Thursday, December 31, 2015

Where would we be without MCFL?

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Dear Pro-Life Friend,
What would the past year have been like without the educational efforts of Massachusetts Citizens for Life?
Ten thousand young people would not have heard the pro-life message; there would have been no D C Caucus;  no Conventionno educational meetings around the state about the doctor-prescribed suicide legislation, no billboards by the State Houise - just to name a few things.
The death lobby has, literally, billions of dollars, from the half billion in tax monies that go to Planned Parenthood to the fortune that George Soros is pouring into legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide.  We have you, our donors.  That is why I am so excited about this opportunity to make your donation go twice as far!
Please double your donation right now: We have only until Thursday at  midnight!
Thank you for your consideration at this important time!

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The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129
United States

You make the difference!

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We are in a life and death battle!  We must win.  I am counting on your gift to match our year-end educational effort. 

In these final two days of 2015 we must raise $5,000 in order to earn matching funds.  Your gift will make the difference. Your gift today will help to save a life.

Over the next two days, please contribute to the life-saving educational work of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life Charitable Trust and receive a tax deduction for 2015.  Please click on 

You may also send a check to MCFL CHT, 529 Main Street, 1M9, Charlestown, MA 02129.  Please mark Matching Funds on the memo line.

Contributing any time until  midnight Thursday night will not only help us save more precious babies and save many women from a lifetime of regret, but it will be fully tax-deductible for you when you file your taxes for 2015.

Any amount will be doubled and will move us toward our goal!  Thank you for acting on your passion to protect life at all stages!

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The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129
United States

Christmas wishes

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We are so lucky to have Linda Thayer who has put together this beautiful Christmas meditation which I want to share it with you.  It comes with best wishes for you and yours from the MCFL Board and Staff. 

Blessings, Anne

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The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129
United States

We need $990 in the next 7 hours!


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Thank you very, very much to those of you who have donated thus far. 
Your gift will be doubled.
If you have not yet donated, please know that we need just $990 to make the $5,000 goal.  
Donors are making my New Year's Eve very Happy.  Please join them!

Thank you in advance for whatever you can do.



Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129
United States


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 Dear Friends,

We have until midnight tonight , New Year's Eve, to raise funds that will be doubled by a kind friend!
Right now we are only a third of the way to our goal of $5,000 so we really need your help today!
God bless you!

This is especially for the matching funds

Or mail a check marked "matching funds" to us at The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, 1M9, Charlestown, MA 02129

Thank you!


Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129
United States

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

An early Christmas present: 53 abortion clinics

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This is amazing news: 81% of abortion clinics open in 1991 have closed.  See the maps and reasons:
What a way to end the year!

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The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129
United States

Heartwarming, Heartbreaking, and a well-deserved Shout Out.

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A four-year-old asks Santa to pray for a sick baby whom he doesn't even know:  
Prayers needed: Baby of mother who refused cancer treatment dies at eight days:
And a shout out to Brian Camenker, founder of Mass Resistance, who has been named the "#1 top pro-family hero in America for 2015" in a list released last week by Dr. Scott Lively's Abiding Truth Ministries organization. "We looked especially for leaders who showed courage under fire or whose words and actions gave special encouragement to our movement," said Dr. Lively in his announcement.
All the best,

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Boston Massachusetts 02129
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Sex ed abortion bill: vote this week, call now!

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Linda Thayer, MCFL Vice-President of Educational Affairs reports that H-448 is now Senate Bill S- 2013 – An Act Relative to Healthy Youth most likely will be voted on by the entire legislature as early as Thursday, Nov. 12th!
The bill has a new number but the same old problems (see below), especially teaching children how to get secret abortions.
This is what each of us needs to do:  we must call our own senator and representative right now urging them to vote against S - 2013.
You will find the phone number for your senator at and your representative at
If you do not know the names of your legislators, you may look them up here.
Please let your legislators know your concerns about this dangerous bill!  Anne

What does the bill propose to do?
  • This bill makes the MA Health Curriculum Frameworks normative for sexuality education throughout the Commonwealth
  • The Health Curriculum Frameworks would teach young people how to get an abortion, and contraceptives without parental knowledge
  • They give tacit approval to teenage sexual activity and abortion regardless of what parents may wish to teach their children
  • They do not respect the Freedom of Religion, by which parents would pass on their values to their children
  • Passage of this bill would make "comprehensive sex education" a one-size-fits-all for all children regardless of individual maturity and readiness
  • A public policy of "comprehensive sex education" has failed our young people over the last few decades (26% of teen girls in America have an STD, this includes 48% of black teenage girls; Massachusetts has the 11th highest teen abortion rate in the nation)
  • This bill would have the Commonwealth determine how many parents have opted their child out of sexed – without determining how many school districts have notified parents of the radical nature of the Frameworks objectives.   Therefore the number of opt-outs is likely to be small, and may be used as a justification for eliminating parents' right to opt-out.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DPS poll, vote NOW

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Good old New Boston Post!  They are featuring end of life issues in November and will be featuring beginning of life issues in January.  Tina McCormack has an excellent article on doctor-prescribed suicide followed by a poll.   We are doing very well in the poll.  It should give us a really good result to cite in Letters to the Editor, etc.  You'll like the article and be sure to vote.


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Globe abortion article needs answers

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

God bless all the people who participated in 40 Days for Life!

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They say, "Work as if it is all up to you.  Pray as if it is all up to God"  We are blessed to have 40 Days as such an important part of the pro-life effort.
There were three babies saved in Worcester during the campaign and 517 in the entire country.  You know, that is also 517 mothers, 517 fathers, etc saved now and countless generations descended from those children.
Congratulations to all the people involved in 40 Days, particularly the coordinators:  Attleboro: Ron Larose, Boston: Rita Russo, Haverhill: Debbie Papalia, Lynn: Cori Connor-Morse, Springfield: Tim Biggins, and Worcester: Pauline Morris!
We are so proud of you and all your pray-ers!  Anne
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Do you know anyone who lives in Brockton, E Bridgewater, Easton, Whitman, Hanson, Hanover, Halifax, Plympton?

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On Tuesday, there is a special State Senate race in those towns.  There are two State Reps running for the seat. Geoff Diehl  is a great friend of life.  The MCFL PAC has endorsed him.  They have made many hundreds of phone calls to pro-lifers in the district.  The PAC distributed more than 2,000 cards showing the difference between the candidates and urging people to vote pro-life.
The PAC has asked me to remind you about the election.  They urge you to contact at least one person you know who lives in the district and remind that person to vote for Geoff Diehl for State Senate on Tuesday, Nov 3rd!
This is important!  Thank you,
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Friday, October 30, 2015

China modifies one-child policy - rejoice with All Girls Allowed!

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Chai Ling, who received an award at our Banquet recently, has expressed the way we all feel about the change in Chinese policy. 
Let's hope the government will remove all restrictions on families!  Anne
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October 29th, 2015 started as a rainy, cloudy, and cold day in Boston, MA. But that is far from how the day will forever be remembered.
Among a team who has been keeping watchful eyes over China's brutal One-Child Policy, the news headlines carried by the media sent bursts of excitement through smartphones, emails, and Facebook: "What?! This is happening? Yes, yes, yes!" "Have you heard this news?" "I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the news!" "It is like a dream come true." "I thought I would never see this headline in my lifetime." "Thank you God, you did it! You did it!" "Today, the history of our nation has turned a new page!"
The above statements were the collective reactions from the staff members, friends, Board members, supporters, donors, and prayer warriors of All Girls Allowed -- In Jesus' Name, Simply Love Her -- following China's announcement on Thursday morning to officially end its 35-year-old One-Child Policy, allowing all couples to have two children.
The news emerged from the Fifth Plenum of the Central Committee held in Beijing this week. Various sources claim that China's escalating demographic crisis and the desire to rebrand its human rights record were the driving force behind this decision. However, at All Girls Allowed, we see a bigger force at work. A month ago, when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited America, we released a statement with the following remarks:
"May this trip mark the time when President Xi Jinping takes courage to declare the end of the One-Child Policy and to replace it with an All Children Allowed Policy or All Girls Allowed Policy, in honor of God, of men, and of our shared country China!"
We see that God, in His sovereign timing in the year of Jubilee, has answered our prayers mightily and swiftly! The rest are coming! Yet on this day, our minds are overcome with memories and emotions of the people affected by this policy in the past 35 years: the 400+ million babies who were aborted under force or coercion; the millions of mothers like Feng Jianmei who cried helplessly to protect and save their unborn children; women who suffered forced sterilizations and families who faced staggering fines, torn-down homes, and  loss of jobs for exceeding their birth limits; the 13 million "over-quota" children who are unable to attend school, travel between cities, and receive medical care; the 37 million missing girls; and all the victims of female infanticide, child abandonment, child trafficking, and other forms of gendercide resulting from China's traditional male preference. All these sufferings, and more! But now, these sufferings have an ending! God promised that He "will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
So today, All Girls Allowed commends the Chinese leadership for taking this courageous step to publicly abolish a policy that has caused so much physical, emotional, and spiritual damage to the families in the nation. We encourage them to move to an All Children Allowed or All Girls Allowed Policy swiftly. We celebrate this exciting milestone with our supporters, the people of China, and women and men across the world. We give God all the glory and praise for this important victory in our battle to restore life, value, and dignity to Chinese mothers and daughters!
When All Girls Allowed was founded in 2010, we intentionally made one of our missions to be "revealing the injustice of China's One-Child Policy", for we believe the credit and glory for ending  it can only go to God. In the past 5 years, God invited us to be on the front row seats as we witnessed how He answered our unceasing prayers and led us step by step on this triumphant journey to transform a great nation, from rescuing a dying abandoned infant on the roadside to reuniting a trafficked toddler "Little Bean" with her family; from rescuing a pregnant mother Nie Lina from forced abortion to lifting her out of "black jail"; from bringing a lady out of coma on a One-Child Policy anniversary to the changing of Popes; from enabling our hero Chen Guangcheng's miraculous escape from China to the ending of the brutal late-term forced abortions in 2012; from uniting the U.S. Congress through speaker Boehner in commemorating the 25th Tiananmen Massacre anniversary to passing the "Girls Count Act" led by Senator Rubio and Congressman Chris Smith; from shining a light to end sexual violence on all fronts to sending missionaries into China to teach millions of believers when life begins......
Today is another day the Lord has done a great and mighty thing. Today is the day we watched God part China's red sea -- the One-Child Policy -- an act few ever thought was possible! The Lord answered our prayers in this year of Jubilee, the year of freedom and celebration! God is bigger than any government. Today we also honor our "Wilberforce" hero Congressman Chris Smith who has been fighting against China's One-Child Policy and forced abortions since the very beginning of its enforcement. God will honor and remember all the kind and tireless work he has done, and is still doing, to help the people of China. 
Today we take comfort that those 400 million babies are with God. God will continue to comfort His people and will settle families in a good land. We have an even greater task ahead to get to the promised land of a free and peaceful China. But today is a day that will enter China's and the world's history! Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
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October is Down Syndrome Month

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I must apologize!  All during October, I have been planning to send out an email about Down Syndrome Month.  There have been so many fires and I do regularly send out nice stories about people who have Down Syndrome...  National Right to Life News saved the day with these two marvelous articles, one with a delightful Boston twist.
Enjoy the little ones tomorrow!  Anne
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

We are still way behind in Springfield DPS poll!

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We have come from practically nothing but we are still 10 points behind.  this is an MA poll so you know they'll use it if we finish behind.
Please vote NOW!  Poll part way down next to article on the right
Thanks, guys!
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sen Ted Kennedy, Jr. opposes DPS!

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The Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide has sent every member of the Massachusetts the article below stating CT State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr's opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide.  They will receive it tomorrow, Monday.  It should be influential with the legislators and raise the buzz before the hearings on Tuesday.
We want to be sure every legislator is aware of the statement and we want them to know their constituents are aware and concerned
This is what each of us needs to do:  we must call our own senator and representative tomorrow.  The message is that the legislator has received the article about Sen Kennedy's opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide.  You are calling to encourage him/her to read the article as soon as possible.
You will find the phone numbers for your senator at and your representative at
If you do not know the names of your legislators, you may look them up here.
We think this statement is so important that we want to be sure people are talking about it at the State House.  Your call will make that happen!  Anne

Why Does CT State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. Oppose
Doctor-Prescribed Suicide?
The statement from CT Senator Ted Kennedy is from an interview with Steven M. Mazzacane that was published on August 3, 2014 in Business News. 
"[The end of life] is a very intimate and very personal time in someone's life," [Kennedy] explains. "I don't think the government should have any role in interfering in that process. I've had this position for a long time; I think people with disabilities feel their lives are already devalued by society.
"When I was told I was going to lose my leg, the first thought I had was that I would rather be dead…I don't think we should let those type of ideas infiltrate what should be a medical decision.
"Secondly, if you are terminally ill and have made those wishes to your doctor saying 'I don't want to be kept alive, I'm in pain and I want to go,' right now, that's what happens. It's not like people are being artificially kept alive against their own will.
"My wife is a psychiatrist, she spends her life trying to prevent people from killing themselves, and now we are going to say 'it's okay, you can do that.' I just don't see it."
Kennedy states that he wants to increase services, such as visiting nurse care, so that people don't feel as if they are at that point.   
Ted Kennedy, Jr. is a healthcare attorney, business entrepreneur, and lifelong advocate for people with disabilities. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Ted has lived in Branford for more than 15 years with his wife, Katherine "Kiki" Kennedy, M.D., an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and an environmental activist. They have two children, Kiley and Teddy.
In early 2014, Ted joined the national law firm of Epstein Becker & Green as a partner in its Health Care and Life Sciences practice. He advises clients on the critical legal and reimbursement policy issues related to the changes posed by healthcare reform. He provides counsel to healthcare providers, commercial insurers, and life science companies.
Prior to joining Epstein Becker & Green, Ted co-founded the Marwood Group, a leading healthcare-focused strategic advisory and financial services firm. For the last 12 years, he served as its president. Under Ted's direction, the Marwood Group grew to become one of the leading healthcare advisory firms in the country, with more than 100 professionals and offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. Many of the nation's foremost healthcare companies and trade associations have looked to the Marwood Group's policy
For a printable copy of the article, click here: Kennedy on DPS.pdfKennedy on DPS.pdf

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Firm DPS hearing date and time, next PP Protest date

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It is confirmed that the hearings for H-1991, the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bill will be October 27 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Gardner Auditorium.  H-1991 will be the only bill to have hearings before the Public Health Committee that day.  


The next Planned Parenthood protest date has just been announced with ho further details yet.  It is Saturday, October 10.


Additional 40 Days info,

Kick-off Event at Haverhill Clinic, 288 Groveland Street.
Wed., Sept. 23, 8am

The 40 Days for Life Haverhill Fall Campaign is in memory of a prolife prayer warrior - John Cronin - who spent hundreds of hours praying at the Haverhill clinic.  Kick-off event will be followed by a 9am Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 110 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill.  John Cronin's widow, Connie, will be present at the event.

We're also starting a new initiative -- The Prayer Partner Hotline will match people with a prayer partner so they can pray with another person at the clinic. Email us to become a prayer partner and help others feel comfortable praying at a clinic.


Doctor Prescribed Suicide Informational Public Meetings

     Sept 23, Chicopee Public Library, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

     Sept 24, Westfield Athenaeum, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

     Sept 28, Walpole Public Library, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

     Sept 29, Danvers Public Library, 7:00 pm 0 8:00 pm

     Sept 30, VFW Hall, Leominster, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Oct 4,  Mass for Pro-life Month, St Jerome, Weymouth, 10:30 am


Oct 4, North Adams Life Chain, noon - 1:00 pm


Oct 14, Celebration of Life Day at the State House featuring PRC's, Great Hall 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Oct 17, Death With Real Dignity Seminar, 9:00 - noon, Assumption College


Oct 18, Eleanor McCullen at St Catherine's, 3:00 pm, St Catherine, Norwood.


Oct 22, MCFL Banquet featuring Karen Santorum, with emcee Scott Wahle




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Good news and then there is the way your congressman voted.

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Good News
     Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 3134 to stop, for one year, taxpayer funding going to any Planned Parenthood Federation of America unless it certifies that it will not perform or provide any funding to any clinic that performs abortions.  The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate.  
      The U. S. House also passed HR3504 The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  It is straightforward bill that requires that infants who survive an abortion are entitled to the same standard of care of any child born alive.  The bill should now go to the Senate.

The way your congressman voted

If you ask me how your congressman voted, I won't even have to ask you who your congressman is.  No matter where you live in Massachusetts, your Congressman voted to fund abortions at Planned Parenthood with your tax money and to allow babies who are born alive to be mutilated in the ways we saw and heard in the PP Scandal videos.


When you are in the pocket of the death lobby you don't have to think.


Next Tuesday, the U. S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).  Let's see if it can pass in spite of our senators.  Anne


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Another great letter on DPS!

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We know people all over the country are watching the doctor-prescribed bill here in MA.  This was brought home to me when someone from CT sent this along:

One of your folks - Mark Rollo, MD – recently wrote a letter to the editor in Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise:

Please write to your paper.  We have good tips:

Or, you could take some of the good technical tips from this webpage from Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) and turn their arguments to our advantage by telling the truth.

Please send copies of your letters so we can share them.  Thanks, Anne

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U.S.House votes to curtail PP funds - MA 0-6

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This press release from National Right to Life explains the latest vote to cut most of Planned Parenthood federal funding for a year.  I checked the roll call.  All nine of our Congressmen voted "no" ie, in favor of funding PP.  Anne


WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act," (H.R. 3762), 240-189. Among other things, the bill would block, for one year, most federal payments to affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

In advance of the vote, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, advised House members that the roll call on passage of the bill would be included in NRLC's scorecard of key right-to-life votes, and added, "Our members and affiliates will view the roll calls on H.R. 3762 as votes for or against stripping $400 million from Planned Parenthood."

H.R. 3762 is a special type of legislation called a "reconciliation bill." This means that it cannot be blocked in the Senate by the filibuster, which has been the main obstacle to previous attempts to pass legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Nevertheless, the bill faces formidable obstacles in the Senate.

"Planned Parenthood now commands about one-third of the total abortion 'market'," said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. "For far too long federal taxpayer dollars have been funneled to the nation's abortion giant, and it's time for that to stop. We applaud passage of the reconciliation bill and we urge the U.S. Senate to act quickly."

The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and apply as well to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs. These sources account for roughly 89% of all federal funds that currently flow to Planned Parenthood. Under the bill, the amounts denied to Planned Parenthood are reallocated to community health centers.

Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of abortions – at least one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at Planned Parenthood-affiliated facilities. According to their most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood received at least $528 million annually from the federal government or state and local governments.

Based on data from their own annual report from 2013-2014, nearly one in eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic has an abortion. A background memo from National Right to Life is available here: 


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Message from MA Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortion

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Dear fellow pro-life advocate:
Regarding the petition to stop the public funding of abortion, we now have less than one month to gather the 64,750 signatures before the deadline date of November 18. We have collected a lot of signatures, but not yet nearly enough. So please, if possible, turn your effort up a notch!
More and more churches are getting involved. Some of the results from last week include St. Mary's in Melrose (280 signatures), St. Camillus in Arlington (233 signatures), and St. Mary's in Dedham (277 signatures). Many other churches, both Catholic and Protestant, are scheduled to have signature gathering campaigns in the coming weekend. If you have not already scheduled one at your church, please do so now!
Some Catholic pastors have stated that they wanted to postpone a decision whether to allow signature gathering at their church until they heard from their bishop. Please advise these pastors of the following:
Yesterday I met with attorneys representing the Massachusetts Catholic Conference. They advised me that, in each of the four Massachusetts dioceses, each pastor was free to do as he wished on the matter. (For confirmation of this, pastors can call the Massachusetts Catholic Conference at 617-746-5630.)
Accordingly, please see your pastor ASAP and ask for permission for his parish to get involved in this important pro-life endeavor.
If you need petition sheets, these can be obtained by contacting any of the following:

Rick Holland (Chicopee) 

Joe Godek (Auburn) 

Tom Harvey (Arlington) 

Ann Corkery (Walpole) 

Barry Pierce (Gardner) 

Agatha Bodwell (Sandwich)  

Rob Aufiero (Melrose) 

Kathy Anastos (Mansfield) 

Cathy Carrigan (West Roxbury) 

Sally Healy (Braintree) 

Joe Hamel (Natick) 

Joyce Aucoin (Fitchburg) 
Dan Grayton (Methuen) 

C.J. Gangi (North Andover) 

You can also obtain petition sheets by emailing: or by calling 781-312-8755.
Thank you for whatever assistance you can provide in gathering signatures and advancing the pro-life cause in Massachusetts.
God bless you for your effort.

Tom Harvey
Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortion
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Babies saved so far: 349 - 10 days left to pray with 40 Days!

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Sign up now for location closest to you - you'll be glad you did!  Anne

Contact: Ron Larose
Phone: (508) 736-9813

Contact: Rita Russo
Phone: (781) 762-4391
Contact: Debbie Papalia
Phone: (978) 490-5302

Contact: Cori Connor-Morse & Padre Paul McManus
Phone: (781) 334-0029

Contact: Tim Biggins
Phone: 413-342-0403
E-mail: N/A

Contact: Lee Crowley (508) 887-1064
Pauline: (508) 839-7674
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I am speechless!

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The MCFL Banquet last night was amazing!  I don't know where to start.
Karen Santorum was too ill to come.  We wish her a speedy recovery.  The Santorums have so much respect for the life issues that her husband, Rick, flew in from Houston to address us.
We have had most of the bright lights out there at our events and some of them were wonderful speakers but everyone in attendance agreed that we had never heard a speaker as good as Rick Santorum.  He tells the truth like it is, interjected with a fabulous sense of humor.  One is either about to tear up or is howling with laughter.  Motivational, inspirational, all those things delivered perfectly.  We were so very blessed to have him!
Another person with so much respect for the issue that he volunteered his professional expertise was emcee Scott Wahle.  Scott kept things moving along delightfully and made everyone feel at home.
Matt Hanafin, Bea Martins, their committee, and the whole MCFL Board were involved in presenting the marvelous evening.
We are so blessed!  Anne

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

DPS drug same as execution drug that has been ruled "cruel and unusual punishment" - terrific article!

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When we were speaking at the public meetings on DPS we stated that the drug used in DPS is the same drug that is used in executions.  There has been trouble with side effects and inefficiency during executions and the drugs are very hard to get because the manufacturer does not want to be involved in capitol punishment.   Many executions are on hold because the courts are finding the drugs "cruel and unusual punishment".  This article from U S News and World Report is fabulous and truly opens the door to getting opponents of capitol punishment to oppose DPS!  I love the dark humor in this quote: 
"One issue with optimizing the medications is that drugs used for the purpose of killing are difficult to test for effectiveness."
This brings me back to testifying.  Someone needs to bring up the drugs.   There are many basic points that must be covered.  People have been asking that we share what we plan to cover to be sure that we cover the important points and to be sure that we don't have too much overlap.  Obvious things are stories about people who have out-lived their prognosis, about incorrect diagnoses, the concern that insurance companies will do the cheap thing rather than the right thing, the problems with depression. 
Then there are the myriad of problems with H 1991 itself: the lack of any waiting period,  the way the bill  forces doctors to be culpable, the implication that counseling for depression does not have to be done.   You will see that we have the most extreme bill in the country! 
I'll tell you what I am going to feature in my testimony: the movie, The Martian.  I hosey!  Anne
All the links you need are listed below.  There is information about transportation - please send more as you make plans.  And there is information for you to email written testimony if you can't come
Hearing:  Tuesday, Oct 27, 22015, State House, Rooms A1 and A2, 1:00pm - 5:00 pm  Come before 12:30.  It will be very crowded.  You need to get your stickers and your seat.
At the hearing, you will give the committee copies of your written testimony.  If you are not there, email to Senate Chair, and House Chair  Be sure the "subject" line says you oppose H-1991. 
Bus from Lawrence area: contact Monica:
Car pools from Worcester and West: call Sandra, 508-799-7337

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Latest on 40 Days for Life

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Rita (Boston) and Debbie (Haverhill) both have spectacular news.
And Debbie shares this excerpt from the 40 Days international daily report of Oct 13

Rita says
We have added an extra Candlelight Rosary Vigil on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm.
We will be led in prayer by Most Reverend John A. Dooher, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, Regional Bishop – South. We are absolutely delighted to have the Bishop with us standing up for life.
Bishop Dooher said the Diocesan Respect Life Mass at St. Jerome's October 4th in honor of "Respect Life Month" and has graciously agreed to fit us into his busy schedule.
Mark your calendars.  Please come and bring your friends.  Kindly extend a personal invitation to your priests to come to the vigil and support our Bishop. 

Candlelight Rosary Vigil on
 Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm at
Planned Parenthood
1055 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Our usual Candlelight Rosary Vigils on Friday nights at 7 pm (English) and Saturdaynights at 6 pm (Spanish) will continue through the month of October.

And Debbie shares this excerpt from the 40 Days International Daily Report of Oct 13 by Shawn Carney

"It was great to meet Debbie, the new 40 Days for Life campaign leader in Haverhill. 

"She found herself praying alone on Day 1 ... and she immediately prayed for help with the campaign. Later in the day, that help arrived.

"A woman came out to the vigil and said she had just found out about 40 Days for Life and wanted to help in any way possible. "And wow! Has she backed up her words!" Debbie said. "She has been a huge help and was an answer to my prayer on Day 1!"
"During this campaign, Debbie and her team are paying tribute to a longtime dedicated prayer warrior, John Cronin. John would pray every day at the abortion center in Haverhill during 40 Days for Life. He passed away on July 4 and Debbie wants everyone to make him proud.

"On the days when John felt really ill, he would still go to the vigil and remain in his car to pray. He was that dedicated and never complained. I was fortunate to meet John's wife, who was so inspired to see people coming out in his honor."

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