Media advisory: Reporting on Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Against HHS Mandate

February 8th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 8, 2016

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NEW YORK — As a service to reporters and media outlets covering the Supreme Court case of Zubik vs. Burwell, we have listed here again the seven cases that have been consolidated. On November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to the following cases challenging the HHS mandate, and consolidated them. The Court listed them here in the order in which they reached the Supreme Court:

(ORDER LIST: 577 U. S.)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015
CERTIORARI GRANTED
14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS
15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

Within each of these cases are multiple plaintiffs who, while their names do not appear in the titles of the cases, each have their own stories and histories with these lawsuits.

Additionally, we want to advise reporters that there are four separate law firms representing the various cases, and they are as follows:

American Freedom Law Center (www.AmericanFreedomLawCenter.org)
(counsel for Priests for Life v. HHS)
Jones Day (www.JonesDay.com)
(counsel for Roman Catholic Archbishop v. Burwell and Zubik v. Burwell)
Alliance Defending Freedom (www.adflegal.org)
(counsel for Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell and Geneva College v. Burwell)
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (www.becketfund.org)
(counsel for East Texas Baptist University v. Burwell and Little Sisters v. Burwell)

As these consolidated cases move forward to oral arguments on March 23 and to a decision in June, we urge reporters to remind their audiences of the diverse scope of the groups challenging the mandate and to respect that diversity.

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: House Vote an Endorsement for Child Killing

February 2nd, 2016

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Date: February 2, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today expressed dismay at the unsuccessful House vote to override President Obama’s veto of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal key sections of Obamacare.

“Make no mistake, those Members of Congress who voted to uphold the President’s veto also voted to endorse the killing of over 300,000 unborn babies a year by Planned Parenthood,” said Fr. Pavone. “When a business like Planned Parenthood aborts children in the womb, it doesn’t matter what else it does – any money added to its revenue stream is money that facilitates the taking of innocent life.”

The House voted 241 to 186 today in favor of H.R. 3762, which would have redirected federal Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood to local community health centers that do not perform abortions. The favorable vote, however, fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override President Obama’s veto of the measure.

“Today’s vote is disappointing, but not unexpected,” added Fr. Pavone. “My prayer is that this will be the last year that money is taken from taxpayers’ pockets and given to Planned Parenthood.”

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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Informed Consent Bill Called “good first step for Kentucky”

February 2nd, 2016

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Date: February 2, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Kentucky legislature for passing its first pro-life legislation in years and urged Governor Matt Bevin to sign the measure that would amend the state’s informed consent for abortion law.

“It’s encouraging that after years and years of blocking any and all pro-life legislation passed by the State Senate, the Kentucky House has approved a modest bill to have abortion clinic staff actually answer women’s questions about abortion in person,” said Fr. Pavone. “That the vote to approve this measure was so overwhelming shows that there is much more that Kentuckians want their legislators to do to protect life.”

Under current law, women may receive recorded information about abortion over the phone 24 hours before having the procedure. The new legislation, which now goes to the desk of pro-life Governor Matt Bevin, would establish that women either have an in-person meeting at the abortion clinic or a real-time video consultation with the abortionist 24 hours prior to an abortion.

“This is a good first step for the Kentucky legislature,” added Fr. Pavone. “I urge Governor Bevin, who has been a champion for the right to life, to sign this bill.”

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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Scary Politics : A defining moment

February 1st, 2016

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As we prepare to vote in upcoming elections, let’s take a moment to reflect on scary politics. It never fails, in times of politics, war and other uncertainties, some people forget God and turn to human reasoning, politicians, and yes to familiar oppression without knowing the truth.

“When Pharaoh finally let the people go… God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” — Exodus 13:17 NLT

How many “conservative” voters can define “conservative?” Conservatism is a philosophy supporting the US Constitution; having specific principles and issues i.e.: religious freedom, abortion is wrong — life is a civil right, procreative marriage, the right to bear arms, limited government, fair taxation, educational freedom, fair trade, safety and security, health and wellness, a working America, and… Yet the US Constitution is the “king pen” of conservatism.

Candidates who don’t accept the Constitution totally are likely not total conservatives. Upholding the Rule of Law that flows from the Constitution is a major conservative principle. Believing in truth (facts) is a major conservative principle.

At News With Views Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall writes:

“Any candidate who opposes the right to bear arms cannot be a conservative because he or she rejects the Constitution. A person who supports the Second Amendment but not other portions of our Constitution is not a conservative. To enter America unlawfully violates the Constitution and any candidate who opposes upholding the dictates of the Constitution as it relates to immigration is not a conservative. To support the legalization of or amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens currently in America is unconstitutional… and anyone who violates the Constitution is not a conservative because it violates conservative philosophy.

“If you do not know the contents of America’s Constitution, then you cannot say with certainty that you are conservative. If you don’t know the contents of our Constitution, how can you select a conservative candidate?”

At the most recent “Conservative” debate, at least one candidate recognized the connection between true conservatism. This candidate quoted the US Constitution in his closing remarks.

As one who has taken the path of prayer over endorsements, I encourage you to keep your hearts and minds clear to avoid personality bias. Let’s try hard not to allow zeal for our favorites to cloud the goal of having God redirect our nation from looming disaster.

Pray for America.

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Supreme Court to Argue Priests for Life Case March 23

February 1st, 2016

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February 1, 2016

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Prayer Rally set in Front of Court

Priests for Life will be in the US Supreme Court for oral arguments on Wednesday, March 23 in the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS. On that day, Priests for Life will hold a prayer rally in front of the steps of the Supreme Court, and invites all who are in favor of life and religious freedom to join them.

There will be prayers, speeches, and educational talks regarding what is happening in this case, and various church leaders, politicians, Presidential candidates, and pro-life leaders are being invited to take part in the rally.

Leading up to the oral arguments, and then leading up to the decision which is expected in June, Priests for Life invites all to take part in the prayer campaign against the HHS mandate, found at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

Six other similar cases have been consolidated by the high court with the Priests for Life case. Among the unique elements of the Priests for Life case is the fact that the entire mission and purpose of the organization is to end abortion, while the HHS mandate tries to force the plaintiffs into helping the government expand abortion. Moreover, in the Priests for Life case, there are three personal plaintiffs in addition to the organization itself: Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, who serves fulltime as Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.

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: When a Human Heart is Beating, Life Has Begun

January 25th, 2016

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Date: January 25, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear heartbeat bills from North Dakota and Arkansas that would protect babies from abortion once a heartbeat can be detected.

“Anyone who still questions when life begins has to at least admit that when a human heart is beating, life has begun. The Supreme Court’s unfortunate decision not to review the North Dakota or Arkansas cases regarding heartbeat laws means continued delay in protecting those beating hearts. In the meantime, we at Priests for Life are making our voice heard in the Supreme Court regarding the Texas case, which will be argued on March 2 and in which we are submitting a friend of the court brief. Moreover, we have the court’s attention in our own Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate, which the Court has accepted and will argue in March as well.”

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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Kansas Court Decision and the March for Life – More Steps to Take Says Fr. Frank Pavone

January 22nd, 2016

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Date: January 22, 2016

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Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said today that the Kansas Court of Appeals’ seven-to-seven vote on the Kansas law protecting babies from dismemberment abortion will add an extra urgency to today’s March for Life.

“The Kansas court’s tie vote on a law that states unborn babies cannot be killed by having their arms, legs, and heads torn from their bodies means that a lower court judge’s radical ruling still stands,” said Fr. Pavone. “But the decision is also a reminder to the hundreds of thousands marching for life in Washington, D.C. today that while we have come a long way, we have many more steps to take and prayers to pray to protect our brothers and sisters in the womb.”

The Kansas Court of Appeals, in a rare tie decision issued by the full court this morning, let stand a judge’s decision that held that the Kansas Constitution contains a right to abortion that’s independent from any created by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. The case is almost certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

“As the court was announcing its ruling this morning, I was honoring Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at an interdenominational Constitution Hall ceremony for signing the first-in-the-nation anti-dismemberment bill into law,” added Fr. Pavone. “These simultaneous events illustrate that the battle for the unborn child’s civil rights will go back and forth for now. We know, however, that the truth of that child’s humanity will ultimately triumph over the lies of the abortion industry

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Gov. Brownback and all Kansans to be Honored with National Pro-Life Award at Jan. 22 Service

January 20th, 2016

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Date: January 20, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — and the people of Kansas and their legislators — will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award at the 22nd annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Brothers and Sisters, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said: “Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the unborn in a profound and exemplary way. In 2015, Gov. Brownback signed a law, the first in the nation, to protect children from dismemberment abortion. We have supported and spoken about the need for this kind of measure for many years, and the governor’s commitment to protecting preborn children from the pain of dismemberment abortion led all of us in the pro-life movement to recommit ourselves to helping pass this law in many more states across the nation.”

Gov. Brownback will attend the National Memorial to accept the award.

Soon after Gov. Brownback signed the bill, a county judge in Kansas blocked enforcement and father and daughter abortionists filed a lawsuit against it. The Kansas Court of Appeals has yet to render a decision.

“We pray this law will be enacted, and that the nation follows Kansas’s lead in protecting the unborn,” Father Pavone said.

Organizations that are co-sponsoring the National Memorial with the National Pro-Life Religious Council and Priests for Life include: American Values, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, Americans United for Life, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Alliance Defending Freedom and Catholics Called to Witness.

Serving on the Host Committee are: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President, American Values; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life; Bradley Mattes, President and CEO, Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom; Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network, and Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network.

The National Memorial for the Pre-born is an interdenominational prayer service. It will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Constitution Hall. Large groups can be easily accommodated in the venue, and no tickets or reservations are required. The event will take place regardless of the weather.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 17th Street. For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.NationalPrayerService.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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Pray for Leaders and Candidates

January 20th, 2016

160120 blog image“Pray for everyone you know… especially for rulers and governments…so we can be quietly about our business of living…” – ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭MSG

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When asked about Governor Palin’s recent endorsement, I told Neil Cavuto when he asked me about “The Trump phenomenon that: “Shake-ups aren’t always bad.”

In the upcoming days with all of the elections before us, let’s be mindful and prayerful because our nation and our world are in trouble. Let’s pray for all leaders and candidates and rely on God to guide us to the voting booths and obey God’s directions when we get there.

No politics as usual, no dirty tricks. It can’t be about our favorites this time. It’s not to be a personality contest because there’s too much at stake.

At the end of the day, we’ll need to vote for a winner. We need to be able to cast a vote without having participated in character assassinations in order to advance our favorites. We can’t afford to hate any candidate.

We need to overcome abortion, heal and strengthen the procreative family, combat poverty and violence and racism. We need to minimize war and put America back to work. We need to be free to worship God in the public square. We need to love each other in an Agape way; and as my Uncle MLK said: “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools.

Pray for America.

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2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 15th, 2016

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“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upon the occasion of the 2016 MLK Holiday, may we thankfully remember in prayer the ministry of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “Let Freedom Ring” and “thank God that King had a dream.”

LET FREEDOM RING

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