Posted on November 22, 2017 10:00 AM

Mass. Passes New Law That Provides Free Abortifacients

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Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a new law that goes far beyond the provisions of Obamacare to mandate that Mass. employer health insurance plans give free contraceptives to women to including abortion-causing “emergency contraception” pills for the first time.

Despite opposition by both Massachusetts Citizens for Life and other groups, the House and Senate passed the bill by a large margin. While the law will include some exemptions for church and church-run organizations, business owners of conscience will forced to fund these abortifacient drugs through their employee benefits.

 

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Posted on November 22, 2017 10:00 AM

“When Dying (by Doctor-prescribed Suicide) Becomes Unaffordable”

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By Nancy Valko

Although doctor-prescribed suicide is consistently portrayed in major media as just a matter of taking some pills and peacefully going to sleep and die, a November 9, 2017 article titled “When Dying Becomes Unaffordable” in Medscape (a free subscription resource for medical professionals) describes a very different and alarming scenario.

This article by Roxanne Nelson, RN BSN is primarily about outrage over pharmaceutical companies drastically raising the price for secobarbital, the most commonly used sedative drug dosage prescribed for doctor-prescribed suicide, from less than $200 to $3,000 or higher. However, the article also reveals little-known problems with the oral overdoses themselves, the ironic connection with capital punishment, the rise of lethal injections in other countries, and the expected increase in the assisted suicide business.

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Posted on November 21, 2017 10:00 AM

The Pro-Life Movement is Blessed

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has elected Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas as Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Dating back to his days in St. Louis, Archbishop Joseph Naumann has long been a friend to the right-to-life movement. He has been an outspoken pro-life leader in the public square. His election to head the USCCB's pro-life efforts speaks to the importance the bishops place on keeping the life issues at the forefront of our national dialogue. We can be sure that Archbishop Naumann will serve as a tremendous and powerful voice on behalf of the unborn and their mothers, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.

Archbishop Naumann defeated a candidate who espouses the "seamless garment" version of "pro-life".

This is wonderful news!

Photo: Scott Maentz/Flickr. CC-BY-2.0.

Posted on November 20, 2017 10:00 AM

The Buffer Zone Precedent Could Overturn the California PRC Gag

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

In the past month I have had five calls from college students from across the country who are doing papers on the McCullen v Coakley buffer zone Supreme Court decision. Their approach tells a lot about the scholarship of their professors. One of the things they want to know is what impact the decision had. Of course, it caused a new, less onerous law to be passed in Massachusetts. In the short run, some municipalities wanted to pass buffer zone laws in defiance of the decision. In the long run, probably fewer new laws have been passed, but, on the surface, it hasn't had a huge impact. Those wonderful sidewalk counselors get their work done consistently, lovingly, and effectively under all circumstances.

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Posted on November 17, 2017 10:00 AM

Adoption is a Loving Choice

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In honor of National Adoption Month, the MCFL South Shore Chapter hosted the third program in their Speaker Series, "Voices of Life," at Resurrection Church in Hingham.The event was covered by Hingham-based writer Gail Besse Ryberg. Her article will appear in the Hingham Journal.

By Gail Besse Ryberg

One speaker had been an unmarried birthmother who allowed her son to be adopted by a loving couple so he would grow up with a father. One speaker was a woman adopted from Korea as an infant. Another speaker was a widowed father of six children, two of them adopted.

Different voices, different ages and stories – yet all agreed that adoption is a win-win situation. Their recent talk at Resurrection Church in Hingham was sponsored by the Voices for Life Speaker Series celebrating November as National Adoption Month.

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Posted on November 16, 2017 10:00 AM

Finding Adoptive Homes for Foster Care Children

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In celebration of November as National Adoption Month, we’re featuring a series of adoption-related articles on the MCFL blog. 

If the name Dave Thomas sounds familiar, you’re probably old enough to remember him as the founder of the Wendy’s fast food chain who appeared in their commercials in the 80’s and 90’s, until his death in 2002. But he’s also known as an advocate for adopting children from foster care, children just like he was. 

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is driven by this goal: finding a loving family for every child waiting in foster care to get adopted. They are the only national charity dedicated solely to finding permanent homes for the more than 140,000 children in foster care. 

The blessings extend to both the children and their adoptive families, as one adoptive parent said: “Adoption has been an incredible blessing to our family. Our daughter has brought tremendous joy and laughter into our home. You'd only have to meet her once to know how true this is. If I try to imagine our family of seven without her I can only picture a huge chunk of our heart missing.” 

Every child is adoptable.

Posted on November 15, 2017 10:00 AM

The Value of the Adoption Tax Credit

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In celebration of November as National Adoption Month, we'd like to feature a series of adoption-related articles on the MCFL blog. The first will cover the cost of adoption and the financial strain adoptive families face. 

The last few weeks saw a battle to save the adoption tax credit in the Republican tax-reform plan. David French reported, “The credit was initially removed in the House version of the legislation, but an amendment released Thursday from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) retained it.”

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Posted on November 14, 2017 10:00 AM

Pro-Life Women Not Welcome At the Women’s Convention

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Abby Johnson attended the recent Women’s Convention in Detroit, sponsored by Planned Parenthood, among others and came away with several lessons, including the fact pro-aborts are done with apologizing for wanting abortion.

The abortion industry is no longer hiding behind their “family planning” services. They are super proud of the abortions they commit. One woman in a panel, who worked for Planned Parenthood, even said Planned Parenthood should stop saying abortion is “only 3 percent of their services.” She said Planned Parenthood shouldn’t try to hide that the “majority of what they do in the clinics is to provide abortions.”

She also found out that they are very vulgar and obsessed with their private parts, are terrified of pro-life feminists, are ignorant about pregnancy resource centers, and they’re out to take over every elective office available in order to overturn every pro-life law.

Abby describes an event featuring a monolithic, lockstep ideology that brooks no dissent from the abortion doctrine, which makes a wild contrast from nearly every pro-life event, including the March for Life, which feature amazing diversity, not to mention a ubiquitous and ebullient joy. 

This is why the pro-life movement will eventually win, because as my grandmother used to say, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar and our joy will win over their vitriol eventually.

Photo: WXYZ-TV Detroit/YouTube.

Posted on November 13, 2017 8:40 AM

Join the Alliance to Stop Taxpayer-funded Abortions in Massachusetts

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The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

The Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions is conducting a signature campaign to take the initial step to stop publicly funded abortions in Massachusetts. 64,750 signatures on an initiative petition must be gathered and submitted between the dates of Sept. 20 and Nov. 22. Hundreds of dedicated pro-life volunteers have stepped forward to help gather signatures. But more volunteers are needed!

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Posted on November 10, 2017 2:18 PM

The Pierced Heart Bleeding in All Things

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By Dr. David Franks, Chairman of the Board of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

How does the world appear when love departs? The inner illumination behind the stained-glass of earth, sky, and history goes drab like a candle at noon.

But when one is loved and when one loves, the colors of the world blazon an irresistible goodness, despite one’s increased sensitivity to the tears in all things.

If we are to have the energy to chisel justice as living form from out the recalcitrance of time and of hardened hearts, we must love and be loved. If we are to carry on the pro-life mission, we must see how the Heart of the world bleeds for each of us and for all of us.

For the next session of Mass. Citizens for Life’s Pro-Life Social Doctrine Certificate Program, we are reading the Book of Revelation and Pope Benedict’s Deus caritas est/God is Love. (Everyone is welcome to come tomorrow: masscitizensforlife.org/certificate.)

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