By Nancy Valko
This week, I was called to see a beautiful 2 month old baby boy I will call “Joseph” who was brought by his grandmother, mother and father to one of my city’s children’s hospitals from a small town hours away.
Joseph was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 13 and needed medical care for a problem. As a nurse who has been active in medical issues involving people with disabilities since having my daughter Karen who had Down Syndrome, I was asked to help the parents oversee Joseph’s care.
Baby Joseph was doing well until an unexpected problem developed and despite heroic efforts to save him, he died early Friday morning. It was so heartbreaking for his family and the rest of us but their love for Joseph was inspiring and they said they were blessed to have had him.
So instead of my usual blog, I would like to reprint an article I was asked to write for Voices magazine in 2012 in honor of baby Joseph and his wonderful family.Read more
One of the most effective actions you can take as a pro-life advocate is calling state or federal elected officials to ask them to vote or sign one way or another. We recently heard from one Massachusetts state representative who told us that just four or five constituents calling their office can sway their vote on an issue.
We often ask Massachusetts pro-lifers to take action for or against legislation by contacting your state representative or senator on Beacon Hill or Congressman or Senator in Washington. Sure, you could send an email or a postal letter, but nothing has the same impact as a personal phone call. As a shorthand, on Beacon Hill a snail mail letter is worth about 100 emails and a phone call is worth about 100 letters. (A personal visit to their office to lobby them? That’s about 100 phone calls.)
That’s why a tool like Capitol Call is so interesting.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The current legislation seeking to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide probably wouldn't have passed the Massachusetts legislature this session except that the pro-death lobby, Compassion and Choices, has a diabolical new plan. They already have the case in court trying to say that doctor-prescribed suicide is legal in Massachusetts. They have the money to put the issue on the ballot in 2020. Now they have another clever attempt, which has a good chance.
They are going to towns in the state to get the city council, town meeting, whatever is the governing body, to pass resolutions supporting DPS.
They can pick the towns where they did the best in 2012. When they get enough towns, they can go to the legislature and present the results to prove the people of the state want DPS and force the legislature to pass it.
They have already gotten the resolution passed in Provincetown and Cambridge. Now they are working in Amherst and Northampton.
If Question 2 won big in your town or city in 2012, please start monitoring things closely so we can nip the next move in the bud. You know how effective this doctor team can be.
Evil is endlessly persistent.
Stephen Mendelsohn sent along three articles that give a good insight into how being pro-abortion covers many sins among the power elite.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been exposed by the media as a creep who allegedly sexually abused women for decades in his role as head of a major entertainment company. He’s even been accused of rape by some women. What could possibly have allowed this to continue for so long, even as many industry people now admit they’d heard rumors or even knew about it?Read more
By Nancy Valko
In August, I wrote a blog “Physician-assisted Suicide and the Palliative Care Physician” about Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, a palliative care doctor in California who approved of doctor-prescribed suicide, would want it for herself but had still had serious some qualms about actually writing for the lethal overdose herself.
In the end, Dr. Zitter decides that assisted suicide can be rendered “safe” by being rare and practiced by specially trained medical practitioners as “just one tool in the toolbox of caring for the dying-a tool of last resort.”
Thus, Dr. Zitter, perhaps unknowingly, gives support to the Compassion and Choices goal of “normalizing” and “integrating” doctor-prescribed suicide into standard medical practice. Note their own description of their activities:
“We help clients with advance directives, local service referrals and pain and symptom management. We offer information on self-determined dyingwhen appropriate and provide emotional support through a difficult time. We employ educational training programs, media outreach and online and print publications to change healthcare practice, inform policy-makers, influence public opinion and empower individuals. Compassion & Choices devotes itself to creative legal and legislative initiatives to secure comprehensive and compassionate options at the end of life.” (Emphasis added)
Now in her new article “De-Medicalizing Death”, Dr. Zitter is excited about a new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Centers’ program where “only” 25% of patients went on to commit doctor-prescribed suicide after an “intake process…conducted by trained psychotherapists (psychologists and clinical social workers) instead of physicians”.Read more
By J.J. Hanson
This opinion piece was recently submitted to a number of Massachusetts news outlets and is reprinted here with permission from Patients Rights Action Fund.
Proponents of assisted suicide are turning up the pressure in many states to legalize the dangerous practice. What began in a few places, has become an onslaught of bills introduced — 29 states this year alone. Fortunately most have been defeated. Now assisted-suicide proponents have their set their sights on Massachusetts.Read more
Richard Doerflinger writes that the recent New York Court of Appeals ruling against assisted suicide in that state is more than just a a small victory in the fight against the practice, but a complete defeat for the doctor-prescribed suicide lobby.
He notes that in a very liberal state all eleven of the officials who rejected the assisted suicide argument by Compassion & Choices—the attorney general and ten judges—were appointed by pro-choice Democrats, which shows that opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide is not just a right-wing conservative issue.Read more
Who knew that September 28 was International Safe Abortion Day? A study released by a professor at UMass Amherst claims that half the abortions worldwide are unsafe. That sounds bad. (Of course, every abortion is unsafe for the baby who is aborted, but the professor is writing about the mother.)
How does she know? Her study defined unsafe abortions as those taking place where abortion is illegal or heavily restricted. Now we see what her aim is: “Unsafe abortion is bad, so we can fix that by making abortion completely legal worldwide.”
Of course, what’s really unsafe for mothers who seek abortion is the lack of regulation on abortionists that the pro-aborts insist on. They refuse to consider even the most basic health and safety regulations that every other kind of medical clinic has to abide by. This is why Massachusetts Citizens for Life has proposed H.1211 The Women’s Safety Act to the Massachusetts Legislature, to require abortion facilities in Massachusetts to abide by even the minimum regulations of a clinic.
For now, though, we have pro-aborts like this UMass professor who believes that more abortion is safe abortion. And to think we pay her salary to teach our children.
Our 2017 Mass. March for Life is just a bit more than a week in the past, but we're still getting some great photos from people who were there. Please enjoy these photos from Ed Boylan, who provides many of the photos for our magazine and web site. Thank you, Ed!
By Nancy Valko
I am on the road this week speaking to groups and doing radio interviews. So here is an article published in Voices magazine (a Catholic women’s’ magazine) in 2003 with an update in 2005. In the intervening years, the problems have grown worse but I originally wrote this article when almost no one had heard of futility policies. Here is the article.
When I first saw “Jack” last September (2002), he was lying unconscious in an ICU with a ventilator to help him breathe. It had been two weeks since a truck struck the 60 year-old and his injuries were devastating — including broken bones, blunt-force trauma and a severe head injury.Read more