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!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Dear Pro-life Friend,
It's not too late!
As you know from the message I sent on Tuesday Governor Deval Patrick and his cronies have passed a New Buffer Zone Law which they want to use to silence sidewalk counselors and other pro-lifers. Governor Patrick, a former member of Planned Parenthood's board, will do anything to protect the profits of abortion clinics—even trample on our constitutionally protected rights.
He doesn't want pro-lifers to offer our message of hope, help, and love to women in crisis.
Even though the Supreme Court overturned the last Buffer Zone law 9-0, radical pro-abortion activists have passed one that's even worse.
Under the new law, pro-lifers who "impede" people trying to enter an abortion clinic can get 5 years in jail and up to $50,000 in fines. Worse yet, it is abortion clinic workers who will get to determine if pro-lifers are violating the law.
We need to fight back!
In my last message on this subject I asked you for a gift of $10, $20, or $30 to help fund our efforts to fight the New Buffer Zone in the public square, in the legislature, and in the courts. Your help is vital and there is still time to give.
Please, if you have not yet given CLICK HERE to contribute and stand up for the rights of the unborn and pro-lifers.
I know I can count on you.
Thank you for all you do for Life.
ATTENTION: This is an important update on MCFL's efforts to fight the New Buffer Zone. Please read this email to the end.
Dear Pro-Life Friend,
By now I'm sure you've heard the news.
The Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone is back and pro-lifers are again under threat.
Deval Patrick and his cronies want to put your pro-life friends in jail.
Massachusetts' Governor, Attorney General, and Planned Parenthood have conspired against the constitutionally protected rights of the citizens of the Commonwealth. They hastily passed a New Buffer Zone law that would allow them to put pro-life sidewalk counselors in jail for up to 5 years for trying to educate women in crisis.
We can't let them get away with it. I need you to stand with me for the rights of sidewalk counselors and other pro-lifers (CLICK HERE). We need the resources to fight in the public square, in the legislature, and in the courts.
A gift of $10, $20, or $30 from you would make a big difference in this struggle. Please help.
As you know, The Supreme Court overturned by a 9-0 vote the old Buffer Zone, which forced sidewalk counselors and people who wanted to pray and give witness to stand at least 35 feet away, even on public property.
After years of pointing to the controversial Roe v. Wade ruling as the basis of their policy, anti-life activists are refusing to accept a unanimous decision as settled law. As soon as the ruling came down, Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley promised to find a way to circumvent the ruling and get their free-speech restrictions back in force.
Now they've passed a law which will allow them to throw pro-lifers in jail for 5 years and fine them $50,000 for simply trying to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly.
It's up to us to stop them. Together we can do it but you are needed! CLICK HERE to support our efforts.
Under the new law, sidewalk counselors, people praying in front of abortion clinics, or even those simply standing a silent witness so that the victims of abortion are not forgotten are potentially subject to arrest and draconian criminal and civil penalties if they are deemed to be "impeding" access to an abortion clinic.
These are good, compassionate, peaceful people who are there to help women. These are our friends, neighbors, and fellow churchgoers—perhaps you are one of them yourself. I am. Governor Patrick is threatening them, you, all of us, with prison if we don't shut up.
Under the new law, police may move any group accused of impeding clinic access to at least 25 feet away from the entrance, thus preventing them from offering hope, help, and love. Anyone who violates this New Buffer Zone, can be arrested, fined, and/or jailed. For a second offense the penalties become huge and draconian.
Worse yet, determining who is "impeding" access, and what constitutes a new "violation" is largely left up to the abortion clinic's staff.
That's right, the people who perform and live off abortions will be the ones deciding if the people standing up for unborn children and their mothers are breaking the law!
Governor Patrick wants to put a weapon in the hands of abortion clinics. He wants to bully pro-lifers into keeping silent. A former board member of Planned Parenthood, he knows that these actions will lead to more abortions.
Make no mistake, this law poses a real threat to pro-lifers and to the babies and women they are trying to help.
I need you to decide now to support MCFL's efforts to take back our right to stand up for the unborn and their mothers. CLICK HERE to fund our effort. Your gift of $10, $20, $30, or whatever you can afford will go a long way toward helping
Pro-abortion activists know that the work of pro-lifers reduces the number of abortions and hurts the profits of Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills. Governor Patrick, the former board member of Planned Parenthood, will do anything to prevent that.
We need to keep standing up for the rights of the unborn. If we are to do that, we must also stand up for the constitutionally protected rights this New Buffer Zone law is trying to take from us.
Your immediate gift of $10, $20, $30 or whatever you can afford is needed to fund our efforts to fight this terrible law in the courts, in the legislature, and in the public mind (CLICK HERE).
I know I can count on you to stand up for the unborn and for the rights of pro-lifers.
Please, act quickly; we need funds soon to continue our efforts. (CLICK HERE to donate) Working together, we can win this important fight.
Thank you for all you do for Life.
Here is good news with some pertinent points by Wesley Smith at National Review Online!
Also, please note that we can stop holding our breath. Remember, last Jan 14, the awful sex-ed bill, which would have codified Maria Talks and taught children how to get abortions behind their parents' backs, was on the House floor at the State House waiting to be voted on? Your phone calls pushed it back to committee (something I had never heard of before). Your calls kept it there. The session has ended with no further action. You rock!
August 3, 2014 5:26 PM
Haleigh's New Life After State Wanted Her Dead
By Wesley J. Smith
It's been awhile since I have written of Haleigh Poutre. Some may recall that she was an abused child beaten into a sustained unconsciousness by her step father.
Adding near-killing to her injury, within days of being diagnosed, doctors decided she would never get better and the state sought court permission to make sure she died "with dignity" by having her respirator and feeding tube removed.
Happily, just before the deed was to be done, she awakened. From my 2006 NRO article, "Danger Zone:"
Within a week or so of the beating, her doctors had written her off. They apparently told Haleigh's court-appointed guardian, Harry Spence, that she was "virtually brain dead." Even though he had never visited her, Spence quickly went to court seeking permission to remove her respirator and feeding tube.
The court agreed, a decision affirmed recently by the supreme court of Massachusetts. And so, no doubt with the best of intentions, a little girl who had already suffered so much was stripped by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of even the chance to fight to stay alive. If she didn't stop breathing when the respirator was removed, which doctors expected, she would slowly dehydrate to death.
Then came the unexpected: Before "pulling the plug" on Haleigh, Spence finally decided to visit her. He was stunned. Rather than finding a little girl with "not a chance" of recovery, as doctors had described Haleigh's condition to him (as reported by the Boston Globe), Haleigh was conscious. She was able to give Spence a yellow block when asked to by a social worker and respond to other simple requests.
Not only did Haleigh awaken, but she learned to eat on her own and began rehab and school. Now, she has a real, loving family. From the Boston Globe story:
The minister winds up his welcome to some 400 people, and soon lyrics flash karaoke-like on a large screen. A spirited Christian pop song, "Blessed be Your Name," fills the Westfield Evangelical Free Church. In the back row, a young woman, sitting in a wheelchair next to her adoptive parents, lights up.
Though she can't read all the words, she sways to the music and claps her hands, the nails painted pink with white polka dots. She loves cheerful tunes and a crowd, and on this Sunday, she has both. Keith and Becky Arnett could have predicted that Haleigh, 20, would brighten at this part of the service. She entered their lives as a 14-year-old foster child, then known as Haleigh Poutre, who had been at the center of a passionate end-of-life court battle. Her singular story of abuse, compounded by government lapses, drew national media attention. It remains one of the darkest chapters in the state's child-protection system.
The case caused MA to reform its laws. But have the bioethical values that led to this almost killing changed? From what I observe, no. Indeed, they have gotten even worse.
Think about this. Think about it hard: The "quality of life ethic" pushed vociferously in mainstream bioethics–and almost implemented by state bureaucrats–came very close to killing Haleigh by dehydration. It would have happened had it not taken the procedure months to get MA Supreme Court permission.
And now think about this: If euthanasia had been legal, she could have been lethally injected with not enough time to recover. And don't think that will never happen if society swallows the hemlock. Child euthanasia and medicalized killing of children already happens in the Netherlands and Belgium.
It is a very dangerous thing to create a invidious categories of people denigrated by medical technocrats as having lives not worth living–or paying for.
So, the next time a bioethicist argues that we must dehydrate a child or other cognitively disabled person to death in "their best interests," remember Haleigh Poutre. Sometimes doctors are wrong. Sometimes "miracles" do, indeed, happen. If we are to err, it should be on giving life a chance.
Friday, August 1, 2014
I apologize - I don't know how to get rid of the Daily Mail tabloid stuff but I wanted to get the story right to you.