Posted on January 12, 2018 10:00 AM

MCFL files amicus curiae brief with the US Supreme Court

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I want to share some exciting news! 

When the US Supreme Court announced it would hear the challenge by the Pregnancy Resource Centers in California against that state’s "Reproductive FACT Act,” which requires them to advertise abortions, it seemed the perfect case for us to file an amicus curiae brief.

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Posted on January 11, 2018 10:17 AM

Speakers Announced for Assembly for Life

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We have announced the rest of our list of speakers for the Assembly for Life coming up on January 21, 2pm at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. In addition to the already announced keynote speaker, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Other speakers include the Rev. John Daly of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Southbridge, author Don Feder, Matthew Valliere of Patients Rights Action Fund, author and musician Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, and master of ceremonies Margaret Russell, editor of the Worcester Catholic Free Press.

At the Assembly, we also plan to honor by name deceased pro-life activists. Please check the list of names. I am sure you will remember someone we have forgotten. Please let us know who that is.

These are some really wonderful people.  It is an honor to recognize them.

Posted on January 10, 2018 10:05 AM

A First-Class Tribute to J.J. Hanson

JJ_Hanson_w_0.pngBy Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I want to share with you this wonderful tribute to J.J. Hanson by Kathryn Jean Lopez in National Review Online.  With J.J.’s inspiring example, there is no way any of us can stop fighting doctor-prescribed suicide.

A family member, I think one of James Joseph Hanson’s sisters, held up six-month-old baby Lucas for all the packed church to see. … Lucas was testimony to faith and endurance and love. More than three years ago, J. J. Hanson was given a diagnosis of four months to live. Lucas is living testimony to why you don’t give up even when experts say it’s over. It’s not over, Hanson might say, until God says its time.

When asked, J. J. would report, “Every day I am doing better.” Or, “I’m getting better every day.” He could say that because the weakening of his body only strengthened his spirit. He could say that because he saw the world and his life through the eyes of faith. And he saw what a difference it made. What more could any of us ask for than to say, in all gratitude, “I’m getting better every day”? You can say that when you persevere in “pure love,” which is, as many explained, how J. J. lived.

As you may know, J.J. Hanson was a former Marine diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014 who became a tireless advocate for life against doctor-prescribed suicide. Even as he fought his battle against the cancer, J.J. served as president of the Patients Rights Action Fund, fighting efforts to pass doctor-prescribed suicide legislation in New York and elsewhere.

Rest in peace, J.J.

 

Posted on January 09, 2018 10:00 AM

“MAID” in Laval, Canada

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By Nancy Valko

The December 2017 issue of the Canadian medical journal Le Specialiste contains a fascinating but disturbing English-language article “First Results from a Unique Study” on pages 36-40.

2015 was the year when the MAID (medical aid in dying, aka doctor-prescribed suicide and even lethal injections in Quebec) Act  took effect. The article is about physicians and MAID in the city of Laval in Quebec, Canada that has a population of about 435,000.

The study made news when it reported that after 18 months, conscientious objections from physicians against providing MAID were far more frequent than anticipated. Prior to the law, 48% of doctors said they would participate, 30% with conditions and only 28% said they would never participate.

Afterwards, 77% of the physicians getting MAID requests refused to actively participate, all of them using the conscientious objection clause, even though the study claimed the majority (72%) were in favor of MAID with only 13% of the doctors neutral or ambivalent.

The most common reason given for refusal was “too much of an emotional burden to bear, followed by a perception of lack of clinical expertise, and a fear of being stigmatized by peers or by people in general for participating.”

Other reasons included not adding to an “already heavy clinical burden”, MAID being “a very time-consuming process” and “medical legal concerns”.

The seemingly obvious takeaway from these surprising refusals is that participating in the killing of patients is much harder in reality than approving gauzy claims of just relieving suffering.

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Posted on January 08, 2018 10:00 AM

There’s Much to Like

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

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

The English language has more words than any other language. Yet we are so deficient in some areas. We say “I love God” and “I love chocolate ice cream” and we “love” everything in between. We all learned that the ancient Greeks distinguished among agape, eros, philia, and storge (this is love of parent for child). I think they still didn’t have enough words. 

I heard a Massachusetts pro-lifer say the other day, prefacing something good that President Trump has done, “Of course I don’t like him, but...” I question: why do we have to like a president? I admire the way Queen Elizabeth does her job. Do I like her? How can I when I have never even met her? This talk in recent elections about which candidate would you rather have a beer with or bring home to dinner actually shows the paucity of civic knowledge these days. I admire John Adams immensely for representing the British soldiers, for writing the Massachusetts Constitution and so many other seminal documents, for being a good family man, etc. I doubt that I would have “liked” him if I had lived next door. One could like the policies, decisions, actions or accomplishment of a leader. Without meeting and interacting with that leader, how could one like or dislike? And, really what does it matter?

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Posted on January 05, 2018 10:00 AM

Planned Parenthood Annual Revenue Up To $ 1.5 Billion!

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Planned Parenthood's latest Annual Report has come out just in time for the March for Life. The number of abortions is down slightly; other services, including clients, are down by a various amounts.  Yet their revenues have risen to $1.5 billion. How can this be?

According to Randy O'Bannon, National Right to Life’s expert on Planned Parenthood, "This is a clear indication that Planned Parenthood has been able to turn well founded criticism against their reputation and their industry to their own financial advantage. It also illustrates, ironically, that there are non-governmental sources that PPFA can tap into if states chose to prioritize health funding to full service clinics."

We still have a big job here!

Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr. CC-BY-2.0.

Posted on January 04, 2018 10:00 AM

Majority of post-abortive women say lives didn't get better

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We all want people to be happy and productive in their lives. It seems to be folk wisdom (promulgated by anti-life groups and media) that women will have their lives ruined if they are not allowed to have abortions and that, of course, abortions solve their problems.

But according to this study published by Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons:

  • roughly 60 percent of the women said they had abortions to make others happy,
  • 75 percent said there was pressure from others to abort, and
  • 30 percent aborted out of fear of losing their partner if they kept the child.

About 50 percent said they believed the fetus was a human being when they aborted, and 65 percent said they knew aborting was a mistake. 

What a sad indictment of our society which produces two victims of every abortion!

Posted on January 03, 2018 10:00 AM

2018 Massachusetts Caucus Before the March for Life

Dirksen_Senate_Office_Building.jpegThe Massachusetts Caucus will take place, as it does every year, before the 2018 March for Life in Washington, DC. The caucus is an opportunity to hear from compelling pro-life speakers on topics of the day, as well as to lobby your representatives in Congress. This year, the caucus will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-106, on Friday, January 19, 9:30-11am.

Professor Dwight Duncan will tell us about the amicus brief he is filing on behalf of Mass. Citizens for Life in the US Supreme Court case which will decide whether California can force Pregnancy Resource Centers to advertise for abortion. The case has many implications for all special exceptions made in made in many unfair laws that give special treatment to abortion and everything and everyone connected to it. We are thrilled to be filing the brief!

Last year, Professor Michael Pakaluk was a big hit. He will speak again this year.

Professor Michael New will tell us what the latest statistics and studies really mean nstead of the what the press and Planned Parenthood try to say they mean.

Karen Cross, Chair of the National Right to Life PAC, will talk about the importance of the 2018 elections, especially the implications for the US Senate race in Massachusetts.

Richard Doerflinger, former Director of Pro-Life Activities for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak on doctor-prescribed suicide.

If you are attending the March for Life this month, we hope you will have a chance to stop in, get warm and get something warm to drink, hear some excellent speakers, and maybe let some of your congressmen know where you stand on life. See you there!

Photo of Dirksen Senate Office Building: The Architect of the Capitol/Wikimedia Commons. US Government work.

Posted on January 02, 2018 10:00 AM

Six things you need to know about doctor-prescribed suicide

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by Nancy Valko

It has been twenty years since Oregon’s doctor-prescribed suicide law took effect after a public referendum. Since then, four other states have legalized doctor-prescribed suicide.

Polls seem to show strong public support for doctor-prescribed suicide. They ask questions like this one from a 2017 Gallup poll: “When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?”

Unfortunately, most people have only a vague idea about what such laws actually say and do. Here are six things you must know before you decide whether to support or oppose doctor-prescribed suicide.

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Posted on December 29, 2017 10:00 AM

Doctors change their minds once Doctor-Prescribed Suicide legalized

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I found this study very interesting and, actually, quite intuitive. Doctors say they think doctor-prescribed suicide is a good idea - until it becomes a reality. Then they re-think and come down on the side of life.

Remember, in Oregon, only 1% of doctors will actually prescribe lethal doses. In this study, 48% of doctors in this city in Québec initially said they would be willing to cause the death of a patient, but after Canada’s law took effect and they saw the full implications of what they were being asked to, 77% were opposed.

On the one hand, there is an absolutely instinctive and universal human horror and avoidance of death. And although many doctors have learned to work with dying people, the thought of actually killing someone takes suppression of natural instincts to a whole new level.

And on the other hand, we have a political fantasy that doctors (being told euthanasia has been redefined as a benign “medical treatment”) will suddenly be at ease with killing people. 

This is good information to keep at your fingertips.