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WELCOME TO OUR ELECTION ACTION CENTER

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


Dear Friends,

We are in an Election Year once again. Right now, a red circle should appear on our calendars for Tuesday, November 4, 2014, when, across the United States, we will elect women and men to the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, Governorships, state legislative offices, and other positions.

In short, it will be a time for momentous decision-making, with long-lasting impact.

The makeup of Congress will, for one thing, determine how much power the President will have during his final two years in office.

During the coming months, Priests for Life will again activate all our efforts to educate candidates and voters alike that the most fundamental issue in any election at any level of government is the right to life, and whether or not it can be taken away through abortion.

We need to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. And if a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he/she supposed to respect yours?

We will make public presentations, preach sermons, equip Churches and other groups to mobilize voters, distribute voter guides, register voters, hold webcasts, and much more.

Will you be part of our effort? Please indicate your interest on the form on the right. And then, make use of all the resources below that on this website.

We, like you, will be criticized for this. But, if that is the price to pay for advancing the culture of life, so be it! More than ever before, we’re ready for the battle, and we’re ready for the victory!

Sincerely,



Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director



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



2014 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 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 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!

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How do I know where the candidates stand?

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For the Clergy

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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 2 to November 4, 2014. 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.)

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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, 2007

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

Clarification regarding dioceses and legal advice.

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

 

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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.

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For the Media

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For Pro-Life Organizations

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

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Statements of the US Bishops on Political Responsibility

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Further Educational information

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