Posted on October 10, 2017 10:00 AM

Abortion By TV Screen is Their Next Big Push

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As abortion clinics close around the country—with some states down to one and some, even none—and as more and more doctors refusing to become abortionists, the pro-abortion crowd is looking for ways to keep this lucrative business alive. One way is of course through the dangerous abortion pill, but that still requires the presence of a doctor to prescribe the pill. So they’ve found a new solution: abortion prescription by telemedicine.

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Posted on October 06, 2017 10:00 AM

Testimony Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: Dr. David Franks

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Many pro-lifers testified before the Joint Public Health Committee of the Mass. Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 against a bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The testimonies were limited to 3 minutes. We’re bringing you a sample of those testimonies.

Ladies and gentlemen of the committee, my name is David Franks, and I am chairman of the board of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. I am trained as a philosopher and theologian, and it is as an expert in social ethics that I speak to you today.

Normalizing suicide means the death of solidarity.

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Posted on October 05, 2017 10:00 AM

Another Nail in the Coffin of Assisted Suicide

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

According to National Right to Life News: "When the U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear an appeal by the Final Exit Network, it means a 2015 conviction will stand against the assisted suicide advocacy group which was found guilty of assisting in the suicide of 57-year-old Doreen Dunn, of Apple Valley, Minnesota.

”Florida-based Final Exit Network argued that Minnesota’s law making it a crime to help other people kill themselves violates the freedom of speech,” the Associated Press reported. “But Minnesota’s appellate courts disagreed, saying the state’s assisted-suicide law is constitutional and that ‘assisting’ suicide can include speech instructing another person on methods."

We know the suicide lobby plans to win their current court case in Massachusetts. So far they have lost in the U.S. Supreme Court, in New Mexico, in Minnesota, and received a kind of split decision in Montana. The New York decision of September 7, 2017 was a incredible loss. Unfortunately, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has already seemed to separate assisted suicide from "regular" suicide which is not good.

We must keep up the pressure! If you have not yet called Sen Jason Lewis, 617-722-1206, expressing your opposition to S.1225/H.1194, the doctor-prescribed suicide bills, do so as soon as possible.

Posted on October 04, 2017 10:00 AM

Fighting Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: A Nurse's Perspective

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On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, Nancy Valko, R.N. spoke at MCFL-sponsored events in Fall River and Sandwich. Valko recounted her personal experiences of a nearly 50-year career in healthcare as an advocate for her most vulnerable patients.

Valko’s writings are frequently seen on this web site and she was also the keynote speaker at the 2015 MCFL Convention. She blogs at NancyValko.com. The following article is from the Summer 2015 MCFL Magazine.

In her 45-year career in oncology, trauma, ICU, and hospice nursing, Nancy Valko experienced how changing attitudes about death, suicide, disability, and human dignity impacted health care. 

Valko didn't believe pro-life predictions that the legalization of abortion would lead to infanticide and euthanasia. "When I started nursing in 1969, everybody was on the same page ethically, but I saw tremendous difference after abortion was legalized," Valko said. "But, I thought doctors and nurses could never look someone in the eye and kill them."

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Posted on October 03, 2017 10:00 AM

Testimony Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: Domenico Bettinelli

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Many pro-lifers testified before the Joint Public Health Committee of the Mass. Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 against a bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The testimonies were limited to 3 minutes. We’re bringing you a sample of those testimonies.

Good morning Mr. Chairperson and Madame Chairperson,

My name is Domenico Bettinelli and I am the director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life and I am speaking on behalf of Mass. Citizens for Life.

 

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Posted on October 02, 2017 10:10 AM

Beautiful Mass. March for Life on a Gorgeous Sunday

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Hundreds of Massachusetts pro-lifers turned out on Sunday, October 1, 2017 for the annual Massachusetts March for Life to hear inspirational speakers and music, to learn about and provide support to pro-life agencies throughout the state, and to march as a witness to the valuable of all human life from conception to natural death.

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Posted on September 29, 2017 10:00 AM

Another Threat to Conscience Rights for Medical Professionals

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By Nancy Valko

2012, New York Times:  “Instead of attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide, we should focus our energies on what really matters: improving care for the dying — ensuring that all patients can openly talk with their physicians and families about their wishes and have access to high-quality palliative or hospice care before they suffer needless medical procedures. The appeal of physician-assisted suicide is based on a fantasy. The real goal should be a good death for all dying patients.” (Emphasis added)

2016, Journal of the American Medical Association: “CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are increasingly being legalized, remain relatively rare, and primarily involve patients with cancer. Existing data do not indicate widespread abuse of these practices." (Emphasis added)

The writer of these conflicting views on assisted suicide is Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., PhD., a very influential doctor who is Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the architects of Obamacare. He is considered an expert on medical ethics who speaks and writes prolifically for both medical journals and general media outlets.

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Posted on September 28, 2017 10:00 AM

Party of the Little Guy

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By Richard A. Carey

Democrats, once called "The Party of the Little Guy,” have become, ironically and tragically, the party of abortion, which is the direct and deliberate destruction of little guys and gals before birth. The child before birth, except for size and place of residence, is no different from the child after birth. As such, he or she, too, should enjoy the most fundamental right, upon which our nation was founded—the "unalienable" right to life. 

However, Democratic leadership is not satisfied any more with just having a pro-abortion plank in their national platform. Now, they are demanding that any Democratic candidates looking for party support must, first, renounce their pro-life convictions. An exception to this might be a Democratic candidate running in a pro-life district. He would be allowed to profess to be pro-life, in order to get elected. Then, once in office, he can always renounce his previous pro-life pronouncements and return to his original anti-life roots, rationalizing it all by saying that his position "evolved." 

Late, great, true pro-life Democratic leaders like John McCormack, Robert Casey, Jim Burke, et al. must be rolling in their graves today. 

Photo caption: Tom Perez, now Democratic Party chair, was Secretary of Labor from 2013-2017. As DNC chair, he has declared the party will only support pro-abortion candidates.

Posted on September 27, 2017 10:19 AM

Pro-Lifers Make Great Showing at Hearings on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bill

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The other side came with a group of out-of-town hired guns and a large group of supporters to fill the seats. Our side came prepared to give testimony that was by turns logical and touching, that dealt with science and the law, and that came from doctors, ethicists, community leaders, and average people who spanned a broad spectrum of society and of political viewpoint.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health held a public hearing on S.1225/H.1194 The Massachusetts End of Life Options Act, which would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Massachusetts has been targeted by the well-funded pro-suicide national organization Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) as a top priority for legalization and so they brought in a large team of staff from out of state and filled the hall with their supporters, even setting up a refreshment table outside the hearing for them. They even flew in Brittany Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz.

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Posted on September 26, 2017 10:00 AM

New Technology Comes with Promises and Caveats

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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.

New tools and technologies are tricky things. While pro-lifers acknowledge the good of new life-saving technologies, we become uneasy with the trade-offs that technology seems to impose on our common humanity. What should we make of scientific advances that may potentially supplement maternal gestation with machines? These potential advances are particularly relevant in light of the presentation by neonatologist Dr. Martin McCaffrey at the MCFL Convention in April, concerning the crisis of premature birth and its association with abortion.

 

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