December 16, 2014
I need a special favor from you.
As much as it pains me to admit it, our financial situation here at
Priests for Life is grim.
For reasons I’m at a complete loss to understand or know, far fewer than
normal of our most loyal and most generous supporters are responding to
my letters. I’m talking about real pro-life champions. Courageous men
and women who are extremely committed to the fight to end abortion and
have been longstanding partners with Priests for Life in this battle.
The simple truth is that the situation has gotten so out of hand that
I’m conducting an internal “Postal Audit” just to make sure that your
fellow Priests for Life family members are getting the important updates
and progress reports that I’ve been sending them.
the meantime, I’m relying heavily on
here right now and
as large a contribution as you possibly can
to Priests for Life.
Please help. Even if you can only give $15
Priests for Life cannot sustain all that we’re doing to
end abortion without the entire Priests for Life family
on board and fully engaged. That’s why I’m
conducting the “Postal Audit” of our mailings.
The once robust financial support that Priests for Life has historically
received – in good economic times and bad – has fallen off a cliff over
the past few months. And this for no reason that I can put my finger
Our mission here at Priests for Life is the same. Our programs are
still highly effective. Our projects continue to energize the People of
Life. Our preaching is winning more Americans over to the side of life;
as the 2014 election results confirm. Our activism is generating
widespread legal protections for our unborn brothers and sisters, both
nationally and in states around the country. We’ve received unqualified
encouragement and support from Cardinals and bishops the world over ...
including Pope Francis himself!
And yet, financially, we’re in the worst shape ever. To show you what I
mean, here is a side-by-side comparison of this year and last through
the end of October:
number of donors: 29,360 26,140
number of gifts: 113,237 100,802
On the positive side, the average gift you and your fellow Priests for
Life stalwarts gave in support of our pro-life work actually
INCREASED this year as compared with last year. That is a testament to
your belief in Priests for Life’s work and to your commitment to the
But as you can see, the number of both supporters and gifts has dropped.
And the result of that drop, in terms of actual dollars and cents, is
that financial support to Priests for Life is down $340,346 when
compared with what we received in 2013!
As you can well imagine, this falloff has had a serious negative impact
on our fight to end abortion and establish a desperately needed Culture
of Life here in the United States. So serious that I found it necessary
to conduct that “Postal Audit” I told you about a moment ago.
And why I’m counting
on you to CLICK HERE and make as large a contribution to Priests for
Life as you possibly can!
If all you can do today is give $15 or $20, that’s fine.
If you can make a larger donation – say $25 or $35 – then do that. And
if you can send as much as $50 or $100, that would be a special
blessing. Whatever you can do. That’s all I’m asking.
The reason I’m pressing you as I am is so that we leave those who are to
follow in our footsteps a country that puts its trust in God and
recognizes that the RIGHT TO LIFE is the fundamental human right,
Priests for Life must continue to:
• Educate our fellow Americans on the truth that abortion corrupts
our entire society – the economy, health care, foreign policy,
immigration ... everything!
• Distribute our “Voting with a Clear Conscience” brochure so people
know that a faithful Catholic is called to vote pro-life. I am
certain that our work in this area played a significant role in the
November elections in which pro-abortion politicians were driven
from office and replaced by men and women who know the difference
between serving the public and killing the public.
• Energize priests and use the John Cardinal O’Connor Institute to
train them on how to preach the Gospel of Life with authority and
• Produce the fact-filled TV shows and radio spots that are opening
eyes to the sheer horror of abortion and changing hearts.
• Warn pro-abortion Catholic politicians that they endanger their
eternal soul through their active support of the legalized killing
of children in the womb.
• Prosecute our lawsuit against ObamaCare’s HHS mandate to protect
FREEDOM OF RELIGION and our right to SPEAK OUT against abortion.
• Work with state legislators to pass laws that protect mothers and
babies from abortionists. Some 205 such laws were passed in the
past three years alone! And with pro-life lawmakers now in control
of 68 state legislative bodies, I’m confident Priests for Life will
play a leading role in getting more life-saving laws passed!
• Oppose the confirmation of pro-abortion activist judges to federal
• ... and more that I’ll be telling you about in the coming weeks
To know why all this work is so important all you have to do is look
at the polling data just out from The Polling Company/WomanTrend
which asked voters in this recent 2014 mid-term election whether the
abortion issue affected their vote. Here are the results:
Abortion affected my vote and I voted pro-life: 23%
Abortion affected my vote and I voted pro-abortion: 16%
That shows a full 7% advantage for pro-life candidates! And as you
know, many races were decided by a far smaller margin than that. In
The work of Priests for Life and other pro-life groups to mobilize
voters around the abortion issue DOES make a difference and it does
And yet, while our work this year was tremendous, we still have a
lot of work to do to convince more of our fellow Americans that the
fight to end abortion must be their PRIMARY concern.
And with your continued help, that’s exactly what Priests for Life
will continue to do.
One positive sign that shows how effective we can be is the massive
nationwide opposition to the killing of babies who are 20 weeks old in
the womb. These boys and girls feel the intense pain and agony of
having their limbs torn from their bodies during an abortion. And all
the major polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans support
protecting these children.
In response to this national outcry, the U.S. House of Representatives
passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act over a year and a
half ago. Tragically, the outgoing Senate Majority Leader never even
gave the bill the courtesy of open debate, let alone an up or down vote
on the Senate floor!
Thankfully the People of Life rose up with other freedom-loving
Americans and drove that man and his fellow pro-abortion extremists from
their thrones of power in the U.S. Senate.
And because we have, one of Priests for Life’s top priorities for 2015
will be to convince the Senate to join the House and pass the
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
We’ll also be working with Congress to end all of President Obama’s
anti-life proposals, including those in ObamaCare’s HHS mandate. But
more on that in the coming weeks and months.
My main concern today is:
To convince you to make as large a donation to Priests for Life as you
I need you to do this so that Priests for Life can achieve five of our
primary objectives for 2015:
1. Maintain the pro-life momentum that’s sweeping the
2. Get Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Child Protection
3. Make health care in America abortion-free.
4. Make every state in the Union an ABORTION-FREE state.
5. Win our lawsuit against ObamaCare’s HHS mandate.
Each of those five objectives is crucial if we are to save our country
and help it prosper. You and Priests for Life have a unique and
important role to play in bringing them all to fruition.
But it will take a tremendous sacrifice from all of us if we are to
For your part that sacrifice will entail giving up some legitimate
personal desires in order to provide the funds Priests for Life needs to
save America from the evil of abortion and provide future generations
with a nation that recognizes that all political authority on earth is
based on the objective laws which God has written on the hearts of His
children and spelled out for us when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments
... and in particular the command: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
Priests for Life’s estimated budget for 2015 is just under $8,000,000.
That money will allow me, our priests, our Pastoral Associates and
staff to carry out the programs and projects which I outlined for you in
As one of Priests for Life’s most loyal and most valued members, as well
as one of the pro-life movement’s most active champions, it’s imperative
that you continue to fulfill your calling to work with Priests for Life
to end America’s abortion holocaust.
The contribution you make today will assure me that the depth of your
commitment to the fight to end legalized abortion-on-demand in America
is as strong and as firm as ever.
Make no mistake.
As important as our work was in 2014, the next two years are absolutely
critical to our fight against abortion. So much is riding on what the
People of Life do over the next several months ... in Congress and state
legislatures, in the courtrooms of America, on the streets of our
cities, in our local communities, on the Internet, and inside our
I truly believe that the next 24 months will “make or break” the
pro-life movement in America.
Barack Obama and Harry Reid have spent the last six years packing our
federal courts with judges who are pro-abortion extremist. We put the
brakes on their abortion agenda in November. We now have two short
years – just 24 months – to convince our fellow Americans to join us in
rejecting their all-out drive to impose abortion on the country and, in
its place, build a Culture of Life in America that embraces God’s
precious gift of life.
For us to succeed, we simply must have you fighting alongside us.
It is your prayers and your financial support that make it possible for
Priests for Life to carry the pro-life banner into battle.
So please, right now ... while you’re still reading my urgent and
CLICK HERE and
make an urgently needed contribution to
Priests for Life so that we can press forward in our mission to preach
the Gospel of Life throughout the country and end the injustice of
legalized abortion in America.
Thank you for doing this before you go on to your next email.
It is a great comfort to me knowing that as I travel the country
rallying the People of Life to action and burn the midnight oil here at
Priests for Life headquarters devising strategies that will end our
nation’s abortion holocaust ...
... you are always at my side!
Which is why, in humble gratitude for all you do to support Priests for
Life’s work and protect the youngest members of our human family from
those who seek to kill them, I remember you at every Mass I offer; as do
all the priests of Priests for Life. May God bless you.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
P.S. There’s absolutely no way Priests for Life can do that – and raise
the $8,000,000 we need to carry out all that we have planned for 2015 –
without your immediate help today. You saw the numbers. They’re
abysmal. Priests for Life is struggling to hang on.
Thus my speaking to you as I am in this email and my fervent hope that
you will CLICK
HERE right now and make as large a contribution as you possibly can
to help sustain all of Priests for Life’s pro-life work.
Please don’t delete my email until you’ve given something ... even if
it’s only $15 or $20. If you can possibly give more than that, then
Just keep in mind that, when all is said and done, it is your prayers
and your financial support that make it possible for Priests for Life to
carry the pro-life banner into battle. The more you give, the more we
can do. I know you will do as much as you can to help. You always do.
And for that I thank you and remember you at every Mass I offer; as do
all the priests of Priests for Life. May God bless you.