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    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      September 17, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      National Pro-Life Leader to Speak Thursday
      in Charlottesville, Virginia

      Planned Parenthood in Charlottesville Must Close Its Doors

      Washington, DC----Washington, DC—Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, the nation’s oldest Catholic pro-life education and advocacy group, will be the featured speaker at the Charlottesville RALLY FOR LIFE.

      Who: Jim Sedlak, vice president, American Life League

      What: Featured speaker at the Charlottesville RALLY FOR LIFE

      When: Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 6-8pm

      Where: St. Thomas Hall at St. Thomas the Aquinas Church, 401 Alderman Rd., Charlottesville.

      Why: This is part of the activities in preparation for Charlottesville’s 40 Days for Life, which will begin next week outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Charlottesville.

      Jim will speak about the evils of Planned Parenthood and will explain how dedicated Christians have peacefully and prayerfully closed down over 243 Planned Parenthood facilities in the last 18 years. He will discuss how, with continued dedication, prayer, and activism, Planned Parenthood’s facility in Charlottesville can be added to that list.

      James W. Sedlak, M.S., is vice president of American Life League, host of a talk show on the Radio Maria network, and a recognized expert on Planned Parenthood. Jim has been a featured speaker at numerous statewide pro-life conventions and has presented workshops at national conventions run by American Life League, Concerned Women for America, Human Life International, and Coral Ridge Ministries. Outside the US, Jim has given pro-life talks in Canada, England, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and Australia. Jim is listed in several editions of Who’s Who, including Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

      Jim has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including as a special one-hour guest on the Dr. Laura radio show. He also made TV appearances on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Mother Angelica’s EWTN worldwide network, the MTV Sex in the Nineties series, and the 2007 HBO documentary Friends of God.

      In 1993, Jim was identified by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as one of the 15 “most active” fighters against PP sex education programs. In 1995, PPFA featured Jim in two segments of its anti-life film, Unholy Alliance.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      September 17, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      American Life League: Planned Parenthood Threatens Families with ‘External Pressure’

      Vatican Synod on the Family encouraged to
      address issue of Planned Parenthood

      Washington, DC----As the Catholic world prepares for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that begins in Rome in two weeks, American Life League pointed out today in a written commentary that part of the discussion needs to revolve around Planned Parenthood. The synod’s working document, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, contains several logical points of entry for this discussion to happen. The first of these entry points is an examination of forces that cause “external pressure” on families.

      Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, stated, “There is no organization that creates more external pressure on families than Planned Parenthood. If the synod would recommend that International Planned Parenthood Federation, and its country affiliates, be declared an enemy of the Church, it would literally change the world.”

      As stated in today’s commentary, Planned Parenthood’s propaganda exerts considerable pressure on families, children included, with the result of killing both the unity of spouses and the lives of their children.

      “Planned Parenthood threatens the family at nearly every essential point,” stated Rob Gasper, director of communications for American Life League and author of the commentary. “Planned Parenthood is truly an enemy of the family and of the Church. We pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire the synod to single Planned Parenthood out and name it as such.”

      The full text of Gasper’s commentary can be read [blog=14242/]here[/blog].

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      September 12, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      Campaign to Declare Planned Parenthood Enemy of Catholic Church Gains Support

      Washington, DC----American Life League, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life grassroots organization, says that four other pro-life organizations are participating in the Defend the Family campaign. The campaign is a prayerful effort that is asking the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to officially declare that Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the Church and of families.

      “We are excited about the immediate acceptance of our campaign to have Planned Parenthood declared an enemy of the Church,” said Judie Brown, president and cofounder of American Life League.

      “Just this week, four organizations have formally declared public support of the campaign,” stated Jim Sedlak, vice president of ALL and Defend the Family campaign coordinator. “A number of other groups have been in contact with us and we expect this effort will continue to expand.” The four groups that have signed on so far include two international organizations----Human Life International and Population Research Institute----and two active United States groups----Pro-Life Wisconsin and Pro-Life Waco.

      As Human Life International’s director of missions communications, Stephen Phelen, pointed out, “Since its inception, Planned Parenthood has been at war against the Catholic Church, against life, and against the family. HLI supports declaring them an enemy of the Church. The wreckage this organization has left in its wake is immense, and we pray that the Holy Spirit will make His will known in this matter for our beloved Church.”

      Copies of the basic document of the campaign, The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood in 2014, were mailed to Catholic prelates all over the world in preparation for the Third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that will take place in Rome from October 5-19.

      “Since the Extraordinary Synod will be discussing ‘External Pressures on the Family,’ detailed ‘Pastoral Challenges Concerning an Openness to Life,’ and ‘The Church and the Family in the Challenge of Upbringing (of Children),’” Sedlak continued, “it is clear that the threat that Planned Parenthood poses to each of these areas will be addressed.”

      More information on the Defend the Family campaign can be found at www.DefendTheFamily.org.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      September 8, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      American Life League Calls for
      Further Action against PBS

      Washington, DC----Buoyed by its partial success in getting After Tiller off the air in some PBS markets and rescheduled to later times in others, American Life League is calling for continued pressure on PBS. PBS, a publicly funded network, continues to air the late-term abortion-promoting film online as part of its Point of View programming.

      Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, stated: “Thousands of pro-lifers responded to our call to action, flooding PBS with e-mails and phone calls demanding they not air this obvious piece of pro-abortion propaganda. Two PBS stations heeded the call. (http://www.current.org/2014/09/two-public-tv-networks-decline-to-air-pov-documentary-after-tiller/) Now PBS wants to continue ramming this so-called documentary down Americans’ throats by offering it streaming online.”

      “Pro-lifers should continue letting their voices be heard,” Sedlak added. “PBS is allowing these abortionists to victimize Americans’ minds right in their own living rooms.”

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      August 27, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      American Life League Demands
      PBS Cancel ‘After Tiller’

      Late-Term Abortion Propaganda to Air on Labor Day

      Washington, DC----American Life League, the nation's largest, grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization, is demanding that the taxpayer-funded PBS cancel its Labor Day showing of “After Tiller.”

      “’After Tiller’ is nothing short of pure propaganda intended to demonize the entire pro-life movement and drum up support for late-term abortion,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “Why are pro-life tax dollars being used to paint a sympathetic picture of abortionists who stab babies in the base of their skulls just moments before they are born? Where is the sympathy for the babies, whose brains are being sucked out by vacuum machines by these abortionists?”

      “After Tiller” was funded in large part by pro-abortion groups and lists Planned Parenthood and NARAL as primary outreach partners. According to Media Impact Partners (http://mediaimpactfunders.org/festival/after-tiller/), the film’s production team’s goals include changing the view of Americans in favor of late-term abortion providers and against legislation that bans late-term abortions. The filmmakers also hope that medical students will request abortion training be made available in their curricula.

      “Would PBS ever run a puff piece that was funded by the KKK in order to sanitize and normalize racism?” asked Brown. “Shame on PBS! This has no business airing on a publicly funded network.”

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      August 25, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      American Life League Asks Pope Francis to Declare Planned Parenthood an Enemy of the Church

      Washington, DC----In anticipation of the Vatican’s October 2014 Synod on the Family, American Life League is launching a new campaign called Defend the Family. Rooted in prayer, this campaign seeks to expose Planned Parenthood as the most dangerous enemy of traditional families and of the Catholic Church.
      American Life League president, Judie Brown, stated, “Planned Parenthood has torn apart the family like a pack of ravenous wolves. The pro-life movement and the Church must stand together, face this threat, and shield our families from Planned Parenthood’s continued assaults.”

      The Defend the Family campaign is centered around a report entitled The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood in 2014. HERE’S HOW! The report, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and French, builds a case that an official declaration from the Vatican that Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the Church would be a powerful way to defend families. The report is available on the campaign web page at www.DefendTheFamily.org.

      Michael Hichborn, ALL’s director of Defend the Faith, stated, “An official declaration of Planned Parenthood as an enemy of the Church will be a real game changer. Such a declaration will prevent Planned Parenthood employees and volunteers from serving in positions of responsibility in our parishes. Simply put, Catholics could no longer hide behind an uninformed conscience in order to assist or promote Planned Parenthood or its agenda and be able to continue calling themselves Catholics in good standing.”

      Jim Sedlak, vice president of ALL, added, “Some people have told us this campaign has an impossible goal. But with God, nothing is impossible. In addition to being a massive educational effort, this campaign has a large spiritual dimension.”

      ALL’s new campaign encourages regular prayers after Mass for the conversion of individual countries from the ideologies of Planned Parenthood, offers prayers for the pope, and aims to open communication with local bishops about the dangers Planned Parenthood poses to the family. ALL’s hope is that this prayer-led effort will inspire the Holy Father to officially declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Church.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      August 6, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      “You may wake up with your baby removed, but your motherhood cannot be removed.”

      - Granddaughters of Pro-Life Leader, Judie Brown, write open letter response to Jenny Kutner, Salon author of “I’m Having an Abortion this Weekend.”

      Dear Jenny,

      After reading your Salon article entitled “I’m Having an Abortion this Weekend,” it seems to the reader that you and your boyfriend are very close.

      We’re sure you will say that you absolutely and completely love your boyfriend. But do you put his needs before your own? Do you constantly strive for a stronger relationship? Are you willing to make sacrifices for his well-being?

      If you answered yes to more than one question above, then you have an idea of selfless love.

      Selfless love is the most powerful type of love because it involves sacrifice. Selfless love puts the needs of the ones you love before your own. It is going the extra mile to ensure the happiness of your loved ones.

      Selfless love is never easy and it takes patience and fortitude. It is not only found between couples, but is the base of all strong relationships (i.e., marriage, friendship, siblings, and maternal).

      Maternal selfless love may be the most powerful of all relationships. Just like the love you show to your boyfriend, a mother shows the same selfless love to her child. She will always absolutely and completely love her child. She will put his/her needs before her own. She will constantly strive for a stronger relationship. She will continuously make sacrifices for his/her well-being.

      Even though Saturday has passed and you chose abortion, that does not change the fact that you are a mother. You may wake up with your baby removed, but your motherhood cannot be removed.

      We understand completely that unexpected pregnancy can be a terrifying thing. Maybe the timing was not right, maybe there were financial concerns, or maybe you were just scared. Those are all rational fears, but as you know, abortion is not the only option. Change is never easy, but that is what selfless love is all about.

      In a time of change, one can become overwhelmed with his or her own future. Many times we look for what is best for “me.” The trick is to not be selfish, but selfless.

      Even though you did not show selfless love by choosing life for your little baby, it’s never too late to learn. We promise there are many people out there, including ourselves, who are willing to help you heal from your abortion and understand the true meaning of selfless love.

      Yours in Christ,

      Emily Brown
      Mount Saint Mary’s University ’15

      Katie Brown
      Belmont Abbey College ‘18

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Gasper
      DATE 540-659-4171 | e-mail: RGasper@ALL.org
       

      American Life League’s Celebrate Life Magazine
      to Feature Inspiring Story of Gold-Medal Paralympian Jessica Long

      Washington, DC----Celebrate Life Magazine, the premier publication of American Life League, will be featuring the inspiring story of 12-time paralympic gold-medalist Jessica Long in its forthcoming July-August issue.

      Judie Brown, president of American Life League, stated, “We are so excited to bring Jessica’s story to Celebrate Life Magazine’s readers! Jessica is a shining example of the truth that every human being’s life is precious, regardless of circumstances or disabilities. She is a ray of sunshine in the prevailing culture of darkness.”

      The feature article details Jessica’s remarkable story of adoption and triumph over physical challenges and provides insight into the grit and determination she brings to her record-breaking swimming performances and her daily life.

      “If you truly can’t care for the child and can’t give the child the life he or she deserves, I would give the child up for adoption, because there is going to be a family out there who will love that baby----no matter what the diagnosis is,” Jessica said. “I know it can seem really discouraging, but in the end, I think that if you would abort the baby, you would definitely regret it. I think, for me, that I would rather know that the baby would have a better life than I could give him or her instead of just terminating him or her.”

      American Life League is making this issue available free of charge. To obtain a copy, call 540-659-4171. Celebrate Life Magazine is available via subscription through American Life League and also available on the Internet at www.clmagazine.org.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Rob Gasper at 540-659-4171 or RGasper@ALL.org.
       

      American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org

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