Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in Families

September 3rd, 2015

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September 3, 2015

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Just as every member of a family suffers when a child dies of disease or in an accident, all relationships within a family are affected when a child is lost to abortion, according to child and family psychiatrist Dr. Philip G. Ney, who has said: “There is nothing more damaging to a family than the abortion of one of its children.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative focuses on families in September to help those who have been impacted by abortion face their grief and find healing.

Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Silent No More and National Director of Priests for Life, explained that Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long international effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, survivors, pro-life advocates and those who perform or help provide abortion.

“In September, we acknowledge that someone is missing from the family portrait when a child has been lost to abortion,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More. “Whether it’s the child of both parents who has been lost, or just the mom or dad, the imprint of that child is felt by all family members. All of them need healing, and it is available.”

The unfolding Planned Parenthood atrocities reveal how abortion reduces an unborn child to a collection of body parts for sale to the highest bidder. But there is also a division that occurs in the heart and soul of the parents of these children.

“They carry this very intimate and unnatural experience of participating in the death of their unborn child into their subsequent relationships, marriage and family life,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, a Priests for Life pastoral associate and an architect of the Shockwaves initiative. “This unresolved grief and loss can interfere with women and men being able to negotiate the challenging waters of marriage and family life. They can struggle with communication, trust and intimacy. This naturally impacts family life.”

The good news is that with abortion healing programs like Rachel’s Vineyard, couples and families can be forgiven, grieve their lost family members, and find a new health and harmony together.

“The importance of family and family life is the core message of the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia later this month, and of the special event we will have there,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “Pope Francis, in bringing the world’s attention to the fact that those who have chosen abortion can be forgiven, has helped make families aware that abortion grief is real but does not have to last forever. Forgiveness and healing are available.”

To find healing resources, articles, blogs and prayers about healing the family, go to www.abortionshockwaves.com.

To learn about the event during the World Meeting of Families that will feature the Shockwaves initiative, see www.ProLifeWorldEvent.com. To learn more about what Pope Francis has said about forgiveness for those who have had abortions, see www.PriestsForLife.org.

To arrange interviews with anyone on the Shockwaves team or with families that have been healed, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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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Fox News to Focus on Planned Parenthood’s “Hidden Harvest” of Baby Body Parts

September 2nd, 2015

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Date: September 2, 2015

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NEW YORK — Undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood trafficking in the organs and limbs of aborted children have exposed an underbelly of the abortion industry that horrifies anyone with a functioning conscience.

On Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET, Fox News will further expose this ghoulish but profitable practice in “Planned Parenthood: Hidden Harvest,” anchored by veteran TV journalist Shannon Bream.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of the just-released pro-life manifesto Abolishing Abortion, is among the national pro-life leaders who was interviewed for the special report.

“Various polls have shown that many Americans still remain unaware of the profitable after-market in baby parts that line the pockets of abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood,” Father Pavone said.

“This special should be required viewing for every voter and taxpayer in America. The videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress clearly show that Planned Parenthood illegally alters the abortion procedures it uses to get intact organs, is illegally paid for these organs, and is fully aware that every abortion kills a human being. If these were just ‘the products of conception’ being eliminated, they would not be so profitable.”

Fr. Pavone also noted that this undercover video project “is part of a wider strategy of exposing abortion, which includes exposing not only the procedure itself, but the corruption within the abortion industry.”

Noting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate lacks the votes to defund Planned Parenthood, Father Pavone said “every Senator who lacks the courage to cut off more than $500 million in taxpayer funding needs to be held accountable. That’s why it is so important for people to watch this Fox special, so they are armed with the information they need to urge their elected representatives to stop funding Planned Parenthood.”

“Planned Parenthood: Hidden Harvest” will be rebroadcast at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 5.

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: Latest video highlights tight relationship between Planned Parenthood and procurement companies

September 2nd, 2015

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Date: September 1, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, released the following statement today regarding the latest undercover video focusing on the sale of baby body parts:

“The ninth undercover video of Planned Parenthood released by our colleagues at the Center for Medical Progress shows the tight financial relationship between abortion clinics and companies that buy the body parts of the babies killed there. This video focuses on the oldest such company, Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) and its relationship with Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest. The interviews clearly attest to how the procurement companies pay the clinics, and how the sharing of personnel cements the relationship between the clinics and the procurement companies.

“The bottom line is simple. To deny the fact that Planned Parenthood sells body parts, alters the abortion procedure to do so, and is involved in this illegal activity at the highest corporate level, is now tantamount to asserting that the Earth is flat. The facts are not only in these videos, but also in the letter that Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, wrote to Congress on August 27

“As Congress convenes again next week, Priests for Life, and numerous other national and local pro-life organizations, will press our elected officials to do their job and investigate Planned Parenthood and hold the organization accountable for its actions.”

To see the latest video, and all the previous undercover releases, go to www.babybodyparts.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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Fr. Pavone Welcomes Church’s “eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions”

September 1st, 2015

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Date: September 1, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and also Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of those who have had abortions, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More welcome the letter our Holy Father issued today, indicating his compassionate concern for those who have had abortions, and making it easier for them to obtain the absolution of a priest. This step does not mean that forgiveness wasn’t available before. However, it simplifies the process outlined in Church law whereby, in certain circumstances, the priest needs to get authorization before giving absolution. In the Jubilee Year, priests will not need to delay that absolution, provided there is repentance.

“We welcome this concrete expression of the Church’s eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions. We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have had abortions; rather, we welcome them with mercy and compassion. A very large part of our work at Priests for Life is to extend the urgent invitation to healing. We oversee the work of Rachel’s Vineyard (www.RachelsVineyard.org), a retreat program which constitutes the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion and which enjoys the personal and enthusiastic support of Pope Francis.

“Moreover, through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, through which mothers, fathers, and entire families witness to the pain of being involved in abortion and the joy of God’s healing, we echo that invitation to healing through the testimonies of those who have found it. They share these testimonies in churches, at rallies, and in the media (see www.SilentNoMore.com).

“I have spoken with Pope Francis on five occasions specifically about our work of healing those who have had abortions, and healing even abortionists who have killed tens of thousands of children. We at Priests for Life will continue to train and encourage our brother priests to be the heralds of mercy and compassion in the face of abortion. Truth and compassion are not in tension; they are both aspects of the same God. To treat someone with compassion includes sharing with them honestly the truth they need to hear, and to be fully truthful includes revealing the reality of compassion and mercy,” stated Fr. Pavone.

The relevant portion of the Pope’s letter today is as follows:

“One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

The full letter is at http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/09/01/0637/01386.html#ing

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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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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Date: August 25, 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.”

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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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Date: August 20, 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.”

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