We still have a dream

August 28th, 2015

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Every year I take pause to remember and thank God for causing me to be born into the same family that brought forth Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a child, I could never have imagined that I would grow up to follow in his footsteps, and the footsteps of his brother, my father, Rev. A. D. King, and their father and my grandfather, Daddy King.

Having come from a Christian background with strong and faithful men and women of God in my bloodline, I am grateful to remember yet another anniversary of August 28, that historical day when Uncle MLK made his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. My parents were there among the thousands gathered to hear a message of hope.

That dream is still alive today, because it is rooted in the American Dream and in the Word of God. In the midst of the nightmares of violence, anger and hatred all around us, we must still have a dream.

As my Uncle MLK once said: “We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters], or perish as fools.” He dreamed of a world where people would live beyond the battles over skin color, religious wars, and all socio-economic differences.

My Uncle and my Daddy dreamed of a “Beloved Community” where all human beings would be loved and respected. Of course, we live in an imperfect world and are born into adversity. Yet we can remember the love of our Creator and look up and move forward towards a better destiny. With humans this will remain impossible. Yet with God, all things are possible.

Pray with me today as we remember the Dream of MLK, that God will grant us the joy of having that dream become reality.

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The Tip of the PP Iceberg. What Lies Below the Surface of the Water is More Evil and More of Our Tax Dollars

August 27th, 2015

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Planned Parenthood (PP) has certainly been in the news as of late. The videos by the Center for Medical Progress have exposed an extremely sadistic side of PP that most people outside of the Pro-Life Movement never knew about.

Now there are cries from so many people, even presidential candidates like Ted Cruz, to defund PP. One presidential candidate said PP isn’t all bad, but he is against abortion. On some level, at least 17 presidential candidates are decrying the PP abortion/harvesting agenda.

As an evangelist and a civil rights voice, a Black post-abortive mother born into a pro-life family, I’m sounding the alarm.

What many people don’t understand is that if you are willfully killing pre-born babies and even born alive babies, and are actively working to expand that aspect of your business then you’re willing to do anything, even breaking the law, to make more money. That’s the legacy of PP founder Margaret Sanger. Thanks to her, PP is America’s largest abortion provider and apparently a major harvester of human body products.

Abortion in an intrinsic evil; It only stands to reason that any organization involved in abortions would also be involved in other evil acts.

Although many of the programs PP administers sound good on the surface, like the harvesting of baby body parts for “research,” they must be looked at under the microscope of their overall anti-procreative philosophy.

As American Life League noted on their STOPP website:

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has, since 1970, pushed for sex education in public schools. In 1986, its president, Faye Wattleton, stated that PPFA had established a goal of getting kindergarten through twelfth grade sex education mandated in every school district in the nation. Planned Parenthood sees sex education as a way of indoctrinating our children with PP’s philosophies-philosophies that include the acceptance of abortion and deviant sexual practices, philosophies that are in direct opposition to the teachings of most churches in this country.

As it stands now, PP receives over half a billion, that’s right, half a billion, of tax-payer dollars through Title X Family Planning grants. This is the figure that gets thrown out when most people discuss defunding PP. Yet it is a very subtle as yet attack on natural human sexuality, procreation, marriage and family.

Consequently, what most people don’t talk about and what too many are unaware of are the additional millions of dollars, such as over $5 million according to Life Dynamics, they receive in grant monies for their educational programs, like teen pregnancy prevention, sex education, abstinence, and other such programs. They sound like good programs until, as I stated earlier, you look at them in context to their philosophy –“a way of indoctrinating our children with PP’s philosophies-philosophies that include the acceptance of abortion and deviant sexual practices.”

Another report states that the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), which is under the Department of Health and Human Services, just gave PP of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands $18.75 million in federal grant funding.

And it doesn’t stop there. PP gets federal and state funding, as well as hefty funding from the private sector to advance their anti-birth anti-family agenda. Their “three headed monster approach” is deadly.

If you don’t believe the truth about PP’s philosophy, take a look at this video report from 2012 entitled, “Hooking Kids on Sex II”. It shows how PP uses a similar method employed by drug dealers to get kids hooked on sex which will ultimately lead to unintended pregnancies because a certain percent of contraceptives fail which means more abortion business for them. The popular Prolife “Blood Money” video confirms this practice.

Using the frog in the hot water analogy, PP has managed to bring the water to a boil to our peril. If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water it will jump right out but put it in a pot of cold water and he or she is content to swim around, testing the water. Then as you turn up the heat slowly, but eventually the frog boils to death not being any the wiser. Well, that’s what PP is doing.

The selling of baby parts for profit is not the only thing PP does that should make you cringe. There is a lot more going on beneath the surface of this evil organization. We’re at the boiling point now but the warming of the water has been going on for years and many didn’t even pay attention. Goodness, there are still so many not paying attention. I hope people wake up before the fabric of our marriages and families erodes into oblivion and society as a whole boils to death.

Although there is so much more we could say about the evils of PP let’s pause with this one note. Just like a little arsenic in a glass of hot chocolate, millions of abortions makes PP a business that the federal government does not need to be funding with our tax dollars.

LET’S PRAY FOR AMERICA AND DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, NOW!

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Fr. Pavone: Time to hold Planned Parenthood, lawmakers accountable

August 25th, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement this morning regarding a newly released video of a conversation with Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress:

“We have consistently maintained that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of baby body parts. This video shows that clearly. Making a profit on the sale of body parts is against federal law. Despite the convictions of some abortion advocates, Planned Parenthood is not above the law. It is time to hold them accountable for their actions, and it is time for us to hold our public officials accountable to their responsibility to properly investigate and prosecute this illegal enterprise.”

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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Priests for Life AAO and National Black Prolife Coalition Protest PPH in Prayer

August 20th, 2015

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Atlanta, GA — Priests for Life is one of the national co-sponsoring groups organizing and promoting rallies against Planned Parenthood across the country on Saturday, August 22, and on the same day, will launch a national week of prayer and fasting to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood.

Priests for Life a African American Outreach and the National Black Prolife Coalition will have representatives at the Atlanta rally praying and sharing abortion testimonies.

Protest Planned Parenthood with Alveda King in Marietta, GA, August 22, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Alveda King, Director of PFL AAO said: “Through the years AAO (Priests for Life African American Outreach) has led prayer vigils to end abortion and close the killing centers. On Saturday, August 22, 2015 we will be in front of Planned Parenthood, 220 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA 30062. We will be part of over 300 protests taking place on 47 states across America.”

Rev. Walter Hoye of www.issues4life.org and www.blackprolifecoalition.org said: “Understanding the place, the purpose and the power of prayer in the lives of Christians, the National Black Pro-Life Coalition joins Alveda King in the fight for the Civil Rights of the most vulnerable among us.”

Alveda King concluded: “In light of current PPH expose videos by The Center for Medical Progress, we clearly know that our prayers are needed more than ever. There will be prayer vigils all across America Saturday. Please join us in Marietta or take part in a city near you. Wherever you are, if you can’t physically make it please pray with us! For more information on the protests and to find a location near you go to protestpp.com.

“Also, please get Rev. Frank Pavone’s new book ABOLISHING ABORTION, a how to manifesto that will add to your arsenal. And finally, as we lift our prayers, visit PRAY for AMERICA for an inspirational sing along message.

“God bless America, forgive our sins and heal our land.”

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Priests for Life and Silent No More Team Help Organize and Speak at Dozens of Protests Against Planned Parenthood

August 20th, 2015

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life is one of the national co-sponsoring groups organizing and promoting rallies against Planned Parenthood across the country on Saturday, August 22, and on the same day, will launch a national week of prayer and fasting to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, will have representatives speaking at multiple rallies to share their abortion testimony, and various members of the Priests for Life pastoral team will also give talks at various locations.

The teams will have a presence in at least 26 of the Protest Planned Parenthood rallies, and have fostered participation in hundreds more, particularly through activating the nation’s Churches.

• Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of the newly released book “Abolishing Abortion,” will speak at the Manhattan protest, outside the Margaret Sanger Center, at 26 Bleecker Street.
• Father Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of Priests for Life, will be at the rally in Augusta, GA
• Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate for Priests for Life, will lead the protest at the Planned Parenthood in Albuquerque.
• Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, is an organizer and speaker for the rally in Marietta, GA.
• Bryan Kemper, Priests for Life’s youth outreach director, will speak at the event in Dayton, Ohio.

In addition, 22 regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign have helped to organize and will speak at rallies from coast to coast, including: Los Angeles and Vista, CA; Meridian and Silver Spring, MD; St. Louis, MO; Plattsburgh, NY; Eugene, OR; Quakertown, PA; Providence, RI; San Antonio and Austin, TX; Charlottesville, Richmond and Falls Church, VA; Hackensack, NJ; Wisconsin Rapids and Waukesha, WI; Dayton, OH; Everett and Sequim, WA; Louisville, KY, and Birmingham, AL.

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said
“So many women from the campaign are involved because they bought their abortion at Planned Parenthood but they received substandard medical care that left them with physical or psychological damage,” said Janet Morana, executive . “Their experience trumps the political rhetoric surrounding abortion.”

News outlets planning to cover any of these events are invited to call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org to arrange interviews with anyone on the Priests for Life and Silent No More teams. Any outlets that would like to be provided with photos from the rallies should contact Ms. Palma on Friday morning. Video may be available from select locations.

“At various key moments in our struggle against abortion, something happens that gives the American public a chance to see abortion — and the abortion industry — for what they are. The veil is lifted off of the corruption and horror of these atrocities, which continue not because the American people support them but because abortion industry hides them,” said Father Pavone.

“Now, with the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, many realize for the first time that abortion is not the serene and innocuous thing that slogans made them think it was, and that Planned Parenthood is not the caring, service-oriented organization that its marketing masters make the public think it is. We are in a brief window of opportunity now to rouse ourselves and our fellow citizens to action.”

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: Video Reveals Live-Birth Abortion

August 19th, 2015

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NEW YORK – Statement by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of “Abolishing Abortion,” on the latest Planned Parenthood video:

“The latest undercover video reveals the reality of live-birth abortion. We hear one worker saying that one abortion patient was ‘in the OR for just three minutes… the fetus was already in the vaginal canal, and it just fell out…’

“Holly O’Donnell then relates a situation in which she helped procure the brain of an aborted baby. Holly said a co-worker called her over to look at the aborted body, which was intact. Holly says, ‘She just taps the heart and it starts beating…It had a face… nose…eyelids… she gave me the scissors and told me I had to cut down the middle of the face.’

“After the brain was taken, Holly had to clean up and put the rest of the baby’s body in the biohazard container. Holly relates, ‘He got stuck on the lid and it turned around and his buttocks were in the air and his two feet were like dangling out, and I remember having to pick each one of his feet up and put them in the container and close the lid.’

“Exactly what is being done to obtain these intact bodies needs to be investigated. Federal law prohibits abortion procedures that partially or fully deliver a living baby. Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is serving life in prison because he killed babies who were still alive when they came out of the mother’s body. If Planned Parenthood is not fully investigated and prosecuted for these offenses, then we owe Gosnell an apology.

“I have worked with many former abortionists and clinic workers who tell similar accounts of what goes on in America’s abortion clinics. Read their stories at www.AbortionTestimonies.com.”

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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Abolishing Abortion: A Must Read Book for Such a Time as This

August 18th, 2015

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The latest book by Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day, is a much needed book in these turbulent days as we see the value of human life being attacked on many different fronts.

In ABOLISHING ABORTION, Rev. Frank Pavone delivers twenty “arrows” to pierce the chinks in the deadly armor of the abortion machine. It’s a how to approach packed with anecdotes and historical perspectives.

I have been working with Fr. Frank for ten years as Director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life. During this time we have fought many battles to save the unborn from death and for their right to life. We have also labored to help the mothers and families of the babies. For abortion makes victims not only of the babies, but society as a whole.

I first met Rev. Pavone at a Right to Life meeting over twenty years ago. I had been Pro-life since 1983, and as a post abortive African American woman, I welcomed the opportunity to join him in the greatest Civil Rights battle of our times.

Just as my uncle, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and my father, Rev. A.D. King, fanned the flames of the civil rights movement, so today Rev. Frank Pavone is doing the same for the movement to end abortion. Fr. Frank’s book ‘Abolishing Abortion’ is another step in that great task.”

Life today seems to have less value, at least in the eyes of many. Whether it’s Black lives, unborn lives, lives of the disabled, lives of the elderly, ALL life has been devalued. Yet what would you expect from societies that allow a mother to kill her own child and call it a personal ‘choice?’

Today death has spread from the abortion facilities to the deserts of Iraq, to the streets of our cities, to the classrooms of our schools, and to the prayer meetings of our churches.

The killing will not end until we begin to defend the most innocent of all, the unborn babies in the womb. When we say that their lives matter, then we can truly say, “All Lives Matter.” And yes, we can even put a hashtag in front of it if we like.

Abolishing Abortion is a call to action for everyone who values human life; which can change hearts and minds and ultimately the world.

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Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion Hits Bookshelves Today

August 18th, 2015

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Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children.

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said he’s not just fighting abortion, he’s working to end it.

His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States.

In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in the public square and challenges both churches and individual Christians to full engagement.

Abolishing Abortion calls upon both the Church and the State to step up and fulfill their duties to protect the unborn child. It provides readers with legal facts, political strategies, and theological rationales for getting engaged and being effective.

Endorsed by a who’s who of political and pro-life leaders, Abolishing Abortion details how 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling actually changed the kind of government we have in the United States and guides readers through practical steps they can take to restore the democracy the Founding Fathers had in mind.

Those who have endorsed the book include Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who said Abolishing Abortion is a “stirring call to both church and state to protect the unborn.”

Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have likewise endorsed the book.

Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves at a time when Americans are being presented with a series of undercover videos recorded at Planned Parenthood facilities, revealing the horror of their activities. Father Pavone’s book actually outlines the strategy that leads to these undercover projects, explains their power, and outlines the practical follow-up action that needs to be taken.

Father Pavone said that through Abolishing Abortion, he has tried to express and spread the passion that he and so many others have for ending child killing.

“This book goes to the core of what we have to do to end abortion,” he said. “It openly and honestly discusses the failure of both the state and the church in this regard, and offers practical solutions, strategies and steps forward in which we can all take part.”

Abolishing Abortion can be ordered at www.AbolishingAbortion.com.

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Supreme Court Considering Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate

August 17th, 2015

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Date: August 17, 2015

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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court will meet on September 28 to consider whether or not it will hear Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate.

In the lead case for the Churches and religious non-profits objecting to the HHS mandate, “Priests for Life, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services,” the Court consolidated the Priests for Life petition with that of the Archdiocese of Washington. Petitioners in the Priests for Life case include not only the organization, but also, in their personal capacities, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, as well as Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, and Fr. Frank Pavone.

The Obama administration’s response to the joint petitions contends that the new “accommodation” for faith-based ministries does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Robert Muise, co-founder and senior co-counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said that, “In arguing, contrary to Priests for Life’s contentions, that it would be consistent with Catholic Church teaching for Priests for Life to comply with the challenged regulations, the government is taking on the impermissible role of deciding what does or does not violate Church teaching and then asking the Court to exceed both its judicial function and its judicial competence by confirming the government’s position. If the Court accepts this argument, it will destroy religious freedom as we know it.”

Priests for Life will submit its reply to the government’s objections on August 26.

Father Pavone said the government’s arguments are unpersuasive and dangerous:

“They are saying, in effect, that they know better than we do what violates our faith. It’s ridiculous, and it undermines all that American was founded on. It is the believer who believes, and the government is supposed to respect his right to believe, not control it.”

A Friend of the Court Brief supporting the petition of Priests for Life in this case has been filed, with the assistance of Americans United for Life, by the following groups: Association of American Physicians & Surgeons; American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Christian Medical Association; National Catholic Bioethics Center; Alabama Physicians for Life; National Association of Pro-life Nurses, and the National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center have indicated that because Priests for Life, in addition to being a religious non-profit entity, is particularly well-suited to challenge the HHS mandate, because the very mission of the organization is to protect human life from precisely the activities that the mandate wants to expand.

To read the government’s response to Priests for Life’s petition, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/15-08-supreme-court.pdf To see all the documentation and commentary on this case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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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Campaign of Fasting and Prayer Announced

August 13th, 2015

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Churches urged to join interdenominational campaign Aug. 22-29 to End the Evils of Abortion and Planned Parenthood

NEW YORK — On Aug. 22, pro-lifers will begin eight days of fasting and prayer to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood. Prayers for the interdenominational effort can be found at PrayerCampaign.org.

The campaign begins on a day that will be marked by a coordinated nationwide protest outside Planned Parenthood facilities.

At PrayerCampaign.org, all people of faith will find five unique prayers to be used on that day and each day through August 29. The prayers, available in English and Spanish, include a prayer for repentance, for those wounded by abortion, for pro-life advocates and public officials and for the conversion of Planned Parenthood.

“Prayer is the foundation of the pro-life effort,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion. “And prayer, well-prayed, leads to action.”

A number of national groups are co-sponsoring the prayer effort, including the National Pro-Life Religious Council; National Clergy Council; Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life; Presbyterians Pro-Life; Evangelical Church Alliance; Conservative Congregational Christian Conference; LifeNews.com; Americans United for Life; Tubman Truth; Faith and Action; Gospel of Life Ministries; National Pro-Life Center; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates; Catholics Called to Witness; Jill Stanek; Pro-Life Action Ministries; Life Issues Institute; Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union, and Hispanics for Life.

“Often believers say their first response to abortion should be prayer,” Father Pavone said. “Not so. It should be repentance, because when innocent blood is shed on the land, all in the land must answer for it. This leads us to intense and sustained prayer and fasting.”

Churches are asked to announce PrayerCampaign.org in their bulletins and on their websites from August 22-29. Suggested wording can also be found at PrayerCampaign.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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