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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Telephone Press Conference Monday After Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 24, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#

Priests for Life submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one in Texas is necessary.

Any questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

You can read a series of op-eds published by Fr. Frank about this case here.

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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Fr. Pavone Blasts HHS Decision to Allow California to Break Federal Law

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Date: June 23, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the federal Department of Health and Human Services decision to overlook federal law and force health insurers in California to cover abortion.

“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”

The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.

“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”

Fr. Pavone continued, “Moreover, all of this again points to the critical importance of religious liberty as an issue in the November elections. We need a president who supports religious liberty and appoints judges who do the same. I urge everyone to keep this in mind as they vote in November.”

“I stand with Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other pro-life lawmakers in Congress who strongly oppose HHS in this matter,” Father Pavone said.

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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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Press Conference Following Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 16, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule as early as today on a Texas abortion case that could have far-reaching implications for facilities across the country, Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media shortly after the ruling is announced.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

Priests for Life also submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one Texas is defending are necessary.

As soon as the ruling is announced, Priests for Life will send an email with precise instructions for dialing into the conference, and a list of the participants.

All questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, as 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

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 calls for prayer for victory in Texas abortion case

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Date: June 9, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Sometime within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion on the most important abortion-related case in decades. To pave the way for victory in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is calling on churches, pro-life groups, families and individuals to pray a special prayer he wrote about the case and its importance to mothers and unborn children across the country.

The prayer asks God for His protection for unborn children and their parents and wisdom for the Supreme Court justices who are weighing their decision, and looks forward to the day “when all children and their families enjoy the full protection of the law.”

To find the prayer, as well as documents related to the case, go to www.SupremeCourtVictory.com

“Prayer is at the core of the pro-life effort, and this case is no exception. This case, moreover, has the potential of protecting countless women and children from abortionists who are so unqualified as not to be able to get hospital admitting privileges, and from clinics whose standards cannot measure up to those of ambulatory surgical facilities,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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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Fr. Frank Pavone Praises Oklahoma’s New Measure to Promote an Abortion-Free Society

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 7, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law legislation that will provide pregnant women, students, and the general public with information “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.”

“States promote life by discouraging smoking, illicit drug use, and drunk driving,” said Fr. Pavone. “Promoting an abortion-free society is entirely consistent with this ethic. Oklahoma’s Governor and legislature have performed a great public service by establishing these new life-affirming public information sources.”

The law, known as the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, authorizes the state health department to make available online scientifically verifiable information on the unborn child’s development, described at two-week intervals. The government website will also list public and private agencies and services available to help pregnant mothers and those with newborns.

In addition, the measure establishes a student curriculum to be made available to local school districts on a voluntary basis that’s “consistent with the provisions of the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act.” Public service announcements that “consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being” will also be produced.

“Oklahoma – and all states – have a compelling interest in promoting public health,” added Fr. Pavone. “I can think of no greater way to do that than to create an abortion-free society. I strongly urge the legislature to appropriate the funds necessary to put these programs into action.”

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 Proposes Next Step in HHS Mandate Case

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Date: May 27, 2016

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NEW YORK – Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. have filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit proposing a next step in their ongoing lawsuits challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate.

The letter by the appellants refers to the consolidated cases before the D.C. Circuit, Priests for Life v. HHS and Archbishop of Washington v. Burwell. (These two cases were consolidated by the D.C. Circuit and heard in 2014; the Court ruled against Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese in December 2014, after which the case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which consolidated these two cases with five others, comprising the case Zubik vs. Burwell. The Supreme Court recently sent the cases back to the four appellate courts from which they came. Hence, now, Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington are together again in the D.C. court.)

The letter proposes that the appellants submit to the Court of Appeals in 30 days a status report on any progress made with the government in resolving the matter. The filing is the appellants’ first court submission since the Supreme Court action less than two weeks ago.

“The Supreme Court noted in its Zubik v. Burwell decision that the administration has confirmed that it could draft a regulation that meets our religious liberty concerns,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We are hopeful that the government will adhere to that confirmation and end this case quickly.”

Under the Supreme Court’s Zubik ruling, all seven lawsuits that were before the highest court were remanded to their respective appeals courts on May 16. In a move widely interpreted as favorable to Priests for Life and the other religious non-profit groups, the Court noted that the government has stated in a legal brief that its HHS mandate accommodation can be modified to protect the religious concerns of those organizations.

“This particular case to protect religious liberty has gone on for over four years,” added Fr. Pavone. “With the Supreme Court’s recent action that proposes a feasible solution, there’s no reason for the Obama administration to delay. It’s time for a resolution.”

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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Fr. Pavone Urges South Carolina Governor to Sign Bill Protecting Late-Term Babies

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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Date: May 18, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today complimented South Carolina lawmakers and urged South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to sign a bill passed this week that would protect babies from abortion after 19 weeks.

“Governor Haley has indicated she will sign this bill and I applaud her commitment to ending brutal and medically unnecessary late-term abortions,” Father Pavone said. “South Carolina joins a growing list of states that recognize that babies in the womb feel pain and are deserving of our protection. The South Carolina House and Senate, and particularly Rep. Wendy Nanney, should be proud that some of the most vulnerable citizens in the state have been given back their right to life.”

“Priests for Life has been working for decades to advocate for precisely this type of legislation,” Father Pavone continued, “and we will continue working with legislators around the country to replicate this accomplishment of South Carolina in multiple other states.”

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 vs. HHS to Return to Judge Merrick Garland

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Date: May 17, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, a petitioner in the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the cases that has been challenging the HHS mandate in the U.S. Supreme Court, commented today on the fact that, thanks to yesterday’s action by the high court, the Priests for Life case now returns to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Chief Judge of that Circuit Court is Merrick Garland, President Obama’s choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Priests for Life (and the Archdiocese of Washington, whose case the court consolidated with that of Priests for Life) in November 2014, nearly three years after Priests for Life became the fourth group in the nation to challenge the HHS mandate.

Priests for Life asked for a rehearing in the Court of Appeals by the entire body of judges, but that request was denied in May 2015. The appeal was then made to the Supreme Court, which granted cert last November.

“Judge Garland did not side with us on this case; now, however, that we are back in his court, we come with even stronger arguments,” Fr. Pavone said, referring to the additional briefings that the Supreme Court requested of the petitioners and the government. The briefings show that both sides agree there is a way forward by which the government can pursue its objectives of contraceptive coverage and that the petitioners can be free of any involvement in the process.

“It’s not that the arguments necessarily sway the judges,” Fr. Pavone added. “It’s that the strength of our arguments reveals the extremism of the government and of the judges who side with them. The progress of the Priests for Life vs. HHS case in Judge Garland’s court will again shed light on the kind of people that a Democratic President will nominate for the Supreme Court and other federal courts, and will vividly remind the voters what is at stake in this election.”

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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Evangelist Alveda King: The Babies’ Blood is Crying Out as Courts Scramble to Wash Hands in Reversal Move

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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“Today’s action is another step forward in the cause of freedom, because the Court did not rule against The Little Sisters of the Poor. From the perspective one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing HHS battle, it’s clear that we are not out of the woods yet, because there may still be resistance from the government. This scenario reminds me of Pilate washing his hands during the trial of Christ,” said Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life.

“However, we pray and believe that the government can pursue its objectives without forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith,” continued King. “The case of Priests for Life vs. HHS is about freedom, and we are confident of final victory.“

Priests for Life Issues Further Comments in HHS Supreme Court Case

Priests for Life, the first group of the 37 Supreme Court petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court, has responded to today’s action by the Court in this consolidated case.

Robert Muise, of the American Freedom Law Center, which has represented Priests for Life in this case from the beginning, explained, “The Court’s action today continues to protect us from this unjust mandate, and from any punishment for not obeying it. It gives us a chance now to work out in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, whose ruling against us is now vacated, a solution that will continue to protect our religious freedom. As we have always said, because the very mission of Priests for Life is to advance a culture free from any kind of abortion, this organization continues to be a perfectly situated petitioner to object to the mandate.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, added, “We are encouraged by today’s development. The Supreme Court could have ruled against us, but evidently the Obama Administration did not succeed in persuading them to do so. A split Court could also have let the lower court’s negative ruling stand, but again, they did not see fit to do that. Instead, the Supreme Court, upon receiving further briefings, vacated the lower court rulings, and offered the parties an opportunity to work out a mutually acceptable solution in the lower courts, that will both allow the government to pursue its objectives and allow us to practice our faith. We are committed to continuing that process in the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, stated, “In April, we told the Supreme Court that if the government and the insurance companies are going to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives, they have to do it without any involvement from us, and without hijacking the insurance plan we offer our employees. Moreover, the government also told the Court that modifications to the accommodation would be possible. So now, we look forward to the next step of this process, which we hope will find a more reasonable response by the government than we have seen up to now.”

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Fr. Pavone: New Laws in Alabama Will Protect All of the State’s Children, Born and Unborn

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Date: May 12, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement regarding a new law in Alabama that prohibits abortion facilities from operating within 2,000 feet of elementary and middle schools and another that bans dismemberment abortion.

“By signing these bills, Gov. Robert Bentley is protecting not only the unborn, but also the children of his state. No child should be killed at any stage but the brutality of the dismemberment procedure makes it particularly obvious that it should be banned.” Father Pavone said. “Also, none of our communities should have abortion mills in their midst but it is especially macabre to have a killing center next to a school, so this is another important law.”

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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