Priests for Life

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Priests for Life (PFL) is a Roman Catholic pro-life organization based in 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.


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.


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]

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The Priests for Life organization provides an extensive collection of photos of live babies as well as aborted babies, via the internet.[10] Its photos have also appeared in print.[11] 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."[12]


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