Friday, July 31, 2015

"Fetus may come out intact..." and some good news!

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This video, #4, contains some of the same grisly footage from #3, but CMP keeps moving things along.  Planned Parenthood officials are now talking about babies who are born alive and, at one point, the technician announces, "Another a boy!"
Some good news!  We finished the Summer Academy last night.  Our speakers, Linda Thayer, Cori Connor Morse, Joan Bailey, Henry Luthin, Katie Elrod, and Matt Hanafin were truly top-notch.  I learned something from each one.  The students shared what they had found very valuable.  Each one had something different from a speaker or as a general theme.  Haley and Tim both spoke about their gratitude to be able to work with other like-minded students.  We sometimes forget what it is like out there!

One night the students testified about legislation before a "legislative committee".  One of the committee members asked Peter about doing something with an elderly person.  Peter shot right back, "You can't do that,  He's a person"  God is good!  Anne
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Healey statement: "Planned Parenthood 'fully compliant' with the law"

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Attorney General, Maura Healey has followed up on the questions raised by State Rep, Jim Lyons, about Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and any involvement in the baby body parts trafficking that is taking place at PP's around the country.   Healey issued a statement saying that PPLM is not involved with furnishing baby parts.  I would have felt more comfortable with her report if she had not used the opportunity as AG to voice strong support for the organization. "I will fight to support Planned Parenthood and preserve the essential health services that they provide to so many women.  I urge everyone who cares about these issues to do the same."  It is encouraging, however, that her office heeded the call to investigate and we thank her for that.  Anne

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PP: judge blocks pro-life group from airing...footage

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One of those shocking headlines like so many where we are not surprised when we get clobbered.  This is the first coverage I have seen, so I am not sure but it seems to me that the group who went to court is Stem Express and that the judge has blocked only footage which features their employees.  Let's hope we'll get next Tuesday's installment from Center for Medical Progress on time.  As Laurie likes to say, "breaking..."  Anne

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Academy Surprise!

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The Summer Academy is going so well!  Last Friday we had 6 students registered.  By opening night on Monday, 13 students attended.  Last night there were 19 students!  They are so enthusiastic about life - it is wonderful!
Linda, Thayer, Cori Connor-Morse, and Joan Baily from Friends of the Unborn have presented (in that order).  I hope the youngsters realize how very, very lucky they are.  I wish we could have everyone hear these amazing ladies.  It was hot on Monday night, so Fr Michael, Pastor of St Joseph, Needham, moved us to a cool location.
We still have coming up Henry Luthin, Katie Elrod, and Matt Hanafin, as well as presentations by the students.
The Summer Academy is always such fun!


"Last Stand"

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We are so proud of Nancy Valco, who spoke at the MCFL Convention in March.  Nancy was just awarded a national People of Life award by Cardinal O'Malley.  She certainly deserves it.  Nancy sends out wonderful information.  "Last Stand " is a must-read!  Congratulations, Nancy!  Anne

Friday, 24 July 2015 
E. Wesley Ely

The first time I saw Jessa, she lay crumpled in the ICU bed, paralyzed, expressionless and unable to speak. A military veteran, she had fought in Desert Storm, but she now was facing a deadlier and more inexorable foe: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's disease.
This disease causes progressive loss of muscle control, and Jessa was unable to speak, eat or breathe on her own. Her only means of communicating was through small facial movements--opening and closing her eyes or mouth, raising her eyebrows.
A dozen people made up her ICU team: three interns, three residents, a pharmacist, a nurse, a respiratory therapist, a social worker, a hospital chaplain and myself--the lead physician, or intensivist.
My intensivist mind, trained to seek solutions, skitters down a patient's problem list in search of answers. And Jessa's list was extensive: she needed a feeding tube, IV fluids, diapers and a special bed to prevent bed sores, antibiotics for a newly contracted pneumonia, intermittent sedation to ease anxiety and narcotics for chronic back pain.
But now, listening to the respirator pumping air into Jessa's lungs and felt her intense cobalt gaze on me, I saw one thing clearly: any concerns about antibiotics or nutrition took second place to a larger question.
"What do we know of Jessa's wishes about staying on a ventilator, now and in the coming weeks and months?" I asked the team when we stepped outside the room to confer.
"Her chart says that she wanted to be placed on a ventilator when she couldn't breathe on her own," said one resident.
"Look how long Stephen Hawking has lived that way," the nurse chimed in.
"I don't think we should look at someone else's life," another resident burst out, clearly frustrated. "She's suffering. I'd never want to live like this. She probably didn't know it would be this way when she requested life support."
I listened, having no strong opinion of my own as yet.
At that moment, Jessa's husband Zach walked into the ICU. We shared our concerns about Jessa's situation and asked him about her wishes.
Calmly, he replied, "Doctors, while it wouldn't necessarily be my choice, Jessa does want life support so that she can have as much time as possible with me and the people around her. She was raised to believe that all life, however frail, is sacred. It might seem paradoxical, but that was a key reason she joined the military--to defend life and freedom."
Later that morning, he shared his own wish: "Just make sure Jessa knows that she's not a burden, and that serving her is our privilege."
This conversation led to others over the next two weeks, and they sparked what I now see as a transformative period in my growth as a physician and in my understanding of patients like Jessa.
The next day, Zach told us more. "Jessa was born in Germany; she's bilingual. We've been married for twenty-seven years. We have no living children--we had several miscarriages. I'm all the family she has."
It had been Jessa's dream to serve as an American soldier. After they married, she enlisted and was deployed to Iraq as a diesel mechanic--one woman among over 1,000 men. "She got caught under a tank once and smashed her head getting out," Zach recounted. "They flew her to an army hospital in Germany, and she recovered and went back. She's tough as nails."
More than twenty years later, he said, she was diagnosed with ALS. "I've learned a ton from her about serving without concern for self," he added. "And now I'm learning even more. The amazing way she adjusts to whatever life throws at her....She's constantly recalibrating my vision of how to make the most of every moment. Like today, she's on that breathing machine, and she just smiled at me with her eyes."
In those few minutes, Zach revealed our silent, nearly motionless patient as a heroic person--someone I admired not only for her technological skills but for her pioneering attitude and resolve. I got an inkling of why she was fiercely holding onto the time she had left.
Still, some team members continued to see her quality of life (or QOL) as unacceptable. More than once, they called it "hellish."
When I told Zach this, he said, "Jessa once said she believes hell to be the absence of hope, just as cold is the absence of heat and darkness the absence of light. Now that you're getting to know her, can you see that she doesn't consider her illness hellish?" He whispered, "She's surrounded by love."
These discussions, as difficult as they were, marked a major shift in my understanding. I began to see how often I impose my own QOL standards onto patients--a fundamental clinical error.
Researching the empirical data, I learned that ALS and other "locked-in" patients often rate their QOL as acceptable despite their physical debility. Their focus shifts to less tangible qualities--transcendence, spirituality and security. Pondering this, I realized more and more clearly how, in this particular situation, it was Jessa's values and perceptions that mattered, not mine.
Our role, I saw, was to dive into the chaos of Jessa's life and offer her care and comfort despite our inability to cure her.
Over the next week, we worked with our palliative-care team to ease Jessa's pain, anxiety and delirium (which receded along with her pneumonia).
Every day, I made a point of remembering bioethicist Edmund Pellegrino's words: "Healing can occur when the patient is dying even when cure is impossible." With this in mind, I asked Zach if Jessa would enjoy being read to, as our team had done with other patients.
"Doc, she loves poems and the Psalms," he said immediately. We began to take turns reading to her every day.
On Jessa's last day with us before she was to leave for a long-term care facility, I chose Edna St. Vincent Millay's Sonnet XXX.
"Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath, nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; yet many a man is making friends with death, even as I speak, for lack of love alone...."
As I read, Jessa's mouth opened wide, in a smile brighter than any we'd yet seen from her.
The medical student across the bed from me began to cry. "From joy and amazement," the student later said.
Seeing Jessa's smile and the student's tears, I felt my mind stop in its tracks. Time stood still.
Jessa had lifted us above the physical realities of our existence and into something mystical. I can't explain it, and I almost don't want to try. Let's just say that she gave us a private treasure, one that I will always savor as a gift I never expected or deserved.
I squeezed Jessa's hands, holding her eyes with mine. Finally she looked away and up to the ceiling, and I stood in thought beside her.
Although my team and I loomed over Jessa as she lay in her bed, I knew that in spirit she soared high above us.

About the author:
E. Wesley Ely is a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and associate director of aging research for the Tennessee Valley VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers. He has authored more than 275 peer-reviewed articles. He and his wife, Kim Ely, a surgical pathologist at Vanderbilt, have three lovely daughters. His reflective writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and elsewhere. "I got into writing as an outgrowth of being raised by a single mom, Diana Ely, who was an English teacher and director of Shakespeare. Without this form of reflective writing, I'd never be able to process the immense gift of being immersed in the lives of countless wonderful patients, each of whom has a unique story and path."


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PP Video - #3 out now!

Olivia is in remission!!!

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You will remember that we prayed for baby Olivia at the Massachusetts March For Life on June 28th.  Olivia, 26 months old, was undergoing intense treatment after being diagnosed with leukemia just one day after her second birthday.  Olivia is our Matt's cousin (as is Walk Baby, Maura).  Matt shared this marvelous news and  I wanted you to know.  Praise the Lord!  Anne
Hello everyone,
I have a great update on my brave, little, cousin Olivia. She is in remission! My cousin, Olivia's mom, informed all of us late last night that "Brave Livy" (the nickname the nurses and doctors gave to her at Boston Children's Hospital) has responded successfully to treatment after 36 days. She had A.L.L. Leukemia, the "preferable" type over others as I am told, and she can now begin the two year treatment process to keep the Leukemia out of her body. She still has a tough road ahead of her as she is still dealing with the side effects of chemo. She is very weak and in a lot of pain, but she is smiling as always. 
I want to thank you all who have kept her in your thoughts and prayers. They have been answered! Praise God! I ask that, if you can, please keep her and her family in your prayers as they begin this two year treatment process. 
Below is a picture of Olivia with one of the many stuffed animals Boston Children's Hospital gives to their patients. They use these stuffed animals to teach the children how they are going to preform procedures and administer medicines so the children are not afraid. This truly is an amazing hospital! 
Here is a link Boston Children's Hospital recently posted to their Facebook page highlighting their music therapy. Little Olivia is the first child shown. This was taped just as her Chemotherapy was beginning - before her hair fell out. We are so grateful to the staff at this amazing hospital who work tirelessly to bring a smile to all of their patients' faces.
Finally, here is the note sent to us from my cousin, Christine (Olivia's mother). 
I can not even explain how amazing it was to hear that sentence! My angel's body responded to the chemo and as of today there is no more cancer in her body!!!! She still has a long road ahead, but this was a HUGE day for her! This is where she should be today. Treatments that go "as planned" are in remission on this day... Then we continue with the 2 year treatment plan to keep the cancer out of her body for good!! 
She is still going to have pain from the chemo, and from her body making new marrow. She is still going to be exhausted, and sick from the chemo... BUT SHE WON!!! 
The next big thing is the results of the Minimal Residual Disease (known as MRDtest which will take about 2 weeks. MRD  is a post-treatment condition associated with cancer, specifically leukemia. The condition refers to small numbers of cancerous cells remaining in the body's tissues, and not being eradicated by treatment. It can occur in patients part way through treatment and also in patients thought to be in remission (meaning that they show no signs of cancer post-treatment). MRD is the most significant cause of relapse in cancer patients following chemotherapy treatment).  We are PRAYING this test comes back negative.
It is late, and I am EXHAUSTED but we have received so much support that I just had to share this with everyone before I go to bed. 
Thank you all again for the thoughts and prayers for Olivia. Our family could not be more grateful. 

Matt Hanafin
Massachusetts Citizens For Life, Inc.
Director of Outreach

Monday, July 27, 2015

Poll on MA D-PS, we are way behind - vote now, please!

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Please vote now and spread the word!  When I voted it was 75% - 25% against us!


Aug 18. Save the date for a great webinar!

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This invitation came for all of us.  These are the people who were so helpful in defeating Q 2.  They have been working in the 20 states where doctor-prescribed suicide bills have been filed this year.  It is coming down to the wire and the wire is here in Massachusetts.  Please mark your calendar and tell your friends.      

Dear Friends,

                You are cordially invited to a 1 ½ hour webinar sponsored by the Patients Rights Action Fund on Tuesday, August 18  from 2:00pm to 3:30pm eastern time (ET).  We encourage you to participate and  promote this webinar widely to colleagues and coalition partners.  

                It has been an historical year where opponents have beaten back attempts to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in numbers of states.   But, our work is not done as Compassion and Choices will continue this assault into 2016.  It is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to protect the vulnerable from this deadly practice.  We look forward to having your participation in the webinar.

Please go to  for your invitation and registration.  Thank you, Anne


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Academy starts next week! Great program!

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The Needham session of the MCFL Summer Academy will be held at St Joseph Middle School, Mon, July 27 - Thur, July 30 from 6:00-8:00pm
Open to all high school students.  Pizza or subs offered at 6:00 pm.
MON,   Pre-Natal Development, Abortion, and How to Present to Your Friends
             Linda Thayer, Science teacher, MCFL Vice-President of Educational Affairs
TUES,  Post Abortion Pain
             Cori, Connor-Morse
             Help We offer
             Joan Bailey, Executive Director, Friends of the Unborn
WED,   Doctor-Prescribed Suicide 
             Henry Luthin, Esquire
             Legislative Process and Pro-life bills
             Anne Fox, MCFL President
             Lobbying and testifying: role-playing
THUR.  How to look at the life issues.  Natural, Ethical, and more effective:  pro-life help for infertility
             Katie Elrod, Educator
             Word-Play, Their ploys, your answers
             Matt Hanafin, MCFL Director of Outreach
             Starting and maintaining you own pro-life group
             Sharing by students
             Commissioning of Ambassadors for Life

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Another insight into pro-ab thinking

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"Crushing" babies in the right places to preserve pre-ordered organs!  None of us were really surprised by the revelations that Planned Parenthood traffics in baby body parts.

One way to stop most of this side business is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Massachusetts bill H 1550.

Ironically, we were testifying on the bill at the exact time news of the video broke.
We noticed the contrast with a few weeks ago when we testified on the Women's Safety Act.  Then the room was filled - filled - with women wearing purple shirts to oppose any regulations on abortion facilities, admitting that they would close down rather than make their places safe.

At the hearing for the Pain-Capable bill no one appeared to oppose the bill.  As Sandra reminded us, the pro-abs learned their lesson when debate on Partial Birth Abortion changed public perception and they are now lying low, knowing what damage Pain-Capable will do to their cause.

It is not too late to send your testimony on H 1550.  Please consider making it a Letter to the Editor, also.
It is very important to remember that we have been given the opportunity to show the humanity of the unborn and the inhumanity of abortion.  A 20-week ban would cut out much of this trafficking because it is the parts of later-term babies which are more desirable.  At this point in the debate, it benefits the babies more, and moves public opinion better, to focus on the babies rather than on Planned Parenthood.
We can frame the question.  For life, Anne

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H-1550:  Sponsors and Wording,
Fact Sheet,

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Planned Parenthood selling body parts of aborted babies - top official admits.

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 "In a video Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr Deborah Nucatola, admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures in order to get salable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
The footage shockingly depicts the top medical official at the Planned Parenthood corporation munching on her salad while she discusses the sale of body parts of unborn children victimized by abortions. She brazenly describes how the heads of unborn babies killed in abortions command top dollar"  Steve Ertelt at LifeNews..

Thanks, Steve, for this blockbusting news!

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Press release: MCFL calls for congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood

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for immediate release                                          contact: Anne Fox, 617-242-4199

Charlestown:  Massachusetts Citizens for Life calls for immediate cessation of all federal funds going to Planned Parenthood until Congress has investigated the organization's sale of body parts.  A video just released shows Planned Parenthood National Director of Medical Affairs, Dr Deborah Nucatola, stating that Planned Parenthood abortionists can and will alter late abortion procedures to facilitate the harvesting of intact baby body parts – she specifically mentions hearts, lungs, livers, even intact heads – in order to fill specific pre-orders.

In the video, Nucatola explains, "We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm gonna basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact."

Nucatola states that they perform partial birth abortions, which are illegal.  Federal law also prohibits the sale of body parts of aborted babies. In fact, the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She is aware of Planned Parenthood's liability and outlines steps to cover it up.

According the MCFL President, Anne Fox,  "When we hear about trafficking in body parts in China, we are horrified and want to step in.  It is unconscionable to have it happening in this country.  Planned Parenthood's com-modification of unborn babies, even viable ones, must be abhorrent to all people"

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Testifying tomorrow: bring your lunch

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14, at 1:00 pm  in Room A-2 the Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hear two MCFL bills, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, as well as a very good bill filed by Representative Brad Jones to make an unborn baby the second victim of violence.
As you know, Judiciary hearings are endurance challenges.  It is very important that we attend and testify - to support the sponsors who worked with us on these bills and to let the committee know the facts. 
Since you won't know when you will be called, it is wise to bring a bit of lunch.
Please either attend or email testimony.  Thank you!  Anne

Massachusetts Partial Birth Abortion Ban, H-1441 and H-1538: Sponsors and Wording,
 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H-1550:  Sponsors and Wording,

Also, Representative Brad Jones has filed a very good fetal homicide bill, currently 29 states have full protection for the baby and 8 have partial protection.  Again, we are so far behind the curve in this state!  An act relative to fetal homicide, H-1392 which makes the unborn child the second victim of a violent crime against the mother with penalties the same as if the injury or death had happened to the mother.  Text of Bill,  
Currently 29 states have full protection for the baby and 8 have partial protection.  Again, we are so far behind the curve in this state!
If you find you cannot attend hearings, please email your testimony to Committee Chairs.  You may put your support for all three bills in one email and it is fine to be brief.  You may send your email any time this week.
Senator Brownsberger:
Representative Fernandes:

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

College students: well-paying weekend opportunities

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We are beginning a weekend project in various locations across the state.  We have a grant so we pay well.  We are starting ASAP and will be able to take new people along the way.  If you are a pro-life college student, please respond to this email.  I am looking forward to working with you!

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More helpful videos to fight doctor-prescribed suicide

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Not only CA but this week also NY has put an end to doctor-prescribed suicide bills.  Folks, that leaves only us and Washington DC out of the twenty places bills were filed.  The people who make these videos for Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF) are the same wonderful folks who made our commercials that defeated Question 2.  This is our time to prepare and to educate others.
The Patients Rights Action Fund has released two more videos in their series that they hope you will find helpful  They say please to use, share, and embed as you see fit.
Bill asked for assisted suicide but changed his mind, and all it took was a scooter.
JJ - Man of Steel:
JJ's family moto is "You can't hurt steel." When he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggresive form of brain cancer, he fights for his wife, his son, and his life.
Note: In less than 24 hrs., between Facebook and Youtube, there have been more than 50,000 views on the Man of Steel video.  JJ's story is compelling!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hearings next Tuesday on Partial Birth Abortion Ban and Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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You are right that hearings are usually earlier in the year than this.  A combination of snow and some reorganizing pushed everything later.  We now expect the Doctor Prescribed Suicide Bill in the Fall.
As you know, a  hearing of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary is an endurance challenge.  It is very important that we attend and testify - to support the sponsors who worked with us on these bills and to let the committee know the facts.
Massachusetts Partial Birth Abortion Ban, H-1441 and H-1538: Sponsors and Wording,

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H-1550:  Sponsors and Wording,

Also, Representative Brad Jones has filed a very good fetal homicide bill, currently 29 states have full protection for the baby and 8 have partial protection.  Again, we are so far behind the curve in this state!An act relative to fetal homicide, H-1392 which makes the unborn child the second victim of a violent crime against the mother with penalties the same as if the injury or death had happened to the mother.  Text of Bill,   
Currently 29 states have full protection for the baby and 8 have partial protection.  Again, we are so far behind the curve in this state!
If you find you cannot attend hearings, please email your testimony to Committee Chairs.  You may put your support for all three bills in one email and it is fine to be brief.
Senator Brownsberger:
Representative Fernandes:
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WONDERFUL NEWS FROM CA! See how The Globe covered.

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This is the latest from California.  Our people out there have been working tirelessly for a dozen years!  This will help us tremendously.  If doctor-prescribed suicide had passed in CA, it would have had a huge impact on our legislature, where we expect hearings in the fall.

"Good news California's Physician Assisted Suicide bill (SB 128) was withdrawn by its two primary sponsors this morning. Had it gone to the Assembly Health Committee it would have been defeated. The primary reason for the defeat was the Hispanic-American Caucus opposed the bill. For second time the bill was on the agenda of the Health Committee we experienced a large (300-400) turnout of Hispanic-Americans many of whom took off an uncompensated day of work to travel to Sacramento from as far away as Orange & Los Angeles Counties. The Assembly staff members I met with prior to the hearing told me that they had received a very large number of calls often in Spanish from their constituents opposing the bill. All of this was very helpful in supporting the Assembly members in their brave stand in defying their party leadership to oppose SB 128".

You will enjoy The Globe coverage.  They cannot face the fact that d-ps is dead in this session - note "stalled", "roadblock"  Of course, that is how they see it - this is just a temporary set-back in their death juggernaut.

Speaking of The Globe.  There is a peculiar letter in response to their coverage the March for Life.  it gives us another chance to say great things about the march and the movement.  Please write a letter to The Globe right now!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

John Cronin, RIP

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We received this note from Bill Cotter at Operation Rescue.  I must add that John was a former member of the Board of Mass. Citizens whose good cheer and enthusiasm for life and pro-life were always such a pleasure.  We'll certainly miss him!  Anne

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John Cronin, a pro-life soldier for many years, one of Operation Rescue's mainstays, died on the 4th of July. He had been in rehab following a heart attack several weeks ago.

WAKE: Thursday, July 9: 3:00-8:00 PM 
John Breen Funeral Home  
35 Merrimack Street 
North Andover, MA 

FUNERAL MASS: Friday, July 10: 10:00 AM 
Saint Michael's Church
196 Main Street 
North Andover, MA