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Cecile Richards ‘defense’ shows Planned Parenthood is running scared

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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NEW YORK – In a telling interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards evaded direct questions about what the two videos released by the Center for Medical Progress show regarding the abortion giant’s harvesting and selling of baby parts.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, responded:

“Cecile Richard’s defense was no more than a deflection. She kept asserting that the videos were “highly edited.” But the words coming out of the mouths of Deborah Nucatola and Mary Gatter weren’t placed there by editors; they were placed there by Deborah and Mary. And those words indicate that both the prices and the procedures are altered.

“Planned Parenthood is clearly on the defensive.  Richards asserts that she looks forward to the facts coming out. If I were her, I wouldn’t be looking forward to that at all, because the additional videos coming out will only confirm what we have already said: Planned Parenthood kills babies, including late in pregnancy, and harvests their organs for sale.

“Instead of trying to attack what pro-life people are doing, Planned Parenthood needs to explain what it is doing, and then it needs to stop doing it, whether that be by choice or by force of law.”

For more information from Priests for Life on this issue, visit www.BabyBodyParts.com.

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: “common ground”

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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

“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters seek “common ground” with pro-lifers. How do we respond? Jesus Christ ate and talked with sinners, and yet also warned them strongly to repent of their sins. There is no common ground between life and death, yet to talk with those who disagree conveys to them that we respect their lives, too. There is no room for compromise about abortion, but there must always be room to talk to people about it.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the wisdom of dialogue that does not compromise, and of respect that does not equate evil with good. Amen.

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Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life – Appeals Court Appears to Call for Precepts of Roe v. Wade to Be Struck Down

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of the Catholic Church’s largest pro-life organization, Priests for Life, today said that the federal appeals court ruling against North Dakota’s “heartbeat law” is “a Pyrrhic victory for abortionists” that contains many encouraging words for pro-lifers.

 

“When a federal appeals court spends a great deal of its opinion finding fault with the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions, that bodes well for the future of mothers, fathers, and their babies,” said Fr. Pavone.  “With their ruling on the North Dakota law, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals judges basically said that they thought states should have the right to make their own abortion laws, but that Supreme Court precedents don’t allow lower courts to make such a holding.  In so many words, the judges appear to be calling for the Supreme Court to revisit, if not overturn Roe v. Wade.”

 

A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that struck down North Dakota’s law that protected from abortion a baby with a detectable heartbeat.  While finding that the law was unconstitutional because it prohibited abortion before a baby is viable, that is, able to live outside the womb, the Court was critical of the viability standard itself.

 

“It’s notable that the federal appeals court cited factual changes about abortion that have occurred since the Roe decision,” added Fr. Pavone.  “It mentioned not only the medical and scientific advances that allow premature babies to survive birth at younger and younger ages, but also the harm that abortion does to women, the coercion to abort that negates any pretense of ‘choice,’ and the fact that both of the plaintiffs in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton ‘later advocated against those very decisions.’”

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Inspire your Preachers

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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

“The Lord sustains the poor, but humbles the wicked in the dust” (Psalm 147:6)

Reflection: German Cardinal Clemens von Galen became famous for sermons he preached in 1941 against the Nazi euthanasia program. He declared,  “These numerous cases of unexpected death in the case of the insane are not natural, but often deliberately caused, and result from the belief that it is lawful to take away life which is unworthy of being lived… Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons . . . then none of us can be sure of his life.”

Prayer: Inspire your preachers, Lord, with the courage we see in Cardinal von Galen. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Existence Belongs to Him

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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

“Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent … for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good. We need then to show care for all life and for the life of everyone” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.87. 

Reflection: The consistency of our care for life flows from the fact that God’s care is constant. Every life at every stage of its existence belongs to him. God’s rights over human life are never interrupted or diminished.

Prayer: God of uninterrupted love, keep us constant and consistent in our care for one another. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: The Adventure of a Human Life

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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

“Right from fertilization is begun the adventure of a human life” (Donum Vitae, n.1). 

Reflection: Never has there been a more unscientific debate than the one about embryonic stem cell research. There is no disease that embryonic stem cells have been able to treat. Science is based on evidence. If there is no evidence that embryonic stem cells can help, why do people continue to call for the killing of embryos in order to harvest those cells?

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all researchers and scientists, that their moral character may grow as strong as their technical knowledge. Amen.

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New Video on Planned Parenthood: “It is Immoral to Support Them”

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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NEW YORK — In a new undercover video released today, Dr. Mary Gatter, President of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council, talks with investigators posing as a company that purchases baby body parts.

“Why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying?”, Dr. Gatter asks, and the conversation proceeds with a back and forth about the amount of money that would be appropriate for selling the parts of aborted babies.

Dr. Gatter hesitates to be the first to give a figure, because she says she doesn’t want “to low-ball it.” The discussion concludes with her assertion, “I want a Lamborghini.”

Meanwhile, federal law states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration” (42 U.S. Code 289G-2)

Dr. Gatter also makes it clear that she is willing to see if the abortion procedure can be adjusted in order to insure that intact organs are obtained. She admits that this violates the promise Planned Parenthood makes to patients that the procedure won’t be changed in any way just because they agree to donate the body parts of their babies.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be publicizing the video today, made by the Center for Medical Progress, and stated, “This is the second of more videos that will be released in the coming four or five weeks, showing how morally corrupt Planned Parenthood is. Priests for Life will assist members of Congress as well as public officials on the state level in upcoming investigations into the extent to which Planned Parenthood officials, at the highest level, have broken state and federal law.

“Meanwhile, in the light of what they do to kill children and sell their parts, it is clearly immoral to give any support or transact any business with Planned Parenthood.”

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: Roe v. Wade must be reversed

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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

“Roe v. Wade must be reversed” (US Bishops, “A Matter of the Heart”). 

Reflection: Some are fond of saying that because of Roe vs. Wade, abortion is a settled issue. But it is no such thing. Roe v Wade did not “settle” abortion any more than the Dred Scott decision “settled” slavery, or the “Plessy v Ferguson” decision “settled” segregation. Those evils were defeated precisely because we are a nation that thirsts for equality and justice, and that thirst cannot be quenched or extinguished by a Supreme Court decision.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the vigor you inspire in your people to resist injustice. Let that vigor grow! Amen!

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Convert, Heal and Save Them

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

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“They do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 27).
Reflection: This quote from Vatican II is speaking about abortion, euthanasia, genocide, and various other forms of violence against human life and dignity. It obviously calls for a deep concern for the welfare of those who carry out these activities. Such people distort their own humanity and jeopardize their salvation. The Church seeks both the protection of the victims and the salvation of the perpetrators.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who carry out practices against human life and dignity. Convert, heal and save them. Amen.

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Planned Parenthood scandal renews call to “Recall Abortion”

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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NEW YORK — Janet Morana, author of the book “Recall Abortion,” said the current controversy swirling around Planned Parenthood and the way it procures and potentially profits from fetal organs will rally Americans to finally recognize abortion for what it is: A harmful product that should be pulled off the shelves.

 

“We have known for nearly two decades that this is happening both in Planned Parenthood and in other abortion mills. They dissect and package up the hearts, lungs, liver, limbs and eyes of children they kill,” said Mrs. Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “One the public’s eyes are open, we can’t go back and keep pretending that abortion clinics are just another aspect of health care.”

 

In “Recall Abortion,” Mrs. Morana interviews doctors who have performed late-term abortions and discusses humane and loving options for parents who learn that their unborn child has a life-limiting disorder.

 

“Those most traumatized  that parents who abort their late-term babies are the ones who are the most traumatized,” she said. “Finding out that an unscrupulous doctor might have determined how to kill their child based on what part brings the best price will be too heart-breaking for many to bear.”

 

To arrange an interview with Mrs. Morana, send an email to leslie@priestsforlife.org or call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277. For more information on the book, go to RecallAbortion.com

 

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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