Sunday, May 10, 2015

Viability depends on care - new study published in NE Journal of Medicine

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Ever since 1973, pro-lifers have maintained that viability depended on our ability to care for a baby, not on the baby's age.  At that point the Supreme Court wanted to place viability at the end of the "second trimester"   Now the New England Journal of Medicine  has published a study which essentially finds that the chance of healthy survival for babies born at 22 weeks depends on the attitude and ability of the hospital.  You need to subscribe to read the study but the NY Times has a good article about it.
 
Just another place where the Supreme Court did not think things through before sentencing tens of millions of babies to death.
 
Of course, viability could apply to people who are disabled, elderly or ill...
 
Keep up the good work!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Banquet Speaker and Mothers Day

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We are so fortunate to have as our featured speaker Karen Santorum, mother of eight children, including Gabriel and Bella, and wife of Senator Rick Santorum

Their son, Gabriel Michael, who was born prematurely and died two hours after birth on October 11, 1996. Karen wrote Letters to Gabriel which expresses the bond between mother and child with incredible tenderness and love. The book makes a bold and profound statement about the gift of life, family values, the bond between parent and child, the grieving process and the paradox of suffering.

According to George Will, "When the Santorums received a blessing named Gabriel, they suddenly experienced the reality at the heart of a public policy argument about respect for life." 

Four days after Rick and Karen Santorum welcomed their eighth baby into the world in 2008 they were given the devastating news that their little girl, Bella, was going to die. Bella's disorder, Trisomy 18, is a rarer, more lethal cousin of Down syndrome. Only half of babies born with it survive a week; only ten percent see their first birthday. Bella recently celebrated her seventh birthday. 

Bella's Gift is the story of how the entire family came together to love and care for Bella and how God strengthened them during the storms and blessed their family with grace, peace, and joy. 

Searchingly honest, faith filled, and surprisingly joyful, Bella's Gift is a loving, lived-out testimony to the truth that everyone counts, even "the least of these."

Be sure to save the date: October 22, 2015. 

I would like to share this poem, whose author is unknown but whose thoughts are universal.  Blessings to all you Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers and Mothers-in-spirit!  Anne

 

There is no love like a mother's love,
no stronger bond on earth
Like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother when she gives birth.

A mother's love is forever strong,
never changing for all time
And when her children need her most,
a mother's love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one
For all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they've done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother's love lives on
Through many generations,
with God's blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love
From the power God has given, 
and the strength from up above.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Speaker at MCFL Banquet: announcement coming!

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We are so fortunate to have this gifted speaker!
We had been bubbling over with delight for months but felt that Mothers Day was the most appropriate day to let you know. 
You will see why we think so. 
Please watch your email tomorrow!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Elms College, Chicopee, graduation speaker: blatantly pro-ab Congressman!

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Thanks to Dennis for passing on this information from the Newman Society!  Dennis has written to Bishop Rozanski and President Reap.  I have included contact info in case you also wish to contact them  Anne
College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) in Chicopee, Mass., will host Congressman John Lewis of Georgia as the College's 2015 commencement speaker on  May 16. As previously reported  by the Newman Society, the College chose Lewis for his "personal and political focus on civil rights," despite a consistent pro-abortion voting record. He earned 100 percent ratings with the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice America in 2013 and 2014 Lewis voted against banning partial-birth abortions, barring minors from crossing state lines to procure abortions, and requiring minors to involve responsible adults before having an abortion. Lewis also co-sponsored the Women's Health Protection Act, which would effectively prohibit medical professionals from recommending ultrasounds or other procedures to women considering abortion. Additionally, he voted in favor of increased federal funding for contraception and embryonic stem cell research.
Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., President of Elms College
Office of the President
Sandra Talbot
Assistant to the President

413-265-2293
talbots@elms.edu
291 Springfield Street • Chicopee, MA 01013-2839

BISHOP
Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski
76 Elliot St., P.O. Box 1730
Springfield, 01102-1730
Tel. 413-732-3175

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund Dinner, April 26, 2015.

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On behalf of our friends at the PLLDF:


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WALK / MARCH BABY: WE HAVE A WINNER!

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We are most grateful to the families who entered their adorable babies.  Every one of them is precious!  Anne

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Joshua Robert.jpg KristinFlores.jpg Maura 1yr.jpg Mia Marie.jpg

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AND THE WINNER IS...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Walk to Aid Mothers and Children grows into Massachusetts March for Life

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I have some very exciting news!
 
As you know, we have been walking to aid mothers and children for about 30 years.  Especially in the early years, proceeds from the Walk were a large part of the yearly donations for many of the helping beneficiaries who did not have the resources to hold their own walks.  We were honored to provide the Walk for them.
 
On June 28, 2015 we will walk again.  We will still raise money for beneficiary groups and encourage you to get pledges.

We have decided to broaden the focus.  With more than one million babies having been killed by abortion in this state since legalization, we feel compelled to draw public attention to this carnage.  Many young people are also anxious to do just that.
 
We have decided to refocus with the Massachusetts March for Life which, while still raising money to help pregnant women, will be geared toward youth activism like the March for Life is in DC.  Just like the March in DC, we older folks will be very welcome! 
 
Many states are holding Marches half way between the trips to DC.  Our Walk seemed the perfect vehicle to do the same.
 
More than a million lives lost in Massachusetts - that is too big to hide!  We must draw attention them!  We must March for them.
 
Please mark your calendar for the Massachusetts March for Life, June 28 on Boston Common.
 
I am really delighted with this new, expanded approach to changing the hearts and minds of the public! 
 
Anne
 
Be sure to vote for the March baby - you have until April 17th.

MCFL Mothers Day Dinner featuring Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Lauren Hill R.I.P. Inspiring piece from...The Globe!

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Lauren Hill, that darling girl who lived life to the fullest and helped so many others in spite of having a brain tumor, has died.  Reading about Lauren over the past year, one couldn't help but think she should be the one getting all the attention instead of the death lobby.  I know you join me in praying for Lauren and her wonderful family!  Anne
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Corrected link to the PD-PS poll

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I had used the link in the last email to vote, but it isn't working for some people.
Please vote!
Thanks,
Anne

D-PS poll in RI. Vote NOW!

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A poll in Rhode Island asks:
Should a person facing a terminal illness have the right to hasten their own death?

Wonder what journalism school the author of that question attended?
Anyway, as I write this, we are a bit ahead.  Since it is Rhode Island and can be applied to Massachusetts, we need to crush it!
Thanks,
Anne


We say "dismemberment abortion" Media doesn't know what to say

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Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee, sent out this statement yesterday.  The link below is from today.  They are both worth reading.  Anne
"Today at 8:00 a.m., Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed into law a bill banning dismemberment abortions!
This new law is based on model legislation drafted by National Right to Life.
It is the first of what we hope will be many state laws banning dismemberment abortions.
This law could have the power to transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States.
And I want to ask you to help us pass it in more states!
I want to warn you that this next paragraph is graphic in its description of what a dismemberment abortion is. 
In a dismemberment abortion, a forceps or similar instrument is used to twist and tear pieces of a living unborn baby from her body until the baby bleeds to death. Many of these babies are developed enough to feel pain. 
"Dismemberment abortion kills a baby by tearing her apart limb from limb," said our director of State Legislation, Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D.  "Before the first trimester ends, the unborn child has a beating heart, brain waves, and every organ system in place. Dismemberment abortions occur after the baby has reached these milestones."
Even Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court has written forcefully about the brutality of such abortions. The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act would ban them – and National Right to Life is leading the fight to pass the law wherever we can.
Oklahoma is expected to pass the ban soon, and it's being considered elsewhere as well. 
We learned in the debate over partial-birth abortion that when the American people are told about brutal methods of abortion like this, they recoil and want to see those abortions banned. 
Those who have been with us since the fight over partial-birth abortion know that it helped transform the debate, moving many people – especially many young people who grew up at the height of the debate – to the pro-life side. The debate over protecting unborn babies from the barbarity of dismemberment abortions can have just as powerful an effect!"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Don't answer that call and Important dates.

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I just received a call from "The Pro-Life Committee".  The caller could/would not tell me who they are or anything about them.  Please know that, if Mass Citizens calls you, we tell you up front exactly who we are.  I certainly did not donate to this unknown committee.  You'll probably be getting a call also.
There are some exciting events coming up:
April 17, last day to vote for your favorite March Baby.  Vote here:  http://masscitizensforlife.org/2015-massachusetts-march- for-life-march-baby-contest-vote-now/
April 25, Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund Dinner, Newton Marriott, http://masscitizensforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/ 04/150403-2015-Century-Dinner-Flyer.pdf
May 6, Boston lunch fund-raiser for pro-life champion Cong. Chris Smith, Offices of Zenzabar, http://masscitizensforlife. org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Invite-Rep.-Chris-Smith-May-6-2015-Luncheon.pdf
May 7, MCFL Mothers Day Dinner, Agawam.  Information and Reservations: http://masscitizensforlife.org/2015-forty-first-annual-mothers-day-dinner/
May 10, Announcement of Speaker for MCFL Annual Banquet
June 12, MCFL Annual Meeting and Elections, MCFL Headquarters
June 28, Massachusetts March for Life sponsored by Mass Citizens, Boston Common, Rally 1:00 pm , March 2:30  more info coming
Oct 22, MCFL Annual Banquet, Four Points, Norwood

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter and Passover Greetings

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Many of my Jewish friends are having their Seder meal today and Christians are celebrating the Triduum which climaxes with the Resurrection tomorrow.
One cannot help but have pro-life thoughts meditating on these beautiful holidays.

Shalom
On Passover and always
May you rejoice
In our traditions and
Always be blessed
With the rich and bountiful
Gifts of life!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 1 Peter 1:3

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." St Pope John Paul ll


Thank you for all you do to save the lives of His precious ones!
May you have a blessed holiday weekend.
Anne


Video of unborn baby clapping along with parents' music

We saw this 101 year old great grandmother get to hold her newborn grandchild

We already knew what science is still finding out about babies.
This video is very heartwarming.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

doctor-prescribed suicide -the battle starts in Massachusetts

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The latest Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bill, H 1991, has been filed.  We have no idea when, but between now and the summer of 2016 hearings will be held.  Things you should know:
1)  The Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide has reconstituted and updated it website, http://www.noassistedsuicidema.com/ and email list.  You should be hearing from them soon.
2)  H 1991 is a mess.  It pretends to answer all our concerns about safeguards but, reading the implementation part shows huge internal inconsistencies between what it promises and what the bill would actually do
3)  The Public Health Committee, which was evenly split in 2013 - 2014 appears to be more in favor of D-PS this time.  Committee contains three co-sponsors.
4)  We have always known the concept of "prognosis" was inaccurate.  This 60 Minutes video shows how cancer patients at Duke are being "cured"  The first article is about one of them.  The other two articles are about cancer treatments in the works.  With the buzz that cancer will be solved very soon, why would any legislature encourage someone to kill herself?  Anne
 
Success at Duke
 
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Other medical advances

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vote to keep Margaret Sanger off the $20 bill!

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Sandra sent this along.  There has been quite a push to put Margaret Sanger's picture on the $20 bill.  Sandra shares how we can vote to put pro-life woman like Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Clara Barton on the bill (you must vote for three).  Thanks Sandra!  Anne
 
Please help get on the email vote to get a woman on the $20 bill replacing Andrew Jackson who is now thought to have a "questionable past."
Strangely enough, a couple of the the nominees for this honor don't have questionable pasts but well documented pasts which have done far more to harm women than to help. The list includes Margaret Sanger!  It is sickening to think of our country officially honoring someone like Sanger.  Preliminary voting closes on April 5 and then there is a final vote.  Vote now at:  http://www.womenon20s.org/  and please send this to all your contacts.  Thanks in advance.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Colorado woman who cut baby out of mother's womb will not be charged in death of baby - prosecutor has PP ties

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Colorado has no fetal homicide laws.  They say that is why the woman who killed a little eight month pre-born baby girl by cutting her from her mother's womb won't be prosecuted.
Now we find that the prosecutor is essentially a creature of Planned Parenthood...
Officially Massachusetts does not have such laws either, but, as you can see from the cases below, prosecutors and judges in Massachusetts have acted with common sense.
Massachusetts # Commonwealth vs. Lawrence, 536 N.E.2d 571 (Mass. 1973) affirms the conviction for murder of a woman and involuntary manslaughter of her 27-week-old fetus.
Commonwealth vs. Cass, 467 N.E.2d 1324 (Mass. 1984) rules that a viable fetus is within the ambit of the term "person" in the vehicular homicide statute.  The case refers to Mass. Gen Law, ch. 90 § 24G, which defines vehicular homicide.
Another "unintended consequence" of legal abortion.  Lord hear our prayers for the parents of that little girl.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

40 Days for Life Closing Week.

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You still have time to volunteer to be part of this marvelous effort.  You might hit the only warm day of the 40. 
Commendations to the coordinators and volunteers who braved the worst weather possible to pray for the babies and their mothers!
Thank you, Anne



Rita Russo shared this huge news.  Since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign in 2007, we have confirmed reports of 10,000 babies  who are alive today because their mothers rejected abortion and chose life!  These are people who said that they changed their minds and decided NOT to have an abortion. Praise God!

Today is day 34 of this campaign, and 301 of those babies have been saved during this campaign.  We are on our final week of vigil, ending on Palm  Sunday with a Concluding Prayer Service at 3 pm, Sunday, March 29th with Rev. Michael McNamara.  Please join us!

Friday, March 27th at 7 pm, we will have our last English Candlelight Vigil led by Rev. Joseph McDermott. 

Saturday, March 28th at 6 pm, we will have our last Spanish Candlelight Vigil led by the Seminarians from St. John's Seminary.

Stations of the Cross at Planned Parenthood at 9 am  on Good Friday.

We will still be out there every day this week praying through Sunday.   If you haven't made it out yet, you still have time.  The snow has melted and the parking meters have re-appeared on Commonwealth Avenue.



40 Days for Life has put out a short video of the 3 things to say outside an abortion clinic.  You can see it here:  https://40daysforlife.com/2015/03/19/top-3-things-say/

Worcester:


SUNDAY, MARCH 29th3-4:45PM – Our campaign's closing event will begin with an hour of prayer across the street from Planned Parenthood. Immediately following, we will have Adoration and Benediction in the Problem Pregnancy chapel at 495 Pleasant Street.


Bravo to the "social worker in Massachusetts"

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Thank goodness this local social worker had the good of this little girl at heart and, incidentally, followed the law.  Just think what would have happened if this predator had called one of our abortion facilities!
Anne

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dr Paul Carpentier and other pro-life heroes to be honored at Worcester Mass. We are so grateful to them all.

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How appropriate that this Mass for Life should be on the Feast of the Annunciation!  And that Evangelium Vitae came out on the Annunciation.  Hope you can make the Mass!
Anne
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From the Worcester Diocese:


Congratulations!


  
  
  
All are invited
to join
Bishop Robert J. McManus
in celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
at the annual
  
Mass for Life

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

10:00 a.m.

St. Paul's Cathedral, Worcester
  
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Congratulations to the recipients of this year's pro-life awards who will be honored at the Mass for Life:
  
Paul Carpentier, MD
Evelyn Lindquist
Thomas Szkoda
Fr. Adam Reid
  
  
Read more about the Mass and this year's awardees see this week's edition of The Catholic Free Press
  
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March 25th also marks the
20th Anniversary of
St. John Paul II's landmark encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life).
  
  
Saint John Paul II, pray for us!
  
 

Respect Life Office - Diocese of Worcester
49 Elm Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609