Fr. Pavone applauds House for ban on late-term abortion

Fr. Pavone applauds House for ban on late-term abortion

Priests for Life

Date: June 19, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma

Priests for Life leader sends open letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised yesterday’s action of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn children from the pain of abortion from 20 weeks fetal age and beyond.

“For years, Priests for Life has supported the passage of this type of bill on the state level, and we have strongly advocated for its passage on the federal level as well,” Fr. Frank explained. “We thank especially Congressman Trent Franks for his leadership. Moreover, this major step forward in pro-life legislation comes in the context of our ongoing Stop D and E campaign ( which educates the public — and legislators as well — about the graphic reality of dismemberment of living children in the womb.”

“We will now take the next step in this project by visiting United States Senators with the diagrams of the D and E procedure, and asking them if they think this barbarity should be legal. We will publicize the question to their constituents, and will let those constituents know their responses,” Fr. Frank added.

Responding to the statement from the Obama Administration that the President would veto this legislation if it were to reach his desk, Fr. Frank stated, “The President’s views on abortion are extreme, dangerous to women as well as to their children, antithetical to the principles on which our nation was founded, and simply barbaric. Nobody with his views on such a fundamental issue belongs in public office.”

Fr. Frank also released today an open letter to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in response to her comments on June 13 regarding late-term abortion.

“You make a mockery of the Catholic faith,” the letter tells her, and says that her comments “reveal a profound failure to understand your own political responsibilities.” The letter concludes, “Either exercise your duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them.”

Members of the public can read the letter, and sign their own name to it as well, at

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit


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