The Silence Ends Today

El Silencio Termina Hoy

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
February 11, 2013

It has happened again. Another mother has been killed by so-called "safe and legal" abortion.

What's not going to happen again is the silence.

At the recent March for Life Youth Rally which our Priests for Life Youth Director coordinated, I distributed to the young people the "Tombstone Poster," containing the names of many women killed over the years by so-called "safe and legal" abortion. I told the youth to take these posters home and use them to awaken the consciences of their communities.

That same day, at the prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood in Washington DC, I read publicly the names of a couple of hundred women killed by so-called "safe and legal" abortion as we prayed for each one, "Lord, have mercy on her." I offered the Planned Parenthood staff and escorts a copy of the names. They did not want it and did not seem to care.

At the outset of my work with Priests for Life I collaborated with Life Dynamics on the book Lime 5, which to this day provides one of the best and scariest chronicles of the continuous carnage that the abortion industry inflicts on the very women they pretend to care about.

Last year, our Priests for Life team, and in particular our Director of African-American outreach, Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), spoke out forcefully about the murder of Tonya Reaves by the abortion clinic she went to in the Chicago area.

And at the National Prayer Service at which I spoke on the occasion of the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, I distributed a disturbing brochure showing the autopsy photos -- released by her parents -- of Marla Cardamone, killed by abortion at a respectable Pittsburgh hospital.

And now it has happened again. Another woman has been killed by so-called "safe and legal" abortion. It happens constantly, in fact, but the abortion industry usually succeeds in covering it up. And even when they don't, the rest of us succeed in keeping it relatively quiet.

That has to change today.

Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart began an abortion procedure a few days ago on a woman who was about 33 weeks pregnant. These abortions are legal, and he performs them at his killing center in Germantown, MD. Yesterday, she developed complications. The abortionist could not be reached. She was taken to the emergency room by private vehicle, and she died.

Three things need to happen here. First, the state of Maryland has to shut down Carhart's killing business. Second, every person who cares about this needs to spread the word immediately about this tragedy, to awaken the consciences of our neighbors. This includes pastors speaking out about the harm abortion does, and it includes all of us telling the stories of those harmed and killed by abortion (see

Third, we need to redouble our efforts to mobilize people in the pro-life cause. If this latest tragedy isn't enough evidence that the time to end abortion is now, then what is?

Read a pess release about this

Fr. Pavone calls for swift action against Md. Abortionist

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Theresa Czyzyk says:
2/11/2017 11:32:47 AM
And where is the media to bring awareness as to the sad reality of abortion? Prayers for the baby and her mother. Through all the conflict with the election and the ongoing chaos with the liberal pro-abortion voters, I am very thankful that our Lord has given us a pro-life president. Appreciate all that you bring to defend the unborn Father Pavone. May God continue to bless you and keep you safe!

Kathy Smith says:
2/9/2013 11:01:34 PM
When the Church starts acting like abortion is REALLY murder, tragedies like this will end. God bless you for being one of the leaders speaking out about this horror. God willing, our bishops and priests will someday follow suit and not just give lip service to the slaughter of the unborn and the cold-blooded murder of women.

Pat Cain says:
2/9/2013 12:31:42 PM

Fr. Frank...

Keep up the fight for LIFE.


Mary Anne says:
2/9/2013 10:36:36 AM
Thank you, Fr Frank, for leading in this battle. I know the outcome but it doesn't excused me from speaking out on the issue. Sometimes I feel like this is all I talk about but when God puts something on your heart, I have to be obedient to that call. God is Life, and this is His creation, His artpiece to accomplish something that no one else is call to do in this world. I will be praying and fasting outside an abortion clinic during 40 Days for Life, and beyond, until no more.

Renata says:
2/9/2013 12:28:59 AM
Thank you for your GREAT fight father Pavone and all who are helping to spread the truth about abortion! Please Lord give us another heart who will cry for the unnborn and fight for them.
Best regards from Croatia

NANCY Cosgrove says:
2/8/2013 10:24:21 AM

I am so guilty of omission too... I try, I fail, I fall down..... but there you are My Faith and forgiveness , My God ...Lift me higher Lord... Give me some of the resolve & awesome strength of Father P and his army... gotta get back to work on my Pro-Life mission.. I will.


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