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“In our present times there is an urgent need to promote a culture of life and also to undertake direct actions that help protect the life of the weakest, especially the unborn. For that reason the work done by ‘Priests for Life’ deserves the gratitude and support of the whole Church.”

- Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President, Pontifical Council for the Laity, Vatican City State, June 7, 2011.

   
Dear Friends,

Priests for Life is on the front lines of the effort to end abortion, and to energize the Church at all levels in this task. Our financial support comes entirely from people like you!  We do not receive monetary support from diocesan or national Church structures.

I need your help today, and so do the unborn. Thank you in advance.

Fr. Frank Pavone, MEV

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

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February 2, 2016

"Without doubt, PFL has offered to the Church a great service in the Pro-Life movement.- Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican City

The next three months will prove decisive in our mission to end legalized abortion in America.

And because they will I’m counting on you to be especially generous in your support for Priests for Life’s work from now until Pentecost Sunday.  And since the political and moral situation in America has reached the crisis point, we’re going to need you to be more generous than usual with both your prayers and your financial gifts.

That said please take a moment to let me how you will help make our 90-Day Campaign for LIFE the success that it absolutely must be if we are to protect the youngest members of our human family from the injustice of abortion. 

Here’s what your unborn brothers and sisters need from you today:


They are:

1.Our upcoming Legal Symposium for churches

2.Oral Supreme Court case against the HHS mandate of ObamaCare

3.Our efforts to get Congress to pass important life-saving legislation

4.Our work to get state legislatures to protect mothers and babies from abortion

5.Our 2016 Election Battle Plan

In and of themselves, each one of those initiatives is vital to our fight to end abortion.  Taken altogether, their success or failure will determine the outcome of our pro-life mission.

And those are only our top five priorities over the next 90 days.  They don’t include our parish mission trips.  Our post-abortion healing ministries – Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.  Our many speaking engagements.  Our production of pro-life materials.  Our “Youth Outreach” program.  Our “Blacks Against Abortion” initiative.  Our work to shut down abortion mills.  And more.  These programs are over and above the five priorities listed above.

All of which is why I’m counting on you to get behind our 90-Day Campaign for Life and help make it the success it absolutely must be.

As for our top five priorities and their importance in our fight to end abortion, here is a more detailed explanation of each project so you can judge for yourself just how crucial it is to the fulfillment of your pro-life vocation.

#1: Legal Symposium for Churches

With the 2016 Presidential campaign in full swing it’s critically important that we convince bishops, pastors and priests – as well as self-appointed legal “experts” working in diocesan chanceries – to stop cowering in fear before the IRS and act as God calls them to act.  Our message is simply this:

Don’t censor yourself!  Stop blaming the tax guy.  Stop misrepresenting what the law really says.  Step up to the plate and exercise your religious freedom.

As I told you a while back, Priests for Life has brought together some of the top legal minds in the country when it comes to what churches can and cannot do and say during elections. The bottom line is that they can preach to their heart’s content on moral issues … including abortion.  They can even mention candidates by name. The only things they can’t do are explicitly say: “Vote for John Smith”, contribute to a candidate’s campaign or take up a collection on behalf of a particular candidate. 

Priests for Life will spend as much as it takes to reassure our nation’s bishops, pastors and priests that they have little to fear from the IRS and to encourage them to SPEAK OUT and make their voices heard with their parishioners when it comes to voting this November.

#2: Lawsuit Against the HHS Mandate of ObamaCare

As you’ll recall from my prior emails, our case has made it to the Supreme Court.  On January 6 – the traditional Feast of the Epiphany – we filed our opening brief with the Court.  This brief marks an important step in determining, hopefully once and for all, that the government may not target charitable religious groups with heavy handed, politically motivated attacks.  Even as you read this, our attorneys are preparing the arguments they will present before the Justices sometime in March (the exact date has not yet been sent).  Here’s what I need you to do:

  • Take part in our 90-Day Campaign because a portion of your gift today will be used to replenish our all but tapped out Legal Fund.
  • PRAY!  We’ve launched a prayer campaign for victory in the Supreme Court and need you to join this effort.  Click here to download the prayers for the “Novena to Reverse HHS Mandate” that I’m hoping you will say.  You can make your Novena over any 9-day period that you choose; but the sooner the better. 

Make no mistake.  The Obama administration has no valid reason to require religious non-profit groups to comply with this HHS mandate when it has already granted exemptions that allow tens of millions of other Americans to avoid it.  Its sole purpose is to squash religious liberty in America and force those of us who respect the dignity of each human person to be part of their abortion agenda.

Well, Priests for Life will never be complicit in evil, no matter who is mandating it.

 

#3: Efforts with Congress

The pro-life Congress you and Priests for Life did so much to help elect back in 2014 is asserting itself on behalf of life.  It passed a reconciliation bill de-funding Planned Parenthood (I’ll have more to say about this in a moment … including President Obama’s veto of the bill).  The House passed the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”.  We’re pressing the Senate to follow suit.  We’re working with lawmakers to introduce a ban on dismemberment abortions. And it is formally investigation Planned Parenthood and the whole abortion industry. There is much Congress can do to help the pro-life movement and we are in constant communication with members.

#4: Ongoing Work with State Legislatures

Thanks to your continued support, our work with legislators at the state level continues to produce abundant fruit.  Priests for Life helps pastors, grassroots activists and legislators to pass scores of laws protecting mothers and babies from abortionists.  This quote from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute shows just how successful the pro-life movement has been (NOTE: What the folks at Guttmacher call “restrictions” we call PROTECTIONS):

Including the 57 abortion restrictions enacted in 2015, states have adopted 288 abortion restrictions just since the 2010 midterm elections swept abortion opponents into power in state capitals across the country. To put that number in context, states adopted nearly as many abortion restrictions during the last five years as during the entire previous 15 years. 

Since most state legislatures will have ended their sessions by Pentecost, Priests for Life needs to be extremely active during our 90-Day Campaign period to make sure they pass as many laws as possible.  One measure we’re asking pro-life lawmakers to focus on is to follow the lead of the Kansas state legislature and pass an “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.”  We will continue to press states to protect defenseless babies from being torn limb from limb during abortions.  Such abortions inflict excruciating pain and are barbaric in nature, as is every abortion.

#5: Priests for Life’s 2016 Election Battle Plan

To know how crucial this work is consider what Congress did this past January 6.  It passed that reconciliation bill I told you about a moment ago.  The bill would defund Planned Parenthood and repeal major portions of Obamacare.  In sending this bill to President Obama, Congress showed you and me and every American what our country is capable of doing when we elect lawmakers who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.

Not surprisingly President Obama vetoed the bill.  Everyone knew he would.  He has long demonstrated his callous disregard for babies in the womb and even babies who survive abortions.  With this veto, he not only continues to trample on their rights and the broken hearts of their mothers, he rewards their oppressors. 

But I predict this will be one of those “pyrrhic victories” that litters history books.  You know the ones I mean; where the victor is so bloodied that he ends up losing the war.  I’m thinking this will happen to Obama and his abortion allies because in vetoing this bill Obama has made it crystal clear why it is vital that you and Priests for Life do everything in our power to make sure that our next President understands that the RIGHT TO LIFE is the fundamental human right upon which all other rights stand. 

To that end, Priests for Life is going all out to inform Catholics of all that’s at stake in the 2016 elections and convince them to take their pro-life principles with them when they enter the voting booth.

I’ll have much more to say about this work in a couple weeks.  What I will tell you now is that foundation for all of that work – Voter Registration drives, special programs on our “Defending Life” TV series, the production and distribution of Voter Guides, our “Voting With a Clear Conscience” brochure, Get Out the Vote drives … and more – has to be laid in the next 90 days.

And there you have it.  Priests for Life’s top five priorities from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday.  They are priorities because each one of them addresses a specific area in our fight to stop the killing of the youngest members of our human family.  These areas include:

  • Protecting our right to act and speak out publicly in opposition to the evil of abortion – especially our religious liberty.
  • Defending the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters.  Every baby in the womb is of equal value and must be protected.  Every abortion is equally wrong and we are determined to end them all.  But we start by doing what is most doable right now.  And that means protecting children in the womb who are at 20 weeks and beyond.
  • Helping pastoral and all our fellow Catholics understand that abortion must be the number one issue to consider when deciding which candidates to vote for in November.  That’s because, as I’ve told you on numerous occasions:

Abortion corrupts our entire society – the economy, health care, foreign policy, the War on Terror, immigration ... everything! 

Remember: The purpose of all this work is simple.  We’re out to make abortion in America not merely illegal, but unthinkable.

And we’re making tremendous progress toward that goal.  For while it’s true that abortion-on-demand remains the law of the land for now, it’s equally true that there’s been a steady decline in the number of abortions over the past decade.  According to statistics from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Alan Guttmacher Institute, abortions continue to decrease in number.

This downward trend in abortions will continue as states continue to pass reasonable measures to protect mothers and babies from unscrupulous abortionists like convicted killer Kermit Gosnell, and notorious abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. 

But as you and I both know, we’re far from finished. 

As hopeful as the plummeting abortion numbers are, they are still way, way, way too high.  In fact, every hour abortionists all across the country brutally butcher 157 children.  For you and me and the entire Priests for Life family, as long as one child is killed in a legal abortion, our work remains unfinished.

Which is precisely why I’m counting on you to help fund Priests for Life’s 90-Day Campaign for LIFE.

Through your ongoing partnership with Priests for Life you are both saving babies and changing what our fellow Americans think about abortion.  The so-called “pro-choice” position grows weaker by the day.  And it will continue to do so as more and more Americans have the Gospel of Life preached to them as forcefully and as convincingly as Priests for Life has been preaching it for the past twenty-five years.

All of which should inspire you to wholeheartedly support Priests for Life’s 90-Day Campaign for LIFE.  Think about it.  By the time the Campaign ends on Pentecost Sunday May 15 ...

... 37 states will have held primaries and we’ll probably know who’s running for President;

... the Supreme Court will have heard arguments in our case and we’ll be awaiting its decision;

... state legislatures will have passed more laws protecting mothers and babies;

… more atrocities will have been exposed at abortion clinics around the country;

... more crimes against humanity by abortionists will have been revealed.

What I can’t tell you is how much of an impact Priests for Life will have had in all those areas for this simple reason:

The amount of work we will be able do over these next three months depends entirely upon you and the Priests for Life family.

It’s true.  As I know I’ve told you before, in spite of the fact that many at the Vatican – including Pope Francis himself ... who was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family of which I was also an Official – as well as Bishops around the world and here in the U.S. have strongly encouraged our Priests for Life ministry, we receive no funds from any official Church entity ... neither from Rome nor here in the United States. 

Every penny we receive comes from individuals just like you: Hard-working, dedicated pro-life champions.  Which is why I told you that the success of our 90-Day Campaign for LIFE depends entirely on you and the Priests for Life family. 

It will take a minimum of $900,000 to fund all the work I listed for you in this email.  And that doesn’t include those other programs I mentioned ... such as Priests for Life’s vital work in post-abortion ministry through Rachel’s Vineyard.  In fact, when I met Pope Francis he told me directly:

“Rachel’s Vineyard is great. It is an excellent work. Move forward with that!”

Like his predecessors Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict, the Holy Father knows that in addition to taking the life of an innocent child, abortion inflicts untold damage on women and men.  That’s why he is so insistent that our work in post-abortion healing “move forward.” 

Again, though, that’s just one of the many programs Priests for Life must do OVER AND ABOVE the five priority projects that I outlined for you in this email message. 

So please CLICK HERE and do all you can to get behind this work and make these next three months productive ones as we persevere in our fight to end America’s abortion holocaust.

Your gift will help us raise the $900,000 needed to fund Priests for Life’s work from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday.  As I told you at the beginning of my email, because of everything happening in the country over next three months:

These next 90 days will prove decisive in our mission to end legalized abortion-on-demand in America.

Priests for Life is fully prepared to carry on as the face and voice of America’s pro-life movement.  The programs are in place.  The strategies are mapped out.  The mission trips are scheduled.  Everything is set except one crucial part:  The funds.

And for that I am totally dependent on you and your fellow pro-life warriors.

As you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to help, don’t be afraid to be more generous than you think you can be.  Remember: God is never outdone in generosity.  He sees into your heart.  He knows the sacrifices you are making for His innocent children.  And He will bless you a hundred fold.  You have His word for that.

On behalf of the youngest members of our human family, thank you for your generosity.  I will be sure to remember you at every Mass I offer during this important 90-day period; as will the other priests of Priests for Life.  Thank you again and may God bless you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries


P.S. As important as your gift is to our $900,000 Campaign for Life, your prayers are equally important.  Please pray for me, the other priests, our Pastoral Associates, everyone here at Priests for Life and especially for victory at the Supreme Court.  Ask God to fill us with His love and wisdom.  If you will do that in addition to giving Priests for Life your financial support, then I am confident that God will bless our work with success.  Thank you again and may God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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