FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 20, 2001
Priests for Life Agrees with NOW
Fr. Frank Pavone says there is a
National Emergency on Abortion
(Staten Island, NY)- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of
Priests for Life, the Catholic organization which assists clergy of all
denominations to address the abortion issue, today issued a statement agreeing
with Patricia Ireland, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
NOW has formally declared that a national "state of emergency" exists in this
country with regard to abortion. On Sunday, April 22, the NOW organization is
kicking off a campaign in Washington D.C. to alert the pro-abortion activists
about this emergency.
"Priests for Life completely agrees with Patricia Ireland and NOW that this
nation is in a State of Emergency" with regard to the abortion issue, Fr. Pavone
said. "We disagree, however, regarding the reasons why that is true. The
President of NOW has pointed to Priests for Life as a danger to abortion rights,
and has asserted that we teach violent methods. In fact, we reject all
violence. Yet it is not threats of violence that endanger the abortion
agenda, but rather the persuasive power of the truth. The pro-life movement has
been making incredible strides by peacefully communicating our message to the
general public. The majority of people in this country are dramatically and
rapidly moving in the pro-life direction. This represents a real danger for the
"Furthermore, the pro-life movement is becoming more bold and sophisticated
in its use of paid media to communicate its message to vast numbers of people.
The Priests for Life media campaign last year had a significant impact in
electing pro-life candidates. We are planning future similar efforts.
"Another reason we agree that a state of emergency exists is that women are
being harmed by abortion malpractice. The fact that more of them are demanding
their rights in court presents a real danger to the abortion industry, which is
plagued with unscrupulous abortionists. We have evidence that women are being
deceived, maimed, and killed in so-called safe and legal abortion
clinics. Where is the outrage of the National Organization for Women over this
assault on women's rights and health?
"Legal abortion will not last much longer in this country, and we at Priests
for Life will spare no effort and take no rest until -- with the nonviolent
power of truth -- that goal is realized," Fr. Frank Pavone concluded.
For more information, or to interview Father Frank Pavone, please contact the
Priests for Life media office at 540-785-4733.