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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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Mothers’ Day Begins In The Womb: Pray For At Risk Mothers And Babies.

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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Tomorrow my daughters, Mother and I will attend a “Mother Daughter Tea.” We will celebrate our joyous relationships. Then, on Sunday, I will participate in a Mothers’ Day Celebration at church. There will be good singing and Bible teaching. Yet many mothers and daughters will have a bittersweet weekend.

Over 300 girls in Nigeria won’t spend a happy Mother’s Day with their families due to terrorists kidnapping them. Across America millions of aborted baby boys and girls will not feel a mother’s touch because they were silenced by abortion’s sting. Lament and weep for mothers and their children.

This year I am praying for these losses; including those of my dear friends and even family members who have lost mothers and children who are deceased by natural causes; as well as some by sickness, accidents, crimes; and yes sadly, by abortion and carcinogenic birth control.

Sadly still, just days before Mothers Day, we have received shocking news of a misguided mother who is celebrating her abortion on video:

Emily Letts tries to hide the Scary Truth

Recently Emily Letts, a former professional actress and current COSMOPOLITAN Magazine contributor advertised her “not scary” abortion which fails to show the brutal dismemberment of her baby. She posted it on YouTube. Now that’s a sick and scary thing; a very sad Mothers’ Day testimony.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life counsels post-abortive women who have had abortions. In the midst of hearings regarding infringement of our religious freedoms by the strong arm of the HHS Mandate, he has taken precious time to lament the pre- Mothers’ Day travesty triggered by Emily’s video:

“Actually, Emily did not film her abortion. She filmed her smiles and sighs during a procedure which we are expected to take her at her word was an abortion. But to really film an abortion, you have to film the arms and legs of the baby being ripped apart and the head being crushed,” he said.

I agree with Father Frank. I and hundreds of other women have posted our abortion testimonies at silentnomoreawareness.org. Also, more stories available at AbortionTestimony.com witness to the truth; abortion hurts women and kills babies who die horrible deaths. Emily is missing something in her video; the truth.

s Righs Begin in the Womb

At standtrue.com, my colleague Bryan Kemper writes:

“I don’t hate Emily; my heart actually breaks for her. I am just like her, a sinner who can only find the Hope I need in Christ. I know that Emily is someone’s daughter and as a father I hurt for the lost grandchild her father will never hold. As a Christian I grieve for the state of her soul and her eternal path. I will commit to praying for Emily and for her to find the Hope that is only found in our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Father Frank, Bryan, many other colleagues and I spent yesterday at a Rally for Religious Freedom. We gathered outside the courthouse in DC to raise our concerns about the injustice of the HHS Mandate which has resulted in our PFL lawsuit. All the while I was either standing outside with the faithful, or sitting inside the courtroom at the hearing, I was remembering the pain of babies marked for slaughter and their mothers marked for deception.

In a few weeks, soon after Mothers’ Day, and followed by Fathers’ Day, on July 2, 2014 we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the US Civil Rights Act. Two days later we will celebrate July 4, Independence Day. Yet the war on the wombs of women and the decimation of the natural God ordained family structure continues to tear away the very foundations of our liberty.

For those who will be celebrating Mothers’ Day with your beloved mothers, God bless you. Please remember to say a prayer for those who are not so fortunate; that God will heal our land, our wombs, and our families; and bring an end to the scourge of abortion which is at the heart of the war on women.

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Please Join Us In The Struggle

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Tomorrow, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am, I will join Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in Washington, DC. Standing with others in my role as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, we will join our brothers and sisters at a Rally for Religious Freedom at the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 333 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001. Many will be standing with us. Please join us! If you can’t be there in person, please joins us in spirit and prayer!

Hobby Lobby is standing with us as we face the next round of challenges to our stand against the unjust HHS Mandate. On April 29, 2014, 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. In support of PFL, 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.”

Please visit www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate to review links and supporting information and commentary about the HHS Mandate and in particular, the Priests for Life case against the mandate.

Also, oral arguments will be heard in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Ours (PFL) is the first of the religious non-profit cases to have oral arguments heard at the appellate level on the merits.

Priests for Life Attorney Robert Muise, Co-Founder and Chief Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center 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.”

Meanwhile, global attacks on the lives of infants in the womb and their mothers continue to mount. From their seats of power, some are continuing to distort truth by calling fertility rights torture.

The latest example is that of a U.N. treaty monitoring body distorting truth with a treaty to advance abortion at the Committee on the Convention Against Torture (CAT) during its 52nd Session in Geneva.

This time around, committee members-officially called experts-chastised the Holy See for its opposition to abortion during its review of the Holy See’s report on compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention against Torture, CAT). Committee members stated that pro-life opposition to abortion results in torture for women. Actually the opposite is true. Abortion and carcinogenic birth control methods continue to torture and harm the lives of babies and the women who are their mothers.

So truth and liberty are at risk at home and abroad. As an African American woman, the threat to my freedom is under siege with the threat of the HHS mandate looming over my vocation at PFL, and over the plight of my people whom abortion threatens to depopulate because of our skin color.

The CDC’s latest Abortion Surveillance report (Nov. 29, 2013) found that between 2007 and 2010, nearly 36 percent of all abortions in the U.S. were performed on black children, even though blacks make up only 12.8 percent of the population. Another 21 percent of abortions were performed on Hispanics, and an additional seven percent on other minority races. A total of 64 percent of all abortions were on minority groups.

A disproportionate number of Planned Parenthood abortion mills, 79 percent, are in black and other minority neighborhoods; further evidence of the targeting of minorities by the abortion industry.

Women like Tonya Reeves and Lakisha Wilson are dying in these abortion mills. Abortion has also robbed men like boxer Floyd Mayweather of fatherhood.

Dangerous carcinogens contraceptives are harmful to women and are negatively impacting our society. The effects of these contraceptives lead to increased risk of various cancers, infertility, depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, psychological problems, relational problems, and a host of other issues including death.

Abortion has also been linked to cancer and other female disorders.

Please connect the dots. Abortion and applied use of carcinogenic fertility blockers masquerading as “birth control” are acts that repeatedly result in the often painful deaths of a children in the womb and which can inflict lasting negative emotional, physical and psychological consequences on women is real torture. Yet some officials and experts – at home and abroad – continue to chose to ignore these facts, focusing instead to challenge the Prolife Community’s respect for the right to life and opposition to abortion.

The fight for religious freedom, the battle against the unjust HHS Mandate, the UN crusade against fertility, the decimating impact of abortion on the Black community; these are not isolated incidents. They are all part of a war on the rights of children, women, families and the global communities. God help us! This is war! Please pray with us and join us in the march towards victory.

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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

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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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Religious Freedom is a Civil and Human Right!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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“There is a difference between killing the poor and serving the poor.” Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

UPDATE

Monday I did an interview on Airing the Addisons with Wil and Meeke discussing the HHS Mandate and Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods. Click HERE to listen to that show.

This week at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) involves the lives of every American: yet many are unaware.

Yesterday the SCOTUS heard arguments for two cases, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, regarding their lawsuits against the HHS Mandate. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, led prayers with other pro-life leaders and religious freedom advocates at a rally in front of the Supreme Court Building in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods. Planned Parenthood and others they will be bussing in to rally in favor of the HHS Mandate.

The irony now is that during the oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested that employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees. They even recommended that employers opt to pay taxes to avoid the mandate and even give employees a $2K raise to buy their own insurance. Does this sound like a socialist agenda?

This is an important question for human and civil rights advocates because much is at stake regarding the Constitutional rights of religious freedom for every American.

Yet another case deals with infringement against religious freedom of non-profit companies. In our Priests for Life case, I join Fr. Frank Pavone, and Janet Morana as parties to our HHS lawsuit; actually the third in a series filed against the HHS Mandate. The irony is the HHS Mandate seeks to force Priests for Life, an organization that teaches that contraception and abortions are dangerous, life threatening and immoral, to pay for, directly or indirectly, the very injustice that we are fighting against.

Our case is in the appeals process in the DC Circuit court. While the appeal works its way through the appeals process, which can be a lengthy undertaking, we have petitioned the SCOTUS to take up the case because of its “imperative public importance.” That petition will be heard later this week, on Friday, March 28.

Please pray that the SCOTUS will make the right decisions and rule in favor of the Hobby Lobby/Conestga Woods case; that the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and pray that the SCOTUS agrees that our PFL case is of such “imperative public importance” that it decides to take up the case and give a favorable ruling.

These legal matters raise civil and human rights issue. It is an injustice to rule on the side of death dealing agents such as carcinogenic fertility blockers. My Uncle M.L. fought for civil rights over 50 years ago and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is coming up later this year. Yet, in 2014 our government is working against our liberties.

May God have mercy and help us, because: CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LIKE CIVIL RIGHTS, ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

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CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LIKE CIVIL RIGHTS, ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Yesterday I did an interview on Airing the Addisons with Wil and Meeke discussing the HHS Mandate and Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods. Click HERE to listen to that show.

Supreme-court-building

This week is a busy one for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and it involves every American: yet many are unaware.

Today the SCOTUS will hear arguments on two cases, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, regarding their lawsuits against the HHS Mandate. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is gathering with other pro-life leaders and religious freedom advocates for a rally from 10:00-11:30 am in front of the Supreme Court Building in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods. Gathered there as well will be Planned Parenthood and others they will be bussing in to rally in favor of the HHS Mandate.

This is an important day for human and civil rights because much is at stake regarding the Constitutional rights of religious freedom for every American.

Yet another case deals with infringement against religious freedom of non-profit companies. In our Priests for Life case, I join Fr. Frank Pavone, and Janet Morana as parties of our HHS lawsuit; actually the third in a series filed against the HHS Mandate. The irony is the HHS Mandate seeks to force Priests for Life, an organization that teaches that contraception and abortions are dangerous, life threatening and immoral, to pay for, directly or indirectly, the very injustice that we are fighting against.

Our case is in the appeals process in the DC Circuit court. While the appeal works its way through the appeals process, which can be a lengthy undertaking, we have petitioned the SCOTUS to take up the case because of its “imperative public importance.” That petition will be heard later this week, on Friday, March 28.

Please pray that the SCOTUS will make the right decisions and rule in favor of the Hobby Lobby/Conestga Woods case; that the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and pray that the SCOTUS agrees that our case is of such “imperative public importance” that it decides to take up the case and give a favorable ruling.

These legal matters raise civil and human rights issue. It is an injustice to rule on the side of death dealing agents such as carcinogenic fertility blockers. My Uncle M.L. fought for civil rights over 50 years ago and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is coming up later this year. Yet, in 2014 our government is working against our liberties.

May God have mercy and help us, because: CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LIKE CIVIL RIGHTS, ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

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Fr. Frank Pavone Announces National Christian Voter Registration Sundays

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Date: March 13, 2014

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on all believers to participate in National Voter Registration Sundays to be held on June 29, July 6, and September 7 this year.

“Citizens do not have the luxury of ‘sitting out’ elections,” said Fr. Pavone. “When human life is at stake, when our very ability to freely practice our faith is under attack, we need to defend life and faith. God has given us an opportunity to do exactly that by voting. That’s why this year’s Voter Registration Sundays are crucial.”

Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives. While the official days of these registration efforts this year are the Sundays before and after Independence Day and the Sunday before 9/11, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

“Priests for Life has a wealth of material at PoliticalResponsibility.com that explains how to have a voter registration day in your church, spelling out the activities that all churches and charitable non-profit groups are legally permitted to do,” added Fr. Pavone. “There is no legal reason for pastors or churchgoers to refrain from having registration drives at church. On the contrary, we should feel impelled to do so.”

Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, observed that there is a historical connection to this year’s registration drives.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “We have seen in these last five decades how the right to vote has helped guarantee the civil rights of all Americans of any color. Our right to vote today can help restore and protect the civil rights of all Americans of any stage of life.”

The Family Research Council, a chief sponsor of the National Voter Registration Sundays, states on its website, “Christians can have a positive impact on elections and ultimately our nation’s future….Yet every election millions of Christians fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. We can help our people obey Christ’s command to participate in government (Matt. 22:21) by encouraging voter registration and voting Christian values.”

Priests for Life has formed a national “Vote Pro-life Coalition” (VoteProLifeCoalition.com) to foster joint non-partisan efforts among national groups. Members of the Coalition are promoting the Voter Registration Sundays. For instance, Chris Slattery, founder and President of Expectant Mother Care/EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, said, “Getting ourselves, our family, friends, church and pro-life contacts to register to vote is more important than ever. Let’s take the time to get involved with voter registration drives, especially on the dates promoted here.”

Jo Tolck, Executive Director of the Human Life Alliance, simply declared, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Remember to register! Remember to vote!”

More information on the National Christian Voter Registration Sundays is available from Priests for Life at http://www.priestsforlife.org/vote/.

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 Takes HHS Mandate to Supreme Court!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Date: March 11, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, made the following announcement today:

“Priests for Life has taken the next step in our appeal to the US Supreme Court regarding the HHS mandate. Our response to the government’s objection to our appeal has been sent to the Court, and the Justices will decide, likely in a matter of days, whether to hear our case.

“Our lawsuit is still on appeal in the Circuit Court in Washington DC, but in matters of particular public urgency, the law permits an appeal to the Supreme Court, even before the lower courts have finished hearing the case.

“Our reply brief was submitted through the American Freedom Law Center, and we are grateful to our attorneys, Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, for their expertise and their continued commitment to this cause.

“As our reply brief states,

‘To ignore the gravity of the moral dilemma caused by the mandate, which is affecting countless lives (and souls), the uncertainty surrounding its enforcement, and the costs and burdens caused by this uncertainty is to ignore reality.’

“The Supreme Court has already agreed to hear arguments regarding the HHS mandate as applied to businesses, like Hobby Lobby. Inevitably, the court will also have to resolve the problem the mandate presents to religious groups, whose rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act are even less disputed. Therefore, we are asking them to resolve that issue now.

“As our brief also points out,

‘Moreover, what makes review of this case particularly compelling is the fact that this challenge goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s reason for existing as an organization. Consequently, Petitioners are well situated—and perhaps best suited—to challenge the mandate and its application to non-exempt, nonprofit religious organizations.’

“We continue to join in prayer and solidarity with the many other plaintiffs who have lawsuits against the mandate, and with all our supporters, on whose help we continue to rely. We will celebrate the victory together!”

Find out more details about the Priests for Life case at www.priestsforlife.org/HHSMandate.

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 Wins Emergency Relief From the Unjust HHS Mandate

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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Date: December 31, 2013

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –4:58 pm An emergency injunction granted just moments ago in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit means that Priests for Life will not have to obey the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act as its appeal is being heard. It also means that, the day after tomorrow, Priests for Life will not have to cancel health insurance for its employees.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said he is grateful his organization is free, temporarily at least, from having to comply with the unjust mandate or face steep fines by failing to comply when the ministry’s new insurance policy goes into effect on Wednesday.

“We would not have complied with this mandate in any case, as it promotes the very culture of death that Priests for Life works to combat,” Father Pavone said. “We are grateful for this temporary relief and look forward to a permanent injunction once the appeal is fully heard.”

“Our lawsuit was among the very first ones in the country and the necessity to launch it shows that religious freedom in America is in grave danger. We have to take action.”

On Dec. 19, Priests for Life learned that the judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had ruled in favor of the government. Within an hour Priests for Life filed for the emergency injunction that was granted today.

Father Pavone said that what the Obama administration has tried to do through the HHS mandate – which he called a “blatant act of tyranny” – is to give the federal government the power to determine what is and what isn’t important in an individual’s religion; that is not the government’s role.

Father Pavone concluded, “There have already been significant victories in the courts against the HHS mandate, and we have no doubt that Priests for Life ultimately will prevail in this historic fight.”

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: ‘We will not obey this mandate’ Priests for Life files appeal after Obamacare lawsuit dismissed

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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Date: December 19, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today after learning that Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the HHS contraception mandate was dismissed by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“Today, the judge in our case in District Court in Washington D.C. ruled against us regarding the HHS mandate. Because the mandate would go into effect for us on January 1, we filed, within an hour of the judge’s decision, an emergency request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, to provide an injunction to maintain the status quo, protecting us from the mandate until our appeal to the same court can be heard and decided.

“The judge’s decision today is a complete contradiction to Judge Cogan’s decision of just a few days ago in New York for organizations situated similarly to us and using exactly the same arguments.

“The New York decision recognized that the religious nonprofits were being forced to cooperate with evil. Our judge, instead, claims that we are not being forced to cooperate with evil. Our judge’s decision is wrong, and we are confident of victory in our appeal.

“Meanwhile, injunction or not, we will absolutely not obey, cooperate with, or tolerate in any way this unjust mandate. As Scripture says, we will obey God rather than men.”

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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