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    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Rondeau
      April 11, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org

      Statement on the Resignation of Kathleen Sebelius

      Washington, DC----Yesterday, Department of Health and Human Services secretary, pro-abortion Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, announced that she will resign.

      Judie Brown, president of American Life League, the nation's oldest Catholic pro-life group, released this statement:

      No tears will be shed for this woman whose resignation came exactly seven days prior to Holy Thursday, which for Catholics is the day Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist----the changing of bread and wine into His body and blood.

      Sebelius repeatedly insulted the body of Christ by advocating for abortion, and through her support of the horrific late-term abortionist George Tiller during his life and publicly mourning for him upon his demise.

      As governor of the state of Kansas, Sebelius did all within her power to stymie the state attorney general's investigations into Planned Parenthood's various deadly practices. Phill Kline, then the attorney general, exposed the absence of best practices in various Planned Parenthood dealings with patients. The Sebelius administration's opposition to Kline has been defined by many as a vendetta.

      When Sebelius' bishop, Joseph F. Naumann, publicly prohibited her from receiving the body of Christ, she responded that his order was an offense against the separation of Church and state and painful to her on a personal level. Yet her belligerence persisted.

      To define Sebelius as the female version of Judas Iscariot, betrayer of Jesus Christ, does not even begin to define her wrongdoing.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      March 28, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      Pelosi Deserves Margaret Sanger Award

      Washington, DC----On March 27, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi accepted Planned Parenthood's highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award. The award was created to honor the legacy of Margaret Sanger, a birth control activist and the founder of Planned Parenthood.

      American Life League, the oldest Catholic pro-life education and advocacy group in the nation, issued this statement:

      "Modern apologists for the abortion industry whitewash Sanger's true motivation behind birth control. Sanger's work was never about women's health or rights. She was a leader in the eugenics movement, a so-called science that deals with the improvement of hereditary qualities of a race or breed by control of human mating.

      "Sanger wanted to control the births of people she deemed as unfit, mentally defective, or having little value. She called the poor, the minorities, and the uneducated the weeds of society.

      "In 1920, the year before she founded the American Birth Control League, which later became Planned Parenthood, Sanger published her book Women and the New Race.

      "Sanger wrote, 'Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defective.'

      "A rich, white, progressive like Pelosi, Sanger also dressed up her goal to eliminate the weeds of society as 'women's rights.'

      "This is the award Pelosi eagerly accepted. And this is the recognition Pelosi richly deserves."

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      March 20, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      Planned Parenthood locations, areas served sink to 40-year low

      Washington, DC----The latest survey of Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States shows the number of clinics and geographic areas served is the lowest number of clinics for Planned Parenthood since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. The data was released by American Life League's STOPP Planned Parenthood International, the nation's leading watchdog organization on Planned Parenthood.

      "We do exhaustive research on Planned Parenthood every year," said Jim Sedlak, vice president at ALL, the nation's oldest Catholic pro-life group. "This marks the eighth straight year of decline in both total facilities and total affiliates. Meanwhile, taxpayer subsidies remain at record highs under the Obama administration."

      The survey found that Planned Parenthood opened 13 new facilities in 2013 and closed 48. The closures took place in 16 different states. The number has fallen from a high of 938 locations in 1995 to 872 facilities in 2005 to 695 today. About half of the locations commit surgical or medical abortions.

      ALL says that the closures are not due to any single specific law or financial bill, but are part of an ever-increasing dwindling of public support for Planned Parenthood. Rob Gasper, the ALL senior researcher who conducted the survey, believes other factors are also at work. In a recent commentary, Gasper wrote:

      "A look at the numbers shows a major period of decline beginning in 2007 and an acceleration in that decline in 2009. Coincidentally, two major efforts began in those two years.

      "First, in 2007, 40 Days for Life launched its first national prayer and fasting effort across more than 30 states. In 2009, American Life League started the Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary campaign."

      Gasper continued, "The battle against Planned Parenthood is not just an earthly fight. The premise is simple. Ask for God's help. The unmeasurable God looks to be giving us a measurable answer!"

      The complete 2013 Survey of Planned Parenthood Facilities can be found here.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      January 30, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      ALL Joins in Call for National Boycott of
      Girl Scout Cookies

      Washington, DC----American Life League has joined other national pro-life and local organizations in calling for a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies. GSUSA is no longer an organization that can be trusted with the shaping of young girls.

      "The Girl Scouts was once a trusted organization dedicated to character building in young girls and women. Now, GSUSA is abusing that trust," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, the nation's oldest Catholic pro-life education and advocacy group. "Most parents and grandparents remain painfully unaware that GSUSA has introduced so-called 'family planning' ideology in its curriculum and promotes groups like Planned Parenthood to our daughters and granddaughters."

      GSUSA is the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which advocates for "affordable, accessible, safe abortion." GSUSA directly participated in a United Nations workshop in 2010 where the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet Happy, Healthy, and Hot was distributed. The pamphlet instructs young girls not to think of sex as "just about vaginal or anal intercourse." It continued, "There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore, and be yourself!"

      ALL hopes that the cookie boycott will raise awareness with parents and grandparents that Girl Scouts is no longer the organization they grew up with and once trusted. There are more wholesome ways to spend the cookie money.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      January 20, 2014 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      March for Life 2014

      Washington, DC----On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, marked by the coming March for Life in Washington D.C., Paul Rondeau, executive director of American Life League, the oldest Catholic pro-life organization in the nation, released the following statement:

      To celebrate Roe is to celebrate evil. To celebrate Roe is to deny natural law, to deny science, to deny common sense, to put oneself before the life of God's own children. The March for Life recognizes this reality.

      A Catholic can only embrace Roe by rejecting his own faith. It is discernment, not judgment, to state this simple fact: You cannot be Catholic and be pro-choice. On this 41st anniversary of the greatest injustice ever perpetrated by Supreme Court justices, Catholics should be unafraid to tell the truth to each other and the world.

      Judie Brown, president of American Life League, asks Catholics to set aside time to pray for the conversion of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden, and other infamous pro-abortion Catholics in public life who bring scandal to the Church by setting an example of disrespect for the body of Christ----a disrespect that misleads the faithful and jeopardizes souls.

      We also pray that all Catholics will offer comfort and love to their post-abortion sisters and families in recognizing that there is no unforgivable sin.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      December 20, 2013 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      Duck Dynasty Highlights A&E Network Bigotry towards Christianity

      Washington, DC----Phil Robertson, star of the mega-hit reality show, Duck Dynasty, has been suspended indefinitely for remarks made in an interview labeled “anti-gay” by LGBT activists. Paul Rondeau, executive director of American Life League, the oldest Catholic pro-life group in the nation, released this statement:

      “A&E has shown its cowardly bigotry toward Christians. GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said, ‘Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.’

      “Instead of defending the religious expression of the Robertson family, A&E sides with GLAAD as the authority on what ‘true’ Christians believe.

      “This latest A&E action against Robertson is simply a symptom of a much larger negative attitude the media has toward Christianity, the true meaning of Christmas, and so much more.

      “The A&E vision of Christmas is limited to aluminum trees and secular profits. Apparently, network executives were so busy counting the money they have made from the show, they didn’t notice that a Duck Dynasty Christmas would include not only celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but also fidelity to His teachings.

      “A&E management owes Phil Robertson and all Christians an apology.”

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      December 12, 2013 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      Thank You Bishop Tobin

      Washington, DC----Much of the world, including President Obama, has been gushing over the courage of Nelson Mandela in abolishing apartheid. Meanwhile, Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, reminded us that Mr. Mandela also abolished the right to life of the most innocent.

      In 1996, Mandela signed into law the "Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill" that, according to the New York Times, "replaced one of the world's toughest abortion laws with one of the most liberal."

      Mandela's action has sanctioned the deaths of over one million of the most innocent South Africans. The annual abortion rate since then in South Africa has skyrocketed from under 1,600 to over 85,302 in 2012.

      On behalf of millions of the faithful, American Life League humbly thanks His Excellency for having the courage to point out the shameful irony between Mr. Mandela's promotion of abortion and his stance against apartheid.

      Bishop Tobin reminds us that the dignity of human life is God-given and applies to all.

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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: Paul Rondeau
      December 11, 2013 540-659-4171 | e-mail: PRondeau@ALL.org
       

      NEW PLANNED PARENTHOOD NUMBERS SHOW A BUSINESS WITH PROBLEMS

      Washington, DC----Responding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America's release of its facility and service numbers for 2012,* Rita Diller, national director of American Life League's STOPP International project, said that the new numbers "once again show a business in decline." She continued:

      PPFA reported a substantial drop in its clinic numbers between December 2012 and December 2013. At the end of 2012, it had 750 centers, while it reports "more than 700" at the end of 2013. Its affiliate numbers are down as well, dropping from 73 to 69 over the last year. Affiliates are entities that operate Planned Parenthood centers within a set geographical area.

      Planned Parenthood reported a 6.7 percent decrease worldwide in customers for its "sexual and reproductive healthcare and education." In the U.S., it reported seeing 10,000 fewer unduplicated customers than in 2011.

      One of the most glaring numbers was the steep decline in prenatal services----a 31.97 percent decline from the prior year.

      In addition, Planned Parenthood's highly touted cancer screening services dropped 14.22 percent from the 2011 numbers.

      Even its abortion business showed a slight decline, reaching the lowest level in four years. PPFA reports that it committed 327,166 abortions for 2012----a 2.0 percent decrease from the year before.

      Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and founder of STOPP International, said, "The one notable rise was in its contraception business, where it reports 3.7 million services as opposed to 3.4 million in 2011----an increase of 8.7 percent."

      "However, our meta-analysis on Planned Parenthood released in 2013 indicated that Planned Parenthood may be inflating its numbers in contraceptive clients served," added Sedlak. "In addition, this service number includes an increase in sales of so-called Emergency Contraceptive kits whose effectiveness has come into question in the last few weeks."

      Sedlak concluded: "Planned Parenthood continues to demonstrate by its numbers that it is being rejected by the American public and becoming ever more dependent upon tax-dollar subsidies. It is truly time for all taxpayer funding to be removed from Planned Parenthood."



      * The numbers reflect "patient care provided by Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers from 10/01/11 - 9/20/12."

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      Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@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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