STATEN ISLAND, NY -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement as the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell continued to unfold in Philadelphia this week:
"The trial of abortionist Gosnell takes place while additional events show us how destructive the abortion movement is and how compassionate the pro-life movement is.
"During these days, a lobbyist from Planned Parenthood said it was up to the woman, her family and her physician whether a baby born alive after a failed abortion should be allowed to live. Also, this Friday, April 5, a mass and banquet will be held in Philadelphia to honor two families -- that of Terri Schiavo and of Baby Joseph -- both of whom were born victims of the Culture of Death that deprived them of ordinary care because they were disabled.
"By contrast, in these days, pregnancy center directors from across the nation gather in Dallas to increase their knowledge and skills in serving moms, dads, and families who fear they have no alternative but abortion. The conference of Heartbeat International will reaffirm these individuals in their life-giving mission.
"If America pays attention in these days, it will see a contrast worth noting, and a modern-day illustration of the age-old choice before us all: I have set before you life and blessings, death and curses. Choose life!"
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.