There are some good stories today, including one of a woman who died. Doctors delivered her baby, discovered her heart problem, put in a pace-maker which brought her back to life and - she and the baby are doing just fine.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
"Dr. Gosnell is only the front man; and the real trial has only just begun. The defendant is the abortion license in America." Prof. Robbie George who spoke at 2011 MCFL Mother's Day Dinner
Are there facilities practicing in the Gosnell manner here in Massachusetts? We can't be sure - because Massachusetts has essentially NO regulations. In the 1970's, Massachusetts Citizens for Life was instrumental in passing a law which required, among other things, that abortion facilities have fire extinguishers and elevators that would accommodate stretchers. This sensible law was overturned. Massachusetts does not even require these basic safeguards for women. Abortion facilities have much lower standards than any other type of surgical facility, and so-called "doctor's offices" like the one where Laura Hope Smith died, have no oversight at all!
Massachusetts has the 9th highest abortion rate in the country! More than 22,000 babies are killed in our state every year. That has to stop! We desperately need our state to actively protect the lives and health of mothers and their babies.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life is starting a campaign to make the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reveal whether or not they have any standards or do any inspections of abortion facilities. We will be pressing them to answer these questions and to apply the same standards to abortion facilities as they do to other ambulatory medical facilities.
As we embark on this endeavor over the next few weeks we hope that you will get involved in our effort. You can make a difference!
Now that the general public is aware of the Gosnell atrocities, we have the opportunity to shed light on other Gosnells who are operating in the shadows, possibly right here in Massachusetts.
Please help with a donation to this live-saving effort. http://masscitizensforlife.org
Thank you for your much-needed support!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We have all been wondering exactly what happened in Vermont. According to Vermont State Representative Anne Donahue in a letter to the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, "Our radical new social policy that endorses having doctors write prescriptions that will kill their patients, cobbled together by just a few individuals from bits and pieces of language drafted on the fly, was passed by two votes in the Senate and 10 votes in the House."
Among other things, the Oregon "safeguards" are gone - that tells you how bad it is.
Rep Donahue was one of the courageous leaders who held off this law for so long. As a person concerned for life and law, you must read her letter.
The death lobby hopes this will open the floodgates, at least in the Northeast. Our MA defeat of DPS becomes more and more significant!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mark Rienzi has spoken at a number of our Conventions. He has an amazing way of looking beyond the conventional. Statistics show large declines in murders - except of children under a year old. Please read his chilling analysis.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Every once in a while, we read an article that says exactly what we have been trying to say. This article by J.R. Dunn articulates so much - that we have reached a turning point, that it needs to be recorded, that we need to turn "Gosnell" into a verb, noun, etc and use it on every occasion.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Vermont has definitely passed an Oregon bill - but worse - and the governor will sign today. It took the death lobby eight years, countless treasure and incredible arm-twisting. Remember: Maine and Connecticut stopped bills in committee in the last few weeks and, of course, MASSACHUSETTS overcame a 50-point deficit to defeat at polls.
Hearings today were supposed to go from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At 1:00 pm, the Committee actually moved to Gardner Auditorium. By that point, Linda Thayer and Marie O'Donnell had been called. Everyone else testified in favor of HB 450, "An act relative to healthy youth," which is about sex ed. According to the people testifying, HB-450 would solve all problems in society. Here are some provisions:
The problem, among others, is that this is "Opt out." As Representative Betty Poirier testified, it is necessary that these programs be "Opt in," so that parents can exercise their rights and responsibilities. HB-433, HB-466, require that parents "opt in" their children to these kinds of classes.
Please write a little testimony in favor of HB-433, HB-466 and opposed to HB-450 Send it to the Chairs: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, 617-722-1673 Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov and Representative Alice Peisch 617-722-2070 Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov. Be sure to include your name and address and request that your testimony be shared with entire committee.
At the hearings, I met a number of wonderful pro-life people I hadn't known. You are the best!
The Boston Globe online came through with typical flying colors this morning where it announces that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty in the death of three "fetuses that prosecutors said were alive when they were removed."
We were upset when the media did not cover the trial. Now we get this deceptive coverage.
We are very fortunate that The National Right to Life News, LifeNews, American Thinker, etc covered the trial and the basic points of law and logic.
I want to share with you two of the best pieces I have found. They are from National Review Online, where the editors coined that phrase "clinics operating under the Gosnell model" - a phrase which, unfortunately, we will be using a lot in the future. The other is by Bill Saunders whom you will remember from our 2011 Convention.
These articles are a great way to start your day!
Monday, May 13, 2013
At the Walk to Aid Mothers and Children, June took pictures of those at the Memorial to the Unborn who did not have their own cameras.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thanks to all of you who took part in Rose Drives for Mother's Day. You have made such a difference in what we can accomplish to protect life!
If there was not a Rose Drive at your church, please contact Janet Callahan about arranging one. Call 617-242-4199 or email Janet firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Janet always says, "Rose Drives save lives!"
Bless you for all you do!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Cardinal O'Malley has issued a strong statement pointing out that Catholic institutions are not supposed to honor people whose public views oppose Church teaching. He announced that he would not be attending the BC Graduation in which the Archbishop of Boston traditionally participates. http://www.pilotcatholicnews.com/article.asp?ID=16007
The Cardinal deserves a show of support. Please call 617-782-2544, 617-254-0100, or e-mail ArchbishopSean@rcab.org
In case you need the other numbers to call urging withdrawal of the invitation:
Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., Provincial Superior, New England Province of the Society of Jesus, tel. 617-607-2800, or e-mail email@example.com
This really has people's Irish up!
Friday, May 10, 2013
According to news reports today, Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive in his house for more than a decade, could face the death penalty if it's determined he is responsible for the deaths of the victims' unborn children, prosecutors said Thursday.
His Eminence, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, tel. 617-782-2544, 617-254-0100, or e-mail ArchbishopSean@RCAB.org
DPS has passed in Vermont! The final vote in the Senate came because an outspoken opponent of DPS flipped. So the Senate originally passed a bill that didn't change the ways things are now. Then the House passed Oregon-style language. Our hope was that the Senate would hold out so the two bills would have to go to Conference Committee to be reconciled - which held great hope. Vote on Tuesday was ok. On Wednesday, language was added and passed which makes the Vermont language worse than Oregon. It is expected that the House will accept this language, which means there will be no conference committee.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Katie, whose daughter, Julia, is the Walk Baby, and I were just discussing the inherent dignity of each individual. Obviously there are those who don't yet see that. We need to be aware of what is really going on behind the doors of abortion mills. It is another way to convince people of the horrors of all abortions.
Testimony concerning "sex ed" bills will be heard by the Education Joint Committee next Tuesday, May 14th at 10:00 am in Room A-1 at the State House.
Your presence and testimony will be very powerful. As the 14th gets closer, if you find you cannot get there in person, you may submit written testimony to the Chairs: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, 617-722-1673 Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov and Representative Alice Peisch, 617-722-2070 Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov. Be sure to include your name and address and request that your testimony be shared with entire committee.
The government will take over all aspects of education, particularly those having to do with morality unless we stop them!
As Linda Thayer says, "Parents do not send their children to school to learn how to get secret abortions."
We support: HB 333, HB 466, HB 431, HB 440, and HB 452 (only this will be heard on May 30th). These are basically bills which ensure parent's rights.
We oppose: HB 421, SB 202, HB 366, HB 450, SB 209, HB 522, and HB 2092 These bills are of the Health Curriculum Guidelines type that we have been fighting for years.
Please list all these bills, then go to: http://masscitizensforlife.org/get-informed/legislation/2013-2014-legislative-agenda/ and pick a couple to say a bit more about.
We learned last June, when the legislature was considering a bill that would have forced doctors to tell patients about doctor prescribed suicide, that citizens have a lot of clout. Please use yours!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
By Dave Andrusko, May 3, 2013
The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men have finished their deliberations for the week in the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. They will return on Monday, but not before having apparently moved on from considering charges against Gosnell's co-defendant (according to multiple news sources including the Philadelphia Inquirer and CNN) and on to the 72-year-old abortionist charged with five counts of murder.
Eileen O'Neill, 56, is charged with six counts of theft by deception (she is accused of posing as a licensed doctor) that form the basis of racketeering and conspiracy counts for her alleged role in a "corrupt organization." The jury, CNN reported
"asked to be given the written definition of RICO charges, and a property receipt for the medications removed from the clinic and put into evidence. RICO charges extend from the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
"After consulting with attorneys, Judge Jeffrey Minehart answered the jury in the deliberation room. Gosnell and his co-defendant, Eileen O'Neill, 56, were not in the courtroom."
However the most important request of the day was clearly for records compiled the day Gosnell's abortion clinic was raided, February 18, 2010. According to the Inquirer's Joseph A. Slobodzian, they asked for the police property receipt for all medicines and drugs removed from the Women's Medical Society. Why is that significant?
It is of critical importance in the context of another request—"identifying details to help them differentiate the four babies – known thus far as babies A, C, D and E – allegedly killed by Gosnell or his staff after they were born live during illegal late-term abortions."
Jack McMahon, Gosnell's flamboyant defense attorney, has stated flatly that no babies were born alive—that every movement, twitch, even scream witnesses testified to were simply "reflexes." They weren't born alive, McMahon argued, because Gosnell administered the drug Digoxin that would have killed the babies in utero.
But (a) police found no evidence of Digoxin when they searched the abortion clinic, and (b) according to prosecutors, "Gosnell had stopped using the drug to save money," Slobodzian explained. "Instead, prosecutors allege, Gosnell gave patients heavy doses of the labor-inducing drug Cytotec so they would spontaneously abort. If the fetus was alive, Gosnell allegedly would then cut the spine to kill it."
CNN summarized the bundle of charges lodged against Gosnell who, prosecutors say, made millions off of illegal late-term abortions:
"The [four] babies Gosnell is accused of killing include one that a former employee testified whined after it was expelled from its mother; one that a former employee testified was a large baby boy that breathed before having its neck snipped and was placed into a plastic box the size of a shoebox; one whose neck was snipped after an employee played with the baby; and one that was delivered into a toilet and appeared to be swimming before being scooped up and having its neck snipped."
In addition, "Gosnell also is charged with conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses. He and O'Neill have pleaded not guilty."
Gosnell also stands accused of one count of third degree murder in the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, who was 41. Prosecutors say Gosnell's untrained, unlicensed assistants administered an overdose of Demerol, a powerful painkiller.
Last week, without explanation, Judge Minehart threw out three of the seven first-degree murder counts, one count of infanticide, and all five abuse-of-corpse charges which were about the fetal body parts authorities found when they raided Gosnell's abortion clinic, ironically not because of abortion but because they believed he was running an illegal "pill mill."
In his testimony, Philadelphia Chief Medical Examiner Sam Gulino told the jury about an "unprecedented" task. According to the Slobodzian, that task was "Examining bag after bag of frozen fetuses removed from Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic." Without guidance what to do, Gulino said
"he finally began opening the red and blue plastic bags that were crammed into Gosnell's freezer and found the remains of 47 aborted fetuses ranging in age from 12 weeks – the end of the first trimester – to late second trimester and beyond the 24-week ceiling under Pennsylvania's abortion law.
"Some were stored in makeshift containers such as a cut-down plastic distilled water jug or juice container. Other remains, body parts, were stored in cat and dog food containers."
We received this note from Fr. Frank Pavone at Priests for Life:
I informed you recently of the FOX News Channel documentary "See No Evil – The Kermit Gosnell Murders."
Please note that the date on that has now been moved up to this Friday, May 3, at 9pm.
Thank you for anything you can do to spread the word about the documentary and the new date for it. The more people who watch this, the more the true face of abortion is exposed, and the stronger our case that when secular media cover these topics, people respond!
The Facebook event that we have set up for this documentary is Facebook.com/events/564620810244408/.
So few people know about Gosnell. The more they know and are horrified, the more they will turn against "safe and legal" abortion. Please spread the word.
Welcome to the beautiful month of May! Rose drives to benefit the educational efforts of Massachusetts Citizens for Life are taking place across the state in May and June. We want to thank all of those volunteers who are coordinating the drives or helping out in any way!
You see, the rose drive has always been a major fundraiser for MCFL but is becoming even more essential in these tough economic times because it can help make up the shortfall as individuals may not be able to be as generous at the moment as they once were.
There are still about 500 Catholic Churches and hundreds more non-Catholic Christian Churches and other religious institutions not yet covered for May and June. If you attend one of these Churches and can help us in any way with this easy but highly effective fundraiser, or just want more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-242-4199 ext. 230. Possibilities include Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, or any Sunday between now and the end of October, Respect Life Month.
Yours for Life,
Director of Special Projects