Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Today at 5:00 and Other Important Dates This Week


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

Door knocking: Paid and Volunteer. Kudos to Springfield-Area Members


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

More State PAC Endorsements for 9/9 Primary


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 Didn't Really Say He Would Kill You at Age 75...


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! 


Something beautiful on the 25th - just heard.

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CLICK HERE for a PDF copy of the flier.

MCFL Gala Banquet, 4 Weeks From Today!


Dear Friends, if you have not yet checked out Ryan Bomberger, you will be amazed.  I think you will join me in wanting to hear him speak at the Banquet.

I know four weeks seems like a long time but last year we were sold out by the last week. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the Banquet!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

40 Days for Life starts today!

40 Days for Life started this morning at 7:00 am.  I know Jackie, who is 79 years old, was there.  40 Days does such a wonderful job!  The prayers outside the clinics are so powerful  We are very lucky to have all these prayer warriors - which brings me to you.  When you go to pray at one of these abortion facilities (no, they are not all clinics), you also benefit personally.
Mass Citizens is so grateful for the work that 40 Days does that we are honoring all the volunteers at the MCFL Banquet on October 23rd.  http://masscitizensforlife.org/2014-banquet-with-ryan-bomberger-bguy-tickets-now/
Please check out the closest 40 Days location and sign up for a few times.  Try it, you'll like it...and, you'll do so much good!  Thanks to all those who are and will be praying.  Anne

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Where is our Abortion Restriction Ballot Question in the Secretary of State Voter Guide?


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.



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

NEW BEDFORD, Wd. 1, pcts D,E,F
WALPOLE, Pcts 1, 2, 6, 7



Thursday, September 18, 2014

States Bribed to Increase Health-Care Rationing, O-care Does Pay for Abortions, Senior Panels


You don't really need to read these articles because you could have written them any time during the last five years.  Yes, it was August of 2009 that we intensified our activity against the proposal that became O-care!  Remember we said, on radio and other media that broke our budget, that O-care would 1) pay for abortions, 2) cause rationing, 3) cause denial of care, and 4) slash conscience rights of medical professionals.

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. 

Thank you! 


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


Violet, http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/11/mother-of-disabled-girl-creates-a-fairytale-inspired-by-her-daughter/

, http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/they-begged-god-for-just-one-day-with-their-newborn-girl.-he-heard-their-pr

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
Beaver Street
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

LaSalette Shrine
947 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Map and Directions

Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Election Results for the State and Pro-Life Rankings for Nov. 4th Election


Thanks to Janet, who stayed up most of the night, and John, who got all the State Senate and State Representative information onto the website, you can see what happened in your district and across the state.  You can see who the State PAC will be supporting in November and why.  Since we are still hearing from candidates, that will be constantly updated. We were fortunate in our losses.  In many cases, the winner also takes a pro-life position.
As you know, Mark Fisher lost the nomination for Governor but his showing will tell Charlie Baker that he needs the pro-life vote in order to beat Martha Coakley.  Marilyn Devaney won the nomination for Governor's Council in the Third District with no further opposition.  Patricia Saint Aubin and David D'Arcangelo won the Republican nominations for Auditor and Secretary of State. D'Arcangelo will challenge pro-life incumbent Secretary of State, Bill Galvin.
Jack Rowe, Chair of the MCFL Federal PAC tells me the PAC is looking at a couple of Congressional races and may have an announcement soon.
To all the people who worked in campaigns and are gearing up for Nov. - thanks for your work! 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joe Reilly, RIP

Dear Friends,
I am sorry to tell you that, last night, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Joe Reilly was called home to his father. Joe was a pro-life warrior even before Roe v Wade when, as Executive Director of the Mass. Catholic Conference, he helped to defeat pro-abortion legislation.  Joe served Mass. Citizens for Life as President, Executive Director, and long-time Board member.  The story of Joe besting Senator Edward Kennedy at a large meeting at the latter's office is a classic still shared among right-to-lifers.
The Board of Directors and the Staff join me in extending our deepest sympathy to Joe's valiant wife and our dear friend, Evelyn, and to his wonderful children and grandchildren.  "Well done, good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
As soon as we know the arrangements, we'll post them on the home page of the MCFL website. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Tomorrow is Primary Day: Information You Need!


This is a very important Primary.  Turnout will be low, so your vote will really make a difference!  Here are some last-minute reminders from the MCFL State PAC. 

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

Baby Lachlan, 7 Weeks, Gets Hearing Aids - Delightful Video


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

Save the Date: October 23, 2014


Massachusetts Citizens For Life is gearing up for its annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA. We are excited to have Ryan Bomberger, a rising star in the pro-life movement, as our keynote speaker this year.

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.

f 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.


Matt Hanafin
Fundraising Banquet Committee Chair