Mom and Daughter to Share Pain of Abortion Loss at March for Life Canada

May 5th, 2016

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OTTAWA, Ontario — The day Allison Pollard learned about the abortion her mother had before giving birth to her, things started to make sense.

“I was 23 years old and the single mom of a 3-year-old daughter,” she recalled about the day 15 years ago when her mother, Anita Sonntag, told her and her younger sister about the abortion.

“We all cried. My sister and I hurt for our mother and we mourned our brother,” she said. “It’s hard to describe the feeling but it’s like we gained and lost a brother in the same sentence.”

Both mother and daughter will give their testimony at this year’s National March for Life Canada on May 12 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, said 13 women and men will speak about their abortion regret during a gathering at 2:45 p.m.

Last year, Allison stood with her mom, holding a sign that says “I Mourn My Aborted Sibling.” This year she will speak up for her brother.

Anita also remembers the day she told her daughters about their aborted brother, although she doesn’t know why she chose that exact moment to reveal the secret she kept buried for so long. She hadn’t been through healing yet, nor had her pro-life activism begun.

“I think at first they didn’t want to believe it,” Anita said of her daughters. “Then they came and hugged me. I think we were all crying.”

That day began a healing journey for both Allison and Anita. For Allison, things began to make sense.

“I wouldn’t say that I was always aware that I had an older brother but I did feel that I didn’t belong in the role of oldest sibling,” she said. “Someone was missing.”

Anita has been active as the Regional Coordinator for Saskatchewan for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign since 2008. In 2015, the campaign launched a new initiative called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an effort to reach out to all the different groups of people impacted by an abortion. When Anita read some of the work of Dr. Philip Ney on sibling survivors that was included on the Shockwaves website, she discovered “it was like Allison’s life story.”

When Allison went to a Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat at a site where Anita was on the team, both thought it would be best if Anita did not attend Allison’s sessions.

“Knowing she was in there, it was like, what did I do to this child of mine,” Anita said. And now that Allison is sharing her story in public, Anita said, “I thought it would bother me, because I’m responsible – the cause – of a lot of her pain. But it’s OK, I’m glad she’s doing it.”

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the U.S. in 2002, will be joining the March for Life gathering once again this year.

“Like the U.S., Canada has no limits on abortion,” Mrs. Steenstra said. “But unlike the U.S., the Canadian government pays for abortion. Through the Campaign, we hope to reach those who have not yet made the choice for abortion, to help them change their minds. And we also want to reach men and women, like us, who did make that choice and deeply regret it. Healing is available for everyone impacted by abortion.”

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life Praises Kansas Legislature for Pro-life Measures

May 3rd, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised the Kansas legislature for two pro-life measures that it has passed and sent to the desk of Governor Brownback. One measure would prohibit midwives from performing abortions, the other would make permanent an annual budget provision that ensures state family planning funds be given to entities that do not perform abortions.

“Governor Brownback, a longtime friend of Priests for Life, is committed to enacting pro-life legislation. This is why Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council recently honored him with our Pro-life Recognition Award on the day of the national March for Life in Washington,” Fr. Pavone explained. “We are delighted that these measures are going to him.”

“The abortion industry is already highly unregulated and unscrupulous,” said Fr. Pavone. “Any legislation that prohibits this industry from sliding into even lower standards is urgently needed. And as far as funding is concerned, family planning funds should be directed to helping family members, not killing them.”

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.

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Fr. Frank Pavone Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

May 2nd, 2016

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NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016)

The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years.

Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily hints for Sundays and holy days, and articulates the pro-life dimensions of the priesthood itself.

“Defending the dignity of the human person is not a task added on to our ministry but rather one inseparable from it and flowing from its very heart,” Father Pavone writes in a chapter on “The Heart of the Priesthood.”

The preaching tips focus on abortion as the preeminent issue, for reasons that both this book and an entire body of Church documents identify and discuss.

Another section of the book also reviews dozens of common fears or hesitations clergy have regarding preaching on abortion.

The book has received the endorsement of several high-profile Catholic clergy, including Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

To order the new book, go to www.ProclaimingTheMessageOfLife.com.

Priests for Life had its start in San Francisco when several priests wanted to form an association to help their brother priests. The new apostolate received recognition by the Archbishop of San Francisco on April 30, 1991. Fr. Frank Pavone became the first full-time director in 1993. The apostolate has now become a family of ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, Stand True Youth Outreach, Civil Rights for the Unborn (led by Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and much more. It is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused exclusively on ending abortion.

For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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.

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As Prince Departs the Planet, US Currency Plans a Facelift

April 22nd, 2016

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In the news this week, new faces for America’s currency are being highlighted and proposed as possible solutions to the not yet defeated nemesis of racism. Meanwhile, another “purple light” has gone out, with the death of Prince.

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Often nicknamed “Moses,” Ms. Tubman was a remarkable woman and a Christian female liberator. She guided slaves to freedom, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the Suffragette Movement, was a confidant of Frederick Douglass and played a role in the Civil War.

Connecting the 19th century freedom struggles to the 20th century battle for racial justice, recommendations have been made to include Martin Luther King, Jr., sometimes known as “The Black Moses,” of his day, on the five dollar bill in the near future as one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifetime, Uncle ML fought for liberty, racial justice, righteousness, and dignity for all human beings, born and unborn.

Many people don’t know that during Liberator Tubman’s remarkable “Underground Railroad” journey, there were often pregnant women and families with little children on the journey to freedom. As a Christian, Tubman did not advocate abortion or infanticide; instead she developed creative methods to calm the children and indeed all of the escaping slaves as they braved the famous, historical Underground Railroad trek.

In continuation, The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a pivotal time in our nation’s history as it addressed the civil rights of so many people in our country and tackled the issues of gaining racial equality and ending segregation.

The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, of which many members of the “King Family Legacy” were a part, is now a historical landmark in the journey to true Jubilee.

Yes, we are making advances, yet we still have a long way to go towards achieving racial harmony and regard for the human personality.

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham jail.

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Speaking of human personalities, a bright “purple” light has left the planet.

Prince, the famous rock singer has left us. He is remembered for his music, and his legendary romance with “Vanity.” Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as “Vanity” was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She was a backup singer and dancer for Prince. Their love affair was legendary. Vanity left her performance career in 1994, after she overdosed on crack cocaine, and survived to become a Christian evangelist. I believe she continued to pray for Prince, even though they no longer had a professional career together.

Always on the cutting edge with his music, most notably “Purple Rain,” before his death, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl” recently covered a Christian song, “What If,” by Nicole Nordeman. The song embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith. Interestingly, Prince and Vanity had that in common, the struggle between fame and faith. Vanity died in February 2016. Prince died this week.

There are many instances where celebrities battle with fame and faith, some become Christians, some don’t. Ted Baher of www.movieguide.org advocates for promoting Christian values in media and entertainment. Read more here.

With all of the challenges in the world, many of which can be seen with the jumble of current events bombarding our senses, the major goal for seeking solutions to human problems must continue to be the conversion of the hearts of men and women. Only when we truly love our neighbors can we learn to live together as brothers and sisters.

From a spiritual perspective, even now in the 21st century, prayer remains a key in the march towards Freedom. Recently in DC at www.unitedcry2016.com, there were people of every walk of life praying for our nation to come together as one people and to embrace our differences instead of letting those differences divide us. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

During his lifetime my mentor, Pastor Allan McNair, often said, “America must repent from racism and defeat racism if we truly want God to bless us and make America great.” He also encouraged us to pray for spiritual transformation, rather than try to solve everything through political and money seeking efforts. During this current news and election cycle, prayer should be a major key in seeking solutions for America’s ills.

So, as we say goodbye to Prince, look for the new faces on our currency, and prepare to elect a new president of the United States, may we remain prayerful that God will truly “bless America” as we repent for our sins and pray for mercy and justice for all.

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Fr. Pavone Confident Panel on Infant Lives Will Uncover Violations of Federal Law on Sale of Baby Parts

April 20th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today thanked the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for its work, as it holds another public hearing today to investigate the abortion industry’s gruesome practices.

“Former federal prosecutors will testify at today’s House hearing on the pricing of fetal tissue that there is probable cause to believe that abortion businesses have violated federal law,” stated Fr. Pavone. “We know that they have been violating the law for decades; the panel’s work will confirm this.”

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Norton will tell House Select Investigative Panel members that they should conduct “an aggressive investigation” into the pricing of aborted baby body parts for research. Former federal prosecutor Brian Lennon will state that “a competent, ethical federal prosecutor” could establish probable cause that violations of federal law have occurred in abortion clinics.

“Unfortunately, the Democratic members of this panel will be of no help in getting to the truth,” added Fr. Pavone. “Democratic leadership in the House is in bed with the abortion industry, is completely blind to its immoral and illegal activities, and in fact has criticized the work of this Select Panel from the outset. Despite their obstruction and opposition, however, I am confident that the Republican majority will get the job done.”

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.

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Fr. Pavone Salutes Mississippi for Protecting Unborn

April 15th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement on the new law in Mississippi to protect unborn children from dismemberment abortion:

“Mississippi has taken a courageous and righteous step toward protecting children in the womb from the barbarity of a dismemberment abortion. Gov. Phil Bryant, state legislators and every resident of Mississippi have reason to be proud today.”

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.

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Fr. Pavone: Zika Virus Does Not Justify Abortion

April 14th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following the Centers for Disease Control finding that the Zika virus definitively causes some babies to be born with microcephaly.

“Naturally the Zika virus is a cause for concern, and we call upon governments and medical professionals to continue to develop appropriate treatments and interventions. But in no way does this justify recourse to abortion. The child in the womb is a patient too, and killing one’s patient is never an appropriate response.”

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.

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UnitedCryDC16, AzusaNow Raise the Bar in New Jubilee Prayer Wave

April 14th, 2016

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The year 2016 is a mega “Bible Jubilee” year. The increasing number of prayer rallies, meetings and conference phone calls crying out to God in repentance and seeking revival, reconciliation and renewal are impacting every aspect of our lives.

The prayer segment for racial reconciliation led by The Reconciled Church in Washington, DC on April 9, 2016 was very impactful.

The two powerful 4/9/16 rallies raised the bar for the cultural transformation needed to bring about more waves of evangelism which will surely impact the battle for the culture of abundant life.

Please review the links below regarding a remarkable prayer weekend last week.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelicals-repent-prayer-america-unitedcry-dc16-azusa-now-ronnie-floyd-anne-graham-lotz-161403/

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/reconciled-church-prayer-united-cry-2016.pdf

2016 Jubilee Prayer Mantle (Audio)

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Priests for Life Petitioners Comment on HHS Case

April 13th, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — The petitioners in Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the Supreme Court cases consolidated into Zubik vs. Burwell, commented today on the supplemental briefs submitted to the Supreme Court yesterday. Both the petitioners and the government were responding to questions posed in a March 29 order of the Court.

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, said: “From the beginning of this case, I have made it clear that I will not sign any forms that authorize our insurance company to cover these objectionable services in the health insurance we offer our employees. This case is not about the actions of third-parties. What the insurance company or the government will do without any authorization or involvement from us is one thing; what they try to force us to do is quite another.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time director of Civil Rights for the Unborn (the African-American outreach of Priests for Life), said, “Women’s reproductive issues are very complex. Forcing us to provide contraception will never resolve a woman’s deepest issues. There once was a woman with an issue of blood and Christ became her healer. May the church rise up and serve our women or else the government will continue to destroy our greatest blessings.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “The Court has asked us the right question. They asked us to draw the line, as believers, between behavior that is acceptable and behavior that is unacceptable to our faith. We have done so. Now it remains for the Court to rule to protect our freedom to live that faith by being able to choose freely what kind of insurance coverage we offer to our employees.”

Priests for Life, the largest Catholic organization focused on ending abortion, was the first of the 37 petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court.

The petitioners’ brief is here. The government’s brief is here. The Court order requesting the briefs is here.

Priests for Life is conducting a nationwide prayer campaign at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com for a favorable outcome in this case. For more information about the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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Priests for Life tells Court: Yes, there is a Less Restrictive Means

April 11th, 2016

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Date: April 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, whose case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, is one of the seven consolidated cases at the Supreme Court in Zubik vs. Burwell, stated today that he has responded to the question that the Supreme Court presented to the petitioners recently, trying to find a way to satisfy their religious objections to the HHS mandate.

In an unusual move, the Court asked petitioners recently for more documentation that might map out the way to a solution to the present controversy. On the one hand, the government wants the employees of Priests for Life and the other organizations to have insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. On the other hand, Priests for Life and the other groups want no part of providing it.

“By asking us to describe how things should be different than what the mandate currently requires, the Court is showing that it recognizes that the believer is the only one qualified to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. As the Supreme Court already said in Hobby Lobby and other cases, it is never the role of the government or the Court to substitute its own judgment for that of the believer.

“Also, the fact that the Court is asking us to describe a better solution that would truly accommodate our religious beliefs indicates that it is looking for a ‘less restrictive’ means for the government to pursue its objectives. The existence of a ‘less restrictive’ means, which we believe we have identified in this new brief, leads us to victory in this case. It proves our point that the government hasn’t passed the test that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) requires,” Fr. Pavone explained.

The brief that has been prepared as a collaborative effort of all the petitioners and their attorneys will be filed with the Court tomorrow, simultaneous with a brief from the government on the same question. Then, later in the month, each side will be able to respond to one another’s briefs.

“The bottom line is this,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We have told the Court that we simply cannot take any actions whatsoever to authorize, facilitate, or in any way be part of the provision of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. This case is not about what others do; rather, it is about what we do. We cannot ever be the ‘gateway’ for the provision of these life-denying, life-destroying drugs. We have drawn that line clearly for the court. If the government or the insurance companies insist on pursuing the destructive path of abortion and contraception, they already have the means to do it without our involvement. Our message to the government is simple: leave us out of it, and stop forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith. Every believer in America should be free to do both at the same time.”

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