An American Takeover of America
March 12, 2012
Below you will find my latest column, An American Takeover of America
but first let me give you some other important updates.
Please view my latest YouTube video at
of my speech at the 2012 National Memorial
for the Unborn in Washington D.C.
Tomorrow, March 13 is the one year anniversary of the rescue of Baby Joseph
in Canada. One year ago I flew to Canada to bring Baby Joseph to the United
States so he could get the treatment he needed to breathe on his own. Baby
Joseph received a tracheotomy - which the Canadian health care system
refused to give him - at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St
Louis. Baby Joseph was then able to live peacefully with his family until he
passed away at his home on September 27, 2011 surrounded by his family. For
more information on Baby Joseph see
. Let’s never forget Baby Joseph and others
is a new pro-life movie that will be in the theaters on
March 23. The movie is about a young girl who learns that she was adopted
after a failed abortion attempt. She then embarks on an incredible journey
to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.
Please support this pro-life movie by going to see it and encourage your
friends to do the same. The producers of October Baby
10% of the profits of the movie to the Every Life is Beautiful
Fund, which will distribute funds to frontline organizations helping women
facing crisis pregnancies, life-affirming adoption agencies, and those
caring for orphans.
Join us for a Lenten Prayer for Life through April 5 and make a special
commitment to help others to see and defend the dignity of every human life,
starting with the unborn. You can find the prayer at
. Priests for Life provides great resources to
help you make your Lenten journey, see
Our prayer novena in remembrance of Terri Schiavo begins on March 23. Go to
to find the prayer and
order prayer cards.
Finally, you are invited to stand up for religious freedom on March 23 by
joining one of the nationwide rallies which Priests for Life is helping to
organize. Thousands will take a stand to rally on that day to defeat the
Obama HHS mandate. For information on a rally near you see
. For resources and talking points
about the mandate see
. And as we fight the
mandate, we want to encourage all our priests to be front and center; see
how you can support them at
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Praise for our Work
Dear Bryan [Kemper], What you have been sharing on Facebook has really
convicted my heart in getting more involved with my local 40 Days for Life
campaign. I never would have been open to standing outside an abortion
clinic and praying before. Thank you for the work you do & God Bless You and
An American Takeover of America
Senator Roy Blunt, who sponsored the amendment in the Senate that, had it
received a few more votes, would have protected conscience rights of
employers, said, "This is a debate that might be settled at that
building across the street,"
referring to the Supreme Court.
Indeed, as of this writing, eight different lawsuits have been launched
against the Obama administration to block the unjust HHS mandate. I am proud
to have authorized the fourth of these eight, Priests for Life vs.
, filed in US District Court, Eastern District of New York on
February 15, 2012. Ours was the first lawsuit filed subsequent to the
so-called "accommodation" announced by the President on February 10, hence
signaling the administration in no uncertain terms that we did not consider
his "accommodation" helpful at all.
The eight lawsuits so far, arranged by the date they were filed, are as
November 10, 2011 Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius
December 21, 2011 Colorado Christian University v. Sebelius
February 9, 2012 Eternal Word Television Network v. Sebelius
February 15, 2012 Priests for Life v. Sebelius
February 20, 2012 Louisiana College v. Sebelius
February 21, 2012 Ave Maria University v. Sebelius
February 21, 2012 Geneva College v. Sebelius
February 23, 2012 Bruning v. Sebelius (This is the one whose plaintiffs
include the states of Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma,
and South Carolina
(You may want to share this list with your local media, since some outlets
continue to get the count wrong.)
Though freedom of religion has been the theme most central to this debate, a
common theme in these lawsuits is likewise freedom of speech. To quote from
the Complaint we filed (which you can find at
), "The…mandate compels Priests for Life to
provide education and counseling regarding contraceptive methods,
sterilization procedures, and abortifacients…[and hence]…to engage in speech
that violates its sincerely-held religious beliefs."
Freedom of speech, in other words, by giving you the right to say what you
want to say, necessarily also contains the right to not say
what you don't want to say
. And it doesn't matter
if you are forced to say it yourself or to pay someone else to say it.
The Complaint also states that we have filed this suit "to protect the
rights of all Americans."
Freedom of speech and freedom of religion do
not belong only to religious groups, but to everyone. The other side wants
to frame this battle as just a sectarian issue -- most particularly a
During the 2000 elections, a reporter said at a Priests for Life press
conference at the National Press Club, "Fr. Frank is calling for a
Vatican takeover of America."
As I said then, I am not calling for any Vatican takeover of America; I'm
calling for an American takeover of America!
fine to say we stand with our religious leaders, but let's make it clear
that they and we are standing with our Constitution and our great nation,
rooted in God's gift of freedom.
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