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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Fifty years ago LBJ signed the US Civil Rights Bill into law. Yet babies and women are dying today from the torture and abuse of abortion and abortifacients.

While President Johnson is credited with the passage of the 50 year old legislation celebrated today, it was Conservative Congressman Bill McCullough who accomplished the feat of uniting political parties to pass the bill.

I mention this historical note during the height of the turning tide that the Hobby Lobby victory represents. On the non-profit front, we at PFL are awaiting a decision in our complaint against the unjust HHS mandate.

Below, please read excerpts from the interesting commentary from my friend Nina May, film producer and founder of Renaissance Women.

(Warning: Entering intelligent rant zone!)

Hillary & the Dems Need stupid Women to Win Elections By Nina May . . . a woman who can read and think for herself

…The “smartest woman in the world”, Hillary Clinton, says “It is very troubling that a sales clerk who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get [it] through her employer’s health care plan because her employer does not think she should be using contraception.” She was referring to the recent Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby. And all the other women in the audience, who were clueless about the substance of the ruling, clapped enthusiastically as she lied through her teeth.

…She mentions the expense of birth control . . . while neglecting to mention that 16 of these contraceptions would still be available to these women on the existing plan. But, just for arguments sake, you can get a month supply of birth control for $9. That is less than the increase in gas prices over the past few months. Why isn’t she screaming about that and demanding that Obama do something to save these women on fixed incomes from having to pay more for their gas? But, if birth control is a right, why isn’t she demanding that they get their gas free as a right?

What if a privately held company opposed the practice of genital mutilation and said the government could not force them to pay for it for their employees…

Why can’t pro-life people… owners and employers of a company, express… outrage at the killing of an unborn baby?

Since 50 percent of babies aborted are women, not only are their genitals mutilated, the entire body is.

Isn’t that an appropriate cause for outrage rather than the vilification that is being injected by Clinton, Ginsberg and other clueless women who worship at the alter of abortion?

Every time the issue of life . . . or abortion . . . is raised it is as though a button is pushed in the cosmos and liberal women just go nuts. It is the most sacred aspect of their political and philosophical belief system and to touch it is considered a blasphemy. What is it with them and killing unborn babies that is so precious? It defies logic…

These selfish women …drag their …children to pro-abortion rallies …telling their children that they regret that they did not make that choice when they had the chance. Do they really think kids don’t get the hypocrisy? “Oh, I love you now, but there was a point in your tiny life when I considered you less than human and potentially disposable, and I want every woman in the world to have the right to feel that same thing.”

There is a correlation between the increased rate of suicide, drug use, violence and murder and “mothers” who have implanted in their offspring the idea that at one point in their lives they were expendable and disposable…

…It is a head scratcher, that in this day and age, with all the technology available, with tiny preemie babies as young as five months being saved by every possible means, that you people still think it is ok to deliver a full term baby in a breach position . . . which is life threatening to the mom . . . poke it in the base of the skull with scissors and suck its brains out…

I love the feminist who’s argument for abortion is . . . if you are against abortion don’t have one. Ok, that’s fair, then if you don’t like guns, don’t buy one. Let’s make a deal . . . we’ll ban guns if you ban abortion. Crickets…

…Now is the time to unseat the red queen and find a truly intelligent woman who is worthy to lead.

…Yes Hillary . . . it does make a lot of difference, and we do care… Not all women are as stupid as you think.

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Fr. Frank Pavone on Hobby Lobby Decision – “Today’s decision means the fight for religious liberty is not over.”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Date: June 26, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a plaintiff in Priests for Life’s lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell.

“The Obama administration has repeatedly shown itself to be on the wrong side of religious freedom, on the wrong side of the Constitution, and on the wrong side of America. Today’s decision demonstrates that once again. Citizens, who have religious freedom individually, do not lose it when they act collectively. Today’s decision takes our nation in the right direction.

“But the Supreme Court, while correctly deciding that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects the religious freedom of the Green family and others who own their own businesses, does not resolve the problem that religious groups have with the so-called ‘accommodation.’ In the government’s view, that accommodation should satisfy our objections. But the ‘accommodation’ still requires a kind of cooperation that our faith does not allow. The Hobby Lobby decision only emphasizes the urgency and importance of pursuing Priests for Life’s own appeal against the HHS mandate.

“Mr. David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby has stated, ‘As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

The text of today’s decision carries the following statement in the syllabus, which expresses exactly what we have been saying all along: “It is not for the Court to say that the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs are mistaken or unreasonable.”

“Religious freedom rights are human rights and the only way one can lose them is to cease being human. Priests for Life will continue to fight the Obama administration’s oppressive and unjust attempt to suppress religious liberty.”

Dr. Alveda King, full time Director of African American outreach for Priests for Life, plaintiff in Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate, and author of the new family book King Rules said of today’s decision –

“No one should have to deny God to obey a bureaucratic mandate – not in America. The Court has recognized that we are all free to worship God as we see fit and that we don’t lose that freedom when we build a business. This should apply fully to non-profits as well. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is not above the Lord.”

Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life, commented on the Hobby Lobby decision as well with the following statement:

“Today we celebrate freedom; we celebrate this ruling handed down by the Supreme Court in favor of religious freedom. SCOTUS has given us hope today as they upheld the rights of Americans to be free from the tyranny and oppression of our government when it comes to our faith.

“The Obama administration tried to force Hobby Lobby’s owners to violate their consciences and faith with the HHS mandate, an intrinsic evil that would force Americans to pay for abortion causing drugs. We at Stand True and Priests for Life celebrate the Court’s affirmation of Hobby Lobby’s religious rights and patiently await a ruling in our case.”

For more commentary, details of our case, and information on religious freedom, go to www.IStandWithPFL.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Another Cry for Gun Control Overlooks the Greater Problem of Our Society’s Culture of Death Attitude

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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With the news of yet another mass murder, this time from a celebrity shooter, comes more cries from those seeking gun control.

The shooter Elliot Rodgers is yet another example of the symptoms that plague our world. The son of an Assistant Director of the award winning sans gratuitously violent film HUNGER GAMES went on a violent stabbing/shooting spree in what was an apparent cry for help gone wrong.

Once again “The Elephant in the Room” is hiding in plain sight while the obvious is being overlooked. Yes we lament the death of Rodgers’ victims while at the same time we make no accepted outcry over the deaths of the thousands of innocent people being killed right here in America every day. Millions of babies have died by abortion. Hundreds of mothers are subsequently injured by abortion; some die. And a significant amount of lament is sorely lacking.

Yet in the case of Rodgers, a puzzled mainstream media is asking: “Could it be that the media hype is due to the Hollywood link? Rich white men? Mental illness?”

Seriously? Is anyone connecting the dots here? These above are possible symptoms; not causes of outbreaks senseless violence.

People are creating mayhem on victims they do not know. In the streets, in the schools, in the dorm rooms, in the form of human trafficking, in the hospitals and in the wombs of women.

Not just with guns and knives, but with scalpels and forceps and drugs and devices. Added to the growing list of victims of senseless violence are young babies in the womb, their tortured mothers, the sick and the elderly.

Yes, Rodger used guns, but he also stabbed people. So will we again push for gun control? What about knife control? And what if he had choked his victims. Will we advocate for strangulation control?

The problem is not the weapons Rodger used; the problem is the attitude towards the lack of demanding the right to dignity of life in our society.

Instead this seems to be the prevailing mindset of today: Is someone standing in your way? Kill that person. Someone has what you want? Do whatever you have to get it from that human being; even if it means murder. Another person is interfering with your life’s plans? Abort your baby. Someone sick or old? Euthanize.

We see from this mindset that for many, life has become disposable in our society. As Mother Teresa once said, “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”

Peace in America has been destroyed in the name of “choice;” a “choice” that has left millions of children dead and many women, mothers dead or wounded. As a result of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision which brought legal abortion and the 1963 action removing prayer from our schools, we are reaping a harvest of lawless violence. Yet people are still asking “why?”

Last week, May 28 marked the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. While many pro-aborts planned to take to Twitter to promote abortions as healthcare, pro-life activists hijacked the hashtags #WomensHealth and #May28 to tweet the truth about abortion. As most would agree, abortion is NOT healthcare. Abortion is mind numbing death care. So are the harmful carcinogenic cancer/stroke/heart attack causing carcinogenic so called birth control products; not health care but fertility blocking death care.

Pro-life activists have been accused of raging a war on women. Nothing can be further from the truth. We want to protect them both, the mother and the baby.

Yet our protection is being censored while our children’s lives, minds and souls are under attack.

Before Rodger’s shooting rampage he posted a video on YouTube in which he sat in the driver’s seat of a car and revealed his plans to “slaughter the hottest sorority girls at UCSB.” In a blog post, Rodger wrote: “Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience. As I’ve said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends.”

He hated women. He had been hurt by their refusals and he wanted to pay them back. It was all about him; his feelings; his “horrible experience;” His personal “hell.” He raged a war on women in the Isla Vista community. And his rampage also resulted in other casualties.

Is what Rodgers did really so different from the war on women and their baby boys and girls that is being waged by abortionists and the abortion industry? Although they say they don’t hate women, they too hurt women and children for their own gain. For them it may not a vengeful shooting or stabbing act but the result is the same; a mass war on women and babies that leaves casualties none the less.

2012 was a record year for this type of violence; abortions and mass murders. Blaming guns, white men, white privilege, Hollywood, mental illness, poverty, and only God knows what else.

Yet the mass murders such as Rodgers’ spree, school bombings, etc. have been occurring at an accelerated rate that parallels the removal of prayer from schools and the a scenario of the abortion history.

Mass murders increased when prayer was taken out of school and abortion was legalized. A godless nation is becoming a soulless nation.

When pro-life activists who care about children and their parents are said to be waging a war on women; when dismembering an unborn child while it is still in his/her mother’s womb is called healthcare; when the elderly and sick are being euthanized in growing numbers; then I ask you, “what is left but for you to kill me and me to kill you?”

Let us pray for repentance and revival. All is not lost. May God raise up a fearless “Generation Z,” a new beginning with warriors of old uniting with millennial champions of justice so that the killings will subside and our land can be healed.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Stands with Priests for Life #IStandWithPFL

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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Date: May 4, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — He is a staunch critic of the Affordable Health Care Act, he supported Hobby Lobby in its legal challenge against the HHS mandate and now Sen. Ted Cruz is standing with Priests for Life.

The senator from Texas will speak out against the mandate on Thursday, May 8, at a Rally for Religious Freedom organized by Priests for Life.

The rally will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 333 Constitution Ave. NW. Oral arguments in the Priests for Life challenge to the mandate will be heard that day in court.

In an interview with the Christian Post on the day the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood Specialties case was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Cruz said: The question in this case is whether the American government can force Americans to violate the dictates of their faith. Under the Constitution, under the First Amendment, under centuries of our tradition the answer is ‘no.’”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said the Constitution clearly allows a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry like Priests for Life to exercise its right to religious freedom.

“Our case is the Hobby Lobby of the non-profits, and we are confident we will prevail, if not in this court, then the next,” Father Pavone said. “The support of an influential lawmaker like Sen. Cruz underscores the faith we have in the American way.”

A lineup of political and pro-life power hitters will speak at the rally on Thursday, including Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee; Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas; Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona; Josh Duggar of FRC Action; Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee; Lila Rose, President of Live Action; Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life; Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Tim Goeglein, vice president for external relations for Focus on the Family; Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union; Jimmy Nolan, President of Crossroads; Paul Rondeau, Executive Director of American Life League; Sam Casey, Managing Director and General Counsel of the Law of Life Project; Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation; Tina Whittington, Assistant Director, Students for Life of America; Rev. Rob Schenk, President of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital; Rev. Patrick Mahoney, President of Christian Defense Coalition, and Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council.

Father Pavone also will address the gathering, along with several Priests for Life pastoral team members, including: Dr. Alveda King, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit; Youth Director Bryan Kemper; Hispanic Outreach Director Father Victor Salomon. Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, counsel for Priests for Life, also will make remarks during the rally.

For the most up-to-date information on the rally and the speakers who will attend, go to www.IStandWithPFL.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Joshua Duggar Stands with Priests for Life

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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Date: May 4, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joshua Duggar, Executive Director of FRC Action, is standing with Priests for Life in its challenge against the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate and will speak at a rally for religious freedom on May 8 in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Duggar, who is well-known as the oldest of the “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV show, said “Americans understand it’s not right for the government to come in and force people to violate their religious belief. They’re telling people what they have to think, basically.”

Mr. Duggar said push-back against the mandate is crucial because the government might continue to overreach, if not challenged.

“The government continues to interpret laws in ways that give them more control and more power,” he said. “There’s a very clear pattern of targeting conservative groups, people who stand for family values and protecting the unborn, the most vulnerable among us. It’s very clear what their goals are: Their agenda, their will, their way.”

Oral arguments will be heard May 8 in Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the mandate. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be in court for the arguments and also will address the rally planned for 9 to 11 a.m. that day at 333 Constitution Ave. NW.

Also planning to address the crowd is Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the suit, along with Father Pavone and Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life.

Lawmakers and national pro-life leaders who support the Priests for Life cause also will address the crowd during the rally.

“We are so grateful for the support of Josh Duggar and the others who are standing with Priests for Life,” Father Pavone said. “We cannot allow the government to tell us what we can believe and how we should act on those beliefs. We will not sit by and watch our Constitution dismantled.”

A lineup of political and pro-life power hitters will speak at the rally on Thursday, including Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee; Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas; Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona; Gary Bauer of American Values; Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee; Lila Rose, President of Live Action; Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life; Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Tim Goeglein, vice president for external relations for Focus on the Family; Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union; Jimmy Nolan, President of Crossroads; Paul Rondeau, Executive Director of American Life League; Sam Casey, Managing Director and General Counsel of the Law of Life Project; Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation; Tina Whittington, Assistant Director, Students for Life of America; Rev. Rob Schenk, President of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital; Rev. Patrick Mahoney, President of Christian Defense Coalition, and Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council.

Father Pavone also will address the gathering, along with several Priests for Life pastoral team members, including: Dr. Alveda King, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit; Youth Director Bryan Kemper; Hispanic Outreach Director Father Victor Salomon. Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, counsel for Priests for Life, also will make remarks during the rally.

For up-to-date information on the rally and the lawsuit, go to IStandWithPFL.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Hobby Lobby Stands With Priests for Life! #IStandWithPFL

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Date: April 29, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Following a phone call today with Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green expressed his solidarity with Priests for Life and the other religious, non-profit groups who, like Hobby Lobby, are challenging the HHS Mandate. Mr. Green released the following statement:

“The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

Father Pavone commented, “I was proud to pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 as Mr. Green and his family were inside. We are grateful to Mr. Green and his family for their support of us, as both of our organizations continue to fight for the freedom of religion guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. As Americans, we have to stand together to protect our freedoms.”

Priests for Life is the lead party in a lawsuit against the HHS mandate that will have oral arguments on May 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A rally in front of the courthouse is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. that day. Members of Congress, numerous national pro-life leaders and the Priests for Life pastoral team, including Father Frank Pavone, Dr. Alveda King, Father Victor Salomon and Bryan Kemper, will speak at the rally.

Fr. Frank has also announced a prayer novena that will begin April 30 and conclude on May 8. He urges all parishes and families to participate. See the prayers at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on the rally and the lawsuit, visit www.IStandwithPFL.com On social media, use hashtag #IStandWithPFL.

For a video version of this release, go to http://youtu.be/zoz_FdTapS4

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Kansas Congressman and President of National Right to Life to speak at #IStandWithPFL Rally

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Date: April 23, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas will join the #IStandWithPFL movement at a rally in Washington, D.C. on May 8. Fr. Frank also announced that the President of the National Right to Life Committee, Carol Tobias, has confirmed her attendance as well.

Supporters of religious freedom will gather in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals at 333 Constitution Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. that day to show support for Priests for Life – and other religious non-profit organizations — in their legal challenge against the unjust contraception mandate. Oral arguments in the case will be heard that morning.

Robert Muise, Chief Counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, also stated, “This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.”

A similar lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington. D.C., on behalf of Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College, among other entities, has been consolidated with the Priests for Life suit. Priests for Life is the lead party.

Along with the congressman and Ms. Tobias, other confirmed speakers include Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life; Lila Rose, Live Action; Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family; Paul Rondeau , American Life League; Sam Casey, Law of Life Project; Sarah Torre, Heritage Foundation; Tina Wittington, Students for Life of America; Jimmy Nolan, Crossroads; and Rev. Rob Schenk, Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capitol.

Father Pavone and Mr. Muise will also speak at the Rally, along with Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the suit; Bryan Kemper, director of Youth Outreach, and Father Victor Salomon, director of Hispanic Outreach.

Father Pavone said the support of Congressman Huelskamp is critical. “We have been asking people to stand with Priests for Life as they are standing with Hobby Lobby as the fight against this government overreach continues,” Father Pavone said. “The support of Congressman Huelskamp is very important because it demonstrates that elected officials see the threat to religious liberty that this mandate poses. We are very happy to have Congressman Huelskamp standing with Priests for Life.”

Congressman Huelskamp, a Republican, was elected in November 2010. His commitment to the life issue was evident as early as his post-graduate years at American University, where he met his wife, Angela, and worked with her to assist women facing unexpected pregnancies. The couple are now the proud parents of four adopted children.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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#IStandWithPFL Rally Planned for May 8

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Date: April 2, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WHAT: Rally for Religious Freedom
WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals, 333 Constitution Ave., Washington DC
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, MAY 8, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has organized a rally for religious freedom from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 at the Federal Courthouse at 333 Constitution Ave, Washington, D.C.

On that day, oral arguments will be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Priests for Life vs. Department of Health and Human Services, the case of Priests for Life against the HHS mandate. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., are two of the named plaintiffs in the suit. They will speak at the rally and attend the oral arguments. Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the international Silent No More Awareness Campaign is also a plaintiff.

Joined with the Priests for Life case is also the suit brought against the HHS mandate by the Archdiocese of Washington. The Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College are among the plaintiffs in that case as well.

The rally and a related social media campaign, #IStandWithPFL, is meant to call attention to the fact that the concerns of the religious not-for-profits have not been addressed by the Obama administration’s so-called “accommodation” to faith-based employers.

The oral arguments on May 8 are the first such arguments on the appellate level, on the merits of the case, for the religious non-profit groups challenging the mandate. The recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood address the rights of businesses in regard to the mandate. A victory in that case would not necessarily resolve the issues being argued on May 8 on behalf of the religious non-profit groups.

Along with Fr. Pavone and Dr. King, other national pro-life and religious liberty leaders also will speak at the rally, as will Robert Muise, Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in the lawsuit.

For information or to set up interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277. The web page www.IStandWithPFL.com has the most current information about the lawsuit.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Supreme Court Declines Further Review of HHS Challenges: Priests for Life Lawsuit in D.C. Circuit Continues

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Date: March 31, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, DC – As reported today by Reuters, the Supreme Court has decided not to give an early review to the cases brought by Priests for Life and other Catholic groups (including the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic University of America, and Thomas Aquinas College) against the HHS mandate.

The groups, whose cases are currently in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, made use of a special provision that allows an appeal to the Supreme Court, even while the case is in a lower court, provided the “case is of such imperative public importance as to justify deviation from normal appellate practice and to require immediate determination in this Court” (Sup. Ct. R. 11).

The Supreme Court’s decision not to grant early review simply means that the cases will proceed, without prejudice, in the lower federal court. Either the plaintiffs or the defendants may later seek a Supreme Court review, after the outcome.

The oral arguments will take place on May 8, and that this will likely be the first oral argument before a federal appellate court on the merits of the case that the religious non-profits are bringing against the HHS mandate. Robert Muise, Co-Founder and Chief Counsel at the American Freedom Law Center, and General Counsel for Priests for Life, stated, “This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “We are working with our attorneys to present the strongest possible case to the Court of Appeals, and at the same time are urging the public to stand with us, just as they are standing with Hobby Lobby. We will certainly appeal to the Supreme Court if the lower court does not rule in our favor. Moreover, no matter what any court says at any time, we will disobey this mandate. It is unjust, immoral, and intolerable.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life Case Could Follow Hobby Lobby in Supreme Court: #StandWithPFL Hashtag Launched

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Date: March 31, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood Specialties case regarding whether for-profit businesses have religious rights to be protected from the HHS mandate. The court is expected to render its decision in June.

Three days later, the Supreme Court considered whether or not to likewise hear a case – Priests for Life vs. Sebelius — concerning how much protection the non-profit religious entities should have from the same mandate.

Many Americans have been led to believe that religious groups like Priests for Life are automatically exempt. That is not the case,” explained Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Churches are exempt, but other non-profit organizations like Priests for Life are still being told to violate our consciences. The government says we just have to sign a form that expresses our objection to the mandate, and then they will arrange for our employees to be covered for the objectionable practices. But that still makes us the gateway to the coverage, and we want no part of that.”

Priests for Life’s lawsuit, filed in February 2012, was one of the first lawsuits to challenge the mandate, and is currently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. At the same time, an appeal to the Supreme Court has been made, utilizing “Rule 11,” which allows a matter of particular importance to be brought to the Supreme Court even while a lower court is hearing it.

The attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center pointed out that not only does Priests for Life object to the mandate, but the very purpose of the organization is to oppose the kinds of practices the mandate requires groups to cover. Therefore, the ministry is uniquely qualified for a separate review by the Supreme Court; as the petition states, “This challenge goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s reason for existing as an organization.”

Father Pavone said he expects to find out this week if the Supreme Court will review Priests for Life’s case. Regardless of that decision, the case in the appeals court continues. Lawyers for the Obama administration filed another brief on Friday, March 28 and Priests for Life attorneys will respond on April 11. Oral arguments are scheduled for May 8.

Robert Muise, Chief Counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, also stated, “This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.”

To keep up with the Priests for Life lawsuit and the petition to the Supreme Court, go to www.StandwithPFL.com Priests for Life also has launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #StandWithPFL.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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