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Fr. Frank Pavone on the Passing of Joan Appleton, Former Abortion Nurse/Founder of Help Group to Those Who Leave Abortion Industry


Priests for Life-Staten Island, NY


Staten Island, NY - Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement on the passing of Joan Appleton, a former abortion facility nurse who went on to found and lead the Society of Centurions of America, a group that provides counseling and financial aid to those who leave work in the abortion industry.

“I was very sad to hear that Joan had died. I learned a lot from her over the years about the corruption in the abortion industry and the needs of former abortion providers like herself. 

“Together with her and Pro-Life Action Ministries, I have had the joy of ministering to those who have left the abortion industry.  In Joan's memory, we at Priests for Life will redouble our efforts to expand the Society of Centurions, ministering to former abortionists and their staff, and inviting those still in the industry to repentance and healing.”

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