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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

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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 said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:7).

Reflection: More and more youth are involved in the pro-life movement. They are motivated by the fact that they could have been aborted. As they speak up for the unborn, they are really speaking up for themselves. And we reaffirm that they are persons not because they are wanted, but because of the dignity they receive from their Creator, and therefore they are welcome.

Prayer: Lord, bless our youth, the survivors of abortion, and make them mighty witnesses for life. Amen.

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PFL Youth Outreach Director at Center of First Amendment Lawsuit

Friday, July 6th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper is a plaintiff in a new First Amendment lawsuit filed against Sinclair Community College in Ohio and its campus police.

On June 8, Kemper, the founder of Stand True Ministry, was a speaker at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally at the college. The rally was one of 100 such rallies taking place across the country that day to protest the Obama administration’s mandate that all employers have to provide free contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services for their workers.

Campus police would not allow demonstrators to hold their signs at the rally, continuing a tradition of First Amendment violations that, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), has been going on at the school for 22 years.

“Schools are meant for the free expression of ideas, but Sinclair has taken the stance that its students must check their free speech rights at the door,” said Peter Breen executive director and legal counsel of the Thomas More Society, which filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of two Sinclair students and Kemper.

“It is imperative that we fight for our rights to not be taken away or it will be almost impossible to fight to get them back,” Kemper said. “I am fighting this injustice not just for me, but for my son Jaemison, who was there watching the rights of so many being trampled.

“ Jaemison may only be 7 years old,” Kemper continued, “but he and his and his siblings will someday face a situation when their rights and liberties may be challenged.  I want him to have the courage and the means to stand true when that day comes and to know that his father refused to cower in the face of adversity.”

Priests for Life organized the well-attended New York City Stand Up Rally, at which attendees, like those all over the country, were able to express themselves with signs and placards. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said of the Ohio situation:

“Thank you, Sinclair Community College and police department. There are few better ways to motivate pro-life people than to tell them to shut up. I’m not sure if it’s our message or the First Amendment that you don’t fully understand, but we’re going to see to it that you learn more about both.”

To view the lawsuit, go to http://scr.bi/MaypVf

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

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“They cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall” (Proverbs 4:16).

Reflection: Hundreds of taped phone conversations show abortion clinics throughout the nation deliberately failing to report the sexual abuse of minors. This is a flagrant violation of ethics and law. It also reveals what happens when we lose sight of the sanctity of life. Our concern for other aspects of the moral law is likewise weakened. One can’t practice vice virtuously.

Prayer: Lord, protect all those who may become victims of the malice and negligence of the abortion industry – not only the unborn babies, but their vulnerable young mothers as well. Amen.

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A Source of Fresh Inspiration

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

As we welcome young people into pro-life efforts, we should let ourselves be challenged by them. They will remind us of things that we have perhaps forgotten, and will even be able to teach us a new way of activism, and even a new way of thinking.

When confronting fundamental moral issues, our youth think in straight lines. Unaccustomed to layers of complication, young people can ask questions with a simple and direct clarity. “If children are being killed down the street, let’s go there and save them.” “If politicians support the killing, let’s tell people not to vote for them.” “If pastors are silent, let’s tell them to speak!” While the young always need to be open to learn from those with more experience, they also need to be listened to.

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Leaders Here and Now

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I often point out that our youth are not simply the “future leaders” of the pro-life movement. They are leaders here and now, in more ways than one. Often I am asked to speak about the role of youth in the pro-life movement, and to encourage parishes and pro-life organizations to focus more on recruiting youth for this cause. In fact, this is not a difficult task. Youth understand the pro-life message better than many adults, and the most common response they give to the question, “Why are you involved in trying to stop abortion?” is “Because it could have been me.” They are aware that they were not protected in the womb, and could have been killed. They are survivors and they know it. May our young people be strong in protecting the youngest.

Please take a moment to check out my Birthday Wish on behalf of the cause Pray to End Abortion.

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Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director to Host March for Life Youth Rally

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life and founder of Stand True Ministry, will be the host and keynote speaker for the first-ever Youth Rally organized by the March for Life.

The rally will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Visit marchforlife.org/content/view/84 for more information.

“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader, I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions,” said Kemper. “We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”

Father Pavone commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists.”

Kemper, 44, the father of six children with a seventh on the way, noted that an impromptu rally last year drew more than 300 young people. He expects attendance to triple for Saturday’s rally.

Also speaking from Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries will be: Julia Holcomb, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign who in 1975 had a relationship with the rock star Steven Tyler that ended after they aborted their son; Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life; Matt and Kelly Clinger, spokespersons for Silent No More, and Father Denis Wilde, associate director of Priests for Life.

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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Silence will rock college campuses tomorrow

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Tens of Thousands of young people across the country will sacrifice their voices tomorrow for the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, and they will do it in honor and memory of a young abortion abolitionist and her unborn daughter who were killed in a car accident Oct. 8 in Georgia.

“Tomorrow, students will be sending a loud and clear message that abortion must end and all innocent human life must be protected from conception to natural death,” said event organizer Bryan Kemper, founder Stand True Ministries and Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life.

“The day is about sacrifice and that is why it is fitting that this year’s event is dedicated to Kortney Blythe Gordon and her baby Sophy. Kortney was a beacon of light and sacrificed more than anyone can ever imagine in her fight as an abortion abolitionist.”

Mrs. Gordon, 28, was the field director for Students for Life of America.

For the eighth annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, students at 1,200 colleges, high schools, middle schools and home schools have pledged to remain silent in solidarity with thousands of unborn children permanently silenced by abortion every single day.

“Last year, we heard back from 64 girls who canceled their abortions because of the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity and dozens of kids who changed their hearts and are now pro-life,” Kemper said. “These are just the ones we have heard back from; we have no idea how many lives were actually saved. But we do know that just one life makes this whole day worth the effort.”

The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True and Priests for Life and is co-sponsored by LifeNews.com, Students for Life of America and Survivors.

Father Pavone asked, “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?”

For more information, visit silentday.org. To interview Kemper, call him at 540-538-2581.

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On Oct. 18, Keep Quiet for Life

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Twelve-year-old Haley Altman was sent to the principal’s office.

Before third period, Courtney Woodward was out of red duct tape.

Josiah Wadsack only broke his silence for an after-school Bible study.

The three youths were among thousands of students across the nation and around the globe who took part in last year’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. With more than two weeks to go until this year’s event – set for Oct. 18 – students at nearly 1,193 colleges, high schools, middle schools and home schools already have signed up to remain silent in solidarity with thousands of unborn children permanently silenced by abortion every single day.

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True Ministries, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True and the Youth Outreach Director of Priests for Life, said he was inspired to start Silent Day in 2004, when a student from McNeese State University in Louisiana asked him, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?”

Kemper realized how powerful it would be “if we got students to not only act in solidarity with others, but also with the children who are dying every day. As soon as I said it, I knew God had set something in motion inside of me.”

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity was born.

Many students wear red arm bands, and place red duct tape emblazoned with the word “Life” across their mouths, both as a way to help them remain silent and to increase awareness of their goals.

Youth groups, students, businesses and ministries that are interested in taking part should go to silentday.org to register and to find valuable resources, including informational fliers that can be handed out to explain the project to curious classmates, and a letter for school administrators prepared by the Alliance Defense Fund.

“We have heard of hundreds of girls who have canceled abortions because of this day every year,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?”

To see how students across the country stayed silent for life last year, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK7QG6hbNE8

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Bryan Kemper to Lead Youth Rally in DC on Jan. 21, 2012

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Ministries and Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, and James Nolan, president of Crossroads, will serve as masters of ceremony for the March for Life Youth Rally, to take place Jan. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Youth are the future of the pro-life movement but they are also very much its present leaders. Acutely aware that one-third of their generation has been lost to abortion, youth from across the country attend the March for Life every year to demand an end to the slaughter.

An impromptu youth rally before the 2011 March for Life attracted 300 participants. Organizers expect up to 1,000 to fill the hotel ballroom for the inaugural March for Life Youth Rally.

Kemper will speak at the rally, along with Martha Nolan, executive director of Crossroads, and Elizabeth McClung, executive director of the Austin Coalition for Life. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months.

“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader,” said Kemper, “I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions. We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”

Father Frank Pavone commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists. I am also very proud of our Priests for Life Pastoral Team, which now includes Bryan Kemper, and which also includes Janet Morana and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which will likewise be an integral part of the activities in Washington in January.”

Stand True Ministries is the youth outreach of Priests for Life. It is a Christ-centered pro-life ministry determined to awaken the youth of this country and share the message of life and the Gospel of Christ. For information, visit priestsforlife.org/bryan-kemper

Since its inception in 1995, Crossroads organizes yearly pro-life pilgrimages across the United States. Visit crossroadswalk.org for information.

To keep up with updated information about the rally, visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/marchforlifeyouthrally

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The Tide is Turning

Monday, June 27th, 2011

A June 2011 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that more than half of Americans say abortions are morally wrong, and that young Americans do not show any more support for abortion than those who are older.

As PPRI pollster Robert Jones said, “It’s not the kind of issue that one celebrates.”

In May of 2011 a Gallup poll found similar results, showing that Americans believe abortion is morally wrong and that all or most abortions should be illegal. That poll showed that by a 24% margin, 61%-37%, Americans take the pro-life view that abortions should either be legal under no circumstances or legal only under a few circumstances.

To find out how you can help mobilize these majorities to bring an end to abortion, visit priestsforlife.org.

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