Get to Know the Presidential Candidates!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

As we continue in this election year, we are going to point out to our Priests for Life family the various ways we can become better informed about the candidates, and urge others to do the same.

 

As one of those ways, I urge you to watch the presidential debate tonight, January 28, to get to know more about the candidates so when it’s time to vote in the primaries you will be prepared.  You can watch it on FOX News Network 9pm ET.

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And please invite others to do the same.  The very soul of our nation is at stake in the elections of 2016 and we need active and informed voters.

 

On our Priests for Life website, we have a calendar of events for Elections 2016 that we are constantly updating and that you can refer to for more information as the year progresses.

 

I would be interested to know what you think of the candidates after the debate.  You can send me a message right on the form at the top of PoliticalResponsibility.com.  On that form you can also let me know what kind of elections activities you are involved in or how we may help you become more involved.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT – Upcoming events in the 2016 Presidential Election 

As we know, prayer is key!  So I urge you to join us for a Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders and order prayer cards for your friends, family and parish.

 

Please also pray with us and order prayer cards for the Prayer for the Victory of Life and Freedom in Supreme Court Cases. The Supreme Court will review our case against the HHS Mandate this year along with six other similar cases.  Keep checking our website IStandWithPFL.com for updates on the case.

 

Lent is around the corner so I Invite you to also pray with us a Lenten Prayer for Life from February 10- March 24.

 

Please spread the word about all of this to your email lists and on your social media accounts.   And remember, there are many ways we can stay connected on social media, and to get an idea, visit PriestsForLife.org/SocialMedia. Along with Facebook and Twitter, you can connect with us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube.

Blessings,

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Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life

 

Pro-Life Award given to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for passage of SB 95 – State AG vows vigorous defense of dismemberment ban currently enjoined

 

IMG_9020The dismemberment ban is not voided, but it remains enjoined from going into effect while litigation continues. The ban will be vigorously defended by the legal team of Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Judge Hendricks ruled that barbaric dismemberment abortions cannot be outlawed because the 1859 Kansas Constitution contains a right to abortion.

In his acceptance remarks on Friday, Gov. Brownback urged that Kansas’ strong bipartisan passage of SB 95 be repeated across the nation and in the nation’s Capital.

 

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/library/5544-pro-life-award-given-to-kansas-gov-sam-brownback-for-passage-of-sb-95

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Human Life, Belongs Only to God

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“Life, especially human life, belongs only to God: for this reason whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself.” – John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.9. 

Reflection: No human being can own another, not even one’s own child. God entrusts us to the care of one another, but he alone remains the owner of human life. That’s why we cannot throw it away, no matter how small, frail, or inconvenient it may sometimes be.

Prayer: Lord, may all people acknowledge you as the only master of human life. May those who defend life understand that they are not only defending their brothers and sisters, but are also defending you!

Uncanny Convergence: MLK Jr., the March for Life and Christian Unity – Three great movements that happen at the same time of year are deeply intertwined

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Each January, three observances converge that reinforce each other and summon the Christian world to work together against injustice. January 15 is the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on or around that day we observe a national holiday in his honor. A week later, on January 22, we recall the tragic decision made that day in 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, unleashing a policy of abortion on demand. On or around January 22, large rallies and marches for life are held from coast to coast. And from January 18 to 25 each year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed.

These three great movements are deeply intertwined.

Jesus Christ prayed that his followers would be one, as he and the Father are one. Authentic Christian unity does not mean pretending there are no serious doctrinal disagreements between denominations. It does mean working to come to a deeper understanding of what those differences are and are not, as well as recognizing and building on the real unity that does exist in our common affirmation of Christ and his Lordship in our lives and in the world.

That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice. In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, Pope St. John Paul II wrote, “Many Christians from all communities, by reason of their faith, are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially the poor, the lowly, and the defenseless … Christians who once acted independently are now engaged together in the service of this cause, so that God’s mercy may triumph” (n. 43).

Read the entire Op-Ed: http://aleteia.org/2016/01/22/uncanny-convergence-mlk-jr-the-march-for-life-and-christian-unity/

The March for Life and Jane Roe

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 26, 1989 file photo, Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe in the 1973 court case, left, and her attorney Gloria Allred hold hands as they leave the Supreme Court building in Washington after sitting in while the court listened to arguments in a Missouri abortion case. Months later, the high court ultimately upheld the Missouri law in the case, Webster v. Reproductive Health Service, making it illegal to use public officials or facilities for abortions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

… The fact that will come as a surprise to many is that neither one of these women was interested in making abortion legal. Though plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that did exactly that, they both thought that the attorneys who got them involved in these cases were going to help them personally with their own children. Norma didn’t even know what the word “abortion” meant, and only got together with the attorneys initially because she was hungry, and they were going to meet at a pizza shop. Sandra, meanwhile, upon hearing that an abortion had been scheduled for her in Atlanta, was so opposed to it that she fled to Oklahoma! …

Read the entire Op-Ed: http://pewsitter.com/view_news_id_227056.php

Pro-Woman is Pro-Life, and Pro-Life is Pro-Woman

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Almost a year ago, I had the honor of meeting a young woman named Andrea. Months earlier, on learning she was pregnant, she had taken the first drug in the RU-486 abortion regimen, and immediately regretted her decision. Racing against the clock, she found a doctor about an hour away from her home in New Jersey who would immediately begin a reversal protocol that stops the starvation of the baby. Her son Gabriel was born healthy on Dec. 31, 2014.

Andrea and her boyfriend are not married. Andrea was in nursing school when their unexpected pregnancy propelled her to Planned Parenthood. She worried that the baby’s birth would spell the end of her dreams.

How does she feel now? You only have to look at her Facebook posts to find out. …

Read the entire Op-Ed: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/fr-frank-pavone/pro-woman-is-pro-life-and-pro-life-is-pro-woman

The March for Life and Youth

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In speaking up for the babies, they are speaking up for themselves! This is an awareness and motivation that abortion advocates can do nothing to stop. And as a result, our pro-life movement receives a new strength and motivation each day from survivors.

Psychiatrists have studied this phenomenon, and have actually identified ten different types of “abortion survivors,” and the symptoms that they carry, known as “abortion survivor syndrome.” Being an abortion survivor is a motivation to fight abortion and is also a deep wound. These dynamics are critically important for parents, educators, youth ministers and clergy to understand.

Read the entire Op-Ed: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/21/the-march-for-life-and-youth/

 

Two different crowds, one dream – The search for justice for the unborn must be a united, nonpartisan effort

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Those of us who were part of the diverse and large congregation that filled the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on the Martin Luther King holiday Monday for the King Center’s 48th annual Commemorative Service were not weary at the end of a service that lasted more than four and a half hours. On the contrary, we were energized, as I have been after each of these services that I’ve attended for over a decade.

We were energized by some of the most soaring oratory in America — consistent with the King tradition — regarding justice, peace and nonviolence. The message each year is as consistent as it is persuasive: the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King places obligations on us to preserve the progress we’ve already made and to complete the unfinished business of that dream. Equality and nonviolence are fragile goods in our society, and promoting these goods requires an attentiveness to the signs of the times and the ability to adapt one’s efforts to fight on new battlefronts for the same age-old principles.

Read the entire Op-Ed: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/21/frank-pavone-justice-for-unborn-must-be-nonpartisa/

The March for Life and the 2016 election

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Although the March for Life itself is not a political event, a keen awareness and a strong motivation of the marchers themselves this year is the fact that we have before us in 2016 the most important election we have ever faced.

The March for Life is on January 22 precisely because the Supreme Court ruled on that day in 1973, through the twin decisions Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, that abortions can be performed throughout pregnancy. Marchers this year are keenly aware that the next President and Senate will have the opportunity to substantially shape the court in one direction or the other. And on the issue that these marchers care most about — abortion — the Republican and Democratic parties are diametrically opposed.

 

Read the entire Op-Ed: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/01/21/march-for-life-and-2016-election.html

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: See Their Dignity

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“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” – Ex.4:11

Reflection: God does not make mistakes. When a human being is alive, it is because God wants him or her to be alive. People do not have to measure up to our standards or expectations in order to have dignity and deserve protection.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all those who are disabled, frail, and ill. Give them your strength and peace, and give us the eyes to see their dignity and value.