Pro-Life Advocates Register Voters to Impact 2012 Election

National   Steven Ertelt   May 28, 2012   |   1:13PM    Washington, DC

A leading pro-life group held its first pro-life voter registration Sunday yesterday and it has two more campaigns it hopes will help get pro-life voters registered so they can make a positive impact on the 2012 elections.

Priests for Life is calling upon all people of faith to register as many Americans as possible to vote in the upcoming elections. To encourage religious leaders of all denominations to become involved in this vital effort, Priests for Life held the first of its three Voter Registration Sundays yesterday.

“Assisting people to register to vote is one of the best ways to exercise our citizenship,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Non-partisan voter registration is both legal and appropriate for Churches to do, because it is a way to assist members of the congregation to exercise their faith in day- to-day life, and to take advantage of the freedom God gives us in this country.”

“Voter registration drives fall within the activities that are permitted to tax-exempt organizations and churches,” said Father Pavone. “The only thing standing in our way is not the IRS, but our own fears.”

Visitors to www.priestsforlife.org/vote will find all the information and materials they will need to conduct a successful registration drive. July 1 and September 9 also have been set aside as Voter Registration Sundays. Priests for Life has spearheaded this effort by forming the “Vote Pro-life Coalition,” in which dozens of national organizations pursue the same goals related to non-partisan political involvement.

“The goal of the Vote Pro-life Coalition this year is to surpass all efforts of the past in regard to registering believers to vote. Now’s the time to make history. The outpouring of concern over religious freedom has to be translated into political action at the voting booths,” Pavone said.

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He told LifeNews, “Politics is not salvation, but at the same time, the Holy Spirit does lead us to be politically active. As for the fears of appearing partisan, the Christian as an individual has no reason to be ashamed of partisan loyalties, as long as they do not contradict the Gospel. As for the Church as an institution, if standing up for life gives us a partisan label, that’s not our fault; it’s the fault of the party or parties that abandon the sanctity of life.”

“Supporters of abortion have no place in public office, and it’s time to say so in the pulpits and in the voting booths,” Father Pavone stated.