Matt C. Abbott
Obama, Gates, Pfizer 'singing the same song' on contraception, says priest-activist; Reassessing the personhood movement
By Matt C. Abbott
November 16, 2014

The worldwide population control agenda is in full force.

From PharmaTimes (Nov. 13):
    Pfizer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation have teamed up to expand access to the drug giant's injectable contraceptive Sayana Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate) in 69 of the world's poorest countries. The collaboration will effectively subsidise the sale of Pfizer's contraceptive....
I asked Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, to comment on this latest development.

Father Pavone's response is as follows:
    Pfizer and the Gates Foundation are singing the same song as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in its decision on Friday, Nov. 14, when it ruled against Priests for Life in our challenge to the HHS mandate. The decision praises contraception in such a way that one would think it is the ultimate magic formula for health and well-being, and the solution to all the world's problems.

    The commitment of the Obama Administration – on display in this HHS mandate – to expanding access to contraception is the same commitment that Pfizer and the Gates Foundation are displaying in their recent announcement. This commitment is so ideological and absolute that, under the law, even an association of priests is being told we have to be part of the grand scheme of expanding access to these objectionable practices. Sure, we are given a piece of paper we can sign that says we 'opt-out.' But signing that piece of paper, ironically, makes us part of the scheme we want to opt-out of, because, as the court in our decision admitted:

    'Only if the eligible organizations communicate that they are dropping contraceptive coverage from the health insurance they have arranged for their employees will the government be able to ensure that the resultant gaps in employees' coverage are otherwise filled.'

    And there's the point that we will stress to the government and to foundations that share its contraceptive ideology: we will not help you 'fill the gap,' we will not cooperate with your ideology in any way, and we will continue to oppose your efforts.

    More than ever, this is the time for prophetic witness. The testimony of believers, in word and deed, and especially the testimony of happy couples living the Church's teaching, is more needed than ever. We must be ready for any and all appropriate actions that we are able to take, including civil disobedience. For our part, Priests for Life will not obey the HHS mandate. We are headed to the Supreme Court with our case. But whether Caesar decides to let us off the hook or throw us in a furnace, we will obey God rather than men!

From LifeSiteNews (Nov. 7):
    The rest of conservative America may be celebrating, but for the personhood movement, it is time for some sober analysis. Tuesday's election results were certainly not good for pro-abortion Democrats, but they were even worse for the personhood movement. I have to admit that my own predictions were off and I am sorely disappointed....

    Thoughtful reconsideration of the strategy of the personhood movement is what the movement needs right now. It should be noted that the same goes for the entire pro-life movement. The narrow victory of the Tennessee amendment that safeguards the right to legislatively address abortion is a victory, but the bar is set painfully low....
(Click here to read Gualberto Garcia Jones' analysis in its entirety.)

I asked two veteran pro-life activists, Monica Migliorino Miller and Judie Brown, to comment on the LSN article.

Mrs. Miller's response is as follows:
    No matter what the practical strategy will be regarding future advocacy of statewide personhood amendments, it is vitally important that the pro-life movement understand the necessity of always coming back until we win. This is a long, long war. Those faint of heart will not win it.

    And we need to take a page out of the opposition's play book: When the enemies of life suffer a defeat, they have the confidence of their convictions, however perverted, and continue to move forward. How do you think all those assisted suicide laws managed to prevail? How do you think all of the so-called gay marriage bills finally prevail? Because the other side has the courage of their convictions.

    Candidates who wince in public over their pro-life convictions in order not to lose votes should be shamed by the movement. Candidates should be boldly proud of their pro-life position and name the other side as the enemies of all that is good, right, decent and just. In other words, the movement must never lose site that principle comes first; politics is second. This is the recipe for success. Otherwise, we have built our quest for justice on sand.
Mrs. Brown's response is as follows:
    Gualberto does a very fine job of analyzing the difficulties inherent in a national politically-motivated personhood strategy. However, the key to reversing the failures resides not with localized politics but with the grunt work required to educate Americans, one by one, on the humanity on the person whose life begins at the biological beginning (creation). There are no headlines to be gained with this approach, only souls to be saved and consciences to be stirred.

    The battle cry is simple: Protect intrinsic human rights in the home, the classroom and the community, and then victory for all, without exception, will be secured. I wish all personhood devotees well; defense of truth requires the best effort from each of us!
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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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