Priests for Life - Gospel of Life Ministries
July - August 2008 Vol. 18 Number 4
Fr. Frank with Pastoral Team Priests 
“Is This What You Mean?” Project: The Abortion Procedure Revealed
– A Challenge to Politicians and Voters

Priests for Life has launched a special project called "Is This What You Mean?" It aims to:

1) Reveal the nature of the abortion procedure to the public, and
2) Challenge public officials and candidates who support the legality of abortion to admit what abortion is.

The project is explained in its entirety at

The project makes use of You Tube videos at, and of quotes from abortionists, found on the project page at

We are asking people to

a) view the videos we made about the abortion procedure;

b) read the quotes we provide from abortionists, and

c) use that information on blogs, in editorials, at town hall meetings, and in public and private sessions with abortion supporters to ask them, “When you say the word “abortion,” is this what you mean?”

This effort, in which anyone can participate, draws a line in the sand and gives candidates and office-holders alike this challenge:

If you’re going to take a position on abortion, then you’re going to have to come clean about what it is. We are no longer going to let you obscure or trivialize the issue. Whether people agree with you or not, you owe it to them to be honest about what you’re talking about.

Therefore we issue this simple call to honesty: We will describe abortion to you, and you tell us if that’s what you’re talking about.

That’s it, pure and simple. This is not a debate, nor a threat. It’s a call to clarity, a demand for honesty. That is not partisan, nor is it unreasonable; it is not fanatical or inappropriate in any way. Nor is this about religion or morality.

We just want to make sure that we’re hearing you. When you say “abortion,” we just want to make sure we’re both talking about the same thing.

The full URL of the page describing this project is

The specific locations of the videos are as follows:  - Dismemberment D&E Procedure and - Suction Abortion Procedure

How can you help with this project?

1) Alert people to the project, the videos, and the quotes, by

  • Emailing your friends, family, everyone in your address book.
  • Going into chat rooms, blogs, message boards, etc…
  • If you have your own website or blog, announce the project there and provide links.
  • Writing letters to the editor.
  • Speaking out in town meetings or other public venues.

2) Help drive the number of views of the You Tube videos into the hundreds of thousands in a short time, so that we can make the video a news story. Seek young people who will volunteer time to reference it all over the internet.

3) Using the videos and quotes from the abortionists, diagrams, ask “pro-choice” politicians (whether they are candidates or already in public office) if this is what they mean when they say “abortion.” Yes or no. Ask it publicly. Ask it repeatedly. Ask it in all the ways mentioned above – emails, letters, internet etc….. Those whose support they are seeking deserve to know.

4) We have additional resources that reveal the nature of the abortion procedure and can also be used for this project. They are a DVD called “The Procedure,” and two diagrams of the most common procedures. See ordering information on page 4.

Priests for Life is
Supported Only by You!

Priests for Life is not subsidized by dioceses, the Bishops’ Conference, or the Vatican. We rely completely on donations from individuals like you!
All contributions are tax-deductible, and may be designated for specific projects if you so choose.
You may donate at On that web page you will find several options:

  1. Make a one-time donation by credit card, or by electronic charging of your checking or savings account.
  2. Allow us to charge your credit card, checking, or savings account each month.
  3. Sign up for monthly mailings that will remind you to send your donation.
  4. Call us at 321-500-1000, ext. 232 to discuss other options, including remembering Priests for Life as a beneficiary when you do your financial planning.

At any time, of course, you may write a check payable to “Priests for Life” and mail it to PO Box 236695, Cocoa, FL 32923.

Three Summer Novenas

This summer, we invite you to participate in and promote three special novenas. The details, and the prayers for each, in English and Spanish, can be found at Please mention these in your emails, on your websites, and in newsletters and parish bulletins.

Novena leading to the 40th Anniversary
of Humanae Vitae: July 17-25
Assumption Novena for Life: August 7-15
Novena to Blessed Mother Teresa: August 28 – Sept 5

40 Days for Life

Fr. Frank Pavone and the entire Priests for Life organization calls on Christians of every denomination to go to the places where the killing occurs and to intervene for the children scheduled to be killed. Decades ago, it was asked whether a sign could be placed at every abortion clinic that says, “Open with the Gracious Permission of the Local Church.” That question remains today.

Priests for Life is at the forefront of calling on people to participate in the “40 Days for Life” campaign occurring in cities throughout the nation this Fall. For a period of 40 days, Christians are asked to surround the abortion facilities with constant prayer and presence, that these places may close. Please join with us in this effort!

Cardinal Lopez-Trujillo Called Home to God

Fr. Frank with Cardinal Lopez-TrujilloFr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, expressed the sadness of the entire Priests for Life organization at the death of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez-Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, on April 19. The Cardinal was one of the Church’s strongest advocates for the dignity of the human person and the family. He served on the Priests for Life Advisory Board of Bishops from the beginning of the organization, and invited Fr. Frank Pavone to work with him at the Pontifical Council for the Family in the late 1990’s. The Cardinal encouraged bishops around the world to utilize the model of Priests for Life in their own dioceses. May he enjoy the eternal peace of the Lord of Life.

Ending Abortion the
Church’s Way – Part 2

In part 1 of this series on “Ending Abortion the Church’s Way,” we reflected on the fact that the pro-life movement goes beyond the visible boundaries of the Catholic Church, and that it is a specifically Catholic attitude to embrace those of other religious persuasions in the defense of life. We also warned against a “clericalization” of the pro-life effort, as if the defense of life arose from instructions from the clergy.

In this part we reflect on the intention and goal of the pro-life movement.

Unfortunately, the pro-life movement has a name that is often too big for its own good, because it contains too much. “Pro-life,” after all, accurately describes the motivation behind any effort to save or enhance the condition of any lives at any stage of development. Are not works of tending to the sick, alleviating the conditions of the poor, and working for world peace rightly considered “pro-life?” Every aspect of social justice, to which the Church has exhorted her members for two millennia, is “pro-life.”  


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