"Priests for Life has the most effective political impact of any Catholic apostolate in our country." 
– Dr. Deal Hudson






Election 2016

Statement from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

(See video message above.)

Dear Friends,

Today is a great day for America and the Church, and a debt of gratitude is owed to all who boldly spoke up, worked, and voted for pro-life candidates, starting with our new President-elect. I am grateful to all of you and our whole team for all the work of this long, contentious election cycle.

I would like to thank in a particular way our special consultant for election-related activities, Dr. Deal Hudson, who provided key guidance and coordinated many of the obviously successful strategic efforts of our Priests for Life team and our volunteers on the ground. Here is the special letter he wrote to our supporters after the election.

Our nation will now embark on a path to eliminate abortion and to foster the freedom of the Church. We will be able to advance such an agenda because of the pro-life majorities that now exist both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.

In particular, this election victory means the end of the HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life was one of the first groups to launch a challenge in federal court. That challenge, joined by various dioceses and other groups, has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, and is still unresolved. Now, however, we see a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Priests for Life will continue to be at the forefront of the pro-life efforts both within and beyond the Church – and by “pro-life” we mean specifically working to end abortion and restore protection to children in the womb.

We at Priests for Life – and I personally – welcome all who want join us. We are an open book, and we renew the invitation which we have extended multiple times in the past to all clergy and laity, to come and visit us and learn more about what we do and how we do it.

For what we do, we face much opposition and even hostility. We are not concerned about any of the criticism that has been launched against us, whether from within or outside the Church. Such opposition is a way of life for those who actively work to end abortion. Opposition and criticism do not burden me or my team at all, because there is a far greater burden every single day our my minds and hearts: the continued slaughter of thousands of children every day by abortion.

Added to that burden is the silence of so many laity and clergy, and countless faithful have had enough of that.

We have no dispute with anyone who wants to end abortion, but only with those – such as the majority of Democratic politicians – who want to hide it and allow it to continue. For many years, and right up to this Election Day, many of the attacks launched against me and my organization have been motivated by partisan politics, and in particular by Democratic supporters who know the damage our work does to their abortion agenda. We are proud to endure those attacks and, as has happened in this election, we will continue to be victorious.

Sincerely,



Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Important election information for all States

Information on voting in each of the 50 states

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2016 Candidate Information

 Comparison of Party Platforms

To make the right decision when deciding on the candidates whom you will support, it is essential that you look carefully at the positions of the candidates in the race.

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Prayer Campaign

For nine weeks before Election Day, Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in the "Election Novena"

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What can I do??

1. Help to register more voters -- Find out the many possible ways how, either through your Church or as a private citizen! Now is the time to register new voters!

2. Obtain from us the presentations that were given at the 2003 legal symposium we co-sponsored at the Ave Maria Law School on the topic The Church and Politics: Are We as Restricted as We Think? Click here for written presentations and for the ability to listen to the seminar. Share these resources with your pastor or organization leader. You can order the booklet at our online store.

3. Letters to the Editor -- Be sure to get hard-hitting letters into your local daily papers about candidates and issues! You can influence many people! See instructions and sample letters at www.priestsforlife.org/letters

4. Encourage your pastor to use the resources available below for preaching, bulletin inserts, and educational booklets for the Church bookrack or library.

5. Organize small groups to study the US Bishops' document Living the Gospel of Life. Our study guide on this document can be used individually online, or by groups in your Church, organization, or home. 

6. Use the Internet to spread the word about issues, candidates, and political responsibility! Read more about ourinternet project and our guidelines for using Social Media sites.  Use our banner ads on your website. Make links from your website to ours and to other political sites. Make your own website to help people take part in the elections or to spread information about the candidate of your choice.

7. Use your email list to broadcast helpful election information, such as the material on this site.

8. You may be needed in your community to help distribute voter guides on the weekend prior to the election. An election can be decided based on how many voter guides are given out! If you can help in this effort, fill in the form above and indicate the kind of help you can provide or check with your local or state respect life organizations to see what is planned. And please note that you DO have the right to distribute these fliers in Church parking lots. See this legal letter for information. Moreover, if you are thrown out of the parking lot, you can always move onto the public sidewalk or other public property adjoining the Church, and you should strongly insist on your right to remain there.

9. Make use of early voting, which in many states, can be done without needing a special reason -- you can vote before Election Day, thus decreasing the chances that something unexpected will prevent you from getting to the polls. Promote this idea to others. Also make sure that those who will be out of town on Election Day, or who are homebound, request and send in an absentee ballot.

10. When Election Day approaches, you can increase the number of votes for the right candidates by calling your friends and urging them to go to the polls. On Election Day, take the day off from work and help people get to the polls if they need a ride or someone to watch their children, or some other form of assistance.

11. Contact your local Board of Elections and ask about poll-watching, which is an activity you can take part in whereby citizens are present at the polling places on Election Day to make sure that the elections are conducted fairly and efficiently, and to be on the alert for abuses.

12. Support the candidate of your choice by making a financial contribution and/or working on his or her campaign. (The amount of money you can contribute to a specific candidate is limited by law. Once you have reached the legal limit, contribute to organizations like ours which work to advance particular positions which the candidates of your choice support.) Also, show support for your candidate by means of yard signs, bumper stickers, pins, and envelope stickers!

For Pro-Life Organizations

Guidelines for Political Activities of Right to Life Organizations by James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel (February 2010) - PDF


Resources for the Parish

What to Do in Parishes as Elections approach

Nine Week Election Novena: Invite your parish to pray the election novena from September 6 to November 8, 2016. Announce it in the parish bulletin, link to it from the parish website, and distribute printed copies of the prayer.

General Intercessions on Political Responsibility

Bulletin Inserts on Political Responsibility (in English and Spanish)
(these inserts can be requested from Priests for Life in camera-ready format.)

 

 

 

Legal Guidelines on What to Do in the Parish

Guidance for Churches and Religious Organizations from the IRS
(Requires Acrobat Reader)

Commentary on IRS Guidelines by Jim Bopp, Jr.
(Requires Acrobat Reader)

Guidelines from the James Madison Center for Free Speech - [Long Version] and [Abbreviated Version]

Political Campaign Guidelines for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the United States Bishops' Office of the General Counsel

A Legal Symposium: "The Church and Politics: Are We as Restricted as we Think?"

Clarification regarding dioceses and legal advice.

Political Responsibility CD from Fr. Frank

Fr. Frank Pavone on Political Responsibility.   
Audio includes the following talks and homilies:   For Whom Should I Vote?;   Political Responsibility and the Right to Life; and Political Loyalties.
$10.00 at the Priests for Life online store.


 

Church Teaching on Political Responsibility