Time is quickly running out … for both of us
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
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
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
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:
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
- Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as
they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding
to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care
- 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
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
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
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
That’s why I’m asking you to click
here right now and make a donation to Priests for Life for as much as
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
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
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
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries