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Action Update from Fr. Frank

August 27, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This week and next will be marked by the Conventions, and for the first time many Americans will begin to focus in on the elections and the candidates. One of the best things that we and our organizations and Churches can do is to encourage people to watch and listen. What are the candidates saying, who is endorsing them, who is making the speeches, what is the party platform, and where do the candidates and parties stand on the issues? The conventions, and later the Presidential debates, will be key moments for many voters to make or solidify their decisions in this election.

Along with encouraging our citizens to pay attention, there are a few more things we can do in the coming days.

We are organizing nine weeks of prayer prior to Election Day. Beginning on Tuesday, September 4, we invite Churches, families, and individuals to pray the “Election Prayer for Life” which you will find at We have a limited supply of prayer cards that you can order now. The text of the prayer, in English and Spanish, can also be downloaded from the website.

The third national Voter Registration Sunday also takes place on Sunday, September 9. This is an opportunity to register voters in our Churches. Instructions and guidelines are available at

We have also begun a series of short, powerful videos to draw attention to the elections and the role that the right to life plays as a defining issue. See to view the first of these, and spread it in any way you can. Additional videos are in production now and will be released in the coming weeks.

These videos will help to bring meaning to the word “abortion,” which is often far too abstract in this debate, especially as it relates to politics. Abortionists, however, describe the procedure concretely as “dismemberment” and “decapitation” (See, for instance, the book Abortion Practice by abortionist Warren Hern.) To the candidates, in these final weeks before Election Day, we have a simple question to ask. When you say the word abortion, is this what you mean? Let’s press the question; let’s raise the challenge. If a public official, or one seeking public office, has a position on abortion, one should expect that he or she knows what the word means. If they expect public policy to permit abortion, or taxpayers to fund it, they should certainly be willing to describe what it is.

Finally, in the coming weeks we will activate our voter guide distribution effort. There is still time to sign up at

Thank you for partnering with us in this election!


Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director


Priests for Life
PO Box 236695 • Cocoa, FL 32923
Tel. 888-735-3448, 321-500-1000 •