Posted on October 03, 2018 12:21 PM

Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate
We, who are pro-life, have an excellent opportunity to elect a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts who is also pro-life. He has the rare combination of being fiscally and socially responsible, yet at the same time he values the sanctity of life. He is socially responsible since he believes in helping others and has a track record of doing so. He is fiscally responsible and as a State Representative, among other fiscal steps he took, he was able to bring about the defeat of an automatic gas tax increase that would have cost taxpayers over $2 billion! Most Massachusetts taxpayers are unaware of the fact that the Massachusetts state debt in fiscal year 2015 was a whopping $75.3 billion according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is higher now. This is precisely why we need a good Republican representative in the U.S. Senate in Washington.
For a lot of reasons, Geoff is the right man. The pro-abortion movement is spinning out of control. Planned Parenthood that takes the lives of over 330,000 babies per year receives $500 million in federal taxpayer money. Yet they also got caught red handed in the horrendous act of selling baby body parts. Further, there are many Democratic members of both the House and Senate who are pushing for full term abortions! If you remember, Hillary Clinton during her Presidential campaign stated she was in support of full term abortions and justified it as being a "woman's choice". Full term! Just think about a beautiful child's life being taken through the brutal procedure of a full term abortion.
This is why, we need someone like Geoff in Washington...for fiscal, and social responsibility;  and for being a representative for the sanctity of life. His opponent is Elizabeth Warren, who is also a full term pro-abortion proponent.
Geoff has shown that he has courage. Recently he spoke out in favor of Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and his beautiful family. It is so easy to sit back and do nothing. Not Geoff! He also has two beautiful daughters and I am sure that he can only imagine what it is like to have his family be so unjustly treated, with an attempt to destroy them. I highly respect Geoff Diehl for speaking out, especially when he is involved in an election campaign.
We have a great choice in the midterm elections in November. Please strongly consider a vote for Geoff Diehl. Get out there to vote and encourage others to do so. This, for a lot of reasons, is an extremely important election.
Al DiLascia
Chicopee, MA
Posted on September 25, 2018 10:00 AM

Researching Organ Markets Leads to a Dark Place

By Dr. Trevor Stammers - It is impossible to separate the selling of human organs from people trafficking.

When in 2016, an editor from a leading academic publisher approached me about contributing a book chapter on the ethics of organ markets, I readily agreed thinking that this would entail little more than many other previous commissions. With most bioethical issues, the arguments pro and con are usually abstractions to be weighed and evaluated and a conclusion eventually drawn – or sometimes avoided in order to prolong ethical fence-sitting.

This topic however did prove to be rather different. One of early findings was that once organ acquisition from the living moves from being a matter of gifting the organ by donation to gaining the organ by financial transaction, a line is crossed which changes the whole environment within which transplantation takes place in a society. Once you have an organ market it makes people think more carefully about why they should be an altruistic donor. This I could have predicted but the second finding however took me completely by surprise. It was quite impossible to write about organ markets without writing about people trafficking. It soon became clear that wherever people trafficking is happening, organ trafficking will either be a part of it or closely linked and organ trafficking is difficult to disentangle –at least at the margins – from organ sales.

Headlines such as “Pakistani police rescue 24 from organ trafficking gang” and “Boy of 12 smuggled into the UK for gang to sell his body parts” are a far cry from the kind of ‘abstractions’ I thought I would be dealing with a few months before. I contacted the editor and said I didn’t think it would be possible to write about organ markets in isolation from organ trafficking – in the largest anthology on organ trafficking I could locate the majority of the chapters were about organ markets- and she agreed that I could broaden the chapter out.

Universal Prohibition Advocated

Examination of websites such as those of the UN, World Health Organisation, The Transplantation Society and the International Society of Nephrology revealed that every international declaration on people trafficking (such as the UNs Palermo protocol) specifies organ trafficking as a specific form of exploitation linked to people trafficking and declarations on organ trafficking (such as the Declaration of Istanbul) as well as prohibiting the practice also stress that “organ donation should be a financially neutral act”.

Despite such universal condemnation however, it is reckoned that around 10% of organs worldwide are trafficked meaning that an illegally acquired organ is transplanted every hour. How is it then that the practice remains so persistently prevalent?

A Chorus of Approval

One of the factors involved is that advocates of organ markets, though they may well be motivated by a genuine desire to see fewer patients die from lack of an available matching organ also tend to play down the reality of the links with people trafficking.

There are three main groups of people involved in promoting organ sales – philosophers (especially ‘practical’ ones), economists (particularly neoclassical ones) and doctors (particularly those who work in private healthcare systems).

Once this became clear, the task of the research then became to understand the arguments from each of these three groups seeking to justify payments for organs. I then sought to see whether the claims made in such arguments actually worked out in the real world and looked at the experiences and findings of researchers working in India, the Philippines and other poor parts of the world.

Finally since most of those advocating organ sales pointed to Iran as the shining paragon of how organ markets work, I then looked at reports of what is happening in Iran.  Whilst it is true that Iran has no waiting list for organ transplants and is the only country in the world in which this is the case, there is a price to be paid and since the majority of organ movement is out of the poor and into the rich, it is not difficult to work out who is paying it. 

My findings are due to be published in the spring of 2019. 

Dr Trevor Stammers is Reader in Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies in the UK.  He is a writer, blogger and occasional broadcaster on bioethical issues and was previously in clinical practice for over thirty years. This article is republished from THE JAM NETWORK blog with permission and also appeared on Mercatornet.com.

Posted on September 23, 2018 1:48 PM

Abortion On Demand: The Holy Grail of Democratic Politics

By Alfredo DiLascia - For a number of years now abortion has been the centerpiece, the "Holy Grail", of the Democratic Party. For candidates, and for those already holding office, if they support abortion, most other wrongdoings are forgiven or covered up.
There is no bigger example of this than Ted Kennedy who left a young woman scratching for air in a car while drowning under water in Chappaquiddick. His life of sexual harassment of women is legendary. Talk about Russian collusion, he secretly asked for Russian help in order to defeat Ronald Reagan's bid for the Presidency. Yet because he fully supported abortion, all this was easily excused, swept under the rug, and he became the" Lion of the Senate". He even took it one step further: He bore "false witness" as he massacred the reputation of a very good man and a respected legal scholar, Robert Bork, in his nomination for the Supreme Court. Let this be an example to what extent far left Democrats will go to remove even the hint of a Pro-Life person in any position of authority...especially the U.S. Supreme Court. 
The maxim of far left Democrats is "the end justifies the means", that doing ANYTHING to get a result is OK. Lie, steal, cheat, falsely accuse...destroy other people--it is all OK since "WE" know what is better, therefore anything we do to get there is justified. 
For the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, in a last, desperate attempt to defeat his nomination, came Anita Hill who accused him of (you guessed it) sexual harassment. Keep in mind: She followed him to two different jobs, in the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, there were at least 6 major inconsistencies with her testimony. Included were the testimonies of a dozen women who worked with Thomas and Hill. One woman who worked in close proximity in the office with Thomas and Hill said that it would have been impossible for her not to hear and see what Hill claimed.
Clarence Thomas is personally Pro-Life....even today they try to destroy him. "The end justifies the means."
Today, in an extremely similar way as with Anita Hill, at the 11th hour comes the accusation of sexual harassment. 36 years later and the ends still justify the means. Justice Brett Kavanaugh has a stellar background as a person and as an experienced legal scholar--a perfect fit for the Supreme Court. Yet the problem for the far left: He is personally Pro-Life. They need to destroy him, "the end justifies the means".
At the last minute along comes his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who claims while in high school, 36 years ago, Kavanaugh assaulted her! Yet, like Hill, her accusations are highly questionable. (1) 36 years ago while in high school, you have to be kidding me!  (2) High school classmate, Mark Judge, who was there at the time said "It's absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way". (3) What is not being brought forward enough is the fact that 65 women who went to high school at that time signed a letter which among other things stated "We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect. We strongly believe that it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time." '
But the media does not bring this forward.
In addition to the specific accusation at this time, it is important to recognize the pattern that exists here. Abortion is the "Holy Grail" of the Democratic Party. In the cases of Bork / Kennedy; Thomas / Hill; and now Kavanaugh / Ford...the far left Democrats will CREATE and bring forward any accusations to defeat a nomination of a Supreme Court Justice if even there is a whisper of them being, personally, Pro-Life.
"The end justifies the means".
For God's sake...APPROVE BRETT KAVANAUGH!
Posted on September 15, 2018 8:00 AM

POLLS SHOW VOTERS LACK CONFIDENCE IN TRUMP’S ABILITY TO CONTROL THE WEATHER

With the election less than 60 days away, almost every poll shows Trump losing support. It’s a carefully orchestrated campaign to depress the Republican turnout in November.

Headline on September 10 story, “CNN Poll: Trump approval down 6 points in a month, hits low among independents.” And on NPR, “Midwest Abandons Trump, Fueling Democratic Advantage for Control of Congress.” The message: It’s all over except the cheering. Welcome Speaker Pelosi – or worse.

One thing none of these stories takes into account is the way they reflect the media’s success at smearing the President.

Many who will vote Republican in November are afraid to admit it to pollsters, for fear they’ll be thought of as a white nationalist-supremacist-bigot-Alt-Right hater. But in the privacy of the voting booth, they’ll vote their pocketbook, border security and the flag – as well as revulsion over the tactics of the so-called Resistance.

Remember the shocked faces at the Networks on election night 2016? Trump was winning -- but how could that be? All of the polls showed him losing in a rout of epic proportions.  Remember: “Increasingly narrow path to the White House for Trump”? Love that narrow path!

In 11 different polls taken days before the election, Trump’s disapproval rating ranged from a high of 61% to a low of 55%. His favorability ratings were generally in the mid-30s. On favorability, Hillary had almost a 4-point advantage over the man who beat her.

Hoping we’ll forget what happened in 2016, the same pollsters are at it again.

Conclusion: Work like hell for Republican candidates, pray and ignore opinion polls.

Posted on August 29, 2018 11:00 AM

MCFL Federal PAC Announces Support

The MCFL Federal PAC, an entity registered with the FEC to support or oppose candidates, has announced its endorsement of John Hugo in the 5th Congressional District. From its recent announcement:

"The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Federal Political Action Committee is pleased to endorse John Hugo for Congress in the 5th Congressional District Republican Primary," said John Roe, PAC Chairman. "There is a stark contrast between Hugo and his opponent on the life issues. John Hugo is pro-life. His opponent is not”

The winner of the Primary will face Congresswoman Katherine Clark, a leader of the pro-abortion force in the U.S. House, in the November general election.

"All voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to send John Hugo to Congress, so that he can work to advance vital pro-life public policies," concluded Mr. Roe.

This announcement is for informational purposes.

To learn more about where various candidates stand, visit the legislators and candidates section of our website.

Posted on August 21, 2018 11:50 AM

Once Roe Is Overturned...


Once Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be necessary for us to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to protect life at all stages.  This Life Institute analysis of the recent vote in Ireland highlights the things we will face. It is very helpful for us to begin thinking and acting now.

 

Posted on August 16, 2018 2:56 PM

Balancing Act


People often ask how Dr. Bill Lawton (left) is doing so we are grateful to share Patsy's Journal entry.

By Patsy Lawton

It is amazing how the weeks fly by and how grateful we are to realize that Bill passed the one year mark since his diagnosis on June 23rd.  Each day with Bill on earth is truly a gift from God!  

Since the last journal update on June 4th, Bill has been on second-line FDA approved chemo drugs with more serious side effects.  Over the past 5 cycles (given every other week) Bill has experienced weight loss, GI challenges, more fatigue & weakness and one 4 day hospital.  After preaching low or no salt for his whole professional life, Bill needs to add salt due to very low blood pressures.  Each day since on the new chemo regiment, Bill is juggling the ideal balance of the GI track not moving too slowly or too fast and controlling the abdominal pain without feeling too tired, weak or sleepy.  We continue to appreciate the excellent medical care at UMass in Worcester & the guidance of Bill's oncologist.  The next CT scan is scheduled for the end of this month which will indicate the effectiveness of the current treatment.

We continue to be surrounded by loving, praying faithful friends and family bringing us joy, strength and courage.  During the past 6 weeks we've enjoyed wonderful visits with our son and family from KS (including grandsons from Chicago & Denver), our covenant friends & pastor from church, our good friend from Egypt, the Ryan family and daily visits with Jeanne, John, Anela & John.

Each day we are greeted by the beauty of God's creation with the wonders and sights of living on Lake Singletary.  Our special friend, the great heron, hangs out on our dock or raft.  We've both enjoyed boat rides and "swimming"/floating in the lake.  Daily delights include walks in the yard to see the beautiful flowers, check out the vegetable garden and see what the deer have been nibbling on overnight!   Bill has taken to heart the advice of his "big" sister, Jan, to focus on the good parts of each day.  We are reminded and thankful that "The faithful love of the Lord never ends.  His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning."  Lamentations 3:22-23

Thanks for your great love & care and the many ways you keep in touch with us.
Hugs, Patsy & Bill

Posted on August 14, 2018 7:24 PM

Discrediting Single Issue Voters

In Understanding what’s behind the ceaseless attempts to discredit single-issue voters, i.e., pro-lifers, National Right to Life News Editor Dave Andrusko makes some excellent points about the effectiveness of being single issue and why that bothers the other side so much.

"The goal is either to discredit pro-lifers in general or to announce that someone has discovered (voilà!) that single-issue pro-life groups are passé. Never mind all that this insistence not to be dragged into other issues has accomplished against pro-abortion forces that have access to money by the billions and the unwavering support of virtually the entirety of the 
cultural/media establishment. They know better."

Well put, Dave!

Posted on August 06, 2018 1:15 PM

Two sides of the debate over abortion and federal funds


Reprinted with permission - 

Governor Charlie Baker is clearly misguided in opposing President Trump’s proposed changes in Title X funding to enforce the federal ban on tax dollars for abortion (“Baker hits US abortion proposal,” Metro, July 24). The changes would not endanger women’s health care, as Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito implied in their letter of comment to the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House budget director. Rather, the changes would reduce taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood, a major special interest group that performs more than 300,000 abortions nationwide each year.

It’s no wonder the Baker-Polito challenge to Trump’s proposal was cheered by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and by politicians favoring abortion rights.

Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize a procedure that results in ending a human life.

Gail Besse Ryberg

Hingham

Posted on July 26, 2018 12:43 PM

Grandson of Stalin Admirer Pushes Stalinist Population Control

By Don Feder

A super-rich Democrat Congressional Candidate has given generously to a group that wants to tax parents who have more than two children. Scott Wallace is a grandson of FDR’s 2nd. Vice President, Henry Wallace, who thought Stalin was really cool.

Through his family’s Wallace Global Fund, Scott has funneled ten of millions to leftist causes. The Republican Jewish Coalition discloses that over the past 20 years, the Democrat candidate in Pennsylvania’s 1st. Congressional District has given more than $300,000 to the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, which targets Israel for economic annihilation.

He’s also given $7 million to the death-dealers of Planned Parenthood, NOW, and their allies.

FOX News reports Wallace gave more than $1 million to a group pushing zero population growth, so it could promote a plan to tax ”irresponsible breeders” (families with more than two children).

It’s funny, in a sick sort of way. The pro-abortion movement says it’s about “choice.” But those who won’t tow the party line get none. It would force taxpayers to pay for abortion, force pregnancy resource centers to “offer” abortion as an alternative, force America to promote abortion and contraception overseas, and now, force families to pay to have more than two kids.

They really do hate the idea of procreation – believe it’s a threat to the planet.

This, while worldwide fertility rates have declined 50% since the 1960s. America now has a fertility rate of 1.7 children per woman, well below the replacement level of 2.1. Where will the workers of tomorrow come from? South of the border? Mexico’s fertility rate is barely at replacement.

The groups Scott Wallace supports with his family’s money have a Stalinist approach to the family. If the mini-Soros is elected, he’ll make a fitting addition to a political menagerie of the left that includes Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Maxine Waters, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Governors Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo.