From August 7-11, 2000, Fr. Frank Pavone taped the sixth series of 13 brand
new episodes of "Defending Life," his television series on abortion. Airing on
the world's largest religious cable network, EWTN, this series has brought
countless people to a deep pro-life conviction, and has helped those who already
have that conviction to translate it into effective action. Furthermore, the
series has helped clergy throughout the world preach and teach the sanctity of
life. Above all, lives have been saved as a result of these programs.
Following are short summaries of each episode.
Show 1 Introduction to Priests for Life
On this segment, Fr. Frank Pavone answers the question, "What is Priests for
Life?," and shows segments of a professional video which introduces the
Show 2 - The American Experiment
Join Fr. Frank as he discusses why abortion is not just undesirable, but
completely intolerable. Fundamental Constitutional issues are raised by
ongoing legalized abortion in America. The call of the pro-life movement to end
all abortion is not an unreasonable demand, but a requirement of the plain
language of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Shows 3 and 4 - A Challenge to Roe vs. Wade: Part I and II
Attorney Harold Cassidy from New Jersey explains the new lawsuit which could
ultimately overturn Roe vs. Wade. The Donna Santa Marie case holds that abortion
destroys the rights of women. It is based on a case of a forced abortion.
National Foundation for Life
PO Box 280
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Show 5 - A Ministry of Encouragement
In this segment, you will meet the priests who have given themselves to
full-time ministry with Priests for Life: Fr. Denis G. Wilde, OSA, Fr. Walter
Quinn, OSA, Fr. Peter West, and Fr. Richard Hogan.
Show 6 - Heads in the Sand?
This show is a challenge to all Americans to wake up to the evil which
abortion is -- an evil not often seen, yet an evil which words alone cannot
convey. Fr. Frank describes how at one time most Americans did not believe the
Nazi atrocities were happening, and how visual images have played a role in
various social reform movements to help people confront injustice.
Show 7 - Sisters of Life
Meet the Superior and Novice Director of the new religious community, founded
by Cardinal John O'Connor. The Sisters of Life take a special vow for the
defense and proclamation of the sanctity of every human life.
Sisters of Life
198 Hollywood Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465
Show 8 - Miss Connecticut
In this show, meet Sylvia Gomes, who hold the title of Miss Connecticut of
1999, and was among the top 10 finalists for Miss America. Most important to
her, however, is the title of "Christian." As she explains, the only one in her
home who wears a crown is the Mother of Jesus. Sylvia uses her position to
advance the pro-life message and other Christian values.
Show 9 - The Prodigal Project
In this show, Joan Appleton explains how she was responsible for the killing
of 10,000 unborn children, and how God saved her. Now a full-time pro-life
activist, she heads the US branch of a ministry for healing former abortionists,
as well as a project that invites workers in abortion facilities to forsake
their deadly activity.
Contact Joan at
Pro-life Action Ministries
PO Box 75368
St. Paul, MN 55175-0368
Show 10 - Fourth Trimester Abortion
In this show, learn how prevalent infanticide is in America. Hear about some
people who argue that in order to be consistent, we must either oppose abortion
or accept infanticide, because there is no essential moral difference.
Show 11 - Preaching and Praying Pro-life
In this show, Fr. Frank reviews the key components that should constitute a
pro-life homily, and offers the Priests for Life booklet "Preaching on
Abortion." Special attention is given to the issue of speaking about abortion to
children and to the elderly. He likewise reviews the booklet of pro-life prayers
called "In the Palm of His Hand."
Show 12 - Bioethical Challenges in the
Dr. Bernard Nathanson claims that the Church was caught asleep when he
"uncaged the abortion monster" in the United States. Now a pro-life leader, he
warns us not to be asleep as we face the bioethical challenges of the new
century, such as genetic manipulation, the slowing of the aging process, and the
creation of entirely new species.
Show 13 - The Sanctuary of Life
Meet Marijane and Donna Camilleri, who tell the story of how the pro-life
message is lived each day in their family in the unconditional love and
acceptance of life as God gives it. In this show, you will also experience the
beautiful music video by Dana, "This is My Body."