Has Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation, had a massive change of heart and conversion to the pro-life cause? In an email to supporters she said, “Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation… We believe in every person’s right to control their own destiny and their own body.”Read more
Saturday, September 9, 2017 was the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Pro-life Americans throughout the country gathered at the grave sites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor to remember the more than 59 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the unborn child.
Some of the locations in Massachusetts included: Needham, Malden, Arlington, North Attleboro, Franklin, and Norwood.
As we know: "Pray as if it is all up to God. Work as if it is all up to you"
Photo caption: St. Mary's Cemetery in Needham. Memorial to the Unborn, dedicated by the Knights of Columbus Needham Council.
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.
These numbers are incredibly encouraging! Nationally, the number of abortions per year is down by 38% since the high. In Massachusetts the number is down by 60%! The national abortion rate (abortions per 1000 women) is 14.6, half what it was in 1981, the lowest it has been since Roe v Wade. There are 18.8 abortions for every 100 pregnancies – lower than any time since Roe v Wade. The number of abortion providers nationally is about half what it was at the height in 1982.Read more
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.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Abandonment and coercion. Those are the two words we hear from women who have had abortions. Here is another story featuring those words and telling us how abortion is horrible for a woman. It is very well-written and makes the sadness so real.
It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that I would have an abortion—everyone in whom I confided my situation presumed that’s what I would do. Not a single person asked me if I wanted my baby, or suggested adoption as an alternative. They spoke about “the abortion” as if it were a reality already in existence, a decision already made: When are you getting the abortion? I bet you can’t wait to have the abortion. Don’t worry, you’ll feel better after the abortion.
By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr, Director of Community Engagement of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Senate Bill 754 on “safeguarding the health care decisions of young adults” seeks to lower the age of consent for abortion from eighteen years old to sixteen. What this bill would really do is make teenage girls less safe.Read more
We are continuing our review of some of the speakers and content at our Convention on April 2, in no particular order of their appearance at the event.
One of the more technical, but also most hopeful, presentations at our 2016 convention came from Dr. Mark Rollo, who enlightened the audience to the latest developments concerning abortion pill reversal. Dr. Rollo described new protocols to help women reverse RU-486 chemical abortions, a technique which uses two drugs: mifepristone (AKA RU-486) and misoprostol. In many cases, Dr. Rollo said, if massive dosages of progesterone are given after the mifepristone, but before the misoprostol, it is possible that the mother can bear the baby to term with no ill effects.
He noted that 18-25% of abortions are performed with mifepristone each year. That amounts to about 200,000 to 300,000. It is usually administered to the mother to be followed two days later by the misoprostol, giving a 48 hour window for her to change her mind. The drug combination is allowed for use up to 63 days after the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).
Dr. Rollo also discussed how the progesterone reversal works and the success rate in actual patients, with most resulting in healthy babies. He said of the calls to the AbortionPillReversal.com national hotline number between May 2012 and February 2016, about 43% of the women go on to receive progesterone to attempt reversal and the approximate success rate has been 55% overall. Women in 45 states and 13 countries have participated in the abortion pill reversal.
Abortion pill reversal is not without its challenges though. With the short window of opportunity, it can be difficult to convince women to reverse the effects of the pill. Some women, despite assurances, are concerned about possible birth defects. They also face pressures from abortion clinics and lack of emotional support from friends and family. There is also a lack of the necessary progesterone in most doctors’ offices, as they do not often keep injectable progesterone on hand and it only has a shelf life of 3 to 6 months.
Dr. Rollo also noted that more work needs to be done to develop new and alternate protocols for the use of progesterone in this manner to find the most effective methods.
And because time is of the essence, all pro-lifers should be ready to direct women to the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline and web site, which are available 24/7.
The web site is www.abortionpillreversal.com and the phone number is 877-558-0333. This is a nationwide hotline with more than 300 doctors across the country participating. Dr. Rollo encouraged pro-lifers to invite pro-life medical professionals—including doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and midwives—to join the APR network.
The caller simply wanted to tell someone that she had been injured by abortion. She was 38-years-old and soft-spoken. “When I was 17,” she said, “I went to a judge to get an abortion, and I never told my parents. I still feel bad about that.” Twenty-one years later, she is still suffering.
Hers was the first call to the Abortion Malpractice Hotline, coming just 24 hours after the billboard in Boston had been installed to announce MCFL’s project to provide free legal help for those who have been injured by abortion. Unfortunately, the caller’s regret, though genuine, was not an “injury” for which free legal assistance was available.
This is because the “injury” to which the billboard refers is a physical injury due to medical malpractice the negligence of a physician that occurred in the course of an abortion. When the competency of and care taken by a health care provider in performing or advising about a medical procedure falls below an acceptable standard and causes a patient to sustain a physical and/or serious emotional injury, the practitioner is liable to pay damages. Medical malpractice can and does occur in the performance of abortions.
Sadly, few women who have been the victims of abortion malpractice pursue legal action. Some may not realize that they have the right to seek compensation for personal injury due to medical negligence. Some may believe they are not “deserving” of compensation or erroneously blame themselves if they are harmed. Others may simply not know where to turn for help. This was the case with another recent caller to the Hotline. In broken English she explained that she had had an abortion several years ago and questioned whether a later miscarriage had been caused by something that occurred during the abortion. She had not pursued a legal claim at the time because she “just didn’t know who to talk to”. Unfortunately, her time to file such a claim had run out years earlier, forever barring an action for damages.
The aim of the Abortion Malpractice Hotline is to increase awareness among women who have been harmed by abortion of their right to seek redress for wrongs done to them and to encourage them to act while they still have time.
We know our billboard has touched a nerve with abortion supporters who keep calling to insist we take it down.
The hotline number is 617-870-3000.