The HHS Mandate Has Brought Together a Diverse Group of Opponents

05/20/2016 Comment

Thanks to Monday's action by the Supreme Court, it is more important than ever to realize that Zubik vs. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate on contraception, is a complex mix of seven cases, to be argued, again, in four Courts of Appeals, and involving 37 petitioners.

Though we all oppose the HHS mandate for essentially the same reasons, nevertheless, there are important differences between the cases, including the legal structures of the groups—in fact, some petitioners are individuals, including myself – the type of "preventive services" to which they object, and the way they provide insurance.

The degrees to which our respective cases and courts argued or reached...READ MORE

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Are Some Priests More Catholic Than Others? The Government Seems to Think So

03/04/2016 Comments (9)

My classmates and I at St. Joseph’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of New York took the same classes – Sacred Scripture, Sacraments, homiletics and many others – and we were ordained together in November 1988 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Cardinal John J. O’Connor. We all looked forward to our first parish assignments as brand new priests.

Five years after ordination, Cardinal O’Connor released me from parish ministry to work full-time in pro-life and I became the national director of Priests for Life.

Now nobody would claim that by moving from parish ministry to a more specialized ministry, I became less Catholic or less of a priest.

Yet the Obama administration has introduced a big...READ MORE

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NARAL Can't Win Against Ultrasound, Science and Common Sense

02/08/2016 Comment

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“Respect for human life finds an ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child….While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained. Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” —Justice Anthony Kennedy (Gonzales v. Carhart, April 18, 2007)

The abortion industry and its apologists have tried for decades to persuade us that the baby in the womb isn’t a baby.  NARAL, for instance, took exception on Twitter to a Doritos ad that aired during the Super Bowl that, in their words, tried to “humanize” the child in a mother’s womb. A...READ MORE

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Pro-Woman is Pro-Life, and Pro-Life is Pro-Woman

01/22/2016 Comments (6)

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), “Sleepy Baby”

Almost a year ago, I had the honor of meeting a young woman named Andrea. Months earlier, on learning she was pregnant, she had taken the first drug in the RU-486 abortion regimen, and immediately regretted her decision. Racing against the clock, she found a doctor about an hour away from her home in New Jersey who would immediately begin a reversal protocol that stops the starvation of the baby. Her son Gabriel was born healthy on Dec. 31, 2014.

Andrea and her boyfriend are not married. Andrea was in nursing school when their unexpected pregnancy propelled her to Planned Parenthood. She worried that the baby’s birth would spell the end of her dreams.

How does she feel now? You only have...READ MORE

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The First Step in Abolishing Abortion is Repentance

11/29/2015 Comment

Caravaggio (1571-1610), “Mary Magdalene”

When I am asked what I think our first spiritual duty is regarding abortion, I have an answer that surprises most people. Many think I will suggest that prayer is our first spiritual duty. And of course prayer is important. But our very first spiritual duty is repentance.

The first step in abolishing abortion is to examine our own hearts and to repent of the role we each have played in allowing this holocaust to happen.

This is never easy, but with God’s grace it can be done. Advent gives us a perfect time to begin.

In Advent, which means “coming,” we focus on the coming of Christ at the end of time, and then on His first coming at Christmas. Advent is marked by the joy of His coming,...READ MORE

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The Pope, Abortion, Mercy and Context

10/01/2013 Comments (37)

I have been privileged now to have been with Pope Francis four times since he has been elected to the papacy, and I have been very encouraged by his approach to pro-life issues.

I have had two conversations with him about the work we do at Priests for Life. Our executive director, Janet Morana, has also spoken with him about our work. On all these occasions, he could not have been more encouraging.

That is why I was not alarmed when media outlets began reporting on his “criticism” of the focus of many leaders in the Church on issues like abortion.

The Pope is not criticizing the Church’s focus on abortion. He is actually protecting it. He is protecting it from being seen just as a...READ MORE

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About Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
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Father Frank Pavone was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1988. He is a priest of the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. He is national director of Priests for Life, which is the Church’s largest ministry focused on ending abortion. He serves as the chairman of and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, an organization that offers healing from the effects of abortion.