Friday, July 18, 2014

Boston Magazine, Decent Coverage of Buffer Zone and MCFL Billboard!

New Buffer Zone Law - What Happened Yesterday

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Yesterday: the hearings at the State House on the proposed new Buffer Zone, the Judiciary committee reported it out favorably, and the Senate passed it!

For the first four hours we heard:
Places that do abortions are "health centers."
"Reproductive rights" are a primary constitutional right.
All pro-lifers are violent and threatening.
The lovely counselors who spoke are aberrations.


Planned Parenthood employs a huge number of people in the state who all drone on about their abuse by pro-lifers.  No legislator picked up on the pro-lifers' demands for pictures or videos of the alleged incidents.

When the pro-lifers had a chance to speak:
Eleanor McCullen - and all the counselors who were there - did an outstanding job, explaining that it would be counter-productive for her to behave badly.  Other impressive counselors were on Bill Cotter's panel.  Rod Murphy, Nancy Clark, and Lee Crowley all from Worcester, Jean Healey, and Eric Anthony all spoke eloquently about counseling.  Faith Tendo also came from Worcester to tell about her experience being helped by Problem Pregnancy.  Maureen Vacca and Rita Russo testified.

Phil Moran, the local lawyer for the McCullen win, compared the new zone to the penalty box where the counselors would always be.  State Representatives Jim Lyons and Marc Lombardo spoke.  Jim pointed out that these same people say "The Supreme court has spoken" about Roe v Wade.  Now they have no use for the Court.  Marc stated that this proposed law is so outrageous that it will definitely be appealed and cited the costs in time and money that will be associated with the appeal - the McCullen case has already cost many millions.

Pat Stewart, MCFL Executive Director, gave impressive testimony citing 20 actual laws that already cover blockading, harassing, etc.


Committee Members Keiko Orrall and Sheila Harrington asked excellent questions.  They and Colleen Garry were the only committee members who voted against sending the proposed legislation to the Senate.

As fast as they can get it through the House and signed, Massachusetts will have a law which is worse than the old Buffer Zone.  It effectively creates a 25-foot zone and the penalties are scary - $50,000 and three years in jail.  The legislature is in the process of disrespecting the Supreme Court and penalizing law-abiding citizens.  I do think all the other places that have suspended their Buffer Zones will pass laws like this one.  At least Massachusetts will have company in its foolishness.

Thank goodness I got to go to our Summer Academy afterwards (more in another email).  The wonderful speakers and students restored me.


Anne


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Buffer Zone hearing TOMORROW!

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Late afternoon yesterday, Planned Parenthood's new Buffer Zone bill, (SD) 2106, was filed.  The Judiciary Committee will take testimony tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10 am in Gardner Auditorium.  We expect testimony will not go much past three.  Obviously, they will vote to report it out as soon as the testimony is over.

We need to prepare to testify.  This bill is worse than the one just overturned.  Our lawyers say that, in order to appeal successfully, we need a lot of testimony on the record.  That is where we come in.

We need to say the law is not needed, that Massachusetts has not arrested anyone outside a clinic in at least 20 years.  Most of all we need to say that this new law is so scary we would be afraid to go near a clinic to try to help a woman.  You can read the law at  http://masscitizensforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/New-Buffer-Zone-Bill.pdf  
             


If I "detain" a woman to give her literature, I could face big fines and jail.  Who decides if I am detaining?  It looks as though the people in PP could decide.  The state looked dumb when it passed the unconstitutional Buffer Zone.  It will look totally deranged when it passes this new one.


Please plan on 10 am in Gardner Auditorium. For once it will be okay to arrive a bit late. Individuals have three minutes to speak and members of panels (3 or 4 people) have two minutes each. I will let you know any new developments.  If you are not able to testify in person, please prepare something written to email to the House Committee Chair before 9 am in the morning
, Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov

As always, mighty thanks!

Anne

       






 



Monday, July 14, 2014

NO NEW BUFFER ZONES: CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS

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Don't you feel like saying, "What about 9-0 don't you understand?"

As you know, the AG, the Governor, and Planned Parenthood (or the other way round) plan to pass new laws.  The fact that the Supreme Court said there are already laws on the books, that Massachusetts was forced to admit at SCOTUS testimony that they have not had to enforce these laws; that new laws will probably end up at the Court again wasting much time and taxpayer money, doesn't seem to matter because these people are demagoging.

Each of us must call our State Senator and our State Representative ASAP!  The message is:
The Supreme Court ruled against the Buffer Zone 9-0
There are already laws on the books to keep driveway, sidewalks, and entrances clear.

If a person defies the laws, an injunction can already be brought against him or her.
There is no need for any new laws. 

Please do not spend your time and our taxes on unnecessary laws that will most likely just end up before the Supreme Court again


To make the calls:
After you are on:  http://masscitizensforlife.org/get-informed/legislation/

If you know the names of your State Senator and State Rep, click onto State Senate and State Representatives for their phone numbers

It you do not know the names of your legislators click onto Look Up Your Legislator and Contact Information.

We have bowled them over with calls before.  We can do it again! 

Anne


NB: When you call, be sure to give your name and the fact that you are a constituent!
Calls or personal visits are the way to go - emails can be ignored


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Best Gift My Grandson Ever Gave Me

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Ray Flynn just sent out this article - in the Huffington Post, no less.  It is a wonderful read.  We are so fortunate to have Ray on our team!
Anne

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ray-flynn/handicapped-grandchild-_b_5567517.html?utm_hp_ref=fifty&ir=Fifty


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Press Release: MCFL Letter to Legislators Opposing New Buffer Zone-Type Laws



 
For Immediate Release   Contact Patricia Stewart, Esq. 617-242-4199
Charlestown, July 8, 2014
 
Massachusetts Citizens for Life has sent the following letter to every member of the Massachusetts Legislature urging them to respect the First Amendment rights of people outside abortion facilities.


Dear Representative, Senator:


Seven years ago, at the urging of the Attorney General, the Legislature passed the so-called Buffer Zone Act, and the Governor signed it into law despite warnings that it violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and would not withstand a challenge to its constitutionality.


Last week, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous 9-0 decision vindicated critics of the act (which included the ACLU) and ruled that the law violated the First Amendment and, therefore, was unconstitutional. McCullen, et al v. Coakley Attorney General of Massachusetts, et al, 573 U.S. ___ (2014).


Now in a rush to judgment, the same Attorney General and Governor are asking you to support new legislation that in all likelihood will lead to more litigation due to infringement on the right of citizens to use the public sidewalk for the two primary methods of communicating their message to persons entering abortion clinics: close personal conversation and distribution of literature. As the Court noted, those forms of expression have historically been closely associated with the transmission of ideas. It stated, "[c]onsistent with the traditionally open character of public streets and sidewalks, we have held that the government's ability to restrict speech in such locations is 'very limited.'" McCullen, at ___. Pointing to its decision in Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western N.Y., 519 U.S. 357, 377 (1997), it reminded us that "[l]eafletting [sic] and commenting on matters of public concern are classic forms of speech that lie at the heart of the First Amendment." The Court then cautioned, "[w]hen the government makes it more difficult to engage in these modes of communication, it imposes an especially significant First Amendment burden." McCullen, at ___.


As you consider voting on the Attorney General's new proposal, please think carefully as to whether or not the latest version will pass constitutional muster. Remember, she convinced you before that her bill would do so, and she was dead wrong.


Thank you for any consideration you may give these matters.


Very truly yours,



Anne C. Fox                             Patricia D. Stewart                             Eva Murphy

President                                   Executive Director                             Legislative Director



Friday, July 4, 2014

Good News From NRLC Convention and NJ


On Tuesday (24th), pro-lifers across the country won all five U.S. Senate and Congressional primaries, one special election and one runoff!  Also, National Right to Life (NRLC) is making calls to members.  They say it sounds like 2010 - very encouraging!

Yesterday the New Jersey Assembly (House) was supposed to vote on DPSuicide.  The proponents did not have the votes, so it appears to be off the table for now.

Anne



New York Times Outdoes Themselves



New York Times accepts a full-page ad today using a picture of Margaret Sanger to viciously attack the Roman Catholic bishops over a Supreme Court case involving a family of Evangelical Christians.  Disgusting birthday present for our country! 

Anne

 


Walk to Aid Mothers and Children - Participate Through This Weekend!

At the Walk, we celebrated "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"; we celebrated the Buffer Zone decision.  Most of all we celebrated our greatest resource: our children.  We have kept the Walk website through this weekend, July 7th, so that you may sponsor the beneficiary group of your choice.  If you were not able to attend the Walk and have not yet participated, please take a moment now.

Just think, with the Buffer Zone gone, there may be more women going to the Pregnancy Resource Centers so the Centers will need your help more than ever!

Thank you,

Anne



 

 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Very Successful Walk! You May Still Participate.


Yesterday on the Common were the nicest people, the best weather, and all good things. We were so fortunate to have Ryleigh's mother, Courtney Silvani and Fr. Eric Cadin, one of the plaintiffs in the Buffer Zone case, speak to us.  You can read about it in the Boston Globe. The three reporters were very respectful and the picture is beautiful. /story.html?utm_source=14%2F06%2F30+%28ACLU+%2B+Choose+to+Be+Nice+%2B+FL+Pol+Almanac%29&utm_campaign=20140630ML&utm_medium=email

You will notice that the Globe missed the point of the Walk (being fixated on the Buffer Zone decision as almost-the-end-of-the-world).  I sent the following Letter to the Editor because it is important that we have had this Walk for many years to aid mothers and their precious children:


Letter to the Editor,


I write to thank the Globe and to point out a serious omission in your article, "Anti-abortion activists march on Common" (June 30, 2014).

This was the 27th Annual Walk to Aid Mothers and Children. 


Massachusetts Citizens for Life sponsors the Walk whose purpose is to allow groups like pregnancy resource centers to raise money for their work.  Besides the people who are there walking, many, many others across the state support the Walk financially.  Mass. Citizens is proud to be able to provide this opportunity for the beneficiaries.

Of course, the win at the Supreme Court in McCullen vs. Coakley, the "Buffer Zone," is exciting, but the purpose of the Walk remains to provide the opportunity for these helping groups to raise much needed finds for their vital work.


Sincerely,
         
Anne Fox, President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life.


If you have not donated for a beneficiary group, please go immediately to http://respectlifewalk.org/

Many thanks to all who worked, who walked, who donated and who will donate! 

Anne







Great Job, Bridget!


I was at National Right to Life last week.  I just learned that Bridget Fay, one of our Mass. Citizens Board members and a lawyer appeared last Thursday on Greater Boston to discuss the Buffer Zone win.  She was great.  Here is the link http://wgbhnews.org/post/why-free-speech-trumped-right-avoid-harrassment
 
That makes at least two Suffolk Law professors who are on the Planned Parenthood Board!



Summer Academy Starts July 9th - Register Now!



We are running the Summer Academy again this year.  It is a wonderful, free opportunity for students.  Thomas, who was a student in '12, is an intern with us this summer.  Contact Janet at jcallahan@masscitizensforlife.org or 617-242-4199 ext. 230.  Please encourage your children, grandchildren, neighbors to come. 

Anne

 2014 Massachusetts Citizens for Life Summer Academy, 2014

Rising High School Students – Methuen

The goal of the sessions is to form and engage high school students as workers in the pro-life movement. More specifically and immediately, we intend these students to become Ambassadors of MCFL in their respective schools, churches, or homeschooling communities during the 2014-2015 school year, as both leaven and liaison in their respective pro-life clubs.

  • So that we may provide a thorough formation, our preference is for students who can and will commit to attending all, or at least most, of the sessions.
  • An award certificate will be conferred during the last session, which will also serve as a "commissioning ceremony" for these MCFL Ambassadors.
  • In order to present a thorough overview of the main life issues, the pro-life movement, and the various ways that these students can and should get involved, we will hold six weekly sessions. With the exception of the last, sessions will normally consist of an expert presentation of content, and interactive workshop, with 30 minutes allotted at the beginning for informal fraternizing over pizza and soft drinks.
            
Dates:              St. Monica School, Methuen, Wednesdays, July 9 – Aug 13

Time:               6:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m. (6:00 – 8:30 p.m. for last session)

Tuition:             Free for pro-life high school students

                                                SUMMER ACADEMY, 2014 

July 9,
  Fetal development and how to discuss the issue with your friends, Linda Thayer
              Scientist and Educator

July 16
, Post Abortion Problems, Cori Connor Morse, Post-Abortion Survivor
              Help available at Pregnancy Resource Centers,  Anne Magnus, Pregnancy  Care                       
              Center, Haverhill

July 23,
 Representative Jim Lyons and
               What Roe really did, Helen Cross, Editor of the MCFL Quarterly Magazine

July 30,
  End of Life Issues: current scientific, legislative developments, Patricia Stewart, Esq,
               end-of-life expert and Executive Director, MCFL

Aug. 6,
    Student Presentations
                Moral
and scientific questions in the area of life and reproduction, Dianne Hunt,
                 Humanae Vitae Family Healthcare

Aug. 13,  Commissioning Ceremony and showing of October Baby – open to families and the
               general public

       
                                                                                                                   

Alveda King on 50 Years of Civil Rights and Great News From Burlington Vermont



Today is the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights. Dr Alveda King has spoken a number of times in Massachusetts and last week at the National Right to Life Convention.  This is what she has to say, " When we said we would no longer sit at the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for us down at the abortion clinic."

The numbers in Massachusetts bear out her statement.  According to the 2010 Census, Blacks make up 7.02 % of the population in the Commonwealth yet 30% of abortions are perpetrated on black non-hispanic women.  That is somewhat higher than the national average.

We know that Margaret Sanger intentionally set up her clinics in minority areas to wipe out those she considered undesirable.  Her evil influence still pervades the industry.

Vermont Right to Life just informed us that the Burlington City Council has lifted the ordinance requiring a 35-foot Buffer Zone around Planned Parenthood.  More good fruits of McCullen vs. Coakley!

We are working on a very exciting project.  Expect some amazing pictures tomorrow.

Anne


It's not too late to help....

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Underscores Deeper Abortion-Expanding Aspects of O-Care



The experts at National Right to Life have produced this analysis of the Hobby-Lobby decision.  It is the most comprehensive, accurate and pertinent to us that I have seen.  See why it is a "moderate victory."

Anne

National Right to Life Analysis:


Narrow Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby
underscores deeper abortion-expanding aspects of Obamacare
 

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation's oldest and largest pro-life organization, today released the following analysis of yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Any part of the following analysis may be attributed to National Right to Life.

The ruling provides a modest victory for religious conscience rights. However, as explained further below, the ruling does not truly correct any of the major abortion-expanding problems created by Obamacare.

The five-justice majority rejected the Obama Administration's attempt to force family-owned for-profit corporations to directly purchase health insurance covering certain drugs and devices that violate the employer's religious and moral beliefs. The Court held that this application of a provision of Obamacare violates a federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Court's majority recognized the gravity of the moral and religious objections raised by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in this case.

However, the Court left open the possibility that those objections might be satisfactorily resolved by a government mandate ("accommodation") that these employers' insurance carriers pay directly for the same drugs and devices. This leaves unresolved the status of many entities (including religiously affiliated schools, charities, and hospitals) with sincere religiously based objections to providing specific drugs and devices, who regard a federal mandate that requires them to take action to require their insurance carrier to carry out the same ends as differing only in form and not in substance from the original mandate.

Moreover, regardless of how the scope of the "accommodation" is defined by future rulemaking and litigation, it is difficult to discern what would prevent HHS from issuing a further expansion of its "preventive services" mandate to require that most employers also provide coverage for surgical abortions, or for doctor-prescribed suicide, that would be just as expansive as the contraceptive mandate.

In short, even with respect only to the "preventive services" component of Obamacare, the Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby comes nowhere near to correcting the heart of the problem, which is the overly expansive authority that the Obamacare law itself provides to HHS to define "preventive services." The other major abortion-expanding provisions of Obamacare, including the massive tax subsidies that will assist millions of Americans to purchase health plans that cover elective abortion, were not even issues in the cases just decided.

Only comprehensive legislative reform can cure the multiple abortion-expanding components of Obamacare – and such reform can only be accomplished with new leadership in the U.S. Senate and in the White House.


During the congressional debate over Obamacare, National Right to Life continuously warned against the abortion-expanding and health care rationing provisions of the bill. An archive of documents related to the abortion-expanding provisions of Obamacare is available here:
http://www.nrlc.org/federal/ahc/obamalaw/. In March, National Right to Life's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics issued a report on how Obamacare is rationing access to life-preserving medical treatment, "The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States" which is available here (with other supporting materials): http://www.nrlc.org/communications/healthcarereport



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Monday, June 30, 2014

SCOTUS: Walk-off Homer


The Supreme Court saved the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood case for the very last and the ruling was 5-4.  It is scary that basic religious, speech rights should have been such a squeaker.  The court ruled that companies do not have to pay for contraception/abortion coverage.  It is assumed that the Obama administration will step in to pay, so now we'll all be paying!  Anyway, it would have been an historic blow if the case had gone against our side.

I think MCFL's amicus brief, citing the history of religious liberty in the colonies, which was the basis for the views of our founding fathers, helped to win this case.  Again, we are very grateful to Dwight Duncan and the law students who helped him write the brief!

Now what will we do with ourselves on Monday and Thursday mornings?

Anne


Friday, June 27, 2014

Special Guests at Walk to Aid Mothers and Children


We are very fortunate to have some of the plaintiffs in the Buffer Zone win coming on Sunday.  There's still time to register yourself or sponsor a walker.  Click the image below to bring you to the Respect Life Walk website.

See you at the Walk!

Anne



Good News From NRLC Convention and NJ


On Tuesday (24th), pro-lifers across the country won all five U.S. Senate and Congressional primaries, one special election and one runoff!  Also, National Right to Life (NRLC) is making calls to members.  They say it sounds like 2010 - very encouraging!

Yesterday the New Jersey Assembly (House) was supposed to vote on DPSuicide.  The proponents did not have the votes, so it appears to be off the table for now.

Anne



Thursday, June 26, 2014

MCFL Press Release re Buffer Zone



For Immediate Release                        Contact Janet Callahan: 617-242-4199 ext. 230
Boston, June 26, 2014

Massachusetts Citizens for Life welcomes the Supreme Court unanimous decision, McCullen v. Coakley, which strikes down the Massachusetts so-called Buffer Zone as a violation of the First Amendment.

The court reiterates tradition in this country that the sidewalk is the vehicle for free speech.  There are already laws on the books which prohibit blocking entrances, harassing people, etc.

The McCullen decision makes it clear that more restrictive laws may be written only if the current laws are not working – something that the state of Massachusetts failed to prove.

"This is a victory for all citizens who value their First Amendment rights and for clinic-bound women who might need someone to talk to," says Anne Fox, President.


Mark Rienzi, the lead counsel said, "Americans have the freedom to talk to whomever they please on public sidewalks. That includes peaceful pro-lifers like Eleanor McCullen, who just wants to offer information and help to women who would like it. The Supreme Court has affirmed a critical freedom that has been an essential part of American life since the nation's founding."


Massachusetts Citizens for Life is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in the state.  Founded in 1973, it works to restore legal protection to all human life.

Buffer Zone Violates First Amendment: 9-0



SCOTUS reversed the Massachusetts Buffer Zone unanimously!

We don't know yet whether it applies to other states.

Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online (NRO) is speaking right now at the National Right to Life Convention.  I have heard that NRO will have in-depth articles on the decision.  Please check in with them: http://www.nationalreview.com/

Congratulations to Eleanor McCullen and her fellow plaintiffs!

Anne

Monday, June 23, 2014

No SCOTUS Ruling But I Just Heard...

None of the three rulings today are ours.  Wish we could bottle the excitement!

Janet just told me we are going to have pails and pails of Richie's Slush at the Walk for everyone, not just the children.  She tells me it is amazing!


Hope you have registered and joined a team or sponsored.


Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Anne







Thursday, June 19, 2014

Press Release endorsing Mark Fisher for Governor


For Immediate Release           Contact Madeline McComish: 617-387-7820


Statement by Madeline McComish, Chairman, MCFL State PAC, June 19, 2014, Boston

"Today the MCFL State PAC announces its endorsement of Mark Fisher in his quest for Governor.

"MCFL PAC believes that all voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of those on the edges of life should vote for Mark Fisher because he will support vital pro-life public policies.

"Mark Fisher is a strong supporter of pro-life measures, including A Woman's Right to Know, a Massachusetts Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, a ban on sex-selection abortions, and the licensing of abortion facilities in the state.  He opposes tax funding of abortion and doctor-prescribed suicide.

"This endorsement reflects Mark's commitment to strengthening a culture of life throughout the Commonwealth.  We look forward to working with him to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family.

"In the Republican Primary, Mark is opposed by Charlie Baker, who favors tax funding of abortion and opposes A Woman's Right to Know.  All of the Democratic contenders for Governor take positions strongly in favor of abortion."


You Still Have 10 Days


The MCFL Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children is 10 days away.  You still have time to sign up as a walker, member of a team, or sponsor.  Please check out to see what you would like, http://respectlifewalk.org/.  We have just celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Just think about the needs of these mothers and their precious children.  Think how much you can help by supporting the beneficiary organizations that care for them!

Today is Thursday but neither of our decisions came down from SCOTUS.

Don't miss the opportunity to be a real helper!  http://respectlifewalk.org/

Bless you,

Anne