Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Today at 5:00pm the Boston Bar Association hosts a panel discussion on the New Buffer Zone. It appears that they lined up a half dozen BZ supporters and finally decided maybe they should have someone opposed to the BZ. They were lucky to get Phil Moran, one of the counsels in McCullen vs Coakley, who has already called the New BZ "draconian." Of course Phil is going to clean their plates because he has the Constitution on his side and knows much more about the whole thing than the half-dozen Boston Bar Association supporters, 16 Beacon Street (right across from the State House) at 5:00.
Thursday, Oct 2nd at 7:00 pm there will be an information session at the Braintree Library about Public Policy Question #5 which will appear on the ballot in Braintree and Weymouth. This will instruct the legislature to vote to require abortion facilities to be licensed and inspected. Right now there are sixteen unlicensed facilities in the Commonwealth.
Thursday, Oct 2nd, Morality in Media Dinner, Bear Hill Golf Club, Stoneham, Features Patrick Trueman, well-known pro-lifer, http://www.moralmedia.net/activities.html
Saturday, Oct 4th, 9:00am - noon, Assumption College, Worcester, Death with Real Dignity Speakers: Deacon Peter J. Gummere, John Kelly, and Marie Romagnano, all people you have been wanting to hear! http://masscitizensforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Witness_2014-flier.pdf
Monday, September 29, 2014
Earl Sholley is looking for people to door-knock for pay. If you are interested, please call Earl, 508-699-3334.
The MCFL State PAC is looking for volunteers to door-knock in Boston. Please call 617-388-4582.
Yesterday I worked at the MCFL "booth" at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E). Really, it is not a booth but a huge corner area in line of sight of a busy entrance filled with the fetal models, video, large pictures of the baby at each month of development, and hand-outs galore. More than 1.5 million people attend. Yesterday every pregnant lady in the place found us. It was really fun! The people in the Springfield area do a fabulous job every year. Monica Butler fills 102 volunteer slots of four hours each, Suzie Lopes and her crew move the massive display from the MCFL Ludlow office on her flatbed truck, set it up at the Big E, and reverse the project. A lot more people are now thinking about that unborn baby. Thanks, guys!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Madeline McComish, Chair of the MCFL State PAC, has announced two endorsements for Governor's Council. According to Madeline, "The Governor's Council is very important from a pro-life perspective. It is the body which approves judicial appointments. You know the influence these judges have on the life issues. In Massachusetts, our tax money pays for abortions in spite of legislation to the contrary because the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that the State Constitution requires us to fund abortion. We are very pleased to endorse Oliver Cipollini in the First Council District and Marilyn Devaney in the Third Council District "
Governor Council Districts can be confusing, so I have listed them. Also, please be sure to refer to the MCFL rankings of all the candidates for State Senate and House and the endorsement of Mark Fisher for Governor, http://masscitizensforlife.org/get-involved/events/ It is complete, concise and easy to manage. You can take it to the polls with you. Be sure the 9th is on your calendar!
Oliver P. Cipollini, Jr. _ District 1
All of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, and Nantucket counties plus
Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney - District 3
(Cities are capitalized)
Wd. 4, Pcts. 2, 5-10;
Wd. 5, Pcts. 2, 6-10;
Wd. 21, Pcts. 1-3, 5, 8-16;
Wd. 22, Pcts. 3, 4, 6-13
Northborough - Pct. 3
Wellesley - Pcts. A, C, D, E, H
Friday, September 26, 2014
Ezekiel Emanuel, the architect of O-care, has published an article in The Atlantic saying he does not want to live past age 75. He says he would not kill you or me at 75, just that he, personally, wants to go then. The reasons he gives are scary - people accomplish the most in middle age and then slow down, life is not worth living when one is not healthy, productive etc. The hubris of the man is only trumped by his arrogance. He personally would refuse treatment, etc.
This is dangerous because of his utilitarian view of what makes people important - what they do not who they are. Also, he has opened the door to insurance and government refusing treatment to those over age 75 - and he has the credibility.
One of the mothers at the 2014 Summer Academy told the story of her elderly aunt who was talked out of getting a pace maker. With no pace maker, she had irregular heartbeats which led to a stroke. Now she is living with the results of the stroke - she cannot speak, etc. I think this is a good example of the folly of not treating - unless you plan to do away with the patient.
PRAYERS ARE NEEDED FOR SANDRA CANO! Sandra is in the hospital critically ill. She never wanted an abortion but her situation was used by the pro-abs to win Doe v Bolton, the Roe v Wade companion case which is responsible for abortion being legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy. She has worked hard over the years to try to overturn Doe v Bolton. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/22/sandra-cano-doe-of-doe-v-bolton-abortion-case-is-critically-ill/
Thanks for all you do!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
When you read the Voter Guide mailed by the Secretary of State, you may have noticed that our ballot question is not listed. That is because the Guide lists only the four questions that are on every ballot statewide. That is why we are number 5 in most places - we come right after the statewide questions in those places. Where we are #6 or #7 it is because there is a local question on the ballot - like Needham, which was a dry town, always had questions about expanding the sale of liquor.
The pro-lifers working in the districts listed have already done a huge job qualifying for the ballot! Now they are setting up meetings in each district to explain the Public Policy Question in their communities - they are also educating local organizations, and appearing on local TV and radio.
In order to educate voters and get them to vote, we must print literature and signs, mail, and make phone calls. We have chosen districts that are heavily pro-life but people will not vote "Yes on 5" unless they know about it. The Question may not be on your ballot, but you can still help. We need to pay for the cards, the signs, the postage, and the calls. Please donate now! Election Day, Nov. 4th is six weeks from today!
Just think how it will feel on Nov 5th and every day after that to be able to tell the press and legislators that the people want to place restrictions on abortion facilities!
Thanks for whatever help you can provide!
PS: Please be sure to check the list to see if you or friends or relatives live in one of the districts - and then donate! Thanks again.
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires all non-hospital facilities performing more than 10 abortions a year to be licensed as "clinics" and to be inspected at least every two years by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health? THIS SAME WORDING APPEARS ON BALLOTS IN LOCATIONS BELOW NUMBERED EITHER 5, 6, OR 7.
QUESTION # 5
EAST LONGMEADOW, pct 1,
FALL RIVER, Wd 1, pcts A, B, C; Wds 2, 3, 4; Wd 5, pcts A, B, B1, C; Wd 6, pcts A, B, CC, C1; Wds 7,8,9
FREETOWN, pcts 1, 2, 3
SPRINGFIELD, Wd 6, pcts C,D,G,H, Wd 7, pcts, B-E, G
WORCESTER, Wd 5, pcts 1,2,4,5; Wd 6; Wd 8, pcts 1,5
QUESTION # 6
HOLBROOK, Pct 1
LUNENBURG, Pct B
NEW BEDFORD, Wd. 1, pcts D,E,F
WALPOLE, Pcts 1, 2, 6, 7
QUESTION # 7
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Please at least peek at the last link. I remember years ago going to an exhibit at the MFA of life size "Terracotta Warriors" and horses recently excavated in China. They were displayed on gray carpet-covered ramps in a bare, well-lighted room and were striking. They were so appealing that I have a chess set in the same style. This new exhibit in NY uses the same style to make an emphatically pro-life point.
We have been working very hard on the candidate information, the abortion restriction ballot question, and other ambitious programs. Please consider a sacrificial donation to keep these pro-life efforts going.
State offered bribes to ration health care:
Expert panel on end of life has a lot of good suggestions mixed in. When the premise, however, is "The ______system is broken" and the suggestions have to do with the government fixing it, the chances are ...
All of a sudden it is in the news because the Government Accounting Office has realized that O-care funds abortion! Some of the groups objecting are just those who claimed our assertions were incorrect.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Two beautiful Stories, An Important Scientific Advance, and National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies Tomorrow
Better adult stem cells, http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-reset-stem-cells-study-start-human-development-160534294.html
The second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children will take place Saturday, September 13, 2014 with solemn prayer vigils across the United States at gravesites where aborted babies have been buried, as well as other dedicated to the memory of aborted children. Below are ceremonies planned in Massachusetts.
Remember that information on Joe Reilly's arrangements is on our web site, http://masscitizensforlife.org/
Have a wonderful weekend!
Memorial for the Unborn
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Franklin, MA 02038
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 following 8:00 a.m. Mass
Memorial for the Unborn
St. Camillus Parish
333 Mechanic Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 12:00 noon
Special Guests: His Excellency Bishop Robert McManus, Allison LeDoux
Other Info: Memorial service will begin in the church (which is handicap accessible), followed by Rosary procession to the Memorial site
Memorial to the Unborn
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
2282 US 6
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Memorial to the Unborn
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish
68 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Other Info: Memorial service will include a Eucharistic procession
947 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
The PAC has endorsed Mark Fisher (R) for Governor. Mark is a long-time member of Mass. Citizens and, as Governor, will make restoring protection for life important.
The PAC has endorsed for Governor's Council: Oliver Cipollini in the First District and Marilyn Devaney in the Third District.
All candidates for State Representative and State Senate, with their positions and endorsements, if any, are listed in the easy-to-use chart on the MCFL website. For State Senate Candidates, click here.
For State Representative Candidates, click here.
If you do not know your district, please click here.
Madeline McComish, Chair State PAC asked me to remind you that, if you are Unenrolled (Independent), you can have the most impact taking a Republican ballot and voting for Mark Fisher for Governor, unless you have a significant pro-life Democratic race in your district.
Please be sure to vote and to encourage other pro-life people to vote.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Lachlan was born with severe hearing loss - gee, he could have been aborted for that. At seven weeks, he receives hearing aids. I don't usually watch videos but this is just wonderful!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
You may have seen or heard Ryan on countless news or radio programs, but one in particular always stands out. Ryan was interviewed by MSNBC following the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C. When the reporter tried to give unreliable and biased data to state that a majority of Americans were "pro-choice," Ryan – without missing a beat - exposed the flaws in the report and gave the statistics that more accurately show a majority or Americans favor a pro-life position. You can see Ryan's fantastic performance by clicking here.
Tickets for this year's event are $60 each, or you can purchase a table of ten for $500, or a table of 12 for $600. Checks should be made out to MCFL-Charitable Trust. They can be mailed to MCFL, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M9, Boston, MA 02129. Tickets can also be purchased on our website by clicking here.
If you have any questions, or you would like more information on the event, please contact me at 617-242-4199 ext. 221. You can also email me atMHanafin@MassCitizensForLife.org.
Fundraising Banquet Committee Chair
Friday, August 29, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Another case (like the New Buffer Zone) of the government not "getting it" when SCOTUS rules…?
See what you think.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.
Even so, the accommodations may not fully satisfy religious groups who oppose any system that makes them complicit in providing coverage they believe is immoral.
Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government - rather than their insurers - that they object to birth control on religious grounds.
A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to avoid paying for birth control by sending their insurers a document called Form 700, which transfers responsibility for paying for birth control from the employer to the insurer. But Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil.
In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can't force companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost.
The dual decisions mark the Obama administration's latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups. The dispute has sparked dozens of legal challenges, fueling an election-year debate about whether religious liberty should trump a woman's access to health care options.
"Today's announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by nonprofit organizations and closely held for-profit companies," said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans - one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Friday, August 22, 2014
We have all seen pictures of famous people dumping buckets of ice over their heads to raise money for ALS research ($5.5 million since the end of July) and then nominating other people to do the same. Before you take the challenge, please be aware that one of the main beneficiaries is the ALS Association. If you check the MCFL website, http://masscitizensforlife.org/anti-life-research-charities/ for organizations that fund embryonic stem cell research, you will find that ALS Association certainly does.
According to their website, ALSA.org: "Adult stem cell research is important and should be done alongside embryonic stem cell research as both will provide valuable insights. Only through exploration of all types of stem cell research will scientists find the most efficient and effective ways to treat diseases."
Project ALS, another major beneficiary, is also on our web site for funding ESCR.
John Triolo did some research to see if there are ALS organizations that do not fund ESCR.
Here is what he found:
"I called the ALS Therapy Development Institute (here:http://www.als.net/), to check on this issue and they said they do not do any research with embryonic stem cells because they think induced pluripotent adult stem cells are the best avenue to a cure. They do not have a principled objection to using embryonic stem cells but said they understand the gravity of the issue and would be very public if they change their position so donors and potential donors would be aware.
Compassionate Care ALS (here: http://www.ccals.org/home.php) confirmed by phone that they only do care and treatment for people living with ALS, rather than research."
If you have questions about whether an organization funds ESCR, please always check http://masscitizensforlife.org/anti-life-research-charities/
Thanks to John and to you! Anne
Monday, August 18, 2014
We have been told that the siblings of aborted babies - the survivors - may feel guilty to have survived or scared of what might happen to them, but there is really very little out their which addresses the huge situation. This article from the National Right to Life News is a start. It certainly made me think!
Friday, August 15, 2014
When he was in school, one of our sons had the thrill of interviewing Robin Williams. Of course everyone is saddened by his suicide, or any suicide. Why is it that suicide is so awful and needs to be prevented (true) except when a person has a terminal illness or a disability? Such discrimination! Wesley Smith addresses this, http://www.lifenews.com/2014/08/15/as-world-mourns-robin-williams-suicide-cult-pushes-homemade-suicide-kits/
Slippery slope is not supposed to be a good argument but it certainly rears it ugly head in both of these stories.
The last couple of days I have run into three of my friends who have new grandchildren. They are just head-over-heels. There are such good people in the world.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
It is really exciting to think the we were able to get so many districts certified! Braintree got the most signatures - almost 600 in one weekend. Some people had disappointing things happen. I think the worst was Lawrence where more than 100 people who live in the district but are not registered, signed. The fellow at the Secretary of State's office said those people agreed with us and didn't want to admit they weren't registered. We knew split cities would be tough. They were tougher then tough. The Fall River people did an amazing job getting all their districts qualified. The Springfield and Worcester people each got one district qualified - real victories for them..
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading source of abortion statistics, there are forty abortion facilities in the state. This includes eighteen hospitals and six licensed clinics, leaving sixteen facilities that are not licensed or inspected. Laura Hope Smith died during an abortion at one of these unlicensed, uninspected facilities in 2007.
We are concerned that abortions not take any more victims than they already do. More importantly, having to be inspected will be a disincentive to remaining open for many facilities.
Local members of Mass Citizens will continue working through the November elections to educate people in their districts and bring them to the polls. We expect to win overwhelmingly.
The following are some of the many, many people who did yeoman's work in getting the signatures:
Jim Drummey, Sally Healy, Jean Healey, Pat Stewart, Linda and Jack Kinsey, Rosemary Reynolds, Sandra Krucharski, Mark Carron, Jamie Brunault, Peggy Bradford, Bill Allen, Bill Kelly, Deacon Tim Meagher, Eileen Dunn, Monica Silvey, Mike Cunningham, Frank Ardinger, Dave Constantine, John Martin, Mike Manze, Bill Schneelock, Tom Gaudet, Earl Sholley, Martha Donovan, Anne Hilbert, Merle Webber, Charlene Langenfield, Gail Ashey, Nancy Clark, Dennis Finn, Maryanna Heister, Eileen Krupinski, Julie Krupinski, Carol Johnston, Jackie Langloi, Pauline Morris, Marylou Petty, Julie Koss-Stephany, Chris Toloczko, Cindy Trainque, Susan Arraje, Myra Doran, Teresa Vermette.
Bea Martins says, "Mary Leite is the lady who collected 105 Without her numbers we would not have been able to turn in the number we did"
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to these people for the huge job they accomplished!