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

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”

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

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

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”

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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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies

July 17th, 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

“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.

Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Be fruitful and increase in number

July 16th, 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

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Reflection: The single largest destroyer of human life in our nation and in the world is not poverty or AIDS; it is not heart disease or cancer; it is not terrorism or war. It is abortion. Some 50 million children around the world are killed each year by this procedure.

Prayer: Save us, O Lord, from the forces of destruction, especially those that we unleash upon ourselves. Enable us to pursue those things that will preserve our species and continue to fulfill your original command to multiply. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: There is a Time for Everything

July 15th, 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

“There is a time for everything … a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). 

Reflection: Advocates of euthanasia use terms like “help in dying.” But this blurs the distinction between giving assistance to a dying person and causing their death. Mother Teresa “helped” many people “in dying.” She was present to them, assuring them that they were not alone, helping them find courage to face death, reminding them of their dignity, preparing them to meet the Lord. This is the legitimate meaning of death with dignity and of helping people to die.

Prayer: Lord, may we show the dying their dignity and your compassion. Amen.

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Planned Parenthood doesn’t know how to handle the truth

July 14th, 2015
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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement this afternoon as the details of the Planned Parenthood marketing of baby body parts continued to become known:
“First of all, the pro-life community has risen to the occasion of publicizing this material. In a number of conference calls that have been held, there has been a strong sense of unity in helping people understand that Planned Parenthood is indeed selling baby parts, and breaking various laws, with the knowledge of its highest executives.
“Second, we want believers to understand that Priests for Life has notified all the Catholic parishes across America of this information, and has asked them to publicize it to their parishioners. We have also asked the parishes to have their people contact their representatives in Congress, calling for hearings into the activity of Planned Parenthood and for an end to funding for the abortion giant.
“Finally, the response of Planned Parenthood to these revelations has been pathetic and laughable. Their Vice President of Communications, Eric Ferrero, tries to paint the cutting out of hearts, livers, eyes and brains as “the highest ethical and legal standards” of “high quality health care providers.” He calls the undercover videotape that was released today ‘heavily edited,’ which is nothing more than dodging the need to respond to what is actually said in the clip.
“He states that ‘similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades.’ Priests for Life has been the closest collaborator with Life Dynamics and its President, Mark Crutcher, who originally revealed the sale of body parts some 15 years ago. Nothing in the revelations then, or in the ones today, is anything other than the plain truth — truth which Planned Parenthood and its advocates do not know how to handle.”
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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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Fr. Pavone: Revelations Add More Evidence to What We Knew: Abortion Industry Sells the Body Parts of the Babies It Kills

July 14th, 2015

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is calling on Americans and their religious leaders to pay close attention today, and in the coming weeks, to the new evidence that Planned Parenthood is involved in the selling of the body parts of the babies killed by the abortions it provides.

“I have been involved for decades in the effort to expose the evidence that the abortion industry sells the body parts of the babies it kills,” Fr. Pavone stated, “and I welcome this new evidence provided by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. The undercover videos and documentation, which have begun to be publicized today, show how people at the highest levels of Planned Parenthood are negotiating the sale of body parts, and adjusting the way they perform abortions so that the body parts are more accessible. This violates both the law and the most basic sense of human decency.”

Fr. Pavone collaborates closely with Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, who first exposed the sale of baby body parts some 15 years ago, and with Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, who has exposed many criminal activities that occur in abortion clinics.

“We have on our website, BabyBodyParts.com, the images of some of the order forms that were discovered back then — forms that ask that eyes, livers, brains, legs and other body parts be shipped on wet ice to the researchers who want them,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“This activity violates state and federal laws that prohibit the sale of human body parts. Moreover, this new evidence shows that Planned Parenthood is still using the partial-birth abortion procedure, which has also been banned by law at the state and federal level.

“We therefore call on Congress to investigate this activity and to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Moreover, we call on the United States Senate to vote on and pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which will protect many of the babies whose bodies are being cut up and sold in this manner,” Fr. Pavone said.

Priests for Life has set up an action alert urging citizens to call their representatives in Congress to do something about these revelations. Keep informed of this and more at www.BabyBodyParts.com and www.CenterForMedicalProgress.org.

For social media, use hashtag #PPSellsBabyParts.

 

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