Priests for Life Launches Election Year by Registering New Voters

Priests for Life


Contact: Jerry Horn, 540-785-4733 

Priests for Life, one of the nation's largest anti-abortion groups, has announced "National Christian Voter Registration Sundays" for 2004. The effort to register voters at Catholic parishes nationwide is just part of the organization's overall strategy for this election year.

The dates for Voter Registration Sundays are January 18, March 7, May 2, July 4, and September 5. The exact process is described at Other Christian organizations are joining in the effort as well, and Priests for Life is urging that drives be conducted on a statewide and diocesan level, as was recently done in a few states.

Priests for Life, with a multi-million dollar budget and a staff of 40 full-time people, has made the 2004 Elections its primary focus this year. "All our activities are totally non-partisan," explains National Director Fr. Frank Pavone. "But non-partisan doesn't mean timid or half-hearted. We are working aggressively to impart a simple, three-fold message based on the teachings of the US Bishops in their 1995 document Living the Gospel of Life. Our message is

a) Believers have a duty to get out and vote.

b) The most important issue on which to evaluate a candidate is his or her position on abortion, because if a politician cannot respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect yours?

c) Public servants who take a "pro-choice" position contradict Catholic teaching, the Gospel of Christ, and the founding principles of the United States of America."

During the year, Priests for Life will utilize mass media and extensive travels to all fifty states to disseminate its message. "It's not our job to tell people how to vote; it is our job, however, to give them moral guidance in exercising their civic responsibilities, and we intend to carry out that job with clarity and vigor," Fr. Pavone concluded.