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Priests for Life files opening brief with Supreme Court in HHS mandate challenge

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

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Date: January 6, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Priests for Life, along with other non-profit religious organizations challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate, has filed its opening brief with the Supreme Court. The filing sets the stage for oral arguments that will be held this spring in one of the most closely watched cases of the year.

“Priests for Life has been fighting the Obama administration’s attempted suppression of religious beliefs for four years,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and an individual plaintiff in the case. “We are excited the Supreme Court accepted our case. This brief marks an important step in determining, hopefully once and for all, that the government may not target charitable religious groups with heavy handed, politically motivated attacks.”

Priests for Life filed one of the first lawsuits against the Obama administration’s mandate that would require religious organizations to take part in practices that flagrantly violate their own teaching. The case, which has been consolidated with six others from across the country, is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court by the end of its term this June.

“Our brief makes clear that the Obama administration has no valid reason to require religious non-profit groups to comply with this regulation when it has already granted exemptions that allow tens of millions of other Americans to avoid it,” added Fr. Pavone. “Frankly, the President and his bureaucrats have far easier ways of achieving their stated goals than singling out Christians for coercion. As I’ve said before and will continue to declare, Priests for Life will not be complicit in evil, no matter who is mandating it.”

Priests for Life is leading a prayer campaign for victory in the Supreme Court and asks all believers to join this effort. Go to www.prayercampaign.org to find the prayer.

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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Medical Groups Stand with Priests for Life in Supreme Court Case against Obama’s HHS Mandate

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

PriestsForLife

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Date: November 18, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning in advance of the press conference at 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in which he, Janet Morana, Dr. Alveda King (all of Priests for Life) and David Yerushalmi (American Freedom Law Center, representing Priests for Life) will address their challenge to the HHS mandate in the case recently accepted by the Supreme Court:

“As we hold our press conference this morning, I want to point out that seven national organizations comprised of physicians, bioethicists, and other health-care professionals, have filed a friend of the court brief that was accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court when it granted cert to our case a week and a half ago. The organizations are as follows:

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIOETHICS CENTER
ALABAMA PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRO LIFE NURSES
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC NURSES

“The brief these organizations have filed provides the medical evidence that some of the ‘services’ that we object to covering in our insurance plan do in fact act in such a way as to end a new human life after it has begun. Moreover, as health-care professionals who regularly have to defend their own rights of conscience, these organizations stand with us to oppose any government coercion we face to violate our own conscience.

“We thank these groups for standing with us, and look forward to victory in this case.”

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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Statement by Alveda C. King Regarding the Priests for Life HHS Mandate Lawsuit Currently Before the United States Supreme Court

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Date: November 18, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Washington, DC – As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a post abortive mother who has experienced the pain and harm of contraceptive agents such as shots, pills and devices, I join several women employees of Priests for Life in standing against any implied or otherwise open participation with any aspect of the HHS Mandate. I stand with Priests for Life which includes Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life; Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life; and myself.

The HHS Mandate infringes upon my rights as a woman, my religious freedom, my civil rights, and my health and well being.

Understanding that the U. S. Supreme Court speaks and rules from a position of common law — human law, and operating under a measure of authority to govern, in America theirs is the highest rule of law that humans can make. Yet the rule of the USSC is not the final word.

In the end, natural law, God’s law will always trump common law. Do not fear or be confused or deceived. Remain prayerful. Keep looking up. God will have the final word in this matter.

Therefore, I must encourage listeners in this manner: “Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”(Galatians 6:7 NLT)

“Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

As to the decisions before us regarding the HHS Mandate, in contrast to God’s law, the civil laws and common laws of nations are not written on anyone’s conscience or mind.

They are not written in the physical creation. Nor are they appended to the Bible. The civil laws of nations are only written in their own law books.

Consequently, the validity and force of such laws are based solely on national authority. There is no other supporting evidence or “witness” to testify for the validity of specific civil laws.

Consequently, in order for the civil laws of any nation to be authoritative, they must at least be supported by the testimony of another source and that they are consistent with God’s delegation of authority to civil governments.

This is more thoroughly explained in Romans 13:

“Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And wouldest thou have no fear of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same:

Wherefore ye must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.

Render to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfilment of the law.”

Romans 13:1-3, 5, 7-10 ASV

In order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God. We know the law of God by looking to its expressions. If the laws of a nation conflict with one of the expressions of the law of God, then something is amiss. Or, perhaps we do not understand one or the other clearly.

Unfortunately, for women, the HHS Mandate does not conform to this formula which is why I stand with Priests for Life in the complaint against the HHS Mandate.

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Press Conference to Draw Line in the Sand

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

PriestsForLife

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DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others to Explain Supreme Court Challenge to HHS Mandate

Washington, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“Tomorrow morning at 11am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, I will hold a press conference together with others on our Priests for Life team to explain what is at issue in our challenge to the HHS Mandate. The US Supreme Court has accepted the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, along with six other similar cases.

“Along with Priests for Life as an organization, our case names as individual plaintiffs Dr. Alveda King (our Director of African-American Outreach), Janet Morana (our Executive Director) and me. We will all be there, along with our attorney David Yerushalmi, who, with Robert Muise, represent us in this case through the American Freedom Law Center.

“At the press conference, we will explain in clear terms what is at issue in this case. We want the public to understand why we refuse to sign a simple form which, after all, says that we want to opt-out of providing insurance coverage for morally objectionable services.

“And we will also draw a line in the sand. We have said already that we will not obey the mandate, even if the Court upholds it. At this press conference, we will issue a rallying cry for others to join with us, and will remind the public of how essential this case is to the religious freedom of all Americans.”

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Priests for Life to Host Press Conference on SCOTUS Case Nov. 18 in D.C.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Date: November 10, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Priests for Life will host a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Bloomberg Room of the National Press Club to discuss the organization’s case against the HHS mandate, one of seven that will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its current term.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director; Janet Morana, Executive Director, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, will speak about the case, Priests for Life vs. Dept. of HHS, in which they are named plaintiffs. David Yerushalmi of the America Freedom Law Center, the firm representing Priests for Life, will also attend to comment on the legal issues involved.

“This case has enormous ramifications not only for the organizations in the consolidated case, but also for every faith-based ministry that has been targeted by this unjust mandate,” Father Pavone said. “Many of our friends and colleagues have their own cases against this mandate, and these cases are still in the lower courts. Among these are EWTN. The Supreme Court’s eventual decision will either affirm or cast aside the freedom of religion guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by federal law. Every American has a stake in this case.”

The press conference will summarize in laymen’s terms the objections that the religious groups have against the mandate. The press conference will also present the actions that Priests for Life is mobilizing Churches to take, including a nationwide prayer campaign, and other steps.

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information about the case, go to www.IStandWithPFL.com To arrange interviews or for questions about the press conference, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@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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Supreme Court Grants Review in Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate, along with Six Other Cases

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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November 6, 2015

Fr. Frank Pavone , National Director of Priests for Life, announced this afternoon that the US Supreme Court has accepted the Priests for Life case against HHS mandate.

Six other cases were also granted review by the Court, and they are listed below.

“This is a great day in our battle for religious freedom against the culture of death, which wants us to participate in the spread of abortion. We will not do so, and we look forward to making our case at the Supreme Court,” Fr. Pavone said.

“This is great news that the Court has granted cert in our case against the HHS mandate,” said Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life. “Along with the other cases that have been consolidated along with ours, it is particularly appropriate that Priests for Life has been fighting this mandate, since the very purpose of the organization is to oppose the very activities that the mandate supports, particularly abortion.”

In the Priests for Life case, plaintiffs included, along with the organization, the following people in their individual capacity: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The cases accepted against the HHS mandate today are as follows:

CERTIORARI GRANTED
14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS
15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

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Supreme Court Close to Decision on Whether to Review HHS Mandate Challenge

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

PriestsForLife

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Date: October 29, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement regarding Priests for Life’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate, which would force coverage of abortion:

“Priests for Life and six other petitions are now at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the HHS mandate. We may know by early next week which of these cases the High Court will accept for the current term. The Solicitor General has said the consolidated case of Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington presents the ideal vehicle for the justices to decide the many issues involved for faith-based ministries that object to providing abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.”

“Naturally we hope our case will be selected, but any case that is heard and decided in favor of religious liberty will be a victory for all the plaintiffs and for the nation. The alternative is a situation in which the government decides which religious beliefs matter and which do not. At Priests for Life, we will never accept such a thing, and we will never obey this mandate, no matter what happens in the Supreme Court.”

Priests for Life is represented by the American Freedom Law Center, a Michigan-based firm whose founders, Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, specialize in defending religious liberty, freedom of speech and the sanctity of human life.

For information and updates on our case, visit 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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Circuit Split on HHS Mandate Good News for Priests for Life

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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Date: September 18, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the mixed rulings from the federal courts on Obamacare’s HHS mandate and the unconstitutional burden the mandate places on religious non-profits.

“Given that there is now a circuit split regarding whether the HHS mandate accommodation for non-profit groups violates their religious freedom, it is more likely that the Supreme Court will have to decide that point. In our own case for Priests for Life, we have already petitioned the Supreme Court to hear our appeal.

“But no matter what happens – whether or not the Supreme Court decides to hear the case and whether or not it ultimately rules against us, Priests for Life will not obey this mandate.”

Priests for Life is represented by the American Freedom Law Center.

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 Considering Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate

Monday, August 17th, 2015

PriestsForLife

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Date: August 17, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court will meet on September 28 to consider whether or not it will hear Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate.

In the lead case for the Churches and religious non-profits objecting to the HHS mandate, “Priests for Life, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services,” the Court consolidated the Priests for Life petition with that of the Archdiocese of Washington. Petitioners in the Priests for Life case include not only the organization, but also, in their personal capacities, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, as well as Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, and Fr. Frank Pavone.

The Obama administration’s response to the joint petitions contends that the new “accommodation” for faith-based ministries does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Robert Muise, co-founder and senior co-counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said that, “In arguing, contrary to Priests for Life’s contentions, that it would be consistent with Catholic Church teaching for Priests for Life to comply with the challenged regulations, the government is taking on the impermissible role of deciding what does or does not violate Church teaching and then asking the Court to exceed both its judicial function and its judicial competence by confirming the government’s position. If the Court accepts this argument, it will destroy religious freedom as we know it.”

Priests for Life will submit its reply to the government’s objections on August 26.

Father Pavone said the government’s arguments are unpersuasive and dangerous:

“They are saying, in effect, that they know better than we do what violates our faith. It’s ridiculous, and it undermines all that American was founded on. It is the believer who believes, and the government is supposed to respect his right to believe, not control it.”

A Friend of the Court Brief supporting the petition of Priests for Life in this case has been filed, with the assistance of Americans United for Life, by the following groups: Association of American Physicians & Surgeons; American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Christian Medical Association; National Catholic Bioethics Center; Alabama Physicians for Life; National Association of Pro-life Nurses, and the National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center have indicated that because Priests for Life, in addition to being a religious non-profit entity, is particularly well-suited to challenge the HHS mandate, because the very mission of the organization is to protect human life from precisely the activities that the mandate wants to expand.

To read the government’s response to Priests for Life’s petition, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/15-08-supreme-court.pdf To see all the documentation and commentary on this case, visit 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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Priests for Life HHS Lawsuit Moves Forward; Latest Government “Accommodation” Is No Accommodation at All

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Date: September 18, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life (PFL), today announced that Priests for Life has responded to the Obama administration’s latest HHS mandate maneuver with a supplemental legal brief filed with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the mandate is currently before that court, the second highest in the nation. Priests for Life was the first of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate to have oral arguments at the appellate level, back in May.

“The Obama administration keeps trying to put a new coat of paint on a house that cannot stand,” said Fr. Pavone. “The seventh and latest version of the HHS mandate is no different from the others that courts around the country have found unconstitutional. It is a violation of all Americans’ fundamental right to religious freedom.”

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering the appeal brought by Priests for Life and individual plaintiffs Fr. Pavone, PFL Executive Director Janet Morana, and PFL African American Outreach Director, Alveda King. The lawsuit challenges the Obamacare regulation requiring religious non-profit organizations to violate their religious beliefs by participating in the provision of abortion causing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations to employees or face crippling fines.

“Priests for Life will not comply in any way, shape or form with this latest ‘accommodation’ which is, in fact, no accommodation at all,” added Fr. Pavone. “If necessary, we will take this fight to the Supreme Court. No American should be forced by the government to violate his religious beliefs, especially when the government can achieve its policy goals in other ways.”

“They say that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. By that definition, this administration should see a doctor,” stated Mrs. Morana. “This new accommodation is the same as the old accommodation that the Supreme Court indicated was unconstitutional. Logic would indicate that a real change in policy should be in order, but logic doesn’t seem to enter into the equation here.”

“Why this administration is intent on coercing religious believers to violate their faith defies understanding,” added Dr. King. “The President could easily find alternatives to the current HHS mandate, but he seems intent on imposing his will. If the choice is between obeying God or the Department of Health and Human Services, we will choose God every time.”

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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