"Our Goal is to Make Abortion Unthinkable," Fr. Pavone Tells Dinner Guests
In a powerful address to the Proudly Pro-Life Dinner April 25 in New York,
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, stirred pro-lifers to
new resolve in the fight for a culture of life in our nation. Fr. Pavone,
together with pro-life businessman Lawrence Garvey, a longtime supporter of
NRLC, received the Proudly Pro-Life Award given annually by NRLC.
In commenting on the outpouring of prayer and fasting during last fall's
election, Fr. Pavone urged pro-lifers to continue with even greater strength and
intensity. He suggested that "a door of mercy has been granted our nation" and
that we need to "push through it!"
"Our goal is not just to make abortion illegal. Our goal is to make abortion
undesirable, unavailable, unnecessary in the eyes of those that would want it.
In short, our goal is to make abortion unthinkable," Fr. Pavone declared.
"Why is it so hard to reach that goal?" the Priests for Life director
questioned. "Because of the pain .... a pain shared by all of us in some way ...
the kind of pain [when a person] realizes, sometimes dimly, that there is an
evil taking place in their midst.... And at the same time realizing that if they
take the time and trouble to look closely and carefully at what that evil is,
they will not be able to live with themselves unless they do something about it.
But at the same time realizing that if they do something about it, there is
going to be a price to pay. They are going to have to change their lives....
"So how do they resolve the dilemma? ... Bury the issue .... Tuck it away in
a comfortable place in the mind and get on with life ....
"The task we face is to point out to our brothers and sisters that the
price to be paid by ignoring this issue is greater than the price to be paid by
We do that by connecting the issue to the other evils, ills, concerns they
do hold close to their heart.
"This movement will succeed only when we succeed in helping our brothers and
sisters understand that so many ills in our society are proceeding directly
because of abortion on demand. As the problem in the healing process for the
individual woman is to connect the abortion experience with the other problems
she is experiencing, so it is for the healing of our society to connect the
abortion problem with the other problems we are concerned with -- to see that we
will never make progress on those problems until we deal with this one." As an
example, Fr. Pavone related the student killings in schools to Roe v. Wade:
"Children will stop killing children when parents stop killing children."
Commenting on the biblical image of "the gates of hell," Fr. Pavone pointed
out that "a gate stands still," so "Who is storming the gates? ... It is the
Church taking the initiative and storming the gates of hell.... The gates of
death must flee in the presence of you, the people of life."