Short Pro-Life Messages from Fr. Frank

The following are transcripts of one-minute spots which Fr. Frank Pavone has produced for radio stations nationwide. 

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Protect the Babies. Sea turtles protected more than the unborn.

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Thanks to the United States' Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, abortion is performed in the United States through all nine months of pregnancy. Dr. Martin Haskell for example, writes in one of his medical papers about a fellow provider of abortions that does them up to 32 weeks and more. You can visit the website of Dr. George Tiller, where he describes abortion services at 37 weeks of pregnancy. I was preaching on this one time and then went out to the beach and saw a sign that said, "Do not touch the sea turtles or their eggs; they are protected by local, state and Federal law." If we don't have the right to choose to smash the egg of a sea turtle why should we have the right to choose to smash a baby?

So What?

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. I have talked with and listened to many providers of abortion and often they justify their actions by saying, "Well I don't know when the child receives a soul." My response to that is, "So what"? The law that protects you from someone else trying to take your life does not require that that person believe you have a soul. It doesn't even require that they believe in souls at all. The pro-life effort is not about imposing religious beliefs upon anybody. We're not asking that anyone belong to a particular religion by law. All we're asking is that the same norms that protect born people be used to protect unborn people. Is that really too much to ask? Think about it, and work to end abortion.

Pro-Choice Meaning

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Many defend the availability of legal abortion by using the slogan "pro-choice." Well it sounds very nice but it doesn’t mean anything. Choice of what? Whether a choice is good or bad, right or wrong, should be allowed or prohibited -- doesn’t that depend on what you're choosing? The problem with this slogan is that it ignores what is being chosen. I do not have the right to choose to smash your car because my choices have to end where your rights begin and you have a right to your possessions and, therefore, the law protects your possessions against my smashing or stealing them. The choice in abortion is the destruction of a child. In civilized society there are certain choices that should not be legal or permitted to anyone. Abortion is one of them.

No Freedom - No Choice

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Many defend legal abortion using the slogan "freedom of choice." The irony of course is that women seeking abortions do not do so because of freedom of choice. They do so precisely because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. I have thousands of case studies in my office of women who have had abortions. One of them writes, "I didn’t have any family support, the abortion clinic offered no other alternative and I was almost crying out for one." Many are crying out for them and that is why the pro-life movement runs more support centers for these women than there are abortion facilities in our country. Don't be afraid to reach out to those who might have an abortion and tell them that they do have a better choice.

Pro-Life Feminists

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Susan B. Anthony said, "Abortion is child murder." Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." Sara Norton said, "Perhaps there will come a time when the right of the unborn to be born will not be denied or interfered with." What do these women have in common? They were foundresses of the women's movement in our country. Authentic feminism is pro-life and recognizes that women's dignity is not advanced or enhanced by the destruction of their children. Let us all work together for an end to abortion.

Men's Responsibilities

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Did you realize that polls consistently reveal that more young men in our country support legal abortion than young women? Actually, it makes sense. After all, a young man makes a woman pregnant and legal abortion gives him a way to send her off to fix the problem so nobody knows and he doesn't have to be involved in raising a child. But, meanwhile, it's the woman's body that endures dozens of possible harmful effects of this procedure. Isn't it ironic that something that is proposed as an advance in women's rights actually becomes a new way for women to be used? Let's end legal abortion and let's build a culture that encourages young men to take responsibility for their actions and to defend life.

Include the Unborn

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. The 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, said, "The word person as used in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution does not include the unborn." Pro-lifers say that that word should include the unborn. Some people say that the pro-life movement is intolerant and narrow. But when you consider the fact that the movement is asking for society to include the unborn in its welcome and to extend to them the protection of its laws, it seems pretty clear that the pro-life people are the more tolerant and inclusive. Let's pray and work together for an end to legal abortion and to the harm it brings to women and their children.

Abortion Trauma

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Abortion is not something that you do today and forget about tomorrow. The evidence continues to mount of the harmful physical and psychological effects of this procedure. I myself have counseled women suffering from abortions they've had 50 and 60 years ago. I have stacks of paper in my office that are thousands of case studies of women writing about how abortion has ruined their lives. Reliable studies show how abortion can increase the risk of losing subsequent children, increase the risk of breast cancer and destroy one's ability to bond emotionally with children born later. The sad thing is that women are often not told of these risks and dangers. Let's protect women and their children from the tragedy of abortion.

Reject all Violence

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. I was once asked what I thought of a man who had killed an abortion provider and I said, "He's pro-choice." …because for decades the pro-choice movement has been telling us that at times you can choose to end a life to solve a problem. Then, unfortunately, a few people have come along saying you can end a life to solve a problem by killing abortion providers. We reject that kind of thinking whether it applies to babies in the womb or to abortion providers. You can't have it both ways. You can't protest the killing of babies and then shoot abortionists but neither can you protest the killing of abortionists and then support a procedure which kills babies. Let's do the sensible thing and let's reject all violence, including abortion.

Sandra's Story

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. One of my dear friends in the pro-life movement is Sandra Cano. She never believed in abortion. She got into a bad marriage and ended up abandoned. The attorneys, to whom she turned to seek custody of her children, turned her case into an abortion case and even arranged for her to have an abortion when she was pregnant. So much did she not want to do that, that she actually fled from Georgia to Oklahoma. Yet her case became the Doe v. Bolton decision of the US Supreme Court, legalizing abortion throughout the entire pregnancy. Sandra now claims that her case was based on fraud. Let's join her and so many others in the fight to bring an end to the killing of children by abortion.

The Centurions

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. When Jesus died on the cross, the Centurion standing next to him, who had participated in His death cried out, "Surely, this was an innocent man." Throughout the world today, there are men and women who used to perform abortions and have now left the abortion industry and they say, "Surely, these were innocent lives, and we are sorry." And they have formed an international society called the Society of Centurions. Pray for these men and women and pray that all people may do their part in bringing an end to the tragedy of abortion. These people speak out and tell us that this must be the way for society to defend life so that we may all become a society of centurions.

This is My Body

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Did you ever realize that those who defend abortion use the very same words that Jesus Himself used to teach the world the meaning of love, "This is my body"? "This is my body," some say, "I will do with it what I want even if it means killing the child." "This is my body," Jesus said, "given up for you, that you may have life. I don't cling to it and control it so that you die, I give it away so that you live." We never find happiness by pushing someone else out of the way; we only find it when we push ourselves out of the way and make room for the other. Abortion is the opposite of love. Let us work together to bring it to an end and to choose life.


Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. A few summers ago, when praying in front of an abortion facility with a number of other people and with counter-demonstrators there supporting abortion, I saw a man holding a sign that said, "Keep baby-killing legal." I went over and spoke to him and he said, "Yes, I acknowledge that abortion kills a baby but I believe that that should be a legal choice anyway." I thanked this man for showing honesty and I said, "You're addressing this issue more fairly and squarely than those who are holding these signs saying 'Keep Abortion Legal' but won't admit what an abortion is." Do we really think that baby killing should be kept legal? And if not, let's work together, each of us, to bring an end to the tragedy of abortion.


Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. In April of 1972, a Justice of the US Supreme Court wrote the following words: "The ordinary corporation is a person…. So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology…. The problem is to make certain that the inanimate objects …have spokesmen before they are destroyed." Eight months later this same justice signed onto the words in Roe v. Wade that say, "The word person does not include the unborn." If we can see the need to protect air and swampland why is it so hard to see the need to protect our children?

She's Expecting

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. When a woman is pregnant we often say she is expecting a child. But if you are expecting a person to come, it means that the person isn't there yet, whereas the child in the womb is there. We often say that the pregnant woman has a child on the way. But on the way from where? Or, I'm going to bring a child into the world. Well, what world is the child in now? When one is pregnant, the child is already there, fully present, fully in possession of his or her human rights, including the right to live. Let us welcome and acknowledge that the child in the womb is fully with us, equal in dignity and deserves protection. Let's put an end to abortion in our country and throughout the world.

Legal Isn't Safe

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Some people say, "Sure, abortion is wrong but we have to keep it legal so that it will be safe." But legal abortion is not safe. The procedure carries over 150 possible physical and emotional complications. Furthermore, the legal abortion clinics are the most unregulated surgical facilities in the nation. I have friends who used to run these clinics and testify today that they did not even sterilize the instruments. States have begun calling for investigations into unlicensed abortion clinics. And one friend I know who ran six abortion clinics posed as a doctor without having spent a day in medical school. Don't be fooled. Legal does not mean safe, especially when you're talking about an abortion clinic.


Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. If you begin speaking against abortion some people will tell you, "Mind your own business! If you think abortion is wrong, fine -- don't have one! But leave the rest of us alone and let us make our own choices." But do you ever hear people say, "I'm against child abuse; I would never abuse my child, but if someone else wants to abuse theirs, let them have their choice. It's none of my business… I would never commit violent crime but if someone else wants to, it's none of my business." Or is it? What is our business after all, if not to help those in need? The fact is that some choices have victims, and when somebody's choice destroys somebody else's life, that, my dear friends, is everybody's business.

Image of God

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. In Matthew 22 we read that the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay tax to the Emperor. When he told him that Caesar's image was on the coin, Jesus said, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's but give to God what is God's." In other words, the coin belongs to Caesar because it bears the image of Caesar. What then belongs to God? That which bears the image of God: human beings, including Caesar himself. Human laws have authority only in so far as they do not contradict God's law. Certainly, we must obey all just laws, but our allegiance above all is to God and that is true for every citizen, legislator, judge, prince, president and king.

Sharing His Throne

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. In our Christian hymns and prayers, we often refer to the fact that one day we will see God's throne, gather around it and fall down before it -- and certainly that is true. But the reality is even more wondrous than that. In Revelation 3:21 the Lord says, "I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne." What a promise! As St. Paul proclaimed, "If we hold out to the end, we will reign with Him." Now if the destiny of the human person is to be on the very throne of Christ, how can followers of Christ tolerate human beings being thrown in the garbage? This is why believers can never tolerate abortion. Let's work together to bring that tragedy to an end.

Our Neighbor

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. When we reflect on why abortion is wrong, we usually think about the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." But did you ever realize that abortion also violates the commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor?" The unborn child is our youngest, smallest neighbor. The abortion mentality says this child is not a person, does not have rights, is not equal to the rest of us in dignity and is disposable. This is false witness; this is a lie. The truth is that the unborn child is a creature of God, loved and chosen by the Father before the world began and called to eternal salvation. Let us end abortion by bearing righteous and true witness to the dignity of our unborn neighbor.

I Don't Know

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. When Cain killed his brother Abel, the Lord asked Cain, "Where is your brother?" Cain's response was, "I do not know." God's question echoes through the centuries and was asked of the US Supreme Court in 1973 when it was faced with the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. "Where is your brother? Will you recognize the unborn as your brother and grant him equal protection?" The court said we need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins; the judiciary is not in a position to speculate as to the answer. Boil that down to three words and it's "I don't know." But, my friends, we do know. Let us welcome and nurture the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters!


Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. What would you think about taking a drug combination involving powerful synthetic steroids, which have already caused injuries and deaths, whose long term side effects are unknown and whose manufacturer said, "It is a terrible psychological ordeal, it is not at all easy to use"? Well such is the case with RU-486, the chemical abortion technique. Some call it an "abortion pill," but that vastly oversimplifies the process. It is a drug combination technique whose process takes from several days to several weeks to complete and can involve the expulsion of a dead child anytime, anyplace. This unleashes a new wave of the destruction of children and for the mothers it unleashes a chemical time bomb.

Men Can't Speak Up?

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. Some defenders of abortion use the curious argument that men should have nothing to say about the subject because they can't get pregnant. First of all, the truth of the statement has little to do with the gender of the speaker and furthermore, why don't those who make this argument have any problem with the men who speak up in favor of abortion or the seven Supreme Court Justices, all men, who voted in Roe v. Wade that abortion should be legal in the first place? Moreover, what about women who, due to age or other circumstances, cannot get pregnant? Are we now to say that only fertile women of childbearing age can say anything about abortion? The simple fact is that abortion is an act of violence against a human being and any human being, male or female, has the right to speak up about it.

The Bedroom

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone. One of the strangest arguments of those who defend abortion is that "the government has no place in the bedroom." First of all, how many abortions that you know of occur in bedrooms? They occur rather in publicly advertised abortion clinics and hospitals. Secondly, since when is the bedroom a legal sanctuary? If someone rapes a young girl, should he be convicted if the act occurs in a car but excused if it occurs in a bedroom? What about acts of incest or murder? Does the law somehow lose its right to prohibit these things if they occur in a bedroom? This whole argument is ridiculous. Abortion is the taking of a human life and should be prohibited whether it occurs in a hospital, a clinic, a garage or a bedroom.

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