Poll in Boston Globe yesterday: support for DPS, 47% - 37%
Suffolk poll yesterday, 47% - 41%
Remember, a few weeks ago it was 68% - 20%
Our work and the ads are working. We are in a great place for a vote no committee.
After the polls came out yesterday, the death lobby bought more ad time - they are worried!
No On 2 still needs to raise $15,000 by the weekend http://noonquestion2.org/
We need signs at the polls. Contact Stephen, email@example.com
Please keep up the pressure for only six more days!
Thanks very much!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
MCFL State PAC announces endorsements and recommendations:
According to Madeline McComish, Chair of the MCFL State PAC, the PAC has made its endorsements and recommendations for Nov 6, 2012.
If you would like more information on how the PAC made its decisions, the data are on the MCFL website, http://massprolife.com/mcfl_main/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Candidates-table-for-web-site-1.pdf
Also, please note the list is in alphabetical order by the name of the legislative district.
Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.
Randy Hunt Incumbent, Fifth Barnstable
Fred "Jay" Barrows Incumbent, First Bristol
George T. Ross Incumbent, Second Bristol
Alan Silvia, Seventh Bristol
Keiko Orrall Incumbent, Twelfth Bristol
Elizabeth Poirier Incumbent, Fourteenth Bristol
Bradford R. Hill Incumbent, Fourth Essex
Frank A. Moran, Seventeenth Essex
Jim Lyons Incumbent, Eighteenth Essex
Todd M. Smola Incumbent, First Hamden
Brian Michael Ashe Incumbent, Second Hamden
Nicholas Boldyga Incumbent, Third Hampden
Donald F. Humason, Jr. Incumbent, Fourth Hamden
Linda Vacon, Fifth Hamden
Thomas M. Petrolati Incumbent, Seventh Hamden
Sean Curran Incumbent, Ninth Hamden
Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. Incumbent, Twelfth Hamden
Sheila C. Harrington Incumbent, First Middlesex
Steven Levy Incumbent, Fourth Middlesex
Marty Lamb, Eighth Middlesex
Michael J. Benn, Fourteenth Middlesex
Thomas A. Golden, Jr. Incumbent, Sixteenth Middlesex
James R. Miceli Incumbent, Ninteenth Middlesex
Marc T. Lombardo Incumbent, Twenty-second Middlesex
James J. Dwyer Incumbent, Thirtieth Middlesex
Christopher G. Fallon Incumbent, Thirty-third Middlesex
Paul J. Donato Incumbent, Thirty-fifth Middlesex
Colleen M. Garry Incumbent, Thirty-sixth Middlesex
Bruce J. Ayers Incumbent, First Norfolk
Walter F. Timilty Incumbent, Seventh Norfolk
Richard A. Eustis, Tenth Norfolk
John H. Rogers Incumbent, Twelfth Norfolk
Vinny M. deMacedo Incumbent, First Plymouth
Karen Barry, Sixth Plymouth
Geoff Diehl Incumbent, Seventh Plymouth
Thomas J. Calter, III Incumbent, Twelfth Plymouth
Eugene L. O'Flaherty Incumbent, Second Suffolk
Nick Collins Incumbent, Fourth Suffolk
Russell E. Holmes Incumbent, Sixth Suffolk
Edward F. Coppinger Incumbent, Tenth Suffolk,
Angelo M. Scaccia Incumbent, Fourteenth Suffolk
Kimberly N. Ferguson Incumbent, First Worcester
Richard Bastien Incumbent, Second Worcester
Peter J. Durant Incumbent, Sixth Worcester
Paul K. Frost Incumbent, Seventh Worcester
Kevin J. Kuros Incumbent, Eighth Worcester
George N. Peterson, Jr. Incumbent, Ninth Worcester
Matthew A. Beaton Incumbent, Eleventh Worcester
Bill McCarthy, Fourteenth Worcester
Brian J. O'Malley, Fifteenth Worcester
John P. Fresolo Incumbent, Sixteenth Worcester
John J. Binienda, Sr. Incumbent, Seventeeth Worcester
Ryan Fattman Incumbent, Eighteenth Worcester
Jeffrey Robert Bailey, Bristol& Norfolk
Paul Adams, Second Essex and Middlesex
Michael Knapik Incumbent, Second Hamden & Hampshire
James J. Buba, 1st Middlesex
Sandy Martinez, 3rd Middlesex
Gerry Dembrowski, 4th Middlesex
Dean J. Cavaretta, Middlesex & Worcester
Richard J. Ross Incumbent, Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex
Michael F. Rush Incumbent, Norfolk & Suffolk
Thomas F. Keyes, Plymouth & Barnstable
Thomas P. Kennedy Incumbent, Second Plymouth and Bristol
Robert L. Hedlund, Jr. Incumbent, Plymouth & Norfolk
Jack Hart Incumbent, First Suffolk
Steven W. Aylward, Second Suffolk & Middlesex
Richard T. Moore Incumbent, Worcester & Norfolk
Leonard Mira, Second Essex
Joyce Spiliotis Incumbent, Twelfth Essex
Dan Bennett, Thirteenth Essex
Karen Rhoton, Fourteenth Essex
Linda Dean Campell Incumbent, Fifteenth Essex
Susannah M. Lee, Second Franklin
Joseph Wagner Incumbent, Eighth Hampden
Benjamin Swan Incumbent, Eleventh Hampden
Thomas Stanley Incumbent, Ninth Middlesex
Kevin J. Murphy Incumbent, Eighteenth Middlesex
Joseph J. Monjou, Twenty-third Middlesex
George Georgountzos, Thirty-first Middlesex
Stephen W. Coulter, Fourth Plymouth
Angelo L. D'Emilia Incumbent, Eighth Plymouth
Robert A. DeLeo Incumbent, Nineteenth Suffolk
Stephen A. DiNatale Incumbent, Third Worcester
Dennis A Rosa Incumbent, Fourth Worcester
Jason M. Petraitis, Fifth Worcester
Richard A. Jolitz, Second Essex
Governor's Council Endorsements:
Earl Sholley, Second DistrictMike Franco, Eighth District
Monday, October 29, 2012
We have put together the positions of all candidates for state and federal office including which candidates are endorsed or recommended by the State and Federal PAC's.
Janet says to remind you that you can enlarge the information by using the toolbar at the top of the page. Please share the information with everybody!
Victoria Kennedy opposes Q 2. This is big - please share with as many people - especially liberals - as you can.
PS No On 2 is looking for people to hold signs at targeted polling places. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Question2 insults Kennedy's memory
By VICTORIA REGGIE KENNEDY
October 27, 2012
There is nothing more personal or private than the end of a family member's life, and I totally respect the view that everyone else should just get out of the way. I wish we could leave it that way.Unfortunately, Question 2, the so-called "Death with Dignity"initiative, forces that issue into the public square and places the government squarely in the middle of a private family matter. I do not judge nor intend top reach to others about decisions they make at the end of life, but I believe we're all entitled to know the facts about the law we're being asked to enact.
Here's the truth. The language of the proposed law is not about bringing family together to make end of life decisions; it's intended to exclude family members from the actual decision-making process to guard against patients' being pressured to end their lives prematurely. It's not about doctors administering drugs such as morphine to ease patients' suffering;it's about the oral ingestion of up to 100 capsules without requirement or expectation that a doctor be present. It's not about giving choice and self-determination to patients with degenerative diseases like ALS or Alzheimer's; those patients are unlikely to qualify under the statute. It's not, in my judgment, about death with dignity at all.
My late husband Sen. Edward Kennedy called quality,affordable health care for all the cause of his life. Question 2 turns his vision of health care for all on its head by asking us to endorse patient suicide — not patient care — as our public policy for dealing with pain and the financial burdens of care at the end of life. We're better than that. We should expand palliative care, pain management, nursing care and hospice, not trade the dignity and life of a human being for the bottom line.
Most of us wish for a good and happy death, with as little pain as possible, surrounded by loved ones, perhaps with a doctor and/or clergyman at our bedside. But under Question 2, what you get instead is a prescription for up to 100 capsules, dispensed by a pharmacist, taken without medical supervision, followed by death, perhaps alone. That seems harsh and extreme to me.
Question 2 is supposed to apply to those with a life expectancy of six months or less. But even doctors admit that's unknowable.When my husband was first diagnosed with cancer, he was told that he had only two to four months to live, that he'd never go back to the U.S. Senate, that he should get his affairs in order, kiss his wife, love his family and get ready to die.
But that prognosis was wrong. Teddy lived 15 more productive months. During that time, he cast a key vote in the Senate that protected payments to doctors under Medicare; made a speech at the Democratic Convention;saw the candidate he supported elected president of the United States and even attended his inauguration; received an honorary degree; chaired confirmation hearings in the Senate; worked on the reform of health care; threw out the first pitch on opening day for the Red Sox; introduced the president when he signed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act; sailed his boat; and finished his memoir "True Compass," while also getting his affairs in order, kissing his wife, loving his family and preparing for the end of life.
Because that first dire prediction of life expectancy was wrong, I have 15 months of cherished memories — memories of family dinners and songfests with our children and grandchildren; memories of laughter and, yes, tears; memories of life that neither I nor my husband would have traded for anything in the world.
When the end finally did come — natural death with dignity — my husband was home, attended by his doctor, surrounded by family and our priest.
I know we were blessed. I am fully aware that not everyone will have the same experience we did. But if Question 2 passes I can't help but feel we're sending the message that they're not even entitled to a chance. A chance to have more time with their loved ones. A chance to have more dinners and sing more songs. A chance for more kisses and more love. A chance to be surrounded by family or clergy or a doctor when the end does come. That seems cruel to me. And lonely. And sad.
My husband used to paraphrase H.L. Mencken: for every complex problem, there's a simple easy answer. And it's wrong.
That's how I feel in this case. And that's why I'm going to vote no on Question 2.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy is an attorney, health care advocate and widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The most accurate tracking of all political polls is done by Real Clear Politics, which is not liberal. They show Scott Brown down by 5 or 6 points and slipping. We must send Sen. Brown back to the Senate to repeal O-care and vote for acceptable Supreme Court justices.
Please volunteer to help and please be sure everyone you know understands how important it is to re-elect him. Contact Stephen, email@example.com or 617-242-4199
This is really serious! You can make the difference!
Chair, MCFL Federal PAC
Brown Warren Polls: Mass Senate Polls Show Elizabeth Warren Pulling Away From Scott Brown
Brown Warren Polls Mass Senate Polls Show Elizabeth Warren Pulling Away From Scott Brown
The latest poll in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts indicates that Democrat Elizabeth Warren holds a six point lead over Republican Senator Scott Brown. Warren led Brown 50% to 44% in the poll of 516 likely voters conducted by WBUR between October 21 and 22. Just as troubling for Brown is the unpopularity of former Massachusetts Mitt Romney in the state, which leans heavily toward Obama. Romney's favorability rating in Massachuetts is a mere 38%, compared to 54% unfavorable.
Brown won the seat he currently occupies by defeating Attorney General Martha Coakley in a January 2010 special election held to fill the seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy. That election was marked by lower than usual voter turnout, as 54% of eligible voters cast ballots. In the 2008 presidential election, when the state went for Obama, 62% of eligible voters voted. Massachusetts is set to go for Obama again, and by a very wide margin. The unpopularity of Romney in the state he used to govern, as well as the fact that turnout is usually higher in presidential election years, could spell the end of Brown's brief tenure in the senate.
Conservative media in Massachusetts has attempted to caricature Warren — a professor at Harvard Law School — as an out of touch elitist. Warren has also come under fire for previously claiming Cherokee ancestry despite a lack of evidence beyond what her mother had told her about her family heritage. Although both Brown and the conservative Boston Herald have hammered away at Warren on the matter, Warren has only made headway since the flap began. The charges of academic elitism have likely run hollow in a state where Harvard University is actually located and connected to the broader community, rather than an effective abstract object of ridicule for politicians appealing to anti-intellectuals.
The Democratic Party here considers Kennedy's former seat as a virtual birthright of sorts, and are working in overdrive to do everything it can to win the seat back. Republicans are holding on for dear life, hoping it retain this seat while taking over the senate from the Democrats. The GOP will need to pick up four seats to have a majority in the upper chamber, where they currently trail 53 to 47.
Courtesy of Real Clear Politics:
Monday, October 22, 2012
Dr Mildred Fay Jefferson, who died two years ago this week, was very fond of young people and always encouraged them in pro-life activities. In her honor, we recognized the work of the Youth Group from St Brendan's Parish in Bellingham and their inspirational Director, Cheryl Duran. Here they are receiving their award.
Again, thanks to everyone for a wonderful evening, Anne
Friday, October 19, 2012
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Liz Walker has a wonderful piece opposing DPS. A must-read!
Robin Loughman, RN
PS Please respond to the article with your agreement, support. Thanks
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Jeff Jacoby has written a powerful piece on DPS. Please write in support. You may simply pick out a point you agree with, say you agree and why or write more,
The polls are definitely heading in our direction. Your letter/comment will keep them moving!
What about do no harm?
Suicide is not health care, and prescribing death is not a doctor's role
If Hippocrates, the "father of Western medicine," were alive today, would he favor Question 2, the Massachusetts ballot initiative to authorize doctor-prescribed suicide?
Presumably not: The celebrated code of medical ethics that bears his name, which physicians for centuries took an oath to uphold, flatly forbids assisted suicide. "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked," the Hippocratic oath avows, "nor will I advise such a plan."
Some things never change, and one of them is the beguiling idea that doctors should be able to help patients kill themselves when incurable disease makes their lives unbearable. The advocates of Question 2 speak feelingly of the anguish of the terminally ill, suffering from awful symptoms that will only grow worse, and desperate to avoid the agonies to come. Not all of those agonies involve physical pain: Even worse for many people is the loss of autonomy, the mortifying collapse of bowel and bladder control, the intense unwillingness to be a burden to others, the existential despair of just waiting for death.
Question 2's supporters call their proposal the "Death with Dignity Act." As a matter of compassion and respect, they argue, we should allow dying patients to choose an early death when they decide their suffering is more than they can endure. "People have control over their lives," says Dr. Marcia Angell, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and lead petitioner of the Massachusetts ballot measure. "They ought to have control over their deaths."
There is nothing new about this contention. The claim that assisted suicide can be an appropriate aspect of patient care, especially when the alternative is drawn-out misery inexorably ending in death, has been made since antiquity. Hippocrates heard the arguments too; then as now they exerted an undeniable emotional pull. There is a reason the Hippocratic oath obliged new doctors to stand firm against it.
Civilized societies do not encourage people to commit suicide, or seek ways to make it easier for them to do so. Individuals may choose, out of pain or heartache or hopelessness, to end their lives; tragically, thousands of Americans do so every year. But "tragically" is the operative word. A libertarian purist might insist that human beings have the right to dispose of their lives as they see fit. That doesn't change the fundamental principle that life is precious and suicide is a tragedy.
Only a moral cretin yells "Jump!" to the man on the high bridge who wants to end it all. No matter how compelling and genuinely desperate that man's reasons are — even if he is suffering from an incurable disease, with just months to live and only physical pain, nausea, and the loss of bodily control awaiting him — we don't seek ways to facilitate his suicide. On the contrary, we seek ways to avert it. "High bridges often have signs encouraging troubled individuals to seek help rather than jump," writes Greg Pfundstein in an essay at Public Discourse, the Witherspoon Institute's online journal. "Suicide hotlines are open 24 hours a day because we hope to prevent as many suicides as possible."
Question 2 would turn that premise inside out. Massachusetts voters aren't just being asked to authorize doctors to prescribe fatal drugs for the terminally ill. They are being asked to endorse a view that our ethical culture at its best has always abhorred: that certain lives aren't worth living. That there are times when people should jump — indeed, that there is nothing wrong with making it easier for them to do so.
Question 2's provisions are highly arbitrary, as even its proponents acknowledge. It allows only one kind of suicide to be prescribed: drugs that can be swallowed, but not a lethal injection — let alone a bullet or a noose. It requires a prognosis of no more than six months to live. It is available only to patients who can both speak and write — thereby excluding, for instance, a paralyzed victim of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Why such capricious line-drawing? Because, says Angell, that is the only way to make assisted suicide "politically acceptable." Her candor is admirable. But it doesn't extend to Question 2, which provides that death certificates for patients who commit doctor-prescribed suicide will falsely list the underlying disease as the cause of death.
Suicide is not health care, and prescribing death is no role for a doctor. Hippocrates would reject Question 2. Massachusetts voters should too.Jeff Jacoby can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Jacoby.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Please join us at the MCFL Banquet this Friday night, the 19th. We are very excited about having Mary AnnGlendon speak. You can find out more andreserve you space: http://www.masscitizensforlife.org/mcfl_main/?page_id=16
It will be so nice to see you!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Cardinal Seán O'Malley will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Preventing Assisted Suicide on Wednesday October 3, 2012 at 8pm. Live on CatholicTV (www.CatholicTV.com) & WQOM 1060AM (Boston area).
CatholicTV is available at Verizon 296, Comcast 268, Charter 101, RCN 85 &CatholicTV.comRebroadcasts: 10/4 @ 2pm, 10/4 @ 9pm, 10/5 @ 12:30am, 10/7 @ 2am, 10/8 @ 9pm, 10/13 @ 4:30pm, 10/15 @ 8pm, 10/20 @ 4:30pm, 10/22 @ 8pm, 10/29 @ 10:30pm, 10/31 @ 7:30am, 11/2 @ 2pm, 11/3 @ 3:30am, 11/5 @ 8pm, 11/6 @ 6am, 11/6 @ 12pm.
A forward from the No on 2 Campaign:
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I am excited to get the lawn sign I just ordered!
Robin Loughman, RN
Monday, October 1, 2012
Marcia Angell, MD, had a pro-Doctor-Prescribed Suicide (DPS) piece in the Herald and now the same piece appears in the Globe.
You will notice that she attacks our argument that insurance companies will do the cheap thing not the right thing, as they did with Barbara Wagner and Randy Stroup. She maintains that doesn't matter because – get this – the people using DPS are upper class,well-to-do whites. So, she is saying it doesn't matter if you or I or Barbara or Randy, who would like to live, are denied care as long as she and her privileged friends can kill themselves with society's blessing. Her main argument comes back to bite her.
The Globe has published polls showing:
Warren leading Brown 43% – 38%.
Support for DPS at 68% - 20 %.
What does this tell us? We know the media intentionally over-represents Democrats in polls hoping to demoralize us and cause us to stay home.
What can we do? We must redouble our get-out-the vote effort. The nice thing is that people we can turn out to vote for Brown are likely to vote against DPS.
The DPS poll presents a different picture. It shows essentially no movement in spite of all the hard work on your part. This validates what we have known from the beginning – the ballot question depends on TV ads, which haven't started yet. We have known all along that the grass roots work would be the frosting on the cake but that the TV ads would be the main educational tool.
Massachusetts Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: No On 2 has a TV ad which has been tested and which moves voters from favoring DPS to opposing it. The more they can get that ad on TV, the more people will move. The Globe poll tells us we must move a lot of people. That meansMADPS: No On 2 must raise a lot more money! Please go immediately to http://noonquestion2.org/ tomake a sacrificial donation. And pray!
We can defeat Q2! Anne