AGAWAM - A national
anti-abortion spokesman in a speech Thursday night laid out groundwork to
reduce, and eventually eliminate abortions.
Before a packed banquet hall at Chez Josef, Frank A. Pavone, a Roman Catholic
priest from Staten Island, N.Y., spoke at the 25th Anniversary Mother's Day
Dinner of the Pioneer Valley chapter of Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
He told 700 listeners the goal of stopping abortion can be approached by
three routes: "supply," for doctors who perform abortions; "demand," for women
seeking abortions; and "license," for abortion's legal protection.
Attacking the law is an obvious route, because, "to allow abortion
contradicts the very purpose of the law," Pavone said.
Getting women to seek fewer abortions is another approach, and the church
should be more active in that regard, he said. "One of the single most effective
tools to bring these numbers down is the full activation of our churches."
Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life, urged the audience to put
adoption information on the front covers of church bulletins.
As for reducing the number of abortion providers, Pavone said that pro-choice
activists "are in an absolute panic" over the declining numbers of doctors
willing to perform abortions.
Joining Pavone on the dais were Bishop Joseph F. Maguire and Monsignor
Richard S. Sniezyk, vicar general of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese.
Sniezyk told his listeners they should use their votes to elect pro-life
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