else as well. That’s the case with Planned Parenthood, and the spotlight on its corruption is becoming brighter. To focus on this will weaken the largest abortion business and help save lives.

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Gary Bauer and Dr. Alveda King: Why Our Government Must Stop Funding Planned Parenthood

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

FoxNews.Com – New York, NY
Thursday, March 31, 2011

President Obama has made the concept of shared economic sacrifice a constant theme of his presidency. “Shared sacrifice” should be the catch phrase, Mr. Obama told the National Governors Association in late February. “If all the pain is shared by one group…that’s not good for anyone.”

We agree, but there’s one group that isn’t making the economic sacrifices most other Americans are making. Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, receives $350 million annually from taxpayers in the form of government grants and contracts, even though it makes tens of millions of dollars in yearly profits.

A current proposal to defund Planned Parenthood might seem like just another skirmish in the culture war, but it ought to be seen as something more fundamental: the most basic measure of whether our government is serious about resolving its debt problem.

The continuing resolution (CR) passed in February by the House of Representatives to fund federal agencies through the end of FY 2011 included language to defund Planned Parenthood. Had the CR passed, Planned Parenthood’s 825 facilities would have been prohibited from receiving federal taxpayer dollars from any federal programs or departments, but the Senate refused to pass the CR, in part because Senate Democrats would not compromise on taxpayer funding of abortion. Two subsequent stop-gap CRs did not address defunding Planned Parenthood either.

Now, with the prospect of an April 8th government shutdown looming, abortion funding is back in the news as lawmakers this week are debating whether to include cuts to Planned Parenthood in a budget to fund the federal government through the rest of the 2011 fiscal year.

Because new House rules require a bill to be publicly unveiled three days before any consideration on the House floor, any such bill would have to be drafted by April 5th at the latest.

Abortion-rights advocates claim that ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood would eliminate funding for cancer screenings, birth control, adoption referrals and other services for which many poor women rely on Planned Parenthood.

Recently Alaska’s senators, Lisa Murkowski (R) and Mark Begich (D) wrote that “without the care Planned Parenthood provides…women will die.”

But Planned Parenthood does not have a monopoly on any of these services. There are thousands of other health care facilities across the country that receive federal funding and offer authentic health care to low-income women.

Also, though it stresses its less controversial work, Planned Parenthood’s raison d’etre is to perform abortions. According to the Chiaroscuro Foundation, abortions constitute roughly 37% of all Planned Parenthood’s revenues. (That’s a conservative estimate.)

A quarter of the nation’s abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood centers, and even as the number of abortions nationally has dropped in recent years, the share performed by Planned Parenthood has grown.

In 2008, the last year for which data is available, Planned Parenthood performed more than 324,000 abortions, up from 305,000 in 2007. To put this in perspective, one abortion takes places at a Planned Parenthood center roughly every minute and a half of every hour of every day.

By law, Planned Parenthood cannot allocate any federal funding for abortions, but its $350 million yearly taxpayer subsidy frees up other funds for abortions. With a $1.1 billion budget, and more than 700,000 donors, Planned Parenthood’s fiscal 2009 net profit was $21.7 million, according to its Internal Revenue Service Form 990 tax filing.

But lavish public subsidies aren’t the only reason to defund the abortion giant. In recent years, Planned Parenthood centers across the country have been exposed for committing a variety of offenses—including refusing to comply with statutory rape reporting laws and parental consent laws, performing illegal late-term abortions and overcharging clients on birth control.

To be sure, ending Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer subsidies won’t by itself close our budget deficit, but it will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. And it will signal to a skeptical public that the federal government has finally gotten serious about its profligate spending.

Soon, Congress will vote on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. It must include the elimination of all taxpayer subsidies for Planned Parenthood. After all, if our federal government won’t say “no” to a scandal-ridden business that’s already raking in tens of millions of dollars a year in profits, who will it say “no” to?

Gary Bauer is President of American Values and Chairman of Campaign for Working Families. Dr. Alveda King is Founder of King for America and Pastoral Associate at Priests for Life.

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Pro-life leader Blasts Continued Funding of Planned Parenthood

Friday, March 18th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, responded to Sen. Harry Reid’s insistence that any agreement on funding the government will include funding of Planned Parenthood.

“If that’s the case,” Father Pavone said, “then shut it down. When a government funds massive child-killing, it has betrayed its very purpose anyway. Maybe a shutdown will give our government officials a chance to reflect on what government should be doing in the first place – serving life, not helping to destroy it.

“Priests for Life will make sure that churches across America receive the voting records of the members of Congress on any votes that affect the funding of Planned Parenthood, and inform their congregations in next year’s election cycle. We need public servants who can tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public,” Father Pavone concluded.

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