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Pro-life Internship – Stand True Pro-life Outreach 2015 Summer Internship – Dates and Application

We are looking for 4-6  interns for the summer to work with and travel with Stand True Pro-life Outreach

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Who: We want motivated young pro-life people between the ages of 18-28 (again we can be flexible in some circumstances.)

When: The Summer internship would can start June 1  and ends August 14 but we welcome people to come earlier if possible. We will be attending the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans, Soulfest in New Hampshire and many more events. We will also spend a day in NYC and visit the Priests for Life national headquarters in Staten Island.

Where: We are located in Troy, OH which is near Dayton. We have a missionary apartment that is connected to the office for girls and a private room in the office with a bathroom for guys.

What: The internship will include a wide variety of pro-life training, work, prayer and activism as well as traveling to pro-life events.

A few of the duties:

Social Media: Interns will spend time every day building, maintaining and developing the social media outreach for Stand True and Priests for Life. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and many more. Interns will be helping in building our social media library on the Stand True web site.

Summer Festivals and Events: Interns will traveling with Stand True to several summer events to work the booth, give talks and educate people on pro-life issues.

Activism: Interns will go to the abortion clinic for prayer and sidewalk counseling at least once a week. Interns will take part in some local and national pro-life events and activism such as the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans

Office work: Interns will help run the daily needs of the Stand True office like mail, order fulfillment, cleaning, banking, filing, proof reading and other needs around the office.

Pro-life Training: Interns will be studying pro-life issues and apologetics. Interns will write articles, give talks and learn how to argue the pro-life position.

We are also looking for interns with special talents: Web design, wordpress knowledge, graphic arts, writing skills and more.

We provide housing and basic food as well as travel costs when you travel with Stand True for events like the National Right to Life Convention. You will be expected to help fundraise towards the missionary program but there is no set cost to come.

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Here is a tentative schedule:

June 1 Team arrives in Troy

June 2 – 5 Training in Troy, OH

June 5 Grill Out at Stand True Courtyard

June 6-7 Strawberry Festival Outreach Troy, OH

June 8 Day off

June 9 Abortion Clinic Training

June 10 – 13 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

June 13 Troy Pool Day

June 14 Day off

June 15 -16 Office/Social Media Project Days

June 17-19 Abortion Mill Outreach/Activism

June 20 – 21 Days Off

June 22 – 26 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

June 27 – 28 Days off

June 29 – July 3 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

July 4-5 Off

July 6 Prep for NRLC

July 7 Drive to New Orleans

July 8 Arrive in New Orleans

July 9 – 11 NRLC 2015 in New Orleans

July 12 Drive to Charlotte, NC

July 13 White Water Center Day in Charlotte, NC

July 14 Pro-life Activism in Charlotte, NC with EPIC

July 15 Drive to Troy, OH

July 16 – 17 Unload / Cleaning Days

July 18 -19 Days Off

July 20 – 22 Clinic Outreach / Social Media Projects

July 23 Drive to Chicago

July 24 – 25 National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium in Chicago

July 26 Drive to Troy

July 27 – 31 Retreat in MI

August 1 Day Off

August 2 Drive to NYC

August 3 Activism in NYC / Afternoon off in NYC

August 4 – 5 Training at PFL

August 5 Spend day at PFL office for training.

August 6-8 Soulfest, Gilford, New Hampshire

August 9 – 10 Drive to Troy, OH

August 11 -13 Unpack, Clean and Debrief

August 14 Go Home

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Talking About Abortion May Be Offensive, But Our Silence and Apathy Is Deadly; Addressing the Lie That Christians Should Not Offend People.

I sometimes find the excuses that I hear from people who claim to be pro-life but will not take action on their convictions just plain laughable.  Then there are the excuses in which people actually try and use the Word of God to justify their apathy.

One of the classic examples that can be found is the ever popular “I don’t want to offend anyone” excuse.  The worst part of this excuse is that many who use it try to justify it with scripture, often interjecting the word “offend” for the word “stumble”.  There are several verses about causing others, especially children, to stumble. For example:

1st Corinthians 10:32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—

The problem is that people seem to think that offending someone is the same as causing them to stumble; that is simply not true. If I were to sit and drink beer around someone who is an alcoholic, tempting him by offering him beer, that would be causing him to stumble.

The truth is we will offend many people just by the fact that we are Christians; this Gospel of Christ is highly offensive to those who do not have faith.

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning?  Who will listen to me?

Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

Anytime we take a stand against an evil, someone will be offended. Those involved with evil will take offense to our speaking out against their behavior.  If we were to speak out against pornography and call it indecent or obscene that would offend those involved in the pornography industry.

If we were to give a workshop “talking about domestic violence or child abuse, would that not offend people who commit those actions?  Just because we speak out against an evil and it offends people does not mean we should stop speaking out against that evil.

Many will say that they are worried about hurting people’s feelings. Women who have committed the act of abortion will be hurt so we shouldn’t wear pro-life shirts, hold signs or pray in front of abortion mills.”  While I agree that some women will be upset when they see a pro-life t-shirt or display, that in no way justifies not taking that action.

I have to ask about other things we speak out against.  Would we refrain from speaking out against domestic violence because it might offend someone who has beaten his wife? Would we refrain from speaking out against child abuse because we might offend a woman who has beaten her kids? Would we refrain from speaking out against rape because we are afraid we would offend a rapist?

The problem is that when it comes to abortion we have allowed this evil act to be diminished to just a “tough decision” that a woman has to make.  I am sorry but this is not a decision anyone should have the right to make; it is an act of homicide that cannot be justified.

We would never in a million years call a rape a “tough decision” that a man has to make. There are no circumstances that can justify a man sexually forcing himself on another human person.  There will be no one arguing that we just need to put ourselves in his shoes to understand why he had to make that choice.

This same standard must be applied to killing one’s child in the womb or at any other time in that child’s life.  The act of homicide is one person killing another person and that is what happens in every single abortion.

All this being said, I am not advocating going out on the street and screaming at women or calling them murderers as they walk into an abortion mill.  I have always and will always reach out to them in love and offer them hope.

While I will not be screaming at women, I will also not back down in my fight to expose what abortion is to the world.  The fact is that we need the world to view abortion as the horrific act that it is; to have the same disdain for abortion as they do for rape or any other act of homicide.

Yes, there will be times that people will be offended by the pro-life t-shirt I wear, the sign I hold or by my praying outside of an abortion mill.  There will be women who have had an abortion who will feel guilt for what they have done and probably not be happy about being reminded of their act.  I pray that the guilt they feel will lead to finding the healing and hope of Christ that exists with repentance.

This next statement at first may sound a bit harsh but it is a reality.  I am more concerned with saving the lives of innocent children being slaughtered by the thousands every day than I am with the hurt feelings of someone who has committed this act. I do not set out to offend; I set out to tell the truth.  In doing so, I know people will be offended and feelings will be hurt. This holds for almost every truth we decide to proclaim and evil we confront.

(That being said I also believe very strongly in the forgiveness and healing after abortion and would strongly recommend visiting AbortionShockwaves.com)

If you claim to be pro-life, to believe that the children dying inside these abortion mills are fully human, don’t give me excuses.  To slightly tweak a Greg Cunningham quote:  “Apathy and ignorance sustained by denial are crippling this nation’s response to abortion. When something is so horrifying that we can’t stand to look at it, perhaps we shouldn’t be tolerating it!”

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

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Abortion is Not Mentioned in The Bible So It Cannot Be A Sin?

Has anyone ever tried to tell you that abortion is not mentioned in the Bible? This is actually a question I have gotten quite a bit; abortion is not mentioned in the Bible, so how can we say it is a sin?

This question is flawed because it is focused on the procedure rather than what abortion actually is. That is one of the fundamental reasons Christians ignore abortion, they look at it as a procedure. We must look past the procedure to the root of what abortion is.

Abortion is the killing of a human person. There are many ways to kill a human person and not all of them are mentioned in the Bible. Using this logic, you could argue that shooting someone with a gun is not mentioned in the Bible; so therefore it is not a sin. Shooting someone with a gun, like abortion, is simply the procedure used to kill that human person.

We all know that killing someone is a sin, “thou shalt not kill” is pretty cut and dry.

As I wrote in the last “tough questions” section, scripture tells us about the beginning of human life. I am sure you have all heard the most popular verse pro-lifers use about God forming us in the womb. Have you read Psalm 51:5? “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” From the moment of conception you have sin. What does sin stain? It stains your soul, not your flesh. You have a soul at the moment of conception.

Lets look at Luke 1:39, At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist and was about 6 months along in her pregnancy. Mary was only a few days pregnant with Jesus when John the Baptist recognized the personhood of Christ and leapt in the womb. It cannot be any clearer when life begins.

So again it comes back to the core of the pro-life argument, personhood. In reality almost all the tough questions people ask me will be brought back to this principle.

A child in the womb is a human person.

Killing a human person is wrong.

Abortion is killing a human person.

Abortion is wrong.

That was the long answer to the question. The short answer is simple, abortion is mentioned in the Bible, “thou shalt not kill”.

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Teen Film Club Releases Powerful Pro-life Short Film

If you’ve never met someone, do they still exist? This is the premise of the short film, “If I Can’t See It,” released last week by Angelic Films in partnership with Stand True Pro-life Outreach, the youth outreach of Priests for Life.

This film was made by teens in Charlotte, NC as a project of their film club, Angelic Films. The original story was formulated by Bryan Kemper and was put into writing by WNCU film student Emily Pressley after Kemper shared the idea with the club.

Many of the teens involved with Angelic Films are also involved in pro-life work in Charlotte, NC. Zoe Griffin, a member of Angelic Films, has been featured in many national pro-life stories giving her testimony of regretting the loss of a sibling to abortion. Zoe has spoken at international pro-life conferences as well as represented Silent No More at the March for Life in Washington, DC.

Stand True exists to educate, activate and equip young people to stand up and be a voice for life in this culture of death. It was a perfect fit to have a group of young people like Angelic Films take on this project. Stand True believes this is the generation that will abolish abortion and is excited to see young people use their time and talent to help build a culture of life.

With a powerful combination of talent, purpose, and meaning this film is a short and concise delivery of what it means to be ALIVE. The film was debuted at the March for Life Youth Rally hosted by Stand True. Henry Hoyt, the film’s director, introduced the film and also led the members of Angelic Films in the March for Life where hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descended on Washington, DC to demand the end of abortion.

“I was moved and inspired by the film” said Stand True President, Bryan Kemper. “Seeing the passion and vision of these teens gives me strength and confidence moving forward towards our goal of the abolition of abortion.”

Watching the March being led by youth, chanting “We are the pro-life generation,” it is easy to see why Stand True and Angelic Films are so confident that an end to the abortion holocaust is in sight.

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Stand True March for Life / West Coast Walk for Life schedule of events and acitvism

Stand True Pro-life Outreach Schedule

East Coast March for Life

Tuesday, Jan 20th

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Protest at the 1in3 pro-abortion play at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC - http://www.1in3campaign.org/outofsilence

Wednesday, Jan 21st

8:00 – 10:00 AM – Prayer at Planned Parenthood on 16th St NW in Washington DC

9:00 – 11:00 AM – Booth at Beaux Forth Rally

11:00 AM – “Die In” activism event at White House with Survivors

9:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Booth at March for Life Expo at Renaissance DC

1:30 – 4:30 PM – Stand True will host the March for Life Youth Rally at the Renaissance DC, Bryan Kemper is keynote speaker – Full Schedule and info at http://www.standtrue.com/mflyouthrally

7:00 – 9:30 PM – Bryan Kemper will be praying with pro-life leaders at One Voice DC at the Renaissance DC, a night of prayer and worship music

Thursday, Jan 22nd

8:00 AM Bryan Kemper will be running in the March for Life 5K – marchforlife.org for info

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM - Booth at March for Life Expo at Renaissance DC

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM - National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers – Info at http://www.nationalprayerservice.com/

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Rally and March for Life on the National Mall

Friday, Jan 23rd 

9:30am – 8pm Student for Life Conference at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro , MD Students for Life of America East Coast National Conference

West Coast Walk for Life

Friday, Jan 23rd

5:30pm – Issues for Life Dinner at St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Hall, 1219 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA Issues4Life Benefits Dinner

Saturday, Jan 24th

10:45 am – Stand True will have a booth and participate in the West Coast Walk for Life at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA - West Coast Walk for Life

Sunday, January 25th
7:30am – 7pm – Students for Life Conference at The Cathedral Event Center, San Francisco, CA Students for Life of America West Coast National Conference

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Merry Christmas from Stand True. Give the gift of Life for Christmas.

Do you ever feel like Charlie Brown and want to scream, “Doesn’t anyone know what Christmas is all about?”

I have always loved the Charlie Brown Christmas special, even before I came to know the Lord. There has always been something about the purity of the message that resonated with me. To this day, this is my favorite Christmas Special. When Linus gives his speech, I still get chills.

“8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”

“…That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”[2]

Charles Schultz had the courage to keep Christ in Christmas; we can all learn from him. I know it is a cheesy saying but, Jesus IS the reason for the season!

We at Stand True want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support of the work we do here. We know that the greatest gift we can give you is to keep fighting to end the holocaust that is plauging our world. Please pray for us and all who have taken up this fight, a fight that we need so desperately to come to an end.

Along with your prayers, we ask that you also give the gift of life this Christmas by making an end of year donaton to Stand True. Your end of year donation will help us start the New Year strong in our fight to end abortion. Please give life this Christmas and stand with us.

Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. We need your help TODAY! Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

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Early Christmas Present: An Abortionist In Handcuffs


A millionaire abortionist in Oklahoma was removed from his office in handcuffs today.Dr. Nareshkumar Patel, 62, who kills unborn children at Outpatient Services for Women in Oklahoma City, has been arrested and accused of prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to women who were not pregnant, according to a press release from the office of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Authorities began an investigation after Operation Rescue filed a complaint based on documents and medical waste that had been discarded in a trash receptacle near Patel’s office.

Patel is notorious for having burned the bodies of 55 babies in 1992 in an abandoned RV he owned and for allegations that he sexually assaulted three women as they awaited their abortions.  He has faced a long list of malpractice claims but has never had his license permanently revoked.

Commenting on Patel’s arrest, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, noted his organization’s close collaboration with Operation Rescue and said, “Those who kill babies do a lot of other evil as well. Working with Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics, and in our own initiatives at Priests for Life, we have found that the more you dig, the more you find.”

“I have seen hundreds if not thousands of pro-lifer put into handcuffs over the past 20 years for laying their lives down for the sake of innocent babies in the womb. To see an abortionist taken away in handcuffs really makes me smile as I know that precious children will not be killed in abortion mill right now”, said Bryan Kemper, President of Stand True Pro-life Outreach. “This is a great early Christmas present to the pro-life movement and to the babies who will now live”

“Exposing the corruption of the abortion industry can lead to closing abortion mills and putting abortionists out of business, without needing to change a single law,” Father Pavone added.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said “We are very excited about this morning’s arrest. This is the result of a collaborative effort that involved gritty pro-life work, active enforcement of state laws.”

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Is Pro-life Activist Bryan Kemper, Banned from the UK?

Bryan Kemper speaking with students at Oxford and Cardiff Universities on UK Tour.

A columnist for a British newspaper has suggested banning Priests for Life Youth Director Bryan Kemper from the United Kingdom.

In a convoluted piece full of UPPERCASE OUTRAGE, Observer columnist Catherine Bennett talks about the British ban on self-described “seduction expert” Julien Blanc, and suggests some others who might abandon all hope of ever again setting foot on English soil. In assembling this list of “influential foreign women-haters,” Ms. Bennett writes:

“There can be no welcome for visiting anti-abortion campaigners, of both sexes, who are hostile to the good health and independent agency of British women. If Mr. Blanc’s blandishments are officially abhorrent, then it is hard to justify further attempts by, say, the Ohio pro-lifer Bryan Kemper, to, in Blanc lingo HAVE GIRLS FLOCKING to his cause.”

She is apparently referring to Kemper’s popularity among young pro-life Brits of both genders. At the invitation of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn, Kemper has spoken and trained youth at several youth conferences.

Students who heard Kemper speak at a youth conference in Scotland later started the first- ever pro-life society at Cardiff University in Wales and have invited him  to speak to the society three times. He also was part of the inaugural speaking tour for the U.K,’s “Alliance of Pro-life Students” organization started by students from Cardiff University.

For Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Ms. Bennett’s “Ban Bryan” campaign is proof that Kemper is changing hearts and minds in Britain.

“If he weren’t so effective in his defense of the unborn, Ms. Bennett would never have heard of Bryan Kemper,” Father Pavone said. “English women are heeding his message, and the message of our wonderful pro-life colleagues and friends throughout Britain, and that scares pro-abortion ideologues there.  Because of that, and because of the urgency of protecting the unborn, we will continue sending Bryan to Britain and to many other nations as well.”

Kemper, meanwhile, is thrilled.

“What an honor,” he said. “To think that a newspaper columnist is calling for me to be banned from an entire country tells me that I’m doing my job. As for her suggestions that I don’t care about women’s health, nothing could be further from the truth. Abortion is not health care, and women deserve better.”

The original article is here - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/23/julien-blanc-ban-just-martyrs-him

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68 Year Old Man Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness For Wearing Pro-life T-shirt Despite Their Claim Of Being 100% Judgement Free

UPDATE: Planet Fitness released this statement to me a few minutes ago – “At Planet Fitness, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone. The majority of Planet Fitness clubs, including this location in Orange City, FL, are owned and operated by individual franchisees. The dress code policy is enforced at the discretion of club staff and the local franchisee.”  McCall Gosselin, Director of Public Relations

 

I just got off the phone with Michael Amarosa, a 68 year-old man from Deltona, Florida who was recently kicked out of the local Planet Fitness for wearing a pro-life t-shirt to work out in.

Michael has been going to Planet Fitness for three years and about two weeks ago was approached by one of the staff as he was working out. The staff member informed him that his shirt was offensive to someone and asked if he would be willing to change into a shirt she had in her hand. Michael said no and asked what would happen if he did not change his shirt. He was asked to leave.

Now before I go on, lets look at the slogan for Planet Fitness: “Welcome to Planet Fitness. Home of the Judgement Free Zone®”. That’s right, Planet Fitness wants people to think they are a “judgement free zone” while casting judgement on Michael for a pro-life t-shirt.

Michael’s shirt read, “abortion kills a person” and he thought that if he wore a less abrasive shirt that maybe they would not cast judgement on him. He was wrong. Michael came back the next day wearing a shirt that read, “pray to end abortion” and he was approached again and asked to leave.

Michael told me how he was inspired by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life who encourages people to be open with their pro-life beliefs. He wants to educate the public about abortion and thats why he wears his pro-life t-shirts. Michael is not yelling at people or trying to start debates in the gym, he simply works out and practices free speech with a t-shirt.

I encouraged Michael and thanked him for his courage and told him that Stand True will be sending him a bunch of free pro-life t-shirts from our store at prolifeworld.com and told him about what happened recently when TLC censored the Duggar’s pro-life t-shirt on the show, 19 Kids and Counting.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am just like Michael as I love to wear pro-life t-shirts everywhere I go. I have had the opportunity to witness to countless people because of them and I also wear them to the gym almost every day. We must be bold in our opposition to abortion and Michael has shown us courage with his stand. He is an inspiration to me and so many for his willingness to be a constant public witness for life and for the babies.

I am in the process of contacting pro-life lawyers for Michael to help him fight Planet Fitness and get his rights back. In the mean time I need you to help us fight for Michael.

Bryan Kemper

Especially in light of their statement we should all contact the local Planet Fitness.

Please contact Planet Fitness in Orange City Florida and express your disgust with how they treated Michael:

The Local Planet Fitness – Phone: 386.490.4416

Tweet: @planetfitness

McCall Gosselin
Director of Public Relations

Phone: 603-750-0001 x199
Email: mccall.gosselin@pfhq.com

 

Megan Lynch
Public Relations Manager

Phone: 603.750.0001 x225
Email: megan.lynch@pfhq.com

 

 

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Ruling on HHS mandate: “As contrary to religious freedom as you can get”

Today the U.S Circuit Court of appeals ruled against religious freedom and we at Stand True would rather risk arrested and imprisoned before we comply with their evil mandate. – Bryan Kemper

Here is the press release from Priests for Life  11/14/2014

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today to the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which ruled against Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate in the case Priests for Life et al. vs. US Dept. of HHS et al.

“As we have said from the beginning, Priests for Life will not obey the HHS mandate. To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government’s plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary to religious freedom as you can get.

In the interim, the government has provided what it calls an ‘accommodation’ by which we opt-out of the obligation to provide such coverage. In principle, of course, this moves in the right direction. The conscience of every American should be accommodated by law, so that government never forces anyone to violate his or her conscience.

But the problem at issue in our case — in which the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic University of America, Thomas Aquinas College, and other plaintiffs are also joined — is that the mechanism the government has provided for us to opt out is, in itself, objectionable to our religious and moral convictions. We have been pointing this out from the outset of this case.

If the government is sincere in wanting to enable us to opt out of something because it violates our moral conscience, it is reasonable for us to insist that we be given a way to opt out that does not itself violate our moral conscience. And whether it violates our conscience is for us to say, not the government.

Today’s decision states that our moral objection to the government’s current ‘opt-out’ mechanism is not their problem.

The decision mischaracterizes our objections. It says, “What Plaintiffs object to here are “the government’s independent actions in mandating contraceptive coverage, not to any action that the government has required [Plaintiffs] themselves to take.”’ That is not correct. What we object to are the actions the government is asking us to take. The decision later acknowledges that, but dismisses our objection as not being weighty enough.

What it boils down to is this: the government finds it hard to believe that we are objecting precisely to an action that lets us opt out of its plan to make it easier for our employees to get contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

But the court’s own words today show why we object. The following two paragraphs from the decision capture why we continue to object and why we will not obey the regulations:

“Once the eligible organization expresses its desire to have no involvement in the practice to which it objects, the government ensures that a separation is effectuated and arranges for other entities to step in and fill the gap as required to serve the legislatively mandated regime.”

“Only if the eligible organizations communicate that they are dropping contraceptive coverage from the health insurance they have arranged for their employees will the government be able to ensure that the resultant gaps in employees’ coverage are otherwise filled. The government contends that its interests would be impaired if eligible organizations were entitled to exempt themselves from the contraceptive coverage requirement without notifying either HHS, or their insurers or TPAs.”

That’s the point. We refuse to take actions that are necessary to help the government “fill the gap” to provide drugs that kill babies and harm women. This decision admits that the action they are asking us to take does precisely that and is in fact necessary for that to happen. Therefore we will continue to refuse to obey the regulations, and we will appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and a personal plaintiff in the case added, “This decision praises the so-called benefits of contraception as if its well-documented negative health risks did not exist. Our objection to be any part of the government’s plan to make contraception more easily accessible is grounded not only in our respect for conscience and religion, but precisely in our regard for women and their health. The Pill, IUDs and sterilization devices like Essure are harming women every day.”

Alveda King, daughter of Rev. A.D. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and also a personal plaintiff in the case, added, “In the interests of civil rights, which include the right of conscience to practice one’s faith regardless of how the government wants to define it, we will continue to pursue this case at the level of the Supreme Court. If my Uncle ML were still around, I have no doubt that he would be fully supportive of our efforts to secure freedom for every American to have his or her conscience free from government intrusion or reinterpretation.”

>Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in this case, stated, “This decision by the D.C. Circuit, a court that was recently packed by Obama through Harry Reid’s nuclear option, totally disregards the meaning of material cooperation as our Church teaches it.  No doubt, contraception is a sacrament of the secular left, and this decision, which was authored by one of the recent Obama-appointed judges, is a tribute to it.  Make no mistake, this battle is not over.  We will continue our fight for religious freedom by challenging this decision in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

>Read the Court’s Decision

For more information on this case, on Priests for Life’s response, and what you can do, see IStandWithPFL.com.

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