Pro-Life Organizations Announce Nationwide Voter Registration Drive
by Steven Ertelt
January 6, 2004
Staten Island, NY (LifeNews.com) — A nationwide pro-life group has announced it is launching a new national voter registration drive. Priests for Life, will sponsor numerous "National Christian Voter Registration Sundays" during 2004 to sign up as many pro-life, Christian voters as possible and encourage them to get involved in the presidential elections.
The dates for Voter Registration Sundays are January 18, March 7, May 2, July 4, and September 5.
Priests for Life has made the 2004 Elections its primary focus this year.
"All our activities are totally non-partisan," explains National Director Fr. Frank Pavone. "But non-partisan doesn’t mean timid or half-hearted."
Pavone said his group is encouraging pro-life Christians to register to vote and to actually cast a ballot. When evaluating candidates for elected office, Pavone hopes pro-life voters will make pro-life issues the most important criteria they use when evaluating which candidates to support.
Pavone also said candidates who support abortion should not receive support from people who are Christian or pro-life.
"Public servants who take a ‘pro-choice’ position contradict Catholic teaching, the Gospel of Christ, and the founding principles of the United States of America," Pavone said.
The Christian Coalition and the National Pro-life Religious Council are co-sponsoring the voting drives. NPRC consists of several pro-life groups that work within Christian denominations such as the Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches.
Voter registration drives fall within the activities that are permitted to tax-exempt organizations and churches. Priests for Life says its voter registration project has been reviewed by legal experts and it falls within the guidelines of both federal law and the Internal Revenue Service.
"It’s not our job to tell people how to vote; it is our job, however, to give them moral guidance in exercising their civic responsibilities, and we intend to carry out that job with clarity and vigor," Father Pavone concluded.
Related web sites:
Priests for Life Voter Project – https://priestsforlife.org/vote