Kavanaugh praised by Priests for Life

Winston Skinner

Document Publication: The Newnan Times-Herald

Publication Date: July 23, 2018

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Priests for Life – a national organization that includes Dr. Alveda King among its staff – praises the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice.

Alveda King is the daughter of A.D. King, who was pastor of Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church in Newnan when she was a girl. Her uncle was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain Civil Rights leader.

Alveda King was mentioned in comments praising Kavanaugh by Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Kavanaugh has been nominated to the Supreme Court by Pres. Donald Trump. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has announced his retirement.

“As the nation begins to take a closer look at the nominee that President Trump has chosen for the Supreme Court, it becomes more and more clear that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be exactly what we need on the Supreme Court at this point in our nation’s history,” Pavone said.

Pavone said Priests for Life, which has its headquarters in Titusville, Fla. , is familiar with the nominee.

“We at Priests for Life have personal experience of Judge Kavanaugh’s approach to religious freedom, because he sided with us when we had to defend our religious freedom in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,” Pavone said, noting that Alveda King was one of the petitioners in that case.

The 2015 case, Priests for Life v. HHS, centered around an Obama administration rule requiring contraceptive coverage for employees. Priest for Life challenged the rule and won with Kavanaugh deciding in the organization’s favor.

Kavanaugh “found it ‘crystal clear’ that the government mandate was a substantial burden on our exercise of the freedom of religion,” Pavone said.

King is the pastoral associate for Priests for Life and is also director of Priests for Life’s African American outreach arm, Civil Rights for the Unborn. She speaks frequently around the country and participated in the in Virtuous Women of the Word event at Believer's Bible Church in Atlanta from July 11-14.

A.D. King became pastor of Mt. Vernon in 1959, serving until he went to Birmingham to pastor at church there in the early 1960s. He died in 1969.

Priests for Life
PO Box 236695 • Cocoa, FL 32923
Tel. 321-500-1000, Toll Free 888-735-3448 • Email: mail@priestsforlife.org