This is important for everyone but constituents of Congressmen Lynch* and Kennedy** really must call!
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill to protect unborn children nationwide during the last four months of pregnancy, when they are capable of experiencing excruciating pain as they are aborted.
*Congressman Lynch says he is pro-life and has voted pro-life on some bills.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
A very happy Father's Day to all you wonderful fathers who work so hard to bring up moral, productive children, putting them first in your plans.
What does that have to do with abortion? A lot, I am afraid. We know how important fathers are. So do the woman who are having abortions. Currently, the woman considering abortion already has at least one other child and is not married to the father of this baby. She knows how necessary a good father is in raising a child. She knows this partner will not act like a good father, so she feels it is best for the baby not to be born.
We can provide her with help, with an apartment, with baby clothes, etc but how can we provide her with a man who will act as a father should?
Mary Girard, RN, Director of Pregnancy Help, has been involved in a study done by Pregnancy Help and Boston College on why women in the Boston Area consider abortion.
At our MCFL Convention, "Get Real" on June 29th, Mary will share the results of that study as well as the history of the crisis pregnancy center "movement", the program, services, stories of the women etc at Pregnancy Help, and "where we go now." Be sure to join us at the Convention. Find out more and register, http://masscitizensforlife.org/get-involved/events/2013-annual-convention/
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
It is irrefutable. The link between aggressive breast cancer in young woman and previous abortions and use of hormonal contraception is very high. Young women are putting themselves at great risk.
We have always known that a woman having breast cancer before age forty had a much lower chance of survival than an older woman but this is also about the kind of cancer they are getting.
Obviously there are women who do not make these life-style choices and still get cancer, but the increase must be due to abortions and hormonal contraception.
We need to get the word out. You'll be better prepared when you read this article.
As you know, Chris does amazing work with his many pregnancy resource centers in NYC, where they are sorely needed! He is taking his work national. Many of you got to meet him at our Convention in 2011. You will be appalled when you read this article, http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fbi-terrorism-task-force-wants-to-question-national-crisis-pregnancy-center
Massachusetts Citizens for Life Convention, June 29, 2013, Boston College Law School, Newton (off the Mass Pike), 8:30am - 5:00pm. Topics range from the basic reasons we are pro-life, to whom we are working to protect at all stages of life, through the latest information, to presentation of The Gosnell Project.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Please read this alert from National Right to Life. This bill would create a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Yes, our congressional delegation is not sympathetic to life but they need to hear from us, their constituents.
If you live in Congressman Lynch's district, remember, all during the Senate Primary, he said he is pro-life. I am sure he considers himself pro-life and, now that he is not campaigning,he might be very open to a sensible bill like this.
Please read the alert carefully and ACT!
NRLC-Backed Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children
After 20 Weeks Moves Towards Floor of U.S. House --
Pro-Abortion Groups Mounting Intense Resistance
WASHINGTON (June 4, 2013) -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling on NRLC affiliates and other pro-life supporters nationwide to act now to secure rapid approval of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) by the U.S. House of Representatives.
This landmark legislation would establish nationwide protection for unborn children beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on congressional affirmations that by that point, if not earlier, the babies are capable of experiencing pain during abortions. A former abortionist recently testified before a congressional panel about the pain babies suffer during abortions. To view his compelling testimony, click here.
A House subcommittee approved the bill on June 4 on a party-line vote of 6 to 4. The 40-member House Judiciary Committee could vote on the bill before mid-June, and action by the full House of Representatives could occur at any time thereafter.
However, success is not guaranteed! Organizations representing the abortion industry and pro-abortion advocacy groups are already marshaling their great financial resources to try to prevent the House from approving this bill. The mainstream news media will surely downplay the violent details of late abortions, and distort the provisions of the bill. But these factors can be countered by grassroots pro-life Americans communicating directly with their representatives in the House. NRLC urges all pro-life Americans to click here to contact your representative in the U.S. House. Urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 1797 immediately, and to support the bill against all attempts to delay, weaken, or defeat it.
Neither Congressman Edward Markey nor Gabriel Gomez, the candidates in the June 25th Special U. S. Senate election, has returned the pro-life Questionnaire. We have Markey's voting record and public statements. Reporter Stephanie Ebbert of the Boston Globe interviewed Gomez very carefully and was able to determine many of his positions, which she reported. Here is the comparison:
How to you classify yourself on abortion?
Gomez, PRO-LIFE Markey, PRO-CHOICE
Would you vote to overturn Roe v Wade?
Gomez, NO Markey, NO
Are you in favor of tax-funding for abortion?
Gomez, NO Markey, YES
Are you in favor of parental consent?
Gomez, YES Markey, NO
Are you in favor of partial birth abortion?
Gomez, NO Markey, YES
Do you believe in conscience rights for employers who provide health insurance?
Gomez, YES Markey, NO
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Public Health Committee meets tomorrow (Tuesday) to hear testimony on a number of bills at 1:00pm in Room B-2. If you were to attend, your chances of being heard would be extremely low. It is a better use of your time to email testimony to the committee chairs and ask them to distribute to the committee. If you do that, your subject line should say "Testimony for Public Health Committee."
We had a call at the office from one of our hawk-eyed 90-plus-year-olds alerting us to an outrageous depiction of the culture of death in the Boston Globe today. James Carroll is obviously not familiar with the world of pro-life thought...
James Carroll's "An opening in Rome?" (June 3), where he makes positive observations about Pope Francis, commits a most peculiar non-sequitur, "Francis's immediate predecessors regularly derided what they called the 'culture of death' in speaking of those outside the faith."
Massachusetts Citizens for Life is nonsectarian but we appreciate the role of Papal leadership in preaching the dignity of all life including unborn babies, people with disabilities or terminal illness, and those who are elderly – whatever faith they have or do not have.
Blessed John Paul II first referenced the "Culture of Life," to describe this dignity and its opposite, the "Culture of Death" at World Youth Day in 1993. The Pope returned to the theme in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (Gospel of Life) in which he described the Culture of Death, A person who, because of illness, handicap or, more simply, just by existing, compromises the well-being or life-style of those who are more favored tends to be looked upon as an enemy to be resisted or eliminated.
Anne Fox, President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Charlestown
Thursday, May 23, 2013
There are some good stories today, including one of a woman who died. Doctors delivered her baby, discovered her heart problem, put in a pace-maker which brought her back to life and - she and the baby are doing just fine.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
"Dr. Gosnell is only the front man; and the real trial has only just begun. The defendant is the abortion license in America." Prof. Robbie George who spoke at 2011 MCFL Mother's Day Dinner
Are there facilities practicing in the Gosnell manner here in Massachusetts? We can't be sure - because Massachusetts has essentially NO regulations. In the 1970's, Massachusetts Citizens for Life was instrumental in passing a law which required, among other things, that abortion facilities have fire extinguishers and elevators that would accommodate stretchers. This sensible law was overturned. Massachusetts does not even require these basic safeguards for women. Abortion facilities have much lower standards than any other type of surgical facility, and so-called "doctor's offices" like the one where Laura Hope Smith died, have no oversight at all!
Massachusetts has the 9th highest abortion rate in the country! More than 22,000 babies are killed in our state every year. That has to stop! We desperately need our state to actively protect the lives and health of mothers and their babies.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life is starting a campaign to make the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reveal whether or not they have any standards or do any inspections of abortion facilities. We will be pressing them to answer these questions and to apply the same standards to abortion facilities as they do to other ambulatory medical facilities.
As we embark on this endeavor over the next few weeks we hope that you will get involved in our effort. You can make a difference!
Now that the general public is aware of the Gosnell atrocities, we have the opportunity to shed light on other Gosnells who are operating in the shadows, possibly right here in Massachusetts.
Please help with a donation to this live-saving effort. http://masscitizensforlife.org
Thank you for your much-needed support!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We have all been wondering exactly what happened in Vermont. According to Vermont State Representative Anne Donahue in a letter to the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, "Our radical new social policy that endorses having doctors write prescriptions that will kill their patients, cobbled together by just a few individuals from bits and pieces of language drafted on the fly, was passed by two votes in the Senate and 10 votes in the House."
Among other things, the Oregon "safeguards" are gone - that tells you how bad it is.
Rep Donahue was one of the courageous leaders who held off this law for so long. As a person concerned for life and law, you must read her letter.
The death lobby hopes this will open the floodgates, at least in the Northeast. Our MA defeat of DPS becomes more and more significant!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mark Rienzi has spoken at a number of our Conventions. He has an amazing way of looking beyond the conventional. Statistics show large declines in murders - except of children under a year old. Please read his chilling analysis.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Every once in a while, we read an article that says exactly what we have been trying to say. This article by J.R. Dunn articulates so much - that we have reached a turning point, that it needs to be recorded, that we need to turn "Gosnell" into a verb, noun, etc and use it on every occasion.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Vermont has definitely passed an Oregon bill - but worse - and the governor will sign today. It took the death lobby eight years, countless treasure and incredible arm-twisting. Remember: Maine and Connecticut stopped bills in committee in the last few weeks and, of course, MASSACHUSETTS overcame a 50-point deficit to defeat at polls.
Hearings today were supposed to go from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At 1:00 pm, the Committee actually moved to Gardner Auditorium. By that point, Linda Thayer and Marie O'Donnell had been called. Everyone else testified in favor of HB 450, "An act relative to healthy youth," which is about sex ed. According to the people testifying, HB-450 would solve all problems in society. Here are some provisions:
The problem, among others, is that this is "Opt out." As Representative Betty Poirier testified, it is necessary that these programs be "Opt in," so that parents can exercise their rights and responsibilities. HB-433, HB-466, require that parents "opt in" their children to these kinds of classes.
Please write a little testimony in favor of HB-433, HB-466 and opposed to HB-450 Send it to the Chairs: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, 617-722-1673 Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov and Representative Alice Peisch 617-722-2070 Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov. Be sure to include your name and address and request that your testimony be shared with entire committee.
At the hearings, I met a number of wonderful pro-life people I hadn't known. You are the best!
The Boston Globe online came through with typical flying colors this morning where it announces that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty in the death of three "fetuses that prosecutors said were alive when they were removed."
We were upset when the media did not cover the trial. Now we get this deceptive coverage.
We are very fortunate that The National Right to Life News, LifeNews, American Thinker, etc covered the trial and the basic points of law and logic.
I want to share with you two of the best pieces I have found. They are from National Review Online, where the editors coined that phrase "clinics operating under the Gosnell model" - a phrase which, unfortunately, we will be using a lot in the future. The other is by Bill Saunders whom you will remember from our 2011 Convention.
These articles are a great way to start your day!
Monday, May 13, 2013
At the Walk to Aid Mothers and Children, June took pictures of those at the Memorial to the Unborn who did not have their own cameras.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thanks to all of you who took part in Rose Drives for Mother's Day. You have made such a difference in what we can accomplish to protect life!
If there was not a Rose Drive at your church, please contact Janet Callahan about arranging one. Call 617-242-4199 or email Janet firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Janet always says, "Rose Drives save lives!"
Bless you for all you do!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Cardinal O'Malley has issued a strong statement pointing out that Catholic institutions are not supposed to honor people whose public views oppose Church teaching. He announced that he would not be attending the BC Graduation in which the Archbishop of Boston traditionally participates. http://www.pilotcatholicnews.com/article.asp?ID=16007
The Cardinal deserves a show of support. Please call 617-782-2544, 617-254-0100, or e-mail ArchbishopSean@rcab.org
In case you need the other numbers to call urging withdrawal of the invitation:
Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., Provincial Superior, New England Province of the Society of Jesus, tel. 617-607-2800, or e-mail email@example.com
This really has people's Irish up!
Friday, May 10, 2013
According to news reports today, Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive in his house for more than a decade, could face the death penalty if it's determined he is responsible for the deaths of the victims' unborn children, prosecutors said Thursday.
His Eminence, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, tel. 617-782-2544, 617-254-0100, or e-mail ArchbishopSean@RCAB.org
DPS has passed in Vermont! The final vote in the Senate came because an outspoken opponent of DPS flipped. So the Senate originally passed a bill that didn't change the ways things are now. Then the House passed Oregon-style language. Our hope was that the Senate would hold out so the two bills would have to go to Conference Committee to be reconciled - which held great hope. Vote on Tuesday was ok. On Wednesday, language was added and passed which makes the Vermont language worse than Oregon. It is expected that the House will accept this language, which means there will be no conference committee.