Fr. Pavone: Pastor and Abortionist Should be in Each Other's Place


Priests for Life



Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated today that a pastor in California who is in jail should be released, and an abortionist in Kansas who is on trial should be imprisoned. Fr. Pavone’s statement follows:

“Rev. Walter Hoye of Berkeley, California, has just begun serving a sentence which is blatantly unjust. Rev. Hoye did no violence, but rather attempted to stop violence by his prayerful presence at an abortion mill in Oakland. He was right to refuse to promise not to approach the abortion facility. By intervening for these children, he simply seeks to fulfill the command, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” No government can put a cap on peaceful efforts to save children from violence.

“Meanwhile, abortionist George Tiller in Kansas, who has performed over 80,000 abortions (which is over 20,000 more lives taken then were lost in the Vietnam War) is on trial for having failed to follow the requirements of Kansas law for late-term abortions. This man should be in jail. Whatever the outcome of the trial now underway, the fact is that jail is the only appropriate place for ‘doctors’ who kill children. I commend the efforts of Troy Newman and of so many others who, over the years, have exposed the atrocities committed by George Tiller.”

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