Pro-Life Groups Join Forces for New International Outreach Combating Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
March 26, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Three pro-life groups are joining together for a new global outreach aimed at combating international efforts to expand and promote abortion. The Gospel of Life Ministries (GOL), Life Issues Institute, and Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) are working together.
Today, they announced a new united effort to save the lives of unborn children from abortion and advance a culture of life worldwide.
The Gospel of Life Ministries is integrating the work of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI), previously a project of Life Issues Institute, into its mission. Its goal will be to equip pro-life advocates to engage in the political process and ensure that elected and appointed officials uphold their obligations to protect life.
GOL and PNCI will synergize their efforts to promote respect for the inviolable dignity of life and help religious and elected leaders around the world defend laws and policies which recognize the sanctity of life when confronted by new unprecedented pro-abortion pressure.
The effort is critical as United Nations personnel and pro-abortion groups ramp up efforts to get pro-life nations to reverse their laws or weaken them.
The Gospel of Life Ministries and Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues will assist individuals of all faiths to uphold cherished religious and cultural beliefs against abortion and build pro-life coalitions in national capitals around the world to defend laws protecting the unborn.
Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Gospel of Life Ministries, welcomes the outreach of PNCI and sees great potential for advancing a culture of life.
"We know that elected officials around the world who stand up for the protection of the unborn child can face intense pro-abortion pressure and ridicule," he told LifeNews.com. "We hope to offer these defenders of life support, assistance, and encouragement through the work of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues and equip the faithful to exercise their responsibilities of faithful citizenship."
Marie Smith, the PNCI director, added: "Lawmakers serving in national governments around the world have been subjected to tremendous pro-abortion lobby efforts since it was determined at the Cairo population conference that the power to change policy on abortion rested in their hands."
"We are hopeful that with this new concerted outreach with the Gospel of Life Ministries we will be able to assist and encourage lawmakers globally to use their positions to advance laws and policies that save the lives of unborn children and help their mothers," she said.
"I extend my heartfelt thanks to Life Issues Institute for its support over the past three years and look forward to a continued cooperation on behalf of the pre-born and their mothers," she added.
Bradley Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute, commented on the developments.
"PNCI has established an effective network with legislators, heads of state, ambassadors, ministers, religious leaders, and pro-life activists these past three years. We have been happy to assist their efforts. Now, I am pleased to see that PNCI is ready to expand its reach and I wish them great success," he said.
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