NEW YORK, NY, September 2, 2005, ( – The national director of Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone, issued a statement today praising the courage of a victim of botched “abortion.” Melanie Mills revealed her story on a radio station in St. Louis, Missouri, which was met with a lawsuit from abortionist Yogendra Shaw from the Hope Clinic in Granite City, IL. Ms. Mills had not been given a pregnancy test prior to the abortion, only later to realize she was never pregnant; she was suffering from a blighted ovum.

Fr. Pavone stated that “Thank God for the willingness of Melanie Mills to uncover what we know are two common abuses: abortionists doing abortions on people who are not pregnant, and abortionists intimidating women into silence about the malpractice that occurs in legal abortion clinics.” He continued to encourage others to step forward saying “We call on women’s rights groups to denounce abortionists who exploit women in this way.”