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Fr. Pavone: House Vote an Endorsement for Child Killing

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Date: February 2, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today expressed dismay at the unsuccessful House vote to override President Obama’s veto of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal key sections of Obamacare.

“Make no mistake, those Members of Congress who voted to uphold the President’s veto also voted to endorse the killing of over 300,000 unborn babies a year by Planned Parenthood,” said Fr. Pavone. “When a business like Planned Parenthood aborts children in the womb, it doesn’t matter what else it does – any money added to its revenue stream is money that facilitates the taking of innocent life.”

The House voted 241 to 186 today in favor of H.R. 3762, which would have redirected federal Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood to local community health centers that do not perform abortions. The favorable vote, however, fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override President Obama’s veto of the measure.

“Today’s vote is disappointing, but not unexpected,” added Fr. Pavone. “My prayer is that this will be the last year that money is taken from taxpayers’ pockets and given to Planned Parenthood.”

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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Informed Consent Bill Called “good first step for Kentucky”

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Date: February 2, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Kentucky legislature for passing its first pro-life legislation in years and urged Governor Matt Bevin to sign the measure that would amend the state’s informed consent for abortion law.

“It’s encouraging that after years and years of blocking any and all pro-life legislation passed by the State Senate, the Kentucky House has approved a modest bill to have abortion clinic staff actually answer women’s questions about abortion in person,” said Fr. Pavone. “That the vote to approve this measure was so overwhelming shows that there is much more that Kentuckians want their legislators to do to protect life.”

Under current law, women may receive recorded information about abortion over the phone 24 hours before having the procedure. The new legislation, which now goes to the desk of pro-life Governor Matt Bevin, would establish that women either have an in-person meeting at the abortion clinic or a real-time video consultation with the abortionist 24 hours prior to an abortion.

“This is a good first step for the Kentucky legislature,” added Fr. Pavone. “I urge Governor Bevin, who has been a champion for the right to life, to sign this bill.”

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: Kansas Constitution Does Not Contain ‘Right’ To Dismember Babies

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Date: December 10, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commented on the Kansas Court of Appeals hearing where oral arguments were presented on a first-of-its-kind state law banning dismemberment abortions.

“Dismembering an unborn child is not a matter of privacy,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s a matter of cruelty that reflects a callous disregard for human life. The Kansas Court of Appeals should reject the arguments of abortion businesses who claim that they have a right literally to tear a baby limb from limb.”

At issue in the hearing was a Kansas law forbidding the use of clamps, scissors, forceps, or other instruments to abort a living unborn child. Such instruments are usually used in second trimester abortions. The court session is believed to be the first time in over 25 years that all 14 members of the state Court of Appeals have met to hear a case.

“The abortion lobby makes the absurd claim that the Kansas constitution guarantees a ‘right’ to dismemberment abortions. A plain reading of history, though, shows that the Kansas legislature outlawed abortions only nine years after the state constitution was approved and that the abortion ban stood for over 100 years while the Kansas constitution was in force. The abortionists’ argument makes no sense; then again, what argument could possibly justify torturing little children to death?”

Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council will honor Governor Sam Brownback and the lawmakers and people of Kansas for being the first to enact a law of this kind protecting children from dismemberment abortions. The award will be given on the day of the National March for Life in Washington D.C. at an interdenominational prayer service to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 in DAR Constitution Hall. See www.NationalPrayerService.com for details.

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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Healing Effort to Focus on Pro-Life Advocates in November

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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November 2, 2015

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Pro-life activists are often cursed at, spat on, occasionally assaulted and often reviled in the media. As difficult as that can be, what really can crush the spirit of some pro-lifers is knowing that, despite their best efforts, abortion continues to kill thousands of children every single day.

To help pro-lifers continue to carry the cross for the unborn, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in November focuses on how activists and advocates can find healing for themselves.

“November gives us the opportunity to focus exclusively on how each abortion impacts pro-life advocates. We rejoice when we save lives; we also have to know how to grieve when the lives we tried to save are killed nonetheless,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which launched Shockwaves in January.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortionis a year-long international educational and pastoral effort to raise awareness about and minister to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion. Prayers and healing resources for each group are available at www.AbortionShockwaves.com

Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a Shockwaves architect, recalled the experience of Mike Stack, an ultrasound technician and regional coordinator with Silent No More.

“As an ultrasound technician, Mike was influential in saving many babies. Yet there were those times he would view the child and the parents still chose to abort,” Burke said. “ It was not until he attended a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat that he was able to see the depth of the grief and pain he carried in his heart and soul and the blessing of grieving those children and entrusting them and their parents to the Lord.”

Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life, said she has witnessed first-hand the pain of pro-life advocates.

“Last year at the March for Life, an older woman came up to me crying, expressing the pain she felt for all the women who walked into the abortion clinic while she was a sidewalk counselor. Her grief was for their loss and the death of the children. I was grateful Father Frank was present to pray with her and affirm her grief. The change in her countenance, from when she came to me and afterwards, showed the power of acknowledging the loss felt by pro-lifers.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, agreed.

“Anyone who has spent any length of time outside an abortion clinic has experienced the pain of watching mothers walk through those doors and emerge hours later without their child,” she said. “Many pro-lifers do this kind of thing weekly, or more, for years and years. Shockwaves will both acknowledge their commitment to the unborn and help them deal with their grief and trauma.”

To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or pro-life activists who have been impacted by abortion, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Troy Newman Takes a Hit for the Cause

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

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It is a shame that in today’s world one country can deny a visit from peaceful person from another country entry across their borders even when the guest is invited by one of that country’s own citizens.

That is exactly what is happening in Australia. Let’s not confuse this situation with the current immigration wars. We’re talking about a peaceful visit, not an attempt at illegal entry.

Here’s the situation. Troy Newman of the prolife activist group Operation Rescue was invited to visit Australia for a 10 day speaking tour by Australia Right to Life. While in route Troy found out that his visa has been cancelled by the Minister of Immigration, Peter Dutton at the request of a pro-abortion Member of Parliament, Terri Butler.

Terri alleges that Troy is an activist that advocates violence against abortion providers. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have known Troy for many years and have witnessed his dedication to ending abortion through peaceful means using the law to reign in a lawless industry. Through Operation Rescue, he and Cheryl Sullenger’s investigative works have exposed many abortionists and abortion centers that are operating outside the law.

Troy is no stranger to adversity. He has faced many trials in his work fighting for the unborn and I’m sure this will not be his last trial.

Troy is a prayerful faith filled man who relies on strength and direction from God.

As James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” NIV

Let’s join Troy in prayer as he faces yet another trial of faith. May God continue to grant him the love, faith, grace and wisdom to persevere yet again, coming closer and closer, going from victory to victory in the goal to glorify Christ for life.

Along with the spiritual there’s the practical side of things. In an update I received recently, “they [the government of Australia] are fining us thousands of dollars in restitution! They’re charging us for a stay in jail, court fees – anything and everything they can pin on Troy.

Let’s cut to the chase here. Operation Rescue is being penalized for fighting for life. This fine is effectively a massive pro-life tax.”

If you would like to help Troy Newman and Operation Rescue click HERE and show your support for life.

If you would like to purchase his book, click HERE.

Whatever you can or cannot do, please start by lifting Troy up in prayer that God will give him the strength to endure this persecution and keep his spirits up. Stand with Troy as he takes a hit for life.

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Pro-life Themes on the Silver Screen

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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Date: September 15, 2015

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Speakers at World Meeting of Families Pro-Life International Symposium will highlight the value of family-friendly films.

PHILADELPIA — The culture of death has been winning at the box office for decades, but that is changing. Two of the speakers at next week’s Pro-Life International Symposium at the World Meeting of Families are in the vanguard of a growing movement working to spread a pro-life message on the silver screen.

Eduardo Verastegui, producer of 2007’s Bella and this year’s Little Boy, and Kathy DiFiore, whose work to hope homeless pregnant women was the inspiration for 2013’s Gimme Shelter, will be among the dynamic pro-life leaders who will headline the free event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Verastegui , who grew up in northern Mexico, had a successful career that traded on his good looks. He sang in a boy band, acted in a Spanish-language soap opera and performed in a steamy Jennifer Lopez music video. But when a young woman he hired to help him improve his English began speaking to him about God and the road he was traveling, he had a change of heart.

“I realized I was using my talent in a very selfish way,” Verastegui told Christian Broadcasting Network in a 2007 interview. “In my opinion, I was poisoning our society with the projects I was involved with. “

He made a decision to accept only roles that elevated human dignity, and went four years without a job. Finally, he and some friends founded a film production company called Metanoia that produced the overtly pro-life Bella, winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “People’s Choice” award, and the pro-family Little Boy, which critics panned for its religious overtones but audiences loved. Verastegui also acted in both films.

Ms. DiFiore didn’t have Hollywood in mind when she first opened her home to pregnant women in crisis but her success in changing women’s lives and saving their babies at her Several Sources Shelters for more than 30 years attracted the attention of writer and film director Ron Krauss, who told the Houston Chronicle that Gimme Shelter “deals with some of the most life-changing and affirming things we can imagine: A mother and her child.”

At the Pro-Life International Symposium, Ms. DiFiore will announce details of a second film, currently in production, that was inspired by her work.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, also will speak at the event, which is an official World Meeting of Families gathering but is also open to the general public.

“The fact that abortion, and alternatives to abortion, are being brought to the big screen is a very positive development that was a long time coming,” Father Pavone said. “So many millions of women have been wounded by choosing abortion and no matter how warmly it is embraced by the entertainment industry, abortion is always the worst possible option. Films like Bella and Gimme Shelter highlight the fact that no matter how dire the circumstances seem, there is always a better choice.

“Families attending the World Meeting will be uplifted by Eduardo’s message and Kathy’s work. I hope everyone will make time for this vital symposium.”

For more information about the speakers and the event, go to www.ProLifeWorldEvent.com

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Fr. Pavone: No surprise in court order blocking undercover videos

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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Date: July 30, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the court order blocking the release of undercover videos showing employees of a tissue procurement firm that works in tandem with Planned Parenthood.

“The temporary restraining order which StemExpress obtained against our colleagues at the Center for Medical Progress is a very narrow one that will not affect the release of more powerful videos to come, including the one released this morning. The order, which was hastily issued, will be followed up with a hearing in a few weeks.

“There is no surprise here. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood are guilty of both moral and legal wrongdoing, and ultimately their only defense is to try to shut us up. That effort will fail.

“We at Priests for Life not only will continue to help lead the effort to make the public aware of the atrocities of abortion and the sale of baby body parts, but we will do so in direct defiance of any effort to stop us or our pro-life colleagues.”

For more information on the Center for Medical Progress’s Human Capital Project, go to www.babybodyparts.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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Montana Governor Urged to Sign Fetal Anesthesia Bill Despite Democrats’ Track Record

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Date: April 20, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today praised the Montana legislature for approving and urged Governor Steve Bullock to sign legislation that would offer women the opportunity to have their late-term babies anesthetized prior to an abortion.

“To rip off the arm or leg of a 20-week-old-or-more unborn baby is barbaric; to do it without at least giving the child an anesthetic beforehand is just plain sadistic,” said Fr. Pavone. “I strongly urge Governor Bullock to sign this legislation so that at least some babies may not feel the excruciating pain of being dismembered.”

The Montana Senate last week approved a measure that would, prior to the abortion of an unborn baby of 20 weeks or more gestation, have an abortionist offer the mother the option of having her child anesthetized prior to the procedure. The bill is based on scientific evidence that unborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks.

“It will be interesting to see how far the Governor is willing to let his own views on abortion, and the extreme position of his party, interfere with decency and commonsense,” added Fr. Pavone. “We have laws protecting cattle from unnecessary pain when being slaughtered. Hopefully, Democrats can see that we should at least do the same for our children.”

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Fr. Pavone Praises WV Legislature for Enacting Protection for Pain-Capable Babies; Urges Congress to Follow Suit

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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Date: March 9, 2015

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NEW YORK, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today hailed the West Virginia legislature for overriding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“West Virginia’s lawmakers have stood up in defense of the ‘least of these,’ the unborn,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s a mark of statesmanship to protect those who can’t vote for you, can’t donate to your campaign, and can’t even speak for themselves.”

The West Virginia House and Senate each voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that provides protection for unborn babies older than five months. This is the first time since 1987 that the West Virginia legislature has successfully overridden a governor’s veto.

“State lawmakers across the country have shown selflessness and political courage to pass laws protecting babies who can feel pain,” added Fr. Pavone. “Priests for Life will continue to work in union with state and national pro-life groups to see that similar legislation is passed in other states and in Congress.”

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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Dr. Alveda King Celebrates Victory for Women in Arkansas.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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Little Rock Arkansas – Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for life salutes State Representative Julie Mayberry, House Sponsor of the Ban on Webcam Abortion Bill (HB 1076/SB 53). The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson as early as next week.

State Representative Mary Bently, also a supporter of the bill texts: “It’s a new day in Arkansas. We thank Ms. King for coming. It was a blessing to have her smiling down on us.”

TV and radio personality Princella Smith, Black Americans for Life, an outreach of Arkansas Right to Life, said: “This has been a most incredible day. Multiple instances of history have been created and witnessed. To have a descendant of the most key civil rights activist, Rev. Martin Luther Jr., present as our legislature passes a bill affecting our nation’s most pressing civil right was truly an honor to witness. Dr. Alveda King has truly inspired us all with her pro-life work and presence here today.”

Rose Mimms, Executive Director of Arkansas Right to life is “happy that Dr. Alveda King was present to witness this great victory over Planned Parenthood to ban webcam abortion in Arkansas.”

Alveda agrees: “I am truly humbled that America is witnessing genuine compassion for mothers and their babies with the passage of every prolife bill. This most recent victory is so encouraging. Women, men, children, babies need love, not abortion. Death doesn’t bring victory, only life can lead us there.”

King visited the Capitol and met with pastors and community leaders while in town.

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