"It's not necessary, it's barbaric!"
With these words, guest speaker Father Frank Pavone, national director of
Priests for Life, silenced a gymnasium full of students at John Carroll High
The bleachers were packed to maximum capacity for the pro-life assembly held
Father Pavone is an expert on abortion and life issues. He spent nearly an
hour educating the students of John Carroll on the facts pertaining to abortion
and added many real life stories.
"The definition of abortion is the "termination of life" rather than a
termination of pregnancy," Father Pavone said, pointing out that giving birth is
a termination of pregnancy.
Every day, 4,400 abortions take place, or one every 20 seconds, he said. The
students seemed shocked at this statistic.
"Did you know that abortion is legal up until the moment the head is
delivered?" There was silence.
"If we continue to believe that 'freedom of choice' allows us to murder
children, then we are no longer following the basic principles on which this
country was founded."
After explaining that abortion is legal until the end of the third trimester,
Father Pavone remarked that the president of the United States allows
partial-birth abortion despite the fact that legions of doctors have rebuked the
procedure. "It's not necessary, It's barbaric."
Father Pavone was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New York
in 1988. He formed the Priests for Life organization to educate and encourage
priests to become more active in the life issues, including abortion and
euthanasia. In1993, he became the organization's director.
During his visit to South Florida, Father Pavone also spoke to students at
Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach and Pope John Paul II High School
Father Pavone discussed the personal trauma that an abortion brings to a
mother. He said that he has spoken with women who still have nightmares up to 60
years after the procedure.
He recalled one woman with whom he had spoken, but added, "I'm not going to
tell you her nightmare, because it would give you one."
Throughout the assembly, Father Pavone emphasized that help is available to
"Anyone from anywhere who is ever pregnant, and does not want to destroy the
child, can get help," Father Pavone said. "Let these people come, the help is
available now, we will not abandon them."
He ended the assembly with a question and answer session with the students.
Every question was answered completely and clearly. When later asked if he has
ever not known an answer to a question, the priest answered flatly, "No." He
"I take my studies seriously. My main goal is to help people be aware that
abortion is the most urgent moral issue of our day— we need to work to end it."
Katrina Bichler its a senior at John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce.