Priests for Life

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Priests For Life (PFL) is a Roman Catholic pro-life organization based in Staten Island, New York. It functions as a network to promote and coordinate pro-life activism with the primary strategic goal of ending abortion and euthanasia and to spread the Gospel of Life according to the encyclical of the same name written by Pope John Paul II.

History[edit]

It was founded by Father Lee Kaylor and Father Francis P. Filice, priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. On April 30, 1991, Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco officially approved it as a Private Association of the Faithful. The organization is listed in the Official Catholic Directory. In 2003, it was granted non-governmental organization status by the United Nations.

Status[edit]

While primary membership is for Catholic bishops, priests and deacons, there is also a lay auxiliary membership, as it has the canonical status of a Private Association of the Christian Faithful.[1] It has about 60 full-time paid employees. Its national director is Father Frank Pavone. Priests for Life exists primarily in order to show the clergy how to fight the culture of death.[2]

On August 1, 2012, there was a Special Order on the floor of the United States Congress headed by Representative Michele Bachmann, noting the 20th anniversary of Priests for Life and the importance of Priests for Life in the world today. There were six members of Congress who spent 35 minutes (collectively) speaking about the work of Priests for Life. These six Representatives of Congress included Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Rep. Tim Walberg. C-SPAN broadcast the Special Order live. [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

HHS Mandate Lawsuit[edit]

On February 15, 2012, Priests for Life became the fourth group in the nation to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate and the Obama Administration because the organization (Priests For Life) feels that the HHS ruling is unconstitutional on many levels.[10] [11] [12] The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.[13]

Timeline of Events: April 12, 2013: The court dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice, allowing Priests for Life to file a new lawsuit once the revised regulations are finalized. The same was being done with most of the other religious non-profit cases.[14] August 19, 2013 Priests for Life filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the HHS mandate as applied to nonprofit religious organizations. [15] [16][17] September 19, 2013 Priests for Life filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to halt the enforcement of the HHS mandate while the case proceeds through litigation. The district court consolidated Priests for Life’s motion for a preliminary injunction with a ruling on the merits, directing Priests for Life to also file a motion for summary judgment. [18] October 1, 2013 Priests for Life filed its motion for summary judgment, requesting that the court permanently halt the enforcement of the HHS mandate. [19] October 17, 2013 The government opposed Priests for Life’s motion and filed its own motion to dismiss. December 9, 2013 The district court heard oral argument on the parties’ motions. [20] December 19, 2013 The district court issued its decision denying Priests for Life’s motion and granting the government’s motion to dismiss. [21] December 19, 2013 Priests for Life filed its notice of appeal with U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”). December 20, 2013 Priests for Life filed an emergency motion for an injunction, seeking to halt the enforcement of the HHS mandate while the case proceeds through the appeal process. [22] December 31, 2013 The D.C. Circuit granted Priests for Life’s emergency motion, halting the enforcement of the HHS mandate pending resolution of the appeal. The D.C. Circuit also expedited the appeal. [23] February 28, 2014 Priests for Life filed its opening brief in the D.C. Circuit. [24] April 11, 2014 Priests for Life filed its reply brief in the D.C. Circuit, thereby completing the briefing. [25] May 8, 2014 Oral argument scheduled before a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit. [26] [27][28]

Graphic images[edit]

The Priests for Life organization provides an extensive collection of photos of live babies as well as aborted babies, via the internet.[29] Its photos have also appeared in print.[30] According to Pavone: "There is no single thing that I have seen more powerful to change people on abortion than simply showing them the pictures....When people see what abortion does to a baby, they are stung to the heart and their consciences are awakened."[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canon Law Excerpt" priestsforlife.org
  2. ^ PFL Web Site: Purpose.
  3. ^ [1] Special Order of Congress: Start on Page H5623
  4. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/c-span-chris-smith-clip.flv
  5. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/c-span-full-clip.flv
  6. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/c-span-michele-bachmann-clip.flv
  7. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=c-span-chris-smith-clip
  8. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=c-span-full-clip
  9. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=c-span-michele-bachmann-clip
  10. ^ http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/priests-for-life-to-file-lawsuit-against-u.s.-government/
  11. ^ http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/09/ewtn-priests-for-life-file-suit-against-obama-mandate/
  12. ^ http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/priests-for-life-begins-new-lawsuit-against-contraception-mandate
  13. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/priests-for-life-v-sebelius.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/media/index.aspx?cid=22,9633#topofscreen
  15. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/pdf/complaint-priests-for-life-v-dhhs.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.catholic.org/news/national/story.php?id=52091
  17. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/case/priests-for-life-et-al-v-u-s-department-of-health-and-human-services-et-al/
  18. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/case/priests-for-life-et-al-v-u-s-department-of-health-and-human-services-et-al/
  19. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/caseapps/d83c884c3907e6e4e19e29911ecac3147b1f3154.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/10/religious-organizations-challenge-contraception-mandate-in-federal-court/
  21. ^ http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/13-12-31-order-granting-injunction.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/caseapps/43b3c10fc76d1e28a1076c93c60020db9f83a16a.pdf
  23. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/caseapps/43b3c10fc76d1e28a1076c93c60020db9f83a16a.pdf
  24. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Opening-Brief-Filed.pdf
  25. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Opening-Brief-Filed.pdf
  26. ^ http://www.americanfreedomlawcenter.org/cases/aflcs-lawsuit-against-the-hhs-mandate/
  27. ^ http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2014/May/Priests-HHS-Law-Violates-Our-Reason-for-Existence/
  28. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6agVt2GBvA&list=UU0tWWqYRoK7edl-wDi6y7uw&feature=player_embedded
  29. ^ Images at PFL web site.
  30. ^ Balkin, Jack. What Roe V. Wade Should Have Said: the nation's top legal experts rewrite America's most controversial decision, page 218 et seq. (NYU Press 2005).
  31. ^ White, Hilary and Jalsevac, Steve. "Use of Graphic Abortion Photos Strongly Defended by Pro-Life Leaders", LifeSiteNews.com (2007-07-20).

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