Date: November 4, 2008
Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has released a statement regarding the Presidential election, in which he asserts that the pro-life movement will grow in strength and that the President-elect has already “failed miserably” a key test for public office.
“Americans have made a grave mistake in electing Barack Obama to the presidency,” Fr. Pavone wrote. “He said during the campaign that he does not know when a human being starts to have human rights. How can one govern from that starting point of ignorance? Governing is about protecting human rights; to do it successfully, you have to know where they come from, and when they begin. The President-elect has already failed that test miserably.”
Fr. Pavone sounds a note of defiant confidence, declaring that the pro-life movement is winning in the culture and that “a new chapter of the pro-life movement has just begun. …We will keep marching toward that pro-life America we seek, and won’t stop until we get there.”
Fr. Pavone invites all pro-life people to join him for a teleseminar on Wednesday night, November 5, from 9:00 to 10:00 pm EST. Other national leaders will join him to discuss pro-life strategy in the light of the election results. Sign-up is at www.priestsforlife.org/conferencecall/index.aspx.
See www.priestsforlife.org for the full statement.
Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life have been widely credited with having a strong influence in the Presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. With a vast media outreach and church activation effort, Priests for Life was named in 2006 among the top 20 Christian political organizations in the country (www.thechurchreport.com). After the 2000 elections, Judge William Clark, who served in President Reagan’s cabinet, praised the efforts of Priests for Life for having “won the election.” Deal Hudson, former chairman of Catholic Outreach at the Republican National Committee, writes in his recent book that Priests for Life is “the most successful Catholic political advocacy group in the nation” (Onward, Christian Soldiers, p. 147).