Posted on August 28, 2017 9:28 AM

South Carolina Gov. Gives Pro-Life Bona Fides, Cuts Off Abortion Funding

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Ah, to live in a pro-life state. Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina has cut off state funding for abortions. Apparently he made the move because his Lieutenant Governor is going to be running against him and the LG has been pushing the funding ban. That is great— the sitting Governor has to prove that he is pro-life enough. There are a few possible court wrinkles, but, as you can see from Ed Morrissey's analysis, the ban will probably hold.

Can McMaster cut off these funds? In the case of discretionary funds from the state budget, almost certainly. The Medicaid funding issue is more tricky. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has signaled more openness to approving waivers for states who wish to direct those funds to non-providers of abortions, but an earlier case in Texas resulted in a temporary injunction against Greg Abbott’s attempts to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood clinics. 

 

Posted on August 25, 2017 10:20 AM

This Instagram Account Uses Art to Expose Reality of Abortion

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Pro-lifers rightly observe that the pro-aborts have taken over the media, entertainment, etc. We also know that it is our job to keep the awful reality of abortion right in front of people. We know that people would rather not think about abortion but, when they are forced to, they come down on the side of life.

A very clever collection of pro-life art on Instagram plays into both these facts. The art posted by Instagram user @jonathonvanmaren gets us into the arts and forces people to think about abortion. I find myself noting certain pieces which I think would be good to share.

Posted on August 24, 2017 10:00 AM

Planned Parenthood: “Profit. No Matter What.”

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We are continuing our review of the presentations given at 2017 Convention in April. You may also find these presentations in our quarterly member publication, MCFL News. In this presentation, Helen Cross highlights the work of the Charlotte Lozier Institute in exposing Planned Parenthood’s financial irregularities.

MCFL Magazine editor Helen Cross discussed taxpayer funding and Planned Parenthood using a 2017 report, "Profit, No Matter What," issued by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) and the Alliance Defending Freedom. Author Catherine Glenn Foster, J.D., CLI Senior Fellow in Legal Policy, outlined the two organizations' research which found waste, abuse, and potential fraud.

 

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Posted on August 23, 2017 10:00 AM

Catch His Excitement Every Time He Sees His Sister

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Jessica Evans lives in Georgia with her family, including her 15-year-old brother David, who has Down syndrome. Jessica is a college student and likes to come home and surprise her brother, so she’s videoed many of his enthusiastic greetings and turned them into an adorable and heartwarming compilation. We should all aspire to experience such excitement every time we see a loved one!

Jessica posted her video on Twitter and create a viral sensation, including many others who posted videos of the special love they share with family members who have Down syndrome.

We have such limited understandings of what “perfection” is and what it means to be a “burden.” While special needs children and adults indeed need special help with many parts of life—although who doesn’t really?—they also bring a capacity for love and joy as well that can’t be overlooked.

Posted on August 22, 2017 10:00 AM

“What Kind of Society Do You Want to Live In?”

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By Nancy Valko

This month, CBS News aired a news story titled “Why Down Syndrome in Iceland Has Almost Disappeared” . Iceland encourages all expectant mothers to test their unborn babies for birth defects and, when a probable (85% accuracy, according to the show) Down Syndrome  diagnosis is made, almost all mothers have an abortion. This is the highest percentage of all countries. But Down Syndrome is not being “eradicated”. The children are.

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Posted on August 21, 2017 10:00 AM

Come to the 2017 Mass. March for Life

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Continuing a long tradition this October, Massachusetts Citizens for Life will honor Respect Life Month with our Annual Massachusetts March for Life around Boston Common on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1 to 4pm.

 

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Posted on August 18, 2017 10:00 AM

Life Expectancy Down in US; Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Partly to Blame

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We are justly proud of our medical system in this country. Each of us knows people who are healthy and productive at what used to be considered very old age. Yet the latest headlines scream that life expectancy is down. Articles listing the causes of death show how high are our suicide rates. They actually list doctor-prescribed suicide as one of the causes. Suicide rates are up everywhere, but much more so in states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal. Legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide causes other suicides to skyrocket. 

Reading this reminds us how important it is to defeat doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts. Hearings on bills that would legalize DPS will take place at the State House on Tuesday, September 26 starting at 10 or 11 am.

Please mark your calendar and seriously plan to be there!

 

Posted on August 17, 2017 10:00 AM

The Power of One to Be a Light of Life

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s Summer Academy brings pro-life high school students together for workshops and seminars that equip them to become pro-life ambassadors in their schools and communities. Part of the experience is learning to get up in public and speak about life issues and so we’ll be bringing you some of the speeches that the 2017 participants gave this summer.

By Olivia Colombo

My name is Olivia, and I’m going to be a senior in high school this fall. I’ve been involved in the pro-life movement for the past few years, attending the March for Life, organizing pro-life projects, and speaking. Last summer, I took part in MCFL’s PULSE Summer Academy with Sarah Mary Tocce, and then following that, I founded the pro-life club at my school.

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Posted on August 16, 2017 10:00 AM

The Worst Kind of Circular Reasoning on Abortion

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You may have seen this video circulating, part of a series featuring actor James Franco talking with various philosophy professors and writers about the topic of philosophy. You can see the video below of Prof. Liz Harmon of Princeton discussing abortion. (You can read the transcript here.)

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Posted on August 15, 2017 10:00 AM

Physician-assisted Suicide and the Palliative Care Physician

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By Nancy Valko

“Should I Help My Patients Die?”

This is the title of an August 5 op-ed in the New York Times by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, an ICU and palliative medicine specialist in California who speaks and writes extensively on end of life care.

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