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

Dear Friends,

The November 4, 2014 election was a rejection of the most pro-abortion president in history.  I am grateful to so many leaders and activists with whom we were proud to partner in order to register, educate, and mobilize voters to get to the polls. Now it’s time for the Senate to join the House not just in pushing back against Mr. Obama’s anti-life proposals, but also in moving forward on pro-life measures such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would spare babies of 20 weeks or more who we know can feel pain from the agony of having their limbs torn from their bodies.  Polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans support the measure, but the Senate Majority Leader hasn’t even allowed it to receive a committee vote. The outgoing Senate leadership doesn’t care what the American people want – that’s why they’re the outgoing Senate leadership.

Congratulations to all the pro-life candidates who were elected, and all those who worked so hard to elect them.

Throughout this election cycle, as in every election cycle, we insist that the people of God need to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. We thank all our fellow citizens who had heeded that message, and made possible so many victories. Now it's time for the work to continue.


Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

If you are a "pro-choice" voter or candidate,
take a look here
to see what you are tolerating.

See important election information for all States

See the pro-life credentials for possible 2016 Presidential candidates

A Calendar of Events for the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle

Politics and the Pulpit Election Articles Series Legal Guidelines on What to Do in the Parish  For Pro-Life Organizations 

What can I do?? 
Brochures and Booklets That We Have Available for Distribution in the Parishes, Free of Charge  Statements of the US Bishops on Political Responsibility 
How do I know where the candidates stand?  Political Responsibility CD from Fr. Frank   Further Educational information 
For the Clergy   For the Media   Resources for the Parish 

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

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 our internet 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!


How do I know where the candidates stand?


For the Clergy


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.

Homily Suggestions

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.



Brochures and Booklets That We Have Available for
Distribution in the Parishes, Free of Charge




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.


For the Media


For Pro-Life Organizations

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


Statements of the US Bishops on Political Responsibility

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility -- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, October 2015[PDF format]

Video of Archbishop Raymond Burke talking about abortion and voting
[4 minute video] [24 minute video]

US Bishops' Statement: Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (November 1998) | [tambien en español]

Key short quotes from Living the Gospel of Life

More statements from Bishops about political responsibility

Our page on Magisterium Teachings will refer you to a wider array of documents in which bishops address the topic of abortion and political responsibility.


Further Educational information


Priests for Life
PO Box 141172 • Staten Island, NY 10314
Tel. 888-735-3448, (718) 980-4400 • Fax 718-980-6515