Priests for Life: Abortion industry
By Bill Howard and Jim Myers
The Colorado Catholic Herald
Diocese of Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. As abortion doctors
reveal more details of the procedures and more women who have had abortions are
speaking out about their awful experience, the abortion industry is collapsing,
said Father Frank Pavone, national director for Staten Island, N.Y.-based
Priests for Life.
Father Pavone is one of the Catholic Church’s
most visible pro-life speakers, with a regular column in Catholic newspapers and
a television show on EWTN. He has assisted the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for
the Family and has lectured around the world. He is currently assigned in the
Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, where he is launching a new religious order,
Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.
During a whirlwind visit April 28-30 that
included visits to several parishes and talks to local pro-life groups, priests
of the diocese and politicians, Father Pavone spoke about the state of the
abortion industry and encouraged the pro-life movement here to step up its work
with promoting pro-life legislation and speaking out to others on abortion.
“The momentum is in our direction,” he said
during his main public address April 29 at Holy Apostles Church. “This is an
industry crumbling from the inside.”
Father Pavone said that the abortion industry
is actually less worried about not having enough doctors to perform abortions.
Father Pavone said he knows many doctors who have left the industry.
“It shows that the pro-abortion lobby has not
and never will be able to take the stigma away from abortion,” he said.
“You show up at these clinics and lives will
be changed by your presence. The abortion industry knows this sometimes better
than we do.”
Father Pavone urged the local pro-life
movement to “expose the evil” by showing people the reality of abortion both
during the procedure and the physical and emotional aftermath that include
sterilization, depression, intense regret and possibly death.
Earlier in the day, Father Pavone addressed
the Colorado Springs Diocese Respect Life Committee and concelebrated Mass with
Father Bill Carmody, diocesan Respect Life director, for approximately 80 people
across the street from the Planned Parenthood Clinic on West Colorado Ave.
In his homily at Planned Parenthood, Father
Pavone challenged people to “take to the street and not be afraid to show what’s
“This morning is beautiful, the sun is shining
and there’s a cool breeze. It seems peaceful, but is not, because there is
injustice across the street,” he said. “We should not say there is peace where
there is no peace.”
On April 28, Father Pavone addressed the
diocesan priests at their spring retreat at St. Malo in Estes Park, met with
local pro-life leaders and politicians at a Life Network luncheon and spoke to
St. Mary’s High School students.
“There is no such thing as an abortion that is
necessary,” Father Pavone told St. Mary’s students, relaying reasons people get
abortions. “It’s not because of freedom of choice. It’s exactly for the opposite
reason: people who feel they have no freedom and no choice. They feel trapped,
Father Pavone said those who get abortions are
often made to feel they have a choice between their baby and their education,
careers and other matters. Priests for Life offers help to those considering an
abortion with financial and medical assistance, as well as many other aspects
such as adoption, housing, education and employment assistance.
“The good news is the help is available. The
sad news is those who need that help don’t know it’s there,” said Father Pavone.
Friends are important to stopping people from
getting abortions, said Father Pavone.
“Friends don’t let friends drive drunk because
they don’t want their friend dead or making others dead. That’s why friends
don’t let friends get abortions: because they don’t want their friend dead or
making others dead,” Father Pavone said. “There is nothing that claims more
human life. There is not a single disease that takes more human lives than
abortion does. . . . Poverty doesn’t come anywhere near a fraction of those
dying from abortion every day.
“Every day, by surgical abortion alone, 4,000
children are killed.”
Men are just as responsible for abortion as
women, according to Father Pavone, and carry the responsibility to protect the
child. A father can often stop an abortion from taking place by simply showing
care and kindness to the mother of the child instead of an uncaring approach to
the unborn child.
“What she wants to hear is: ‘I’m with you.
We’re going to see this through. I’m going to stand by you and by our child.’
You’ve got to be the source of strength,” said Father Pavone.