Posted on August 14, 2017 10:00 AM

The Dangers of Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

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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 Macayla Danier

People all around the world suffer from a life taking sickness, causing them to agree to physician-assisted suicide. The patient may or may not think it’s the best idea, but people need to understand that it is dangerous for the patient himself, as well as the physicians, families, and society.

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Posted on August 11, 2017 10:00 AM

Discovering What It Means to Be Pro-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 Sarah Ryan

I thought I should preface this by telling you that I am extremely nervous - for two reasons. The first is that I am not a fan of public speaking. It doesn’t matter if there are ten of you or ten thousand of you, I will inevitably turn red, have shaky hands, and stumble over my words.

But there is another reason why I’m nervous. I’m nervous because I am not the same person I once was. If you had met me five years ago, three years ago, possibly even a year ago, you would be meeting an entirely different person from who I am today.

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Posted on August 10, 2017 10:00 AM

Messing with Transplants

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Doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia, when mixed with the need for transplant organs, will bring us very close to organ harvesting, utilitarian killing of people for the value of their organs. Does that sound far-fetched? It’s already beginning in the Netherlands and Belgium, and now Canada is beginning to consider it, according to Wesley J. Smith.

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Posted on August 09, 2017 10:15 AM

If Infanticide is Wrong, then So is Abortion

Posted on August 08, 2017 10:33 AM

Hitmen for Doctor-Prescribed Suicide and Euthanasia

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Canada has a problem. The country legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide last year, but can’t find enough doctors willing to kill their patients, so now they’re thinking of paying a premium to those who will.

According to Thomas Lipton in American Thinker: “The slippery slope is real.  Once the state gets in the business of killing off its citizens via euthanasia, the brutal logic of economics works its way through the system.  In Canada, which legalized euthanasia just over a year ago, one of the most important forums for political discussion, Maclean's Magazine, published an article arguing that doctors ought to be paid a premium for  euthanizing terminal patients.”

In our presentations on doctor-prescribed suicide at MCFL we try not to lean heavily on the slippery slope or foreign happenings, but this is bizarre.  And just wait until you read the rationale for paying these doctors!

Posted on August 07, 2017 10:26 AM

Signatures to Amend the Massachusetts Constitution

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As you may know, the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortionwill be gathering signatures this fall to put an amendment to the state constitution on the 2018 ballot that would stop the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. They have done a great job setting up locations around the state to train people in signature gathering for the petition. Even if you are experienced at signature gathering from previous ballot referenda, we are sure you will learn from these sessions.

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Posted on August 04, 2017 10:00 AM

Don’t Tell John McCain to Fight His Cancer?

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By Nancy Valko

Arthur Caplan, PhD is an influential ethicist who recently wrote a Medscape (password protected) article titled Don’t Tell John McCain to Fight his Cancer after the news broke about Sen. McCain’s brain cancer and many of his colleagues and others encouraged him to fight hard against his cancer.

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Posted on August 03, 2017 10:00 AM

She Was Raped and Gave Birth to His Child; Now Struggles to Forgive

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"I’m a deeply flawed human being, not too different from most. I became pregnant. I had a child. That’s really all there is to it." That is what Jennifer Christie says about herself after telling the story of a brutal rape that resulted in the birth of her son. The rapist killed his other victims and was eventually killed by the brother of one of them. Jennifer talks about forgiveness and loving her son. It is a beautiful article.

 

Posted on August 02, 2017 10:00 AM

CRISPR Gene Editing Research Shows Promise, But Should Not Be Built on Aborted Babies

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By Domenico Bettinelli, MCFL Director of Community Engagement

CRISPR is an acronym for a new medical technology that allows scientists to edit human DNA before birth, with the potential to cure untold numbers of genetic abnormalities that lead to ailments and disease. The process itself is not objectionable in theory because it involves operating on the unborn child without harming them. (For a more extensive exploration of the power and promise of CRISPR, see this article from our member magazine last year.)

However, while the eventual therapeutic application of the technology is not a concern for pro-lifers at this time, the research in developing it could be.

Scientists have now, for the first time in the US, edited the DNA of actual embryonic unborn children using CRISPR, but the unborn children were aborted after they were done.

The research — which has yet to be published — was led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University. It involved editing a “large number” of viable embryos and effectively correcting disease-causing genes, according to MIT Technology Review. (It’s unclear exactly how many embryos were edited, or which genes.) The embryos were developed for only a few days and were not implanted. Without implantation, embryos cannot develop into babies.

This is unacceptable. We cannot let the ends justify the means. We cannot and should not accept the creation and death of one set of human beings in order to develop medical treatments for others. The linked article debates the ethical concerns of editing human DNA for how it can affect humanity in the future, but the present concern is how the use and disposal of human beings in research is affecting our humanity now.

Posted on August 01, 2017 10:00 AM

The Scary Future That Charlie Gard’s Life Presages

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The story of poor, little Charlie Gard has many facets, but one that should concern everyone is the expansion of a democratically elected government into a superstate that will now decide whose life is worth living. Matt McDonald writes at the New Boston Post that doctors and judges in the UK now have precedent which says they can decide that it’s in a person’s best interest to be deprived of their life.

The elderly female judge on the United Kingdom Supreme Court should have been wearing a black cap as she read her court’s decision explaining that a British statute called The Children’s Act of 1989 provided that “the child’s bests interests shall be a primary consideration” and that those interests were best decided, not by his parents, but by a “guardian” (appointed by the government), the doctors (paid by the government health service), and the trial court judge (appointed by the government).

“So parents are not entitled to insist on treatment by anyone which is not in the child’s best interests,” the hanging judge said.

We cannot feel so secure here in Massachusetts against this totalitarianism. We don’t need to have legalized doctor-prescribed suicide for doctors and judges to be able to decide who gets medical care and who doesn’t. But if it becomes legal, it will only become easier for them.