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Fr. Pavone Salutes Mississippi for Protecting Unborn

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 15, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement on the new law in Mississippi to protect unborn children from dismemberment abortion:

“Mississippi has taken a courageous and righteous step toward protecting children in the womb from the barbarity of a dismemberment abortion. Gov. Phil Bryant, state legislators and every resident of Mississippi have reason to be proud today.”

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: Zika Virus Does Not Justify Abortion

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 13, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following the Centers for Disease Control finding that the Zika virus definitively causes some babies to be born with microcephaly.

“Naturally the Zika virus is a cause for concern, and we call upon governments and medical professionals to continue to develop appropriate treatments and interventions. But in no way does this justify recourse to abortion. The child in the womb is a patient too, and killing one’s patient is never an appropriate response.”

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 Petitioners Comment on HHS Case

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 13, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, DC — The petitioners in Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the Supreme Court cases consolidated into Zubik vs. Burwell, commented today on the supplemental briefs submitted to the Supreme Court yesterday. Both the petitioners and the government were responding to questions posed in a March 29 order of the Court.

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, said: “From the beginning of this case, I have made it clear that I will not sign any forms that authorize our insurance company to cover these objectionable services in the health insurance we offer our employees. This case is not about the actions of third-parties. What the insurance company or the government will do without any authorization or involvement from us is one thing; what they try to force us to do is quite another.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time director of Civil Rights for the Unborn (the African-American outreach of Priests for Life), said, “Women’s reproductive issues are very complex. Forcing us to provide contraception will never resolve a woman’s deepest issues. There once was a woman with an issue of blood and Christ became her healer. May the church rise up and serve our women or else the government will continue to destroy our greatest blessings.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “The Court has asked us the right question. They asked us to draw the line, as believers, between behavior that is acceptable and behavior that is unacceptable to our faith. We have done so. Now it remains for the Court to rule to protect our freedom to live that faith by being able to choose freely what kind of insurance coverage we offer to our employees.”

Priests for Life, the largest Catholic organization focused on ending abortion, was the first of the 37 petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court.

The petitioners’ brief is here. The government’s brief is here. The Court order requesting the briefs is here.

Priests for Life is conducting a nationwide prayer campaign at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com for a favorable outcome in this case. For more information about the case, see 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 tells Court: Yes, there is a Less Restrictive Means

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 11, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, whose case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, is one of the seven consolidated cases at the Supreme Court in Zubik vs. Burwell, stated today that he has responded to the question that the Supreme Court presented to the petitioners recently, trying to find a way to satisfy their religious objections to the HHS mandate.

In an unusual move, the Court asked petitioners recently for more documentation that might map out the way to a solution to the present controversy. On the one hand, the government wants the employees of Priests for Life and the other organizations to have insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. On the other hand, Priests for Life and the other groups want no part of providing it.

“By asking us to describe how things should be different than what the mandate currently requires, the Court is showing that it recognizes that the believer is the only one qualified to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. As the Supreme Court already said in Hobby Lobby and other cases, it is never the role of the government or the Court to substitute its own judgment for that of the believer.

“Also, the fact that the Court is asking us to describe a better solution that would truly accommodate our religious beliefs indicates that it is looking for a ‘less restrictive’ means for the government to pursue its objectives. The existence of a ‘less restrictive’ means, which we believe we have identified in this new brief, leads us to victory in this case. It proves our point that the government hasn’t passed the test that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) requires,” Fr. Pavone explained.

The brief that has been prepared as a collaborative effort of all the petitioners and their attorneys will be filed with the Court tomorrow, simultaneous with a brief from the government on the same question. Then, later in the month, each side will be able to respond to one another’s briefs.

“The bottom line is this,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We have told the Court that we simply cannot take any actions whatsoever to authorize, facilitate, or in any way be part of the provision of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. This case is not about what others do; rather, it is about what we do. We cannot ever be the ‘gateway’ for the provision of these life-denying, life-destroying drugs. We have drawn that line clearly for the court. If the government or the insurance companies insist on pursuing the destructive path of abortion and contraception, they already have the means to do it without our involvement. Our message to the government is simple: leave us out of it, and stop forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith. Every believer in America should be free to do both at the same 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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Fr. Frank Pavone Re-elected President of National Pro-life Religious Council

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Date: April 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a meeting last week of its board of directors, the National Pro-life Religious Council (NPRC), by a unanimous vote, re-elected Fr. Frank Pavone President of this inter-denominational organization that seeks to end abortion and equip the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Life.

“Thank you for your ongoing trust; it is a privilege to serve the organization in this way,” Fr. Frank said to the board members. The other officers of the organization were also re-elected to serve another term, and they are Rev. Kirk van der Swaagh, Vice President; Rev. Dennis DiMauro, Secretary, and Mr. Ernie Ohlhoff, Treasurer.

Along with his role as National Director of Priests for Life, Fr. Frank’s leadership of the NPRC enables him to serve even more effectively the interdenominational needs of the pro-life movement. “As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility” (EV 91). In that same paragraph, he explains,

‘Service of the Gospel of life is thus an immense and complex task. This service increasingly appears as a valuable and fruitful area for positive cooperation with our brothers and sisters of other Churches and ecclesial communities, in accordance with the practical ecumenism which the Second Vatican Council authoritatively encouraged. It also appears as a providential area for dialogue and joint efforts with the followers of other religions and with all people of good will.’

“The NPRC has provided a key role in bearing witness to the historic, Biblical, Christian teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. This is a particularly urgent need, in light of the fact that some denominations have abandoned that teaching by asserting that some child-killing is morally justified, and the fact that some groups have even been formed to explicitly present abortion as an act consistent with Scripture and to have liturgies that ask God’s blessing upon that action. In reality, however, there is only one proper Christian response to our brothers and sisters still in the womb, and that is to welcome and protect them; there is, moreover, only one proper Christian response to their parents, and that is to take their hands and provide for them life-giving alternatives to abortion,” concluded Fr. Frank.

Fr. Frank was also re-elected unanimously by the Priests for Life board at its most recent meeting to continue his role as National Director. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused on ending abortion.

More information on the National Pro-life Religious Council can be found at www.NPRCouncil.org, and on Priests for Life at www.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 Welcomes Papal Document

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 8, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life welcome the document issued today by Pope Francis called “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), which summarizes his teaching following the two worldwide synods of bishops held in the last two years on the topic of the family.

“We encourage all the clergy and laity to carefully read, study, discuss and apply this document, which repeats the Church’s teaching on life, marriage and family, and urges all of us to encourage one another with compassion and care as we strive to live that teaching.

“In regard to our own ministry in defense of the unborn, we thank the Holy Father for the beautiful words of this document about pregnancy and motherhood, in particular the following passage:

“Every child growing within the mother’s womb is part of the eternal loving plan of God the Father: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer1:5).

“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances.” (n. 168)

“He states in section 83, ‘Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the
family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life
is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s
womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the property of another human being’

“The Holy Father also encourages adoption, stating, ‘Adopting a child is an act of love, offering the gift of a family to someone who has none.’ (N. 179)

Finally, since our director of African-American Outreach is Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., we were happy to see Dr. King quoted in this document, in the section where the Pope encourages a love that faces up to all difficulties. Part of the quote from Dr. King reads, ‘And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls ‘the image of God’, you begin to love him in spite of [everything]. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there.’ (N. 118)

Priests for Life will continue to reflect and teach on this document in the days and months to come.

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 sees new SCOTUS order as a positive development

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 29, 2016

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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court today released an order requesting supplemental briefs from petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to address how contraceptive coverage may be obtained by employees through petitioners’ insurance companies, in a way that does not require any involvement of petitioners beyond their decision to provide health insurance without contraceptive coverage to their employees.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the new order.

“We are reviewing the Court’s order with our attorneys, and we will indeed be filing a supplemental brief. We see this as a positive development in that the Court appears to be looking for a least restrictive alternative that would not burden our religious beliefs, which will ultimately mean that the government did not satisfy its burden under Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases in Zubik vs. Burwell that had oral arguments before the Court last week. Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, represents Priests for Life.

For information about the case, 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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Fr. Pavone on passing of Mother Angelica: We have all lost a voice of conscience

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 27, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, made the following statement today upon hearing of the death of Mother Angelica:

“Our whole Priests for Life family and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Mother Angelica. We have all lost a friend, a mentor, a spiritual mother, a voice of conscience, and a source of laughter and encouragement. I was able to thank her again personally for all she has done when I said Mass in her room just two weeks ago on March 13th and blessed her with a first class relic of Pope Saint John Paul II.

“Yet as strong as the feeling of sadness is, even stronger is our gratitude to Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, for giving Mother Angelica the call to do what she did, and to remain faithful to that call even when many entrusted with responsibility in the Church failed to understand it.

“Her voice and her message will be with us for a long time. Thanks to the continued growth of the media apostolate she founded — an apostolate in which we eagerly participate — people will be able to learn and laugh with Mother Angelica for many years to come. We should all recommit ourselves today to echoing her messages.”

Click here to read a longer commentary by Fr. Pavone on how Mother Angelica impacted him and his ministry.

The public is invited to use the comments box at www.PriestsForLife.org/MotherAngelica to express how Mother Angelica impacted their lives and what kind of spiritual bouquet they will offer up for her.

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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Religious Liberty Matters

Friday, March 18th, 2016

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Priests for Life press conference on Zubik vs. Burwell March 22 at the National Press Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 17, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Priests for Life, a plaintiff in Zubik vs. Burwell, will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the Bloomberg Room of the National Press Club.

At stake in Zubik is the religious liberty of dozens of plaintiffs, as well as plaintiffs in more than 50 other cases that did not make it to the Supreme Court but will be impacted by the ruling on whether the federal government can enforce its mandate on faith-based ministries.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, are both named plaintiffs in the case and will speak at the press conference. Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, which is representing Priests for Life, also will make remarks. Other plaintiffs have been invited to discuss their cases, and Priests for Life is awaiting confirmation that some high-profile friend-of-the-court filers will attend.

“What’s at stake in Zubik vs. Burwell is not access to contraception,” Father Pavone said. “What this case is about is the government attempting to dictate how people of faith may practice their religion, whatever that religion may be. Catholics and evangelical Christians are represented in Zubik, but friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed by a rich diversity of faith traditions, including Orthodox Jews, Muslims and followers of Krishna. This case is about more than priests and nuns.”

Mrs. Morana added: “Priests for Life objects to the contraceptive and abortion-causing drugs and devices covered by the HHS mandate because they are counter to Catholic teaching. But we also oppose being ordered to provide our employees with substances that are so clearly harmful to women.”

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St NW in Washington. The Bloomberg Room is on the 13th floor.

For more information on Zubik vs. Burwell, go to www.istandwithpfl.com To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, Mrs. Morana or Mr. Muise, please call Leslie Palma, Priests for Life director of communications, at 347-286-7277 or email 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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Fr. Frank Pavone Thanks Friends of the Court in Priests for Life Supreme Court Case

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 16, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today expressed thanks to the many groups and individuals who have filed amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) briefs in support of the Supreme Court case, Zubik vs. Burwell, among which Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate.

“It’s humbling and gratifying that more than 400 people and organizations have taken the time and effort to draft and file ‘friend of the court’ briefs in support of one of the most important cases on religious freedom to reach the Supreme Court,” said Fr. Pavone. “When our lawyers stand before the Court on March 23, they will have the intellectual, moral, and spiritual support of these legal, academic, and religious leaders who stand with us in this profound battle.”

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on Wednesday, March 23. At issue is the bureaucratic regulation requiring religious non-profit groups to make available to their employees abortifacients, contraceptives, and procedures for sterilization. Priests for Life was the first of the petitioners currently before the Court to file a lawsuit against the regulation.

“We thank all who are standing with us, including the 207 members of the United States House and Senate, former U.S. Attorneys General, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Eternal Word Television Network, law professors, the Knights of Columbus, Orthodox Jewish rabbis, and representatives of Islam and other religions, just to name a few.

“All of these friends of the court are declaring with us that government should never force believers to choose between following their faith and following the law. As our own brief to the court states, government might disagree with our beliefs, but cannot disregard them,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

All of the “amicus curiae” or friend of the court briefs that have been filed in support of Priests for Life and the other plaintiffs may be found 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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