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“In our present times there is an urgent need to promote a culture of life and also to undertake direct actions that help protect the life of the weakest, especially the unborn. For that reason the work done by ‘Priests for Life’ deserves the gratitude and support of the whole Church.”

- Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President, Pontifical Council for the Laity, Vatican City State, June 7, 2011.

   
Dear Friends,

Priests for Life is on the front lines of the effort to end abortion, and to energize the Church at all levels in this task. Our financial support comes entirely from people like you!  We do not receive monetary support from diocesan or national Church structures.

I need your help today, and so do the unborn. Thank you in advance.

Fr. Frank Pavone, MEV

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

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Time is quickly running out … for both of us

 

Friends,

Now that you’ve helped drive the abortion industry and its fanatics from power in Washington, D.C. and states the country over …

… our real work begins!

For the first time in a decade, the White House and both chambers of Congress will be in pro-life hands!

Now we need to work together with President-Elect Trump and the new Congress to implement the commitments that they and the party have to the unborn – commitments that have been expressed loudly, clearly, specifically and consistently throughout the campaign and in the party platform.  

To do so, however, Priests for Life has to be at full financial strength. 

And as I write to you today we are anything but at full strength. 

That’s because, knowing the stakes of this past election, I poured every dollar that you entrusted to Priests for Life into keeping abortion zealots from controlling our government.  Well, thanks to you, we succeeded!  

Unfortunately – and this in spite of the fact that you and your fellow Priests for Life family members went above and beyond to send us as much money as you could – we didn’t have near the amount of funds we needed to reach out to pro-life Americans, fellow Catholics and all people of faith and remind them of what God expected of them on Election Day.

But I was not about to let a lapse in donations keep us from doing all we could to help pro-life candidates win elected office.  You can click here to see all that you helped enable Priests for Life to do in the months leading up to the 2016 Election.  I know I’m biased, but it’s impressive.  Four projects in particular deserve special mention:

  • The “Catholic Outreach” project that Priests for Life was asked to spearhead.  Remember what we were told: “You’re the only ones who can do this.”  And we did it!
  • Our closing weekend Priests for Life ad that ran in every diocesan newspaper in Florida and dioceses in other states.  Our ad made a huge impact with Catholic voters.
  • Our ongoing programs on EWTN -- and the preaching that our fulltime associate Fr. Stephen Imbarrato did on the network up to and including Election Day -- reached tens of millions of voters.
  • Dr. Alveda King and our Civil Rights for the Unborn outreach into the Black community was extremely active in key states.  You’ve probably read or heard the news media telling everyone Trump only received 8% of the Black vote.  And while that’s probably true nationwide, in key states like Florida and Pennsylvania he received as much as 18% of the Black vote! 

Again, though, that’s only a small fraction of what you enabled Priests for Life to do. 

I urge you to look over the comprehensive list of activities that I mentioned above because it will confirm what I’ve been telling you ever since you joined the Priests for Life family; namely, that partnering with Priests for Life is the most effective way to use your pro-life dollars to end abortion.

And when it comes to our “Political Responsibility” effort in 2016 I’m proud to tell you:

Mission Accomplished!

As an issue-advocacy group – and our issue is protection of the unborn – we gained strength not only in our nation’s capital, but in the pro-life governors and state legislators that were elected nationwide.  The numbers are larger than ever.  In half the states, the governors and both chambers of the state legislatures have a pro-life majority, which is great news for pro-life state legislation.

Plus we have a President who is ready to work with us.  In fact, several of us here at Priests for Life have a very close working relationship with people in the Trump Administration.  Same with key members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.  This means that we’re not outsiders looking in and hoping to have a say in how our government protects the unborn.  Rather …

… we’re insiders in the process and this will make all the difference in the world as we go forward.

Here’s something else you need to know. 

President Trump is a man of his word.  He will honor the promises he made to us during the campaign, including those he made in a letter he sent me this past September when he invited me to be part of his pro-life advisory committee.  In that letter Mr. Trump wrote:

I am committed to:

  • Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.
  • Making the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.

One sign of his commitment to these promises is the fact that he has surrounded himself with strong and experienced pro-life people.  We know these individuals and have worked with them for years.  His Chief of Staff, for example, Reince Priebus, describes himself as "A 100%, Psalm 139 Pro-life Republican."

Another important promise Mr. Trump made is to repeal the Johnson Amendment.  This is a major issue with me. 

The Johnson Amendment blocks churches and tax-exempt organizations like Priests for Life from endorsing or opposing political candidates.  As I wrote in my book Abolishing Abortion, a key reason you hear so much silence from dioceses and parishes regarding the election is that many attorneys exaggerate what the Johnson Amendment says and get the priests to believe they can't even say to their people, "Vote pro-life." 

I’ve been a strong proponent for abolishing the Johnson Amendment for years so you can imagine how happy I was when Candidate Trump told those of us at the Values Voters Summit in Washington this past September that when it comes to the Johnson Amendment:

“We’re gonna get rid of it!”

So that’s a fifth promise we’re going to help implement.

And if you include President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the abortion-riddle Affordable Care Act (better known as ObamaCare) then that’s a sixth promise!  And one Priests for Life will be especially happy to help make happen because the end of ObamaCare means the end of that HHS mandate that tried to force Priests for Life – and all Americans – to take a direct role in the killing of babies.

But just how much we can do to keep the pro-life movement ginned up, energized and activated to do this is really up to you and the Priests for Life family … as it always is.

A moment ago I told you that Priests for Life exhausted our financial resources to do everything in our power to elect a pro-life Congress and keep the abortionists from capturing the White House, and by extension, the Supreme Court. 

It’s true.  Over the final two months of the campaign we spent roughly $238,000.

Quite frankly that was money we didn’t have at the time.  But knowing all that was at stake for the unborn, for the pro-life movement and for the nation itself, I was not about to sit back and do nothing just because we were short of funds.

Instead I did what I know you would have expected me to do, namely, to go out and give it our all and try to make a difference.  Which is exactly what I did.  And you saw the result of all this work on Election Day.

Now we have to pay off those bills and build up a war chest so that, come January and the swearing in of President Trump …

… we’re able to hit the ground running and make sure that all of those who helped elect President Trump continue working with us to implement what he is committed to doing.

Ideally I’d like to raise the entire election debt of $238,000 by the end of the year.  That way we can focus on those critical First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency. 

Well, the only way Priests for Life can hope to do that is with your immediate help.

That’s why I’m asking you to click here right now and make a donation to Priests for Life for as much as you can.

If all you can send is $15 or $20, that’s okay.  Hopefully you can do more. 

In doing this you will build on all the great work you’ve done over the years through your partnership with Priests for Life so that come January we’re ready to activate our army of people to support President Trump and the new Congress to pass pro-life laws and confirm pro-life judges. 

The bottom line for you and me today is this:

  • If we want pro-life Justices appointed to the Supreme Court then WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • If we want laws passed to protect women and children from the abortionists then WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • If we want ObamaCare and its abortion tentacles repealed then WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • If we want our right to religious liberty protected and secured then WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • If we want “religious leaders” to get fully engaged in the fight to end abortion then WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

God in His mercy has given us one more chance to save our nation.  Let’s not let it slip through our hands.

In anticipation of your generous response to this urgent appeal for help, I will remember you at every Mass I offer, as will all the priests of Priests for Life.  Thank you again, my friend, and may God bless you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries


 

 
 
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