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Father Frank Pavone Urges North Dakota to Appeal Ruling on Heartbeat Law

Thursday, April 17th, 2014





STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued a statement encouraging North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appeal the ruling of a district court judge who held that the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law violated Roe v. Wade.

“North Dakota led the states in courage and compassion when its lawmakers passed and Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation to protect babies with a detectable heartbeat,” said Fr. Pavone.  “I was proud to be there in Bismarck, with pro-life activists from around the state, to thank the Governor and the legislator for those actions. That leadership is needed now to continue the defense of the heartbeat law and innocent lives.  I earnestly hope that Attorney General Stenehjem will take his defense of the babies to the next step, the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

North Dakota’s “heartbeat” law, which was enjoined last year by federal Judge Daniel Hovland before it went into effect, would bar almost any abortion of a baby that’s found to have a detectable heartbeat.

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, April 17th, 2014





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

Holy Thursday – “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). 

Reflection: On Holy Thursday, Jesus gave us the Eucharist, the Priesthood, and the commandment of charity. All are symbolized by his washing the feet of his disciples. We are to wash each other’s feet, to do what is unpleasant in order to serve one another.
Let us then recommit ourselves to loving and serving the least among us, the unborn children. Let us wash their feet by speaking up for them and working to restore the protection of their lives.

Prayer: Lord, I commit myself to serve my unborn brothers and sisters, just as you have served us. Amen.

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#IStandWithPFL Rally planned for May 8

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014





WHAT: Rally for Religious Freedom

WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals, 333 Constitution Ave., Washington DC

WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, MAY 8, 2014

 

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has organized a rally for religious freedom from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 at the Federal Courthouse at 333 Constitution Ave, Washington, D.C.

On that day, oral arguments will be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Priests for Life vs. Department of Health and Human Services, the case of Priests for Life against the HHS mandate.  Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., are two of the named plaintiffs in the suit. They will speak at the rally and attend the oral arguments. Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the international Silent No More Awareness Campaign is also a plaintiff.

Joined with the Priests for Life case is also the suit brought against the HHS mandate by the Archdiocese of Washington. The Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College are among the plaintiffs in that case as well.

The rally and a related social media campaign, #IStandWithPFL, is meant to call attention to the fact that the concerns of the religious not-for-profits have not been addressed by the Obama administration’s so-called “accommodation” to faith-based employers.

The oral arguments on May 8 are the first such arguments on the appellate level, on the merits of the case, for the religious non-profit groups challenging the mandate. The recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood address the rights of businesses in regard to the mandate. A victory in that case would not necessarily resolve the issues being argued on May 8 on behalf of the religious non-profit groups.

Along with Fr. Pavone and Dr. King, other national pro-life and religious liberty leaders also will speak at the rally, as will Robert Muise, Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in the lawsuit.

For information or to set up interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277. The web page www.IStandWithPFL.com has the most current information about the lawsuit.

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

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014





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

“We who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (1 Cor. 10:17).

Reflection: When we call each other “brothers and sisters,” we are not merely using a metaphor that dimly reflects the unity between children of the same parents. Our unity in Christ is even stronger than that, because we do have common blood: the blood of Christ! The result of the Eucharist is that we become one, and this obliges us to be as concerned for each other as we are for our own bodies.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the unity which marks the Culture of Life. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, April 14th, 2014





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

“Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven gaze continually on the face of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18:10).

Reflection: All of us, including the smallest children, have angels in heaven who are worshipping the Father and reflecting to us his care. If an angel is assigned to guard each human life, how much more are fellow human beings to avoid despising such lives!

Prayer: Lord, fill us with awe and reverence for life. Though we are not able to see the angels, remind us of their presence, too, through the face of every human person. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, April 11th, 2014





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

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15).

Reflection: The Lord commands Adam to care for the garden. But Adam failed, because the serpent got in, and then began tempting Eve. Adam did not exercise the necessary vigilance to prevent the serpent from entering in the first place!

A key reason why women get abortions is the failure of the baby’s father to encourage them to do what is right.

Prayer: Lord, send your Spirit upon all men. May they not fail to guard and care for their families even amid the most difficult temptations against life. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, April 10th, 2014





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

“God’s love was revealed to us in this way: God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have life through him.” (1 John 4:9)

Reflection: The Bible teaches us that God is love, and it likewise teaches us that this love leads to life. Love always gives life; it never takes it. That’s why Christians are pro-life.

Prayer: Father, thank you for revealing Your love in Christ, who is life and gives life. May we be immersed in that love, that we too may always be open to life and become givers and defenders of life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014





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

“Do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty” (Exodus 23:7)

Reflection: The shedding of innocent blood was strictly forbidden to the people of the Covenant. The giving of the law and the establishment of the way of life they were to live in the Promised Land set them apart from other nations, who did not know the true God, and as a result, did not have the same respect for human life.

Prayer: Lord, we are blessed to know you, the God of Life. Keep us faithful to your covenant, and immersed in the awareness of how sacred every life is. Amen.

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Fr. Pavone: Horrific conditions at abortion clinics are the norm not the exception

Monday, April 7th, 2014





NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the lack of abortion clinic inspections in New York State.

“For us at Priests for Life, this news is not news at all. Since the early 1990s, we have been addressing the utter lack of regulation and oversight of abortion facilities nationwide, particularly through our collaboration in the research and publication of the book Lime 5, which uncovers the horrific conditions and practices that are the norm, not the exception, in the abortion industry.

“As more of the public becomes aware of the failures of the civil government here in New York to inspect abortion facilities, we will push for all appropriate measures to be taken to address and prevent abuses.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, added: ++

“As we know from our work with the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, conditions in abortion facilities are far below any standards of normal medicine. These women, whose testimonies can be found at AbortionTestimony.com, have faced inhuman treatment and unforgettable abuse at these so-called clinics. If proponents of abortion, including those in public office in New York State, want this procedure to be considered part of normal medicine, then have them start enforcing normal medical standards.”

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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Father Pavone Remembers Pope John Paul II, the ‘Pope of Life’

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014





NEW YORK, NY -  Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today, the ninth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

“The world lost a champion for life nine years ago. Pope John Paul II not only worked tirelessly for the protection of the unborn, but his own failing health in his later years was a powerful witness to the world that even the frailest and sickest among us have dignity and purpose.

“I was privileged to serve under Pope John Paul II at the Pontifical Council for the Family, an agency of the Vatican created specifically to sustain and coordinate initiatives for the protection of human life from its conception. His encyclical ‘Evangelium Vitae’ identified abortion and euthanasia as the fundamental and most serious moral problems of our day, and that document has become a cornerstone of my ministry at Priests for Life. He recognized that the right to life is the foundation of every other human right, and he worked to spread that message every day of his life.”

Commenting on Pope John Paul’s upcoming canonization on April 27, Father Pavone said:

“It is noteworthy that Pope John Paul II is being canonized so soon after his death, but this will give the world a Saint of Life when we most need one. The battle for life is as urgent as it ever was, and as Pope John Paul II said, ‘Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life!’” (World Youth Day, Denver, 1993, Assumption Day Homily).

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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