Fr. Pavone applauds House for ban on late-term abortion – Priests for Life leader sends open letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised yesterday’s action of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn children from the pain of abortion from 20 weeks fetal age and beyond.

“For years, Priests for Life has supported the passage of this type of bill on the state level, and we have strongly advocated for its passage on the federal level as well,” Fr. Frank explained. “We thank especially Congressman Trent Franks for his leadership. Moreover, this major step forward in pro-life legislation comes in the context of our ongoing Stop D and E campaign ( which educates the public — and legislators as well — about the graphic reality of dismemberment of living children in the womb.”

“We will now take the next step in this project by visiting United States Senators with the diagrams of the D and E procedure, and asking them if they think this barbarity should be legal. We will publicize the question to their constituents, and will let those constituents know their responses,” Fr. Frank added.

Responding to the statement from the Obama Administration that the President would veto this legislation if it were to reach his desk, Fr. Frank stated, “The President’s views on abortion are extreme, dangerous to women as well as to their children, antithetical to the principles on which our nation was founded, and simply barbaric. Nobody with his views on such a fundamental issue belongs in public office.”

Fr. Frank also released today an open letter to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in response to her comments on June 13 regarding late-term abortion.

“You make a mockery of the Catholic faith,” the letter tells her, and says that her comments “reveal a profound failure to understand your own political responsibilities.” The letter concludes, “Either exercise your duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them.”

Members of the public can read the letter, and sign their own name to it as well, at

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

4 thoughts on “Fr. Pavone applauds House for ban on late-term abortion – Priests for Life leader sends open letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi

  • June 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you, Father, for sending the letter.

    Since the presidential campaign of 2008, I have constantly wondered and commented on the fact that vice president Joe Biden and congresswoman Nancy Pelosi seemed to receive passes on their outspoken and theologically flawed pronouncements on the Church’s position on abortion. I know that many bishops and cardinals commented and sent letters at the time, but nothing was done as far as their standings in the Church. In my 12 years of Catholic education, I was taught the statements and totally outrageous proclamations from these two would constitute Scandal and be followed by public excommunication. So far, other than written admonishments from Church hierarchy, the only bishop who seems to have the moral fortitude to actually do something is that of the diocese of Biden’s home town in Pennsylvania. He has publicly stated that the vice president would not be given the sacraments if he visited the diocese. Other than that, others seem too timid to do anything, including former Archbishop Niederbauer of San Francisco, even though he reportedly had been instructed by the Vatican to deny Pelosi the sacraments. What the heck is going on? To my mind, this inaction is as scandalous as the outrageous comments from both of these intellectually challenged, self-proclaimed “practicing” Catholics, and even non-Catholics cannot understand it either. Any answers?

  • June 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you, Fr. Pavone, for speaking out all the sentiments that
    were in my head when I read Pelosi’s remarks. You’ve have
    unmasked her hypocrisy and the other secularists that have looked the other way. We must all have the courage to stand
    and Honor God. Our country is on the brink of something that
    could be very terrifying and evil or something that could be very
    positive and necessary for change. The Progressives of both parties are about to give us their end game–we must give them
    ours……The Truth is still the Truth no matter if no one believes it. I pray for you and all who endeavor in His Honor…Philonse

  • June 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Father Pavone: Why has the Catholic Church not excommunicated pro-abortion members such as Nancy Pelosi? How could any priest even serve the Holy Sacraments to her? Do the priests not know that she is eating and drinking judgment to herself every time she takes the Blessed Body and Blood? Will not these same priests and the Church leadership be themselves judged for their disobedience as well?

  • June 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Father Pavone,
    Thank you for taking the issue of faith to Senator Palosi. I agree, she can no longer straddle the fence on this issue, or her public service.

    God Bless your work,



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