27 Aug

President Trump’s Convention May be the Most Pro-Life Republican Convention Ever

via LifeNews.com August 26, 2020 at 06:50PM

One pro-life columnist asked, “Day 2: Is This the Most Pro-Life Convention Ever? ” Having watched many, many Republican conventions, I would certainly say “Yes!”

Yesterday, prior to the opening, National Right to Life wrote, “President Trump and President Pence Have Made the Right to Life a Cornerstone Issue of Their Administration.”

Protection of vulnerable unborn life is also a cornerstone of this virtual convention. The difference in attitude between Joe Biden’s convention and Donald Trump’s is figuratively and literally night and day.

Where Democrats busied themselves hyperventilating over what is, in their eyes, President Trump’s many faults and failures, this convention is centered about how “Life is a core tenet of who we are as Americans,” in the words of Abby Johnson, a one-time Planned Parenthood’s Employee of the Year. Johnson is a now a full-time pro-life activist who founded “And Then There Were None,” an organization “that’s helped nearly 600 abortion workers transition out of the industry.”

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Her speech, which detailed the experience that drove her out of the abortion business—assisting in the ultrasound-guided abortion of a hapless unborn baby—was nothing short of riveting.

Nothing prepared me for what I saw on the screen – an unborn baby fighting back, desperate to move away from the suction.

And I’ll never forget what the doctor said next – “Beam me up, Scotty.”

The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb before succumbing to the force of the suction.

On October sixth, I left the clinic, looking back only to remember why I now advocate so passionately for life.

Then there was Nick Sandmann, a remarkable young man, whose courage amidst a frenzy of hate-filled media attacks is well-known in pro-life circles but probably unknown to vast numbers of Americans. Last night, Nick retold his story of being confronted by a “professional protestor” just after leaving the 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

In every sense of the word, the victim who refused to heighten the hostility, Sandmann instead was verbally assaulted by a galaxy of media types who couldn’t wait to denounce him—of course, without taking the time to get his side of the story. And there were some who couldn’t confine themselves to mere words.

Two CNN types, one still working there, said the following. That Sandmann was “a deplorable” who should be “punched in the face.”  And (over a screenshot of Sandmann looking at the man who taunted him ) “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”

Nick said

Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered. And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky…so be it. That will teach him not to wear a MAGA hat!

And, wouldn’t you know it. Although two media outlets have already settled with Nick over defamation suits he’d filed (a third is in the works), the usual suspects recycled the same vile nonsense about him last night. Hate, it seems, has no expiration date.

A great second evening. We’ll fill you in tomorrow over what happens tonight.

Pro-life speakers include Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, joined by Kellyanne Conway who has played many indispensable roles, first for candidate Trump and then for President Trump.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.

27 Aug

Trump administration petitions Supreme Court to keep FDA abortion pill safeguards in place

via Live Action News August 26, 2020 at 05:27PM

Citing risks to women’s health, the Trump administration has petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to allow the Food and Drug Administration’s safety requirements regarding the abortion pill to remain in effect after a judge enjoined some of those requirements. A nationwide preliminary injunction was put in place on July 13, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. That injunction is set to remain in place for the unknown duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The injunction halted the FDA’s safety requirement that the first drug in the abortion pill regimen, mifepristone, be distributed at an in-person visit to an abortion provider. As reported earlier this week by Live Action News, abortion clients can now “obtain the abortion pill online and in pharmacies without being seen in person by a health professional during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The requirement was enjoined in response to a “lawsuit, filed on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists against the FDA assert[ing] that requiring mifepristone to be dispensed to abortion clients in person during the COVID-19 pandemic is an undue burden.”

The Trump administration’s petition disagrees with this assessment, noting, “Given that the surgical methods of abortion remain widely available, the enforcement of longstanding safety requirements for a medication abortion during the first ten weeks of pregnancy does not constitute a substantial obstacle to abortion access, even if the COVID-19 pandemic has made obtaining any method of abortion in person somewhat riskier.”

REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) is a drug safety protocol the FDA places on certain drugs that carry a risk of serious complications. The FDA put REMS in place for the abortion pill because of the dangerous risks associated with the two-drug regimen of mifepristone and misoprostol.

Under REMS, women must take the first pill, mifepristone, at the abortion facility under medical supervision and sign paperwork acknowledging that they have been informed of the health risks. Chuang’s ruling allows the abortion pill to be taken by women at home without evaluation for medical conditions such as ectopic pregnancy that put them at higher risk of complications. Additionally, the gestational age of the preborn child cannot be accurately assessed without an ultrasound. This assessment is important because the abortion pill is only approved by the FDA to be taken up to 10 weeks, and the risk for an incomplete abortion increases with gestational age.

The Trump administration argues that “The FDA has made, and continuously adhered to, the judgment that these requirements mitigate serious health risks associated with the drug, which can increase if the patient delays taking the drug or fails to receive proper counseling about possible complications.”

Women who take the abortion pill are at risk for hemorrhage, incomplete abortion, and even death. Since the UK began allowing at-home abortion pill usage beginning in March 2020, two women have died and a 28-week old baby was born alive and later died after the mother took the abortion pill 18 weeks later than safety rules allow.

In addition to concerns about women’s health, the Trump administration’s petition points out that the Supreme Court previously stated that judges should not question how officials deal with public-health concerns, yet one single district judge has managed to undo FDA safety protocols amid a global pandemic.

“This Court has made clear that judges are not to second-guess how officials address public-health concerns in areas of uncertainty, yet the district court dismissed the FDA’s expert judgment in favor of its own view that the safety requirements are medically unnecessary,” states the petition. “And setting the merits aside, the scope of the injunction extends well beyond the district court’s remedial authority under Article III and basic equitable principles.”

As Live Action president and founder Lila Rose noted in a tweet, the Trump administration’s petition is a step in the right direction, though the end goal is to remove the dangerous drugs from the U.S. market altogether.

The abortion industry had already begun pushing for dangerous at-home abortions years ago and COVID-19 has given them the opportunity to accomplish that goal — but it is women and children who will pay the price with their health and lives.

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27 Aug

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to reinstate abortion pill restrictions judge has suspended due to coronavirus – CNBC

via “abortion” – Google News August 26, 2020 at 03:52PM


Three RU-486 Mifeprex abortion pills are held in a hand December 1, 2000 in Granite City, Illinois. The Hope Center for Women is the first area abortion clinic to distribute the new pills that terminates a pregnancy. The RU-486 pill was approved in September and can be taken by women up to the seventh week of pregnancy. The drug blocks the hormone that sustains the embryo and then unhooks it from the uterine wall. (Photo by Bill Grenblatt/Liaison)

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The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to reinstate restrictions on an abortion medication as it appeals a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily suspended those limits nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The administration’s request, if granted, would again bar women from getting the drug, known as mifepristone or RU486, unless they visit a hospital, clinic or medical office, and also acknowledge in writing that they have been advised of the drug’s risks.

The Justice Department, in its application to the Supreme Court, argued that “any burdens” of forcing women to comply with those restrictions “with a one-time clinic visit” are outweighed by the risks of them suffering serious side effects of the pill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2000 had imposed the restrictions on the drug, which when used in conjunction with another medication, misoprostol, causes a woman’s pregnancy to end.

The FDA says the restrictions are necessary to mitigate what it characterizes as serious health risks associated with mifepristone, such as excessive bleeding.

But in May, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, along with other organizations, sued the FDA and the Health and Human Services Department, seeking to overturn the rule.

In response to that suit, Maryland federal district court Judge Theodore Chuang on July 13 barred the FDA from enforcing the rule during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the restrictions were an undue burden and “substantial obstacle” on women’s access to abortion services. Chuang cited a 1992 Supreme Court decision in an abortion case for his ruling.

“By causing certain patients to decide between forgoing or substantially delaying abortion care, or risking exposure to COVID-19 for themselves, their children, and family members, the In-Person Requirements present a serious burden to many abortion patients,” Chuang wrote in his decision.

People participate in an abortion rights rally outside of the Supreme Court as the justices hear oral arguments in the June Medical Services v. Russo case on March 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Attorneys from the Justice Department later asked Chuang to suspend his order pending their appeal of his ruling, but he refused to do so on July 30.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which is considering the DOJ’s appeal of Chuang’s ruling, on Aug. 13 likewise refused to suspend Chuang’s order pending the outcome of the appeal.

That denial led to the Justice Department’s application to the Supreme Court on Wednesday asking for the high court to reinstate the rule as the department appeals Chuang’s order.

The DOJ, in that application, said that “by suspending enforcement of the safety requirements on a nationwide basis, the district court has irreparably harmed both the government and the public more generally.”

“Even if the FDA ultimately prevails on the merits [in the lawsuit], the risks to patients, and any harms that materialize, cannot be undone,” the department said.

“Those costs outweigh any burdens associated with a one-time clinic visit to receive a drug that is merely one means of obtaining an abortion.”

President Donald Trump, despite having supported abortion rights in the past, currently opposes it. Since he became president, his administration has pursued policies to limit abortions, and has vowed to appoint Supreme Court judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling by the high court that said women had a right to get abortions without excessive government restrictions.

27 Aug

Media Calls Pro-Lifers People With “Fringe Views.” But Majority of Americans Oppose Abortion

via LifeNews.com August 26, 2020 at 02:21PM

Pro-life leader Abby Johnson is being slammed by liberal news outlets for having “fringe views” after she spoke Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life after watching an abortionist kill an unborn baby on an ultrasound screen, spoke about the horrific reality of abortion during her short speech.

“Nothing prepared me for what I saw on the screen. An unborn baby fighting back, desperate to move away from the suction,” she said, adding that she will “never forget” the doctor joking, “Beam me up, Scotty.”

“The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb before succumbing to the force of the suction,” Johnson continued. “For me, abortion is real. I know what it sounds like. I know what abortion smells like. Did you know abortion even had a smell?”

It’s hard to refute the brutal reality of abortion that Johnson exposed. Some news outlets did not quote these graphic descriptions, while the Associated Press tried to slam her and other Republican speakers Tuesday for having “fringe views.”

The news outlet claimed:

President Donald Trump has long surrounded himself with controversial characters who hold out-of-the-mainstream views. But the decision by the party to elevate some of those figures by featuring them in prime-time spots at the Republican National Convention or inviting them to witness this week’s events is drawing new scrutiny.

It dug up old social media posts and comments from Johnson and other speakers to portray them as radicals, but supporting protections for babies in the womb is not outside the mainstream.

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“Pro-aborts are SO scared of my speech tonight that will pull back the curtain of the barbaric reality of abortion, they are scrambling to try to find anything to detract people from my message,” Johnson responded on Twitter. “Well, guess what?? You can dredge up whatever old tweets you want. I’m still speaking.”

Polls consistently show that most Americans support protections for unborn babies from abortion.

A 2019 Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6% of Americans said abortions should be allowed up until the birth of the child, while only 8% said they should be permitted up to the third trimester.

A 2019 Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55% of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive.

Gallup polls show consistent support for pro-life laws as well. In a July poll, Gallup found 55% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal. The poll found just 43% of Americans take a pro-abortion position wanting all (29%) or almost all (14%) abortions legal.

Even more evidence comes from CBS News and Marist University. A June CBS News poll found the majority of Americans oppose killing unborn babies in abortions or want more limits on abortion. The poll found just 43% of Americans think abortions should be generally available while 55% of Americans say it should either be more limited or should not be permitted altogether.

A Marist poll from January found six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, it should allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction.

On the issue of taxpayer-funded elective abortions, Americans also strongly opposed. Recent polls from Marist and Harvard University show that a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.

The Democratic Party platform supports abortions without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to fund them – and that’s the real “fringe” position, according to polls. But most news outlets do not tell that to their audiences.

26 Aug

Abby Johnson’s RNC 2020 Speech

Abby Johnson (And Then There Were None) spoke last night at RNC2020. She shared her experience working for Planned Parenthood and how the horrors of abortion changed her mind and is now an advocate for life! She shares that President Donald Trump is the MOST pro-life president this country has ever had.

Here’s Abby Johnson’s speech ….

26 Aug

Judge now allows online and pharmacy dispensing of abortion pill during COVID-19 – Pregnancy Help News

via “abortion” – Google News August 25, 2020 at 02:55AM


(Live Action) According to a modified court order, United States District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has removed yet another hurdle for the abortion industry’s goal of DIY at-home abortions. Now, abortion clients can obtain the abortion pill online and in pharmacies without being seen in person by a health professional during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In July 2020, Chuang ruled to suspend in-person visit requirements for the abortion pill during the pandemic, which are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) safety protocols (REMS). The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists against the FDA asserts that requiring mifepristone to be dispensed to abortion clients in person during the COVID-19 pandemic is an undue burden. The FDA has defended its safety requirements.

Under FDA’s REMS, mifepristone (used in a regimen with misoprostol) must be dispensed by a certified prescriber at an approved hospital or clinic and cannot be sold online or in a pharmacy. However, Chuang’s modification to the preliminary injunction as of August 19, 2020, now allows pharmacies to act as “an agent” of the certified abortion pill prescribers and to store abortion pills “on behalf of the healthcare provider.” While the order allows a pharmacy to stock and subsequently mail abortion pills for a certified prescriber, it limits them from “acting as a retail pharmacy” and stocking the abortion pills generally or distributing the abortion pill outside of certified prescribers. How a pharmacy will confirm the prescription requests are from Danco certified prescribers is not noted since Danco does not publish a list.

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The order reads in part:

This requirement that dispensing by mail or delivery service remain “by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider” permits mifepristone to be sent from a drug sponsor to a certified healthcare provider in the care of a mail-order pharmacy if the pharmacy has a contractual agreement with the certified healthcare provider to receive mifepristone on behalf of the healthcare provider and then to mail the drug to a patient at the direction of that healthcare provider, so long as the drugs were specifically ordered from the drug sponsor by the certified healthcare provider and held on the provider’s behalf, and the mail-order pharmacy has no right to distribute those drugs except at the direction of the certified healthcare provider.

“In this regard, the arrangement does not conflict with the Court’s statements that certified healthcare providers must ‘still comply with all other REMS requirements’ and that the Court ‘is not barring the enforcement of other REMS requirements not dependent on an in-person patient visit,’ the document obtained by Live Action News states.

Live Action’s investigative report on the abortion pill has documented how the abortion industry has recently increased its calls for DIY abortions, even rolling out a “no test” abortion pill protocol (here and here.) But this “no test” protocol was planned well before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gynuity Health Projects (GHP) is sponsoring a rapidly expanding TelAbortion clinical trial which offers the abortion pill to children as young as 10. Abortionist Daniel Grossman is behind two trials for pharmacy dispensing of the abortion pill, via both brick and mortar and online pharmacies. These trials are sponsored by the Buffett Foundation-funded University of California at San Francisco where Grossman is on staff. Grossman’s study sites include pharmacies affiliated with the University of California and the University of Washington, which could now be tapped for dispensing abortion pills under the latest order. Grossman is also on staff as a Senior Advisor at Ibis Reproductive Health, which acknowledged receiving direct funding from Danco as recently as January 2020, long after these clinical trials began.

The abortion pill has killed at least 24 women, and millions of preborn children. Although thousands of adverse effects have been reported, many with serious complications, the FDA no longer requires Danco to report anything other than deaths. As a result, a coalition of organizations led by Live Action sent a letter to the FDA calling on Commissioner Stephen Hahn to remove the abortion pill (mifepristone) and its approved generics (for its indication and usage to end early pregnancy) from the U.S. market.

Editor’s note: This article was published by Live Action News and is reprinted with permission. Heartbeat International manages the Abortion Pill Rescue Network and Pregnancy Help New.

26 Aug

Planned Parenthood Leaders Admit Under Oath to Killing Babies in Illegal Partial-Birth Abortions

via LifeNews.com August 24, 2020 at 10:01AM

The Center for Medical Progress released horrific new video footage today showing Planned Parenthood leaders admitting to killing babies in illegal partial-birth abortions to obtain their body parts for sale for grisly research.

During the video, top Planned Parenthood leaders give sworn depositions in which they admit to changing abortion procedures to harvest more usable fetal organs and tissues.

The new video includes unsealed deposition testimony from Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services from 2009 to 2016, who now holds regional leadership positions with the abortion company. Nucatola famously described Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue research programs, casually over wine and salad at a crowded Los Angeles restaurant, in CMP’s first undercover video release in 2015. In the undercover video, Nucatola described using ultrasound guidance to flip a baby to a feet-first position for intact extraction and successful organ harvesting at Planned Parenthood. Yet when questioned by Congressional investigators, Nucatola denied that such abortions were used in Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue research programs.

But under oath in her deposition, Nucatola confirms, “If I was aware that it was a donation case, yes” she would change where she grasped the baby with her forceps in order not to crush certain organs.

When asked about her description of flipping a baby to breech position in order to obtain intact organs, Nucatola first seems to deny doing so. But when confronted with her conclusion on the undercover tape, “We’ve been pretty successful with that,” Nucatola admits, “I was referring to PPLA.” Asked if that included herself, Nucatola testifies, “Yes, including me, I worked at PPLA.”

Using ultrasound guidance to manipulate the baby from vertex to breech orientation before intact extraction is the hallmark of the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure (18 U.S.C. 1531), which attempts to draw a brightline between abortion and infanticide by criminalizing the intact extraction of a living baby for the purpose of killing the child afterward.

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The new video also shows testimony from Tram Nguyen, Vice President of Abortion Access at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston,Texas.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found in 2019 that CMP’s undercover footage of Nguyen admitting Planned Parenthood could sign a statement disclaiming “intent” to perform an intact extraction abortion, and then go on to procure an intact baby , was forensically authentic and accurate evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast had committed partial-birth abortions. Under oath, when shown the video clip and asked if it was her understanding that an abortion provider could provide an intact fetus so long as the form was signed, Nguyen testifies, “Yes,” and when asked if it is true that intact abortions occur in spite of the form, Nguyen admits, “It is true.”

The new video also includes testimony from Mary Gatter, former medical director for PPLA, admitting that after internal debate in the organization, she “evolved” in her thinking to believe that changing abortion “techniques” in order to harvest higher quality fetal tissue was acceptable.

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Gatter testifies that Planned Parenthood makes a distinction between the abortion “technique” and the abortion “procedure,” and that changing the former is allowed while changing the latter is not. The federal law at 42 U.S.C. 289g-1 prohibits any changes to the “procedures used to terminate the pregnancy,” and not simply “the procedure” as a singular category.

Responding to the footage, David Daleiden, the founder of CMP and the lead investigator behind exposing Planned Parenthood’s aborted body part sales, told LifeNews.com that these dpeositions prove the abortion company broke the law.

“Planned Parenthood reflexively proclaims innocence to the public and to a compliant establishment press, but when Planned Parenthood abortion leadership is placed under oath, they testify to crimes against women and infants. Criminality in the national taxpayer-funded abortion industry will continue to spread unless federal authorities hold them accountable once and for all,” he said.

26 Aug

Pastors Need to Step Up and Preach Against Abortion, Quit Saying It’s “Too Political”

via LifeNews.com August 21, 2020 at 10:35AM

An Open Letter to the Pastors of the United States

August 20, 2020

Dear Pastors,

I write to you as a fellow preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel makes clear moral demands on individuals and on governments alike. The duty of preaching the Gospel involves not only the urgent exhortation to personal holiness and salvation, but the equally urgent exhortation to govern justly. Those responsible for the common good are obliged to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens and their freedom to live out their Faith in the way that they – and not the government – see fit.

Anyone who has been paying attention over the last six decades has seen an organized and persistent effort to limit the Gospel to the private arena of our hearts and within the four walls of our Churches.

Prayer and Bible reading have been banished from our schools. People of faith have had to fight in court to display religious symbols in public and to conduct their businesses and ministries in accordance with their moral convictions. The right to even talk about our faith has been attacked on campuses and in the media.

And as the courts have increasingly upheld religious freedom, haters of religion have now taken to the streets to show their contempt for our beliefs by destroying its symbols.

Moreover, the legal protection afforded to our most fundamental good, life itself, and to God’s creation of marriage and the family, has been obliterated by amoral legislators and activist judges. Some 62 million children have been killed in the name of “freedom.”

Yet our Founding Fathers, anticipating the extent to which human nature can fall into error and sin, have provided for us a system of self-governance that can overcome and correct even these drastic departures from the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Our nation is preparing to engage in two months of voting from September 4th, when the first absentee balloting begins, through Election Day, November 3. In this time, some 100,000 electoral races will be decided at every level of state and federal government.

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We therefore have a choice.

And the choice we have is as relevant to what kind of church we will be as it is to what kind of nation we will be.

On the one hand, we can adopt a mentality that says that we have neither the duty nor the possibility of changing the course of public policy in our nation. This mindset takes various forms and utilizes various excuses.

Some maintain we cannot really know the difference between what’s good for the nation and what isn’t, or that morality is up to each church or individual to decide.

Some maintain that churches and pastors are to stay far away from any engagement in politics or public policy, and simply preach a Gospel that pertains only to individual, interior spiritual life.

On the other hand, we have the choice to engage the battle, taking on the same mindset that led pastors to preach the large body of political sermons of our nation’s Founding Era, giving spiritual and moral energy and guidance to the very creation of our country.

We can commit ourselves to the same spiritual imperative that led believers to fight slavery and that led their descendants to move from the Churches into the streets to battle segregation.

We can be convinced of the words Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached on the night before he was assassinated:

“I’m always happy to see a relevant ministry. It’s alright to talk about ‘long white robes over yonder,’ in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. It’s alright to talk about ‘streets flowing with milk and honey,’ but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s alright to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.”

We can understand that equipping the People of God to elect the right candidates is not a political task but a pastoral task, because we are enabling them to carry out the Great Commission, teaching all nations to carry out everything our Lord has commanded.

This is our choice, as we enter Elections 2020.

Our Lord told us we need to be attentive to the signs of the times. The problem is not that the Church is becoming too political, but that our politics have become too pagan.

The political divide in our nation is no longer between two major parties that “have the same goals but different ideas of how to get there.” That was once true, but is no longer.

They have different goals, different views of America, totally divergent views of morality, and completely incompatible views of religion and the Church.

The Democrat Party has not only departed from the Republican Party in matters of policy. The differences are matters of principle.  The Democrat Party has abandoned the principle of the God-given right to life and the liberty our Founders embraced to practice their Faith in their public life. Moreover, they have made their intentions clear to write into the laws and into the Courts a worldview completely devoid of those principles.

This is not the kind of divide we can “rise above,” nor the kind of battle from which we can exempt ourselves or our congregations.

This is a test for us. Either we recognize this problem, and like good shepherds, warn our people, or we retreat into a ‘neutrality’ so absolute that it no longer allows us to see, much less neutralize, threats to the very survival of our nation and our ministries.

When a political party embraces the destruction of innocent life and the suppression of the freedom of the Church, it can no longer be treated in a neutral way by the Church. That Party becomes an existential threat to the nation to which we pledge our allegiance and to the Kingdom to which we have pledged our souls.

We are, moreover, at a moment when our President, Donald Trump, his Administration, and the Republican Party at every level, have achieved record-breaking accomplishments to protect our religious freedom from oppressive mandates at home and persecution abroad. The President has defended our freedom to preach in the pulpits, and the freedom of our children to pray in school and speak up on their campus for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The over 200 federal judges he has put in place, moreover, are men and women likewise committed to religious freedom.

Dear pastors, at the founding of our nation, Pastor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg declared in his sermon on January 21, 1776, “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.” He then threw off his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of an officer in the Continental Army. As one account relates, “Drums began to roll, men kissed their wives, and they walked down the aisle to enlist. The next day, Pastor Muhlenberg led 300 men of his church and surrounding churches to join General Washington’s Continental Army.”

Nearly two centuries later, Catholic Bishop Clemens von Galen (d. 1946), preached fearlessly against the Nazi regime and its oppression of human life and religious freedom. He was not afraid to name and fight the political threat that was right before his eyes.

It is not that these men abandoned their pastoral mission in order to become political. It is, rather, that they saw the demands that their pastoral mission placed on them in the circumstances of their time, and courageously rose to the occasion.

That is the choice, and the opportunity, you and I have before us right now.

The choice for our nation is not simply about which political party will have power, but about which kind of America we will be – one marked by moral chaos, the Culture of Death, socialism and religious oppression, or one based on the freedom and principles our Founders made clear.

And the choice for our churches is whether we will retreat in silence and cowardice out of fear of being ‘too political,’ and hence become irrelevant to the world around us, or respond clearly and courageously to this moment of unprecedented conflict, and lead the People of God to protect their rights, their freedom, their Church and their beloved country.

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

26 Aug

Pastors Need to Step Up and Preach Against Abortion, Quit Saying It’s “Too Political”

via LifeNews.com August 21, 2020 at 10:35AM

An Open Letter to the Pastors of the United States

August 20, 2020

Dear Pastors,

I write to you as a fellow preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel makes clear moral demands on individuals and on governments alike. The duty of preaching the Gospel involves not only the urgent exhortation to personal holiness and salvation, but the equally urgent exhortation to govern justly. Those responsible for the common good are obliged to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens and their freedom to live out their Faith in the way that they – and not the government – see fit.

Anyone who has been paying attention over the last six decades has seen an organized and persistent effort to limit the Gospel to the private arena of our hearts and within the four walls of our Churches.

Prayer and Bible reading have been banished from our schools. People of faith have had to fight in court to display religious symbols in public and to conduct their businesses and ministries in accordance with their moral convictions. The right to even talk about our faith has been attacked on campuses and in the media.

And as the courts have increasingly upheld religious freedom, haters of religion have now taken to the streets to show their contempt for our beliefs by destroying its symbols.

Moreover, the legal protection afforded to our most fundamental good, life itself, and to God’s creation of marriage and the family, has been obliterated by amoral legislators and activist judges. Some 62 million children have been killed in the name of “freedom.”

Yet our Founding Fathers, anticipating the extent to which human nature can fall into error and sin, have provided for us a system of self-governance that can overcome and correct even these drastic departures from the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Our nation is preparing to engage in two months of voting from September 4th, when the first absentee balloting begins, through Election Day, November 3. In this time, some 100,000 electoral races will be decided at every level of state and federal government.

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We therefore have a choice.

And the choice we have is as relevant to what kind of church we will be as it is to what kind of nation we will be.

On the one hand, we can adopt a mentality that says that we have neither the duty nor the possibility of changing the course of public policy in our nation. This mindset takes various forms and utilizes various excuses.

Some maintain we cannot really know the difference between what’s good for the nation and what isn’t, or that morality is up to each church or individual to decide.

Some maintain that churches and pastors are to stay far away from any engagement in politics or public policy, and simply preach a Gospel that pertains only to individual, interior spiritual life.

On the other hand, we have the choice to engage the battle, taking on the same mindset that led pastors to preach the large body of political sermons of our nation’s Founding Era, giving spiritual and moral energy and guidance to the very creation of our country.

We can commit ourselves to the same spiritual imperative that led believers to fight slavery and that led their descendants to move from the Churches into the streets to battle segregation.

We can be convinced of the words Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached on the night before he was assassinated:

“I’m always happy to see a relevant ministry. It’s alright to talk about ‘long white robes over yonder,’ in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. It’s alright to talk about ‘streets flowing with milk and honey,’ but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s alright to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.”

We can understand that equipping the People of God to elect the right candidates is not a political task but a pastoral task, because we are enabling them to carry out the Great Commission, teaching all nations to carry out everything our Lord has commanded.

This is our choice, as we enter Elections 2020.

Our Lord told us we need to be attentive to the signs of the times. The problem is not that the Church is becoming too political, but that our politics have become too pagan.

The political divide in our nation is no longer between two major parties that “have the same goals but different ideas of how to get there.” That was once true, but is no longer.

They have different goals, different views of America, totally divergent views of morality, and completely incompatible views of religion and the Church.

The Democrat Party has not only departed from the Republican Party in matters of policy. The differences are matters of principle.  The Democrat Party has abandoned the principle of the God-given right to life and the liberty our Founders embraced to practice their Faith in their public life. Moreover, they have made their intentions clear to write into the laws and into the Courts a worldview completely devoid of those principles.

This is not the kind of divide we can “rise above,” nor the kind of battle from which we can exempt ourselves or our congregations.

This is a test for us. Either we recognize this problem, and like good shepherds, warn our people, or we retreat into a ‘neutrality’ so absolute that it no longer allows us to see, much less neutralize, threats to the very survival of our nation and our ministries.

When a political party embraces the destruction of innocent life and the suppression of the freedom of the Church, it can no longer be treated in a neutral way by the Church. That Party becomes an existential threat to the nation to which we pledge our allegiance and to the Kingdom to which we have pledged our souls.

We are, moreover, at a moment when our President, Donald Trump, his Administration, and the Republican Party at every level, have achieved record-breaking accomplishments to protect our religious freedom from oppressive mandates at home and persecution abroad. The President has defended our freedom to preach in the pulpits, and the freedom of our children to pray in school and speak up on their campus for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The over 200 federal judges he has put in place, moreover, are men and women likewise committed to religious freedom.

Dear pastors, at the founding of our nation, Pastor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg declared in his sermon on January 21, 1776, “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.” He then threw off his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of an officer in the Continental Army. As one account relates, “Drums began to roll, men kissed their wives, and they walked down the aisle to enlist. The next day, Pastor Muhlenberg led 300 men of his church and surrounding churches to join General Washington’s Continental Army.”

Nearly two centuries later, Catholic Bishop Clemens von Galen (d. 1946), preached fearlessly against the Nazi regime and its oppression of human life and religious freedom. He was not afraid to name and fight the political threat that was right before his eyes.

It is not that these men abandoned their pastoral mission in order to become political. It is, rather, that they saw the demands that their pastoral mission placed on them in the circumstances of their time, and courageously rose to the occasion.

That is the choice, and the opportunity, you and I have before us right now.

The choice for our nation is not simply about which political party will have power, but about which kind of America we will be – one marked by moral chaos, the Culture of Death, socialism and religious oppression, or one based on the freedom and principles our Founders made clear.

And the choice for our churches is whether we will retreat in silence and cowardice out of fear of being ‘too political,’ and hence become irrelevant to the world around us, or respond clearly and courageously to this moment of unprecedented conflict, and lead the People of God to protect their rights, their freedom, their Church and their beloved country.

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life