Una coalición de grupos pro-vida ha respondido a la afirmación de algunos de los candidatos pro-vida que en las elecciones de este año, los temas sociales como el aborto no deberían ser foco de atención, sino más bien temas como el empleo y la economía. La Coalición Vote Pro-Vida señala que el aborto es siempre un asunto crítico electoral, porque si el gobierno puede quitarle la vida de uno, también puede quitarle el trabajo y el dinero.
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Los políticos pro-aborto dicen, “Mi oficina no está envuelta en ninguna decisión sobre el aborto.” ¿Nuestra respuesta? Su postura ante el aborto dice mucho sobre su carácter y visión del mundo. Si usted no puede oponerse a un acto de violencia contra los niños más indefensos, ¿con qué bases usted se opondría a la violencia contra el resto de nosotros? Ciertamente, necesitamos saber qué clase de autoridad piensan que tienen nuestros oficiales públicos. P Frank Pavone
Left: Fr. Frank Pavone and Nelile Gray at the 2012 March for Life
Miss Nellie Gray, Founder of the March for Life, has died.
“Nellie Gray and the March for Life had a most profound effect on my life,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. In 1976, when he was a senior in high school, Father Pavone went to the March for Life with his mother and grandmother. Although he had been quietly considering the priesthood before that, the March cemented both his vocation and his passion for pro-life issues.
“Every year since 1974, Nellie Gray has mobilized a diverse and energetic army for life,” said Father Pavone, who has attended every march since his first one. “Her own commitment to the cause never wavered. She was a tireless warrior for the unborn and her motto was ‘no exceptions.’ “
After his ordination in 1988, Father Pavone was assigned to a parish in Staten Island, NY. Every year he led a busload of parishioners to the March for Life. He took over as national director of Priests for Life in 1993, and the following year, attending the event in his new capacity, Miss Gray invited him to say the opening prayer at the March for Life Convention that annually precedes the March.
In 2008, the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which Father Pavone serves as president, presented Miss Gray with its Pro-Life Recognition Award. Later that day, Miss Gray tripped and fell on the stage at the opening rally for the March and had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury.
“As a colleague in national pro-life leadership, Nellie was always an inspiration to the rest of us,” Father Pavone said. “Her devotion was on display that same year, 2008, when, despite being in the hospital during the March for Life, she nevertheless was present at all all-day meeting of national leaders the very next morning, with a patch on her head.”
Every year since its founding in 2003, Miss Gray invited the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to stand on the rally stage holding signs that said, “I Regret My Abortion,” and she arranged for a larger group of post-abortive men and women from Silent No More to be in the vanguard of the March.
“We are so grateful that Nellie Gray shared our vision of Silent No More, and recognized that the women who have had abortions speak with unquestioned authority about the ways they have been harmed by this choice,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More. “Every year more women and men come to march and to share their testimony. Nellie Gray helped make that possible for us.”
Miss Gray is also credited for realizing that African-American pro-life leaders had to become more vocal and visible in the fight for life.
“Nellie Gray knew that abortion took a heavy toll from the black community and she urged us to lend our voices to the fight against this terrible injustice,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life. “She was a visionary.”
Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Ministry and director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, said: “My heart is broken by the loss of Nellie Gray, a true pro-life hero and role model. At the same time I celebrate that Nellie is with our Lord who she loved so dearly. I have had the honor of working with Nellie for years and every time I March in DC in January, I know she will be watching over us and praying for us. Nellie Gray, I will miss you dearly.
The 2013 March for Life will mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision, and the 39th anniversary of the March.
“It was an anniversary that broke Nellie Gray’s heart every year, and every day,” Father Pavone noted. “In January we will march in her memory, in her honor, to save the unborn children to whom she dedicated her life.”
To offer your spiritual bouquet, your promise of prayers and to share your memories of Nellie go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/data/prayer_request.aspx.
En la visión pagana del gobierno, la ley salía de la boca del rey y el pueblo no contaba para nada. Pero Cristo nos enseña que las personas si cuentan, y por tanto el gobierno se hace representativo, y las personas si tienen qué decir. Algunos todavía dudan si el púlpito es el lugar para hablar sobre las elecciones. Pero de hecho, si no hubiera púlpitos, tampoco habría elecciones.
Este año es un año electoral, y es tiempo de pensar en los problemas. El mensaje del movimiento pro-vida no es
que el aborto es el único asunto, más bien, el mensaje es que si no somos capaces de proteger cualquier segmento de la familia humana, así como no somos capaces de proteger a los no nacidos, hemos quitado las bases para proteger a los demás. Es tiempo de votar a favor de la vida.
The unjust and unconstitutional HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life and 57 other plaintiffs have sued the federal government, takes effect today. We at Priests for Life do not qualify for the year that the government has offered certain groups to “adapt” to the mandate. And we are not “religious” enough for this Administration.
But regardless of all that, we do not adapt to injustice; we oppose it. Therefore today, on behalf of our organization and on behalf of myself personally, I announce our conscientious objection to this mandate.
Priests for Life has the highest respect for civil government and advocates the observance of all just laws. But this policy is unjust, and today I reaffirm our intention to disobey it.
I issued the following memo this morning at 12:01am to all our employees, consultants and prospective employees:
Dear Priests for Life Staff and Consultants,
The HHS mandate, about which we have been educating people since January and
against which we have launched a federal lawsuit, goes into effect for Priests for Life today. Whether or not the government decides to eventually impose fines on us when our health
insurance policy is renewed in a few months is not the issue. The issue is that as of today, as far as the government is concerned, we have to provide health insurance coverage for practices that are morally objectionable.
In order to avoid the slightest semblance of scandal, or compromise of our principles, and lest any employee should imagine that we would ever consent to provide coverage for actions that destroy human life, I want to make it clear to you today that we will disobey
this mandate. Neither Priests for Life as an organization, nor any one of our administrative team or Board of Directors, nor I personally, consent to provide, pay for, advocate, counsel, refer, or in any way tolerate or cooperate with any process, plan, exchange of money or services, or any other activity that would enable a person to engage in the use of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, or sterilization.
We reaffirm that our mission is precisely to eliminate abortion in every form, and
we reaffirm our trust in you that you share that mission and are likewise offended by this mandate. We will therefore stand together in resisting it, and in our confidence that we will prevail, by persevering in prayer and action, in our lawsuit.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Having officially communicated this memo to our staff, I likewise invite all our supporters across the country and around the world to stand with us, and let their voices be heard by joining our Citizens’ Amicus Brief and by doubling their commitment to help our many
initiatives succeed, especially those related to fostering the political responsibility of citizens.
Today is also the filing deadline for the Administration to introduce its motion to dismiss our case against the HHS, Priests for Life vs. Sebelius, as they have already indicated their intention to do. Our lead counsel in the case has advised us that he is confident our case has addressed the issues in such a way that we will prevail against this motion.
Fr. Frank Pavone
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.