The following message is from John Rowe, PAC Chair:
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The hearings of the Health Care Committee on H-1998, Doctor-Prescribed Suicide are definitely on for Tuesday, Dec 17th from 10am to 1pm in Room A-1 at the State House. If there are a lot of people, they may extend the time.
There are 18 committee members. Three of them are definitely with us and another is a possibility. The rest take pro-abortion positions but are unknown on DPS. This is a finger-in-the-dike operation. The dike will not break this week, but...
This session the bill did not get out of committee in Maine and Connecticut. In NJ it is out of committee but will not be voted on.
Vermont passed DPS in May. It is a complete mess up there with the hospitals all opted out. Almost every doctor practices at a hospital and is paid by the hospital, no pharmacists will participate. So far, no one has used DPS and our people are hoping to repeal. The situation is so bad that the lobbyist working on our side in Vermont has asked to address the MA committee on the 17th.
You need to know that H - 1998 is much worse than Question 2. There is now no waiting period. If a doctor or facility will not write a prescription, they must find another doctor or facility to write the prescription. These people lost the ballot question but will never go away.
What can you do?
1) Read http://masscitizensforlife.org/get-informed/legislation/2013-2014-legislative-agenda/doctor-prescribed-suicide-back-again/
2) Plan to testify on the 17th or to submit written testimony.
Stress that this is dangerous and poor public policy. Pick one or two of the things that strike you as really dangerous and write your testimony around them
If you cannot get to the State House by 10am, we can sign you in. Just reply to this email telling us to sign you in.
Advent is a wonderful season. I hate to break in on it, but what better way to prepare for the Christ Child than to work to protect His vulnerable brothers and sisters.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We learned today that the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bill, which has been waiting to go to the Assembly floor in New Jersey, will not come out of the Senate Health Committee, meaning it is dead for this session. This is due to the work of New Jersey pro-lifers and the prayers of all of you. What great Thanksgiving news!
We also learned today that the Joint Committee on Public Health here on Beacon Hill has tentatively scheduled hearings on H-1998 for Tuesday, Dec 17th. H - 1998 is even worse than the last DPS bill filed here. We will all need to testify in person or in writing. I'll let you know as plans become definite but please be sure to save the date.
Best to you and yours for a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving from the Board and Staff of MCFL!
Monday, November 25, 2013
The video of this little guy who was born 15 weeks early has gone viral. It is featured on the liberal Huffington Post, which uses the word "miraculous". The text points out some of the many serious dangers faced by a baby who is premature. November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Eva Murphy has written an excellent, well-documented paper showing that the incidence of prematurity is way up and much of the increase is caused by the mother's previous abortions.
"This issue interests Massachusetts Citizens for Life because of our concern for mothers and their babies. We have learned that prior induced abortion increases the risk of premature births. In 2007 the Institute of Medicine, a unit of the National Academy of Sciences (U. S.), published a textbook on premature birth, in which were listed fourteen "immutable medical risk factors associated with preterm birth." Third on that list is "Prior first trimester induced abortion." See http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11622&page=625 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Academy_of_Sciences
In 2009 two major studies (see below) confirmed added risk of premature birth among women who had undergone prior induced abortions. Both of these studies represent "settled science" because they are systematic reviews with meta-analysis.
Studies have also been conducted on the increased incidence of cerebral palsy among children born prematurely. Soon to be published (in December) is Complications: abortion's impact on women (Toronto, ON: de Veber Institute, 2013) by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi. The conclusions were based upon estimates of 15,000 very low birth weight newborn babies later diagnosed with cerebral palsy annually due to their mothers' prior induced abortions. (See http://www.deveber.org)
Another cause of premature births is incomplete cervix or cervix insufficiency. Abortion, especially the dilation and curettage method, can damage the cervix and make subsequent pregnancies at risk for prematurity. The statistics for cervix insufficiency among blacks have increased to higher rates than among other ethnic groups. See for example the Massachusetts report card from the March of Dimes (http://www.marchofdimes.com/glue/files/premature-birth-report-card-massachusetts.pdf). Black women are known to experience higher abortion rates than other ethnic groups, which would help explain the higher rate of cervix insufficiency. (See http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html.)
We urge you to become informed on this issue. If you would like more information about premature births and abortion, feel free to contact us. "
Article by Eva Murphy, MCFL Legislative Director
Swingle HM, Colaizy TT, Zimmerman MB, Moriss FH. Abortion and the risk of subsequent preterm birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Reproductive Medicine 2009; 54: 95-108.
Shah PS, Zao J. Induced termination of pregnancy and low birthweight and preterm birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG [British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology] 2009; 116:1425-1442.
http://www.aaplog.org/media website of the American Association of ProLife Obsetricians and Gynecologists, with videos of current issues
'Fear mongering & brain damaged babies in Justice for Kids News Bulletin, 13 November 2013, by Brent Rooney (Msc) (http://www.justiceforkids.webs.com) Brent Rooney is Research Director, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition (Vancouver, Canada
Friday, November 22, 2013
When President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov 22, 1963, people were shocked and outraged that someone would kill another human being, especially the President. They worried about the future of the country.
41st Annual March for Life
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Many red-eye buses are being planned across the state for the 41st Annual March for Life and those will be detailed in a future eblast. However, there are four trips being planned that we are aware of that involve at least one overnight stay and that usually requires more advance planning. We also have an offer for a substantial discount on van rentals for the March. The details are below:
Departs from: Burlington Mall
Departure Date & Time: Mon., Jan. 20th at 10:00 PM
One-night (Tue.) stay at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel
Return home at 5:00 PM after the March on Wednesday, arriving home around 2:00 AM
Cost: $211 per person, double occupancy (other rates available)
Contact: Theresa Gorey at 978-475-6673; Cell 978-886-2911;
email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Finn at 978-658-6115; Cell 978-618-5005
Departs from: Salem, MA with second pick-up at St. Margaret's in Burlington
Departure Date & Time: Tue., Jan. 21st at 6:00 AM (Salem)
Two-night (Tue. & Wed.) stay at Comfort Inn, Silver Spring, MD
Return home on Thur., Jan. 23rd arriving home early evening
Cost: $220 per person, double occupancy; $290 single
Contact: Bill Kirby at 978-821-2556 after 4:00 PM or email@example.com
Departs from the following locations: Orleans, East Sandwich, Wareham, North Dartmouth, Attleboro
Departure Date and Time: Early Tue., Jan. 21st
Two-night (Tue. & Wed.) stay at Hampton Inn, Washington, DC
Return home Thursday, Jan. 23rd
Cost: adults $275 per person, double occupancy; $200 youth rate (need chaperone); $550 family rate plus $85 per child (all staying in the same room).
Contact: Vanessa Cloutier at 508-566-2884, Vin Armstrong at 508-759-7494 or Kevin Ward at 508-291-0949 Website: www.capecodbusforlife.org or www.ccbfl.org
Departs from St. John's Church, Quincy
Departure Date: Monday, January 20th
Three-night (Mon., Tue, Wed.) stay at Malvern Retreat Center in Malvern, PA (includes a Day of Retreat with Rev. Francis Conroy).
Return home, Thursday, January 23rd
Cost (including six meals at the Retreat Center): $419 per person, double occupancy; $469 single
Contact: Friends of the Unborn at 617-786-7903
VERC Car Rental would like to offer our 15 Passenger Vans, Suburbans, Mini Vans or any of our rental vehicles for $41.00 per day to any group going to the March for Life. The $41.00 daily rate is all inclusive. It includes: unlimited miles, taxes, surcharge, additional drivers, Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Coverage and Travel Safe Coverage. Reserve at any VERC Car Rental office or online at www.verc.com. Please tell us you are going to the March for Life in order for us to apply the discounted rate.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Rep. Donald Humason was sworn in as a State Senator today after winning the special election to succeed fellow Westfield Republican Michael Knapik. Mass. Citizens has been honored to work with Senator Humason when he was in the House and looks forward to working with him in the Senate!
Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Month is bring celebrated by the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts. Today at the State House hospice agencies presented information and resource materials. Expected speakers included Kathy Bliss, president of the federation's board and Senate President Pro Tempore Richard Moore.
Thinking about Hospice reminds me that the chances are very high that you do not have a health care proxy. Please, please read about why you need a "Will to Live" and download the copy at https://www.nrlc.org/medethics/willtolive/ With medical care in chaos, you must protect yourself and your loved ones!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
As you know, ten states have passed bans on abortion after 20 weeks based on the irrefutable scientific evidence that babies feel pain by that time. Last week Sen Lindsay Graham introduced a federal ban. I have been saving articles but I think this video of NRLC Senior Legislative Counsel Susan Muskett's appearance on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on November 8, http://on.msnbc.com/HHyK4B is more instructive. For once time ran out on them! Go Susan!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Brent Rooney is a researcher in Canada. Periodically he sends me a gem. I have to share this one with you! Even just reading the abstract will get you thinking about all the teens who would be saved if we went back to being "old-fashioned."
Thanks for all your good work!
Pro-Life State Representative Donald Humason (R) has been elected to replace Pro-Life State Senator Michael Knapik (R) in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District. This is an amazing win for the babies! We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Humason.
The MCFL Federal PAC is making thousands of phone calls this week urging pro-lifers in the 5th Congressional District to call Frank Addivinola (R) to offer to help him. The PAC endorsed Addivinola in the primary. He is a real out-in-front pro-lifer. His opponent, Katherine Clark (D), has a 100% pro-abortion record. Jack Rowe, PAC Chair, encourages all of you, whether or not you live in the 5th, to call Addivinola at (617) 826-9944.
I want to thank all of you who made phone calls for Ken Cuccinelli for Governor in Virginia. Cuccinelli lost in a "nail biter." Consider: the Republican National Committee barely helped him. He had no money for ads and was, therefore, not in the media at all during the last two weeks of the campaign. In the meantime, Terry McAuliffe, Clinton hack, spent millions of dollars attacking Ken as hating women, etc. And a third party candidate, financed by the Dems, got 7% of the vote. Ken has done a marvelous job as Attorney General. It will be very good for our efforts if he stays in politics.
Thanks for all you are doing to help elect pro-life candidates!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
If you are having a baby shower for a pregnancy resource center, I recommend these racks. They are decorative, people love to hang their donations and admire them, and packing the clothes is easy. Five are available.
Students at Holy Cross made 100 white crosses, representing babies who have died through abortion, for pro-life displays.
If you would like to borrow the clothing racks or crosses, press reply.
And great news about Choose Life License plates!. Here is the ranking of the specialty plates. We are about to pass the Celtics! Please go to your local Registry - now!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Right after I sent you the information on O-care's abortion secrecy clause and the bill sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith, this information came about a letter Cardinal Sean has sent to Congress in his capacity as Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The link to the letter is below. You can see that Cardinal Sean really nails it.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
According to NPR - hardly a pro-life organ - the O-care website, Healthcare.gov, does not have any information on what plans do or do not cover abortion. The administration has lied all along about abortion coverage. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/01/242174176/which-plans-cover-abortion-no-answers-on-healthcare-gov
We know they require coverage but they still won't admit it. Cong. Chris Smith (R-NJ) has filed a bill that would address O-care's secrecy clause by requiring health plans to disclose whether they cover abortion, http://blog.heritage.org/2013/10/18/house-bill-would-address-obamacares-abortion-secrecy-clause/
We certainly are fortunate to have Chris Smith!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Next Tuesday's election for Governor of Virginia has huge implications for us! The way Virginia goes in 2013, so goes the nation in 2014!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
We pro-lifers knew in 2009 that the proposed legislation which became O-care would do four things: 1) fund abortion, 2) cause rationing, 3) result in denial of care, and 4) slash conscience rights. We spent a great deal of effort and funds to educate the public. As things have unfolded, our worst predictions have materialized.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The new Texas abortion law goes into effect today. It was challenged in court. The Newton Tab gloated, " Texas abortion law gutted" You might want to read what really happened. Note that the 20 week limit and abortions having to be done in surgical facilities are now law. Also, Gov Perry plans to appeal.
Alec Torress at National Review: Two Texas Abortion Restrictions Overturned By Federal Court, 20-Week Ban Unaffected
UNICEF: Children Have a Right to Sex Services Without Parents Knowing
But we have one - as long as you register by tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 29th)!
Monday, October 28, 2013
With Halloween coming this Thursday, I did some research on UNICEF. These are the most recent pieces. There is no reason to think anything has changed, but you can make your own decision.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
For Immediate Release Contact: 781-449-1774
Boston, 10/22/13: The Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life is delighted to introduce the new Executive Director of MCFL, Patricia D. Stewart, Esq. A resident of Norwell, Pat brings extensive background in end-of-life care and decision making. She is committed to ethical, quality health care for all.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Such good news! Pro-life Frank Addivinola is now the Republican candidate in the Fifth Congressional District race for the seat formerly held by Ed Markey. His opponent, State Senator Katherine Clark, takes an aggressively "pro-choice" position. One of her campaign ads features her touting "reproductive rights." Please spread the word.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Chapter Leadership Conference: What MCFL Can Do For You
The Boston Globe published an opinion piece over the weekend which really must be answered. If you don't read the Globe, here it is http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/10/11/supreme-court-should-uphold-mass-buffer-zone-law/Waf1cn6pdAt4ZDsp6yp4kN/story.html
Monday, October 14, 2013
Our Banquet was wonderful! People left so inspired. I want to thank the amazing committee: Chair, Matt Hanafin, Chair Emeritus, Bea Martins, Paulette Martinville, John Curry, Connie and Cathleen Murphy, Madeline McComish, and June Newman. Helen and David Cross provided lovely music, Ken Sullivan created the beautiful program, and so many others helped to make it a very special night.
Lila is delightful, so unassuming and so committed to saving lives. We were honored that her mother, Annie, flew in from California and her aunt came down from the Worcester area. Lila's contract rules out making a video. Lila spoke again on Saturday morning in DC. This is the video link to that talk,
http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=PG13J03 Much of what she said was similar. The link is much shorter than her talk and easy to listen to. If Lila's talk doesn't come up first, just scroll down the list until you find it and then scroll back up to watch the video.
At our Banquet, she gave more of her pro-life background and developed more fully the concept that life is the basic right for all and we must concentrate on that. She also made the point that, because Massachusetts self-identifies as the most liberal state in the country, then our work is even more important here. She stressed the darker the place the more significant the light of even one candle. I think you can see why we were all so inspired.