Posted on February 24, 2020 2:39 PM

40 Days Launches in Massachusetts to the Theme of the "Power of One"

by Steven Hardy, MCFL Member, Boston

The 40 Days for Life Bosto 2020 Campaign Launch was held at Saint Catherine of Siena parish in Norwood on February the 23rd. A Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael McNamara, followed by a powerful talk from Patricia Sandoval, known as the primary voice for the preborn, and women healing after abortion, in Mexico.

At the Mass, Fr. McNamara delivered a homily in which he touched on our responsibilities towards those in need, particularly the preborn, as well as the need to show love towards our friends and neighbors who believe abortion should be legal. 

Following the Mass, Patricia Sandoval shared the heart-wrenching story of her upbringing, which lead to three abortions, a brief stint working at a Planned Parenthood facility, and a rock-bottom in drug use and homelessness. It was at that bottom, feeling utterly lost, that she recalled a childhood memory, and began to pray.

She then recounted how  the answer to that prayer -- one stranger -- changed everything for her.

While crying and praying with her eyes closed and her head downcast, she all of a sudden felt a firm and warm embrace. She opened her eyes to see a waitress from a restaurant across the street who had seen her and felt compelled to help. This proved to be the turning point for Patricia. The waitress helped her to reunite with her mother, who had also been praying for this for some time.

Mrs. Sandoval’s incredible story is a testimony of the power of how the actions of one person can have an enormous impact. That waitress not only saved Patricia’s life by acting out of love for a stranger in distress, but by sharing her story, Patricia is likely saving the lives of countless others by inspiring us to be that one stranger who acts out of love for a woman in distress about to enter an abortion facility. 

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Posted on February 24, 2020 11:57 AM

Not a Natural a Peaceful Death: Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide

by Dr. Mark Rollo, MCFL Board Member


The stated mission of Massachusetts Citizens for Life is to defend life from conception to natural death.

Physician Assisted Suicide is NOT a natural death. Proponents try to sanitize this practice with phrases like “medical aid in dying,” and “death with dignity,” however, there is nothing dignified about suicide, and there is nothing dignified about a doctor writing a prescription to end a patient’s life.

Palliative care and hospice seek to end suffering while a person dies a natural death. Physician Assisted Suicide seeks to end the life of the suffering person. There is a huge and culture transforming difference.

Among the many evils of Physician Assisted Suicide which include the corruption of medicine, the slippery slope toward active and involuntary euthanasia as has happened in the Netherlands and the general rise in suicide, state sanctioned assisted suicide will disproportionately affect the poor, minorities, and those with disabilities. 

Barbara Wagner, a woman in her 60s, received a letter from Medicaid of Oregon stating her advanced lung cancer treatment would not be covered but her suicide pills would be.

Stephanie Packer of California, a 29 year old mother of four with a progressive lung disease, received a letter from her insurance company stating that her expensive medication would no longer be covered but her cheap suicide pills would be covered. She received this letter after Physician Assisted Suicide became legal in California. In this regard she gave testimony last summer before the Massachusetts Joint Committee of Public Health regarding S.1208 and H.1926, which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts.

Stephanie, center, with her family. (photo credit: NY Post)


Decision time regarding these disastrous bills is upon us. We need to contact our state senators and representatives as well as committee members of the Joint Committee on Public Health.  We need to tell them that we do not want the vulnerable among us, like Barbara Wagner and Stephanie Packer, steered toward suicide. 

This week, please take a few minutes to email, call, and write stating your objections to physician assisted suicide (S.1208 and H.1926):

Committee Chair, Sen. Jo Comerford

(617) 722-1532

24 Beacon St., Room 413-C

Boston, MA, 02133

[email protected]

Committee Vice Chair, Sen. Nick Collins 

(617) 722-1150

24 Beacon St., Room 312-D

Boston, MA, 02133

[email protected]




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Posted on February 21, 2020 6:45 AM

Pro-Life Youth Film Contest 2020

One Gave Life: A Tribute to Mothers

Your short film may take top honors at MCFL’s Mother’s Day Dinner. Better yet, it may save the life of another.

The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Youth Film Contest is an opportunity to use your creative gift to tell the stories of moms: your mom, another mom, a mom whose time has passed, or a mom-to-be. We're celebrating motherhood for what it is: the most important and revered loving sacrifice of our society. 

Produce a video that pays tribute to motherhood. We welcome submissions from filmmakers of any experience level, ages 15-25.

Deadline for entries: October 10, 2020.


  1. Film submissions must reflect the intrinsic value of the individual human person, and may focus on the following: euthanasia, abortion, lethal discrimination via abortion or doctor prescribed suicide. All films must engage with the reality that human life should be cherished from conception to natural death.
  2. Tone, genre, and style are at the discretion of the filmmaker.
  3. Short films must not exceed 3 minutes.


  1. The video file must be under three (3) minutes in length (all copyrighted material will be removed). It is recommended that video file size be kept under three hundred (300) MB for quicker upload/encoding time. Finalists (as defined below) may be asked to provide higher resolution files. Video files must be provided in one of the following file formats: .MP4; .MPG; .MOV; .AVI; or .WMV.
  2. For all video submissions shot in 16:9 aspect ratio, they should be center cut protected. Finalists may be asked to provide the original audio and video files used during production of the entry for broadcast purposes. This may include uncompressed QuickTime files, final audio mix and/or separate audio tracks for dialogue, music, and effects. These items are not mandatory to become a Finalist (as defined below).



A panel of judges, as determined by MCFL, will review and judge submissions according to the following Judging Criteria (“Judging Criteria”):

Craft 25%

Uniqueness 25%

Adherence to Contest Rules 25%

Messaging 25%

Prizes will go to the top three (3) submissions received, judged according to the above criteria. 

Submit your entry to [email protected] through Dropbox or YouTube.

Or snail mail us a thumb drive or disc with your film. 

Please include:

  1. Your full name
  2. School (if applicable)
  3. Mailing address
  4. Email address
  5. Title of film
  6. Short bio (1-2 paragraphs maximum)
Posted on February 18, 2020 9:16 AM

Molders of Culture: Academy Awards Breakthroughs


by Sonja Morin, Communications Intern


The Oscars ceremony aired this past Sunday night, fittingly closing the film awards season. Movies are meant to reflect cultural values. What is supported in film is meant to be lauded in real life, be it qualities, beliefs, or ideals. Award shows amplify this by denoting particular movies of interest. We, the public audience, then draw our attention to them and what they represent. These award shows also tie in presenters, acts, and performances in between to give focus to certain themes. 

What kind of values did the Oscars represent in relation to the pro-life movement?

At first glance, there really was not much to take away from this year’s ceremonies in terms of a political message. There weren’t many political speeches during the Oscars, surprisingly enough. Those that did speak of any particular theme did so vaguely, referencing unity and the need for equality in our society. After a long week filled with division in our political system, in a way, it only makes sense that the Academy would have taken such a nonpartisan approach. However, it is clear that they made a life-affirming statement, and quite possibly without intending it. 

To present the Oscar for the category of Live-Action Short Film, actor Shia LaBeouf was accompanied by Zack Gottsagen. The latter is an up-coming actor who starred with LaBeouf in last year’s film The Peanut Butter Falcon. Last night gave Gottsagen an incredible opportunity, as he became the first person with Down syndrome to present an Oscar. With LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen gave the award, and even delivered the famous line, “And the Oscar goes to…”. 


It was a touching moment. In a culture riddled with stigma against those with Down syndrome, the Academy’s choice to represent the community through Gottsagen was an impressive one. 

One of the many themes the Oscars seems to represent is the idea that anyone, no matter their circumstances, can achieve greatness. People tend to devalue those with Down syndrome, either out of complete ignorance or patronization. The prevailing belief is that, due to some of the struggles that comes from the syndrome, that people who have it will never be able to succeed in most aspects of life. Gottsagen is living proof that this assumption is wrong. His life is worth living in itself, and he was able to make something beautiful out of it. 

What does that mean for us as pro-lifers? For one, it shows that the attitudes surrounding Down syndrome are certainly changing, and that parts of our culture are attempting to ensure that it happens. It also reminds us that we must lobby to ensure that babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are not aborted. In the United States, 67% of the pre-born diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted, simply as a result of the diagnosis. This terminal example of discrimination is something that we as a culture must defeat. 

There are immediate opportunities for us to help counter the destructive attitudes our culture still has regarding those with Down syndrome. Our state and nation face two bills that must be opposed at all costs: the ROE Act (S.1209/H. 3320) in Massachusetts and the federal bill H.J. Resolution 79, which would remove the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ROE Act and the ERA would not only ensure that aborting babies with Down syndrome remains legal, but possible at any point in pregnancy and funded by taxpayers. These laws would only serve to deepen the prejudices against those with Down syndrome, restricting their ability to rise and drive the course of their life like Zack Gottsagen has. 

This is where your action matters. Call your state and federal representatives and senators to oppose these dangerous bills. Your voice, counted with many others, are the small shifts that our culture needs to turn the tide. We can create a culture that is more accepting of life in all its circumstances by putting just a few minutes aside for this pertinent cause. While our actions may not be as widely televised as the Oscars, they are still just as important in creating a culture that is more accepting of all people in all stages of life. 


You can instantly contact the members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary by accessing this link and emailing and calling Chair Claire Cronin.

Look up your legislator here and request that they personally meet with Chair Claire Cronin asking her, and the committee, to oppose the "ROE" Act.


Posted on February 18, 2020 8:51 AM

Our Team: Leading by example

by Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.        - Winston Churchill

The 9-year-old batter swung a little too hard that Saturday afternoon in the backyard. But he’d told her to keep her eye on the ball and give it all she had. The clang of glass shattering stunned us both, and I instinctively prepared myself to hear a littany of choice words coming out of my dad’s mouth. But he just grinned, closed his eyes, dropped his head, gloved hand hanging at his side, in a stance that said, “I guess I know what I’m doing with the rest of my day off.”

To love requires many things of a person. But self-sacrifice tops the list. The great thing, though, about learning to love, is that you get to be inspired by that same behavior when you recognize it elsewhere. Witnessing one person giving breeds a similar response in the observer; like interest on a precious investment, the potential for compounding “good” awaits.

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, I want you to know about the loving, life-giving work of a small, but passionately dedicated, group of individuals: my MCFL colleagues. 

These otherwise “ordinary” men and women do extraordinary good for people they may never know. And they are “work ethic” personified.

After collaborating closely with them for the past year, I continue to be amazed that they choose to make their life by what they give to this organization, usually seven days a week, during the pre-dawn silence, the bright light of noontime, or, for some, after they finish their day jobs, enveloped in the dark of midnight. Somewhere along the way, each was clearly on the receiving end of another person’s whole-hearted love. And now they—we—do this work out of respect for those who taught us to love and for those whose voices we may never hear. 

Some examples of the extremes to which my team members have gone (just in the past few weeks):

*Despite a power outage, our magazine editor met the deadline for our spring issue after scouring her town for a place with electricity.

*Out west, a well-known MCFL face greeted busloads of D.C.-bound marchers late on a frigid January night, ensuring their safe travels.

*Recently, a colleague gave up (another) Saturday morning to meet our members on chilly sidewalks outside Planned Parenthood, generating warmth for women who need it the most.

*After a long day of work, a team member noticed something at 1:00 AM that needed to get done. So he did it—then followed up a few short hours later to make sure everything was OK. 

*“End-of-the-year” means numerous loose ends either become tangled or tied. Our office manager not only tightly secured them, but, with her can-do attitude, shaped them into pleasant little bows.  

*And the beating heart behind all of us: MCFL’s Chairman and Board of Directors, who either witnessed the birth of MCFL in 1973 or grew up alongside it, giving much of their lives for the lives of others, daily.

But we are able to maintain constant focus on MCFL’s mission because of what you have given, {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}}. Since I arrived on the scene as president last summer, I continue to be motivated by your sacrifice, what you do to help my team and me ascend the mountain before us. Some days we cover a mile! On other days only inches. But I am so grateful that, because of your love for what we’re trying to do, we consistently move forward, despite others’ efforts to hold us back. Thank you!

And, to my dear colleagues, who I have come to treasure, your selfless love for our shared work inspires, caffeinates, and sustains me. I am honored to share this experience with you. Keep up the great work, keep your eye on the ball, and give it all you got. I won’t mind one bit if you shatter the status quo. 


P.S. You can continue to support our acts of love by giving, joining, or even just praying for my team and me. Thank you!


Posted on February 11, 2020 9:09 AM

URGENT ACTION ALERT: House to Vote on Ratifying "E.R.A"

National Right to Life reports, that the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 13 on resolution to "ratify" the pro-abortion "Equal Rights Amendment"

AP News and the New York Times report,  "Abortion-rights supporters are eager to nullify the [ERA ratification] deadline and get the amendment ratified so it could be used to overturn state laws restricting abortion." 
            Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who has refused to allow a vote on the Infants Born Alive Protection Act, is allowing the Democratic leadership to trample constitutional requirements,   and bring to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 13  a resolution that -- if the federal courts allow it -- inserts the 1972 "Equal Rights Amendment" (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution. 

            The resolution (House Joint Resolution 79, or H.J. Res. 79) is intended to nullify the 7-year ratification deadline that Congress attached to the ERA, which expired in 1979 -- thereby allowing recognition of recent "ratifications" by Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia, and inviting a declaration that the ERA is part of the U.S. Constitution.

            Pro-life legal experts fear, and pro-abortion leaders proclaim, that the ERA would entrench "abortion rights" in the constitutional text forever, and would result in the invalidation of hundreds of state laws protecting unborn children or regulating abortion -- based on the legal argument that these laws affect men and women differently, and therefore violate the ERA.

            The congressional Democratic leaders insist that H.J. Res. 79 does not require the President's signature, and that it can become law with simple majority votes in each house of Congress!

Take these actions immediately:

- Call both the Washington, D.C. and local office of your U.S. House member - urge him or her to oppose the ERA and to oppose House Joint Resolution 79.  You can obtain both the Washington, D.C. and home-district office phone numbers of your House member on the NRLC Legislative Action Center website - simply enter your zip code where it says "Find Your Elected Officials." You can also reach the D.C. offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard, 202-225-3121, and giving your zip code.

- Email to your U.S. House member. You can use the National Right to Life Legislative Action Center website here.  After you enter your zip code, you will see the identity of your U.S. House member, and a suggested email message against the ERA that has been prepared for you, which you can modify as you wish.  Using this method to send an email takes just takes a few minutes.  Please do not neglect to make the phone calls first! - because congressional offices generally take a flood of phone calls more seriously than a flood of emails.

For regular updates on important developments pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment, in Congress and in the courts, follow the Twitter accounts @massprolife, @nrlc and @ERA_No_Shortcuts

For more details, see here.

Donate to Massachusetts Citizens for Life by calling our office:  (617) 242-4199. If you do not reach our staff immediately, please leave us a voicemail and we will return your call shortly to process your support. Thank you.

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Posted on February 07, 2020 7:57 AM

Got 5 Minutes? Do your part to defeat "ROE"

This week's column by MCFL's president provides you with an easy to use phone script for calling your legislator, and members of the Judiciary Committee, to oppose the "ROE" Act. It also provides a quick refresher on the proposed law's provisions. ]


By Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President


By raising my voice, I can help the greatest of all causes—good will among men and peace on earth. - Albert Einstein

“Hello, this is Myrna Maloney Flynn from Massachusetts Citizens for Life. I received your voicemail. How can I help?”

On the other end of the line, a longtime MCFL member with a soft trilling brogue humbly explained, “I’m 86 now and can’t get down to the State House to lobby like I used to. So I will call their offices about that bill. I just don’t know what to say.” 

Like my new friend, you’ve got the power of your voice. And I’ve got a way for you to use it. Yes, it will take 15 minutes of your day. But it has the potential to save thousands of lives.

We learned this week that the Judiciary Committee extended until May 12 its deadline to report on the ROE Act. This means that they’ve got until then to decide whether or not they will allow legislators to vote on the radical, dangerous legislation. The new deadline may also be pushed back, however, so it is likely that we won't be able to rest easy until the end of the session on July 31st. 

Despite our strong showing at last June’s hearing, and subsequent petition delivery last fall—efforts that successfully stalled the bill, we have not defeated it. Yet. To do so, we need to doggedly continue our lobbying efforts. And the quickest, easiest first step lies in your hands and with your voice: call your legislators. We know from experience that these phone calls are important to stopping legislation.  

There are six people you have to call to make a difference, and it will only take a few minutes of your day: Your state representative, your state senator, and the four committee chairs. I'm sharing a sample script that you can alter for each one of them. When you call, ask to leave a message for the individual. It’s important to say you are a constituent.

Not sure who your representative or senator is? You can look them up here ( 

State Representative/State Senator Sample Script

"Hello, I would like to leave a message for Representative/Senator [name]. My name is [your name]. I live in [your town], Massachusetts and I am a constituent. I implore that [he or she] OPPOSE [If Representative: House Bill 3320. If Senator: Senate Bill 1209] - the ROE Act. It is a horrific piece of legislation that threatens the lives of young girls. It is a setback for women and society, and it further threatens the lives of society's most vulnerable. If the bill comes up for a vote in the state legislature, I expect Representative/Senator [name] to vote against the ROE Act. Thank you for passing along my message. I appreciate your time on this imporant issue."

After you’ve called your state rep/senator, call each of the four Judiciary Committee Chairs:

Committee Chair Claire Cronin  -- (617) 722-2396

Committee Vice-Chair Representative Michael Day -- (617) 722-2396

Committee Chair Senator James Eldridge -- (617) 722-1120

Committee Vice-Chair Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz -- (617) 722-1673

Judiciary Committee member Sample Script

"Hello, I would like to leave a message for Judiciary Committee member [name]. My name is [your name]. I am a voter in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I've contacted my local representatives, and I want to voice my opposition to the ROE Act - House Bill 3320/Senate Bill 1209 - currently being debated in the Judiciary Committee. It is a horrific piece of legislation that threatens the lives of young girls, it is a setback for women and society, and it further threatens the lives of society's most vulnerable. I urge the committee NOT to let the ROE Act be voted out of committee, and, instead, let the deadline pass to stop the bill from being voted on at all. Thank you for passing along my message. I appreciate your time on this important issue."

If any of the staff members try to justify the legislator's positions, simply tell them that there is no justification for this type of legislation and that, as a constituent, the legislator represents you. Therefore, you expect him or her to vote against it. 

Your voice matters to them because they know you are a voter in their district! These calls matter, and the other side knows it, too. They’ve been urging their fellow abortion rights supporters to make similar calls. So now, more than ever, raise your voice on this, the greatest of all causes. 

Please share this email with like-minded people and urge them to make these important calls as well. If we don't let our voices be heard, everything that Massachusetts pro-lifers have accomplished in the last 47 years could be lost. Beneath my message you’ll find a reminder of what the ROE Act will mean for our women, girls, and infants if it is passed.

Thank you for your time, energy, and passion in protecting the vulnerable in Massachusetts.


Finally, below is a review of the ROE Act’s implications. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with them and use your knowledge to inform others. Most voters simply do not know the impact this legislation will have. This bill would essentially wipe out every common-sense, pro-life law on the books in the Commonwealth. 

If passed, the ROE Act will:

  • Remove protections for newborn babies who are born alive having survived a failed abortion (opening the door to infanticide);
  • Eliminate the requirement that a parent (or at least a judge) consent before a minor girl undergoes an abortion; allowing any adult who may be abusing them to cover up their assault by eliminating the need for a legal guardian to consent to any abortion. 
  • Allow abortions of viable unborn babies to be performed outside of a hospital, meaning abortions can be done in any facility, even those lacking the most basic of medical standards like hallways wide enough for gurneys if a woman needs to be rushed to the hospital (A woman was recently rushed to a hospital in Massachusetts due to hemorrhaging after an abortion). This further endangers women. 
  • Increase taxpayer funding of abortion, by diverting money from Healthy Start, a program intended to reduce infant mortality among the poor;
  • Eliminate all criminal penalties for the performance of any abortion—whether coerced, sex-selective, eugenic, incompetently executed, performed by a non-physician, inflicted on a victim of sex trafficking, statutory rape, or other sexual abuse, etc.
Posted on February 06, 2020 2:21 PM

Molders of Consensus (Consistent Culture Column I)

Molders of Consensus 

By Sonja Morin, MCFL Communications Intern


Last week, the United States honored and remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a brilliant and influential man who dedicated his life to restoring freedom and justice. He was instrumental in shifting the tide for the civil rights movement through the speeches and letters he wrote, as well as the demonstrations he helped lead. His work aided in the national efforts to end discrimination against African Americans, including the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The pro-life movement has continuously looked to Dr. King as a figure who not only emulated the qualities of a great leader, but also understood human dignity and liberty. Both the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement are connected through their effort to uphold human rights for all. Many of Dr. King’s speeches alluded to the same reasoning that the pro-life movement uses today in defense of the pre-born. His legacy in the pro-life movement has been prominently continued through the efforts of his niece, Dr. Alveda King. 

It is fitting that the inaugural post of this column would coincide so closely to the day that is nationally dedicated to Dr. King. In reflecting on his work, surely we could discern some lessons that will be beneficial to our movement in the days and years to come. 

This column will be dedicated to abortion and culture, and the ways in which they intersect. As a movement, we often express our total rejection of American culture, and what is produced from it. More than ever, the pro-choice movement has utilized culture and its byproducts to normalize abortion. They want to convince those who are conflicted about the issue that abortion is healthy, beneficial, and in many cases necessary for women. They posit that it is right to dehumanize the most vulnerable among us in the name of equality. Their work is certainly contributing to the transformation of our culture into a culture of death. Our repulsion in response to this is certainly reasonable. 


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Posted on February 06, 2020 6:43 AM

Our Newest Team Member: Sonja Morin, Intern

We're pleased to welcome Sonja Morin to the Massachusetts Citizens for Life team as our Communications Intern for 2020-2021.


Sonja Morin will serve as a Communications and Outreach Intern at Mass. Citizens for Life this upcoming year and into the next. Since her interest in the pro-life movement was piqued after seeing the March for the first time, she has not only become involved with MCFL activities, but is a current Stevens Fellow through Students for Life of America, and was recognized by the Diocese of Fall River for her work in the movement. Morin is currently in her senior year at a high school in southern Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, films, writing, and spending time with her family.


Donate today to support our internship and educational scholarship fund. All donations made through this link go towards offering fair stipends for our interns, and additional support to our team in providing trainings and support.

Posted on February 03, 2020 9:43 AM

MCFL's Founding President, Roy Scarpato, Passes

A fountain in the neighbor’s yard babbles to itself, and the night air

Lifts the sound indoors. It was another time, he says, picking up again. 

We were pioneers. Will you fight to stay alive here, riding the earth

Toward God-knows-where? I think of Atlantis buried under ice, gone

One day from sight, the shore from which it rose now glacial and stark.

Our eyes adjust to the dark.

(from “My God, It’s Full of Stars” by Tracy K. Smith)

His children affirmed it: he loved the stars, and his mind sought the universe.

Another pro-life giant has passed. MCFL’s first president, Roy Scarpato, died, fittingly, on January 22nd, and he was laid to rest a week ago. He was one of our pillars. Roy’s devotion to the pro-life cause was essential in organizing the movement in the Commonwealth.

[The honor guard for Roy Scarpato’s funeral, suggested by Phil Moran, comprising key players from MCFL and PLLDF.]

Within four days of the January 22nd, 1973, pronouncement of Roe and Doe, nine citizens of the Commonwealth set their names down to incorporate Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Roy was one of those nine. The only one of those heroes still with us, Phil Moran, described Roy as the “voice of reason.” And indeed his incisive and capacious intellect fructified the movement for decades.

It was Roy’s idea to form one of our most important allied organizations, the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund. MCFL and PLLDF, along with the Catholic Church and a pro-life General Court (our legislature, led by Democrats), saw into law the current provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws governing abortion.

This first generation of pro-lifers sought to regulate the performance of abortion as closely as possible given the Supreme Court decisions, acknowledging that an “unborn child” is at stake, requiring parental consent when a minor girl is involved, requiring that late-term abortions be performed in hospitals (which is in fact still the standard of care: all late-term abortions involve induction and delivery, making their performance outside hospital settings irresponsible with regard to the health of the mother), requiring that a child who survives an abortion be cared for and that life-saving equipment be on hand, etc.

[This legacy of Roy and the other giants would be wiped away by the “ROE" Act, a bill name that is either cynical or massively uninformed, given that the laws it would erase are precisely laws that are congruent with Roe v. Wade.]

The monthly Friday night MCFL Board meetings were held for years in the family room of Roy and Anne Scarpato’s Wayland home. MCFL grew up along with the Scarpato children.

Also describing Roy as “the voice of reason,” the great Tom Harvey recalls later Board meetings: “Roy was a leader and his opinion was always respected. And he was also very resilient. He could take some shots, but he would always be back at the next meeting and expressing his opinion.” This willingness to engage vigorously and thoughtfully in deliberative assembly is an essential disposition for a citizen of a democratic republic. He was an exemplar.

Mike Wiseman, one of our longest-serving Directors and Clerk of the Corporation, testifies of Roy: “In him was a combination of high intelligence and fierce moral passion. He was a man of absolute rectitude who dedicated much of his life to the protection of ‘the least of our brethren.’ To oppose him in debate could be daunting due to the power of his intellect and force of his personality. Roy was as moral a man as I've ever met. A total gentleman. The world was graced with his presence. I'm sure he now has a high place in Heaven, where they won't let him slip out for a smoke as we did! God rest his soul!”

Roy was a predecessor in the roles we currently undertake, and we are eager to honor his memory, drawing from it increased energy to fulfill our commission in the supreme cause of life. Roy was a pioneer. We follow the trail he helped blaze, so that his heroic age will have an enduring after-life—under those watching stars. 

Eternal rest grant unto Roy, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.



Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President

David Franks, Ph.D., Chairman

C.J. Williams, Community Engagement Director

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