Posted on June 17, 2020 4:06 PM

MLK Speaks to Our Time, "But If Not"

But If Not 

by Sonja Morin, Communications Intern


We find ourselves facing once again the most prevalent issue in American history up until now: human rights. A human being has the right to exist and live, no matter the circumstances in their lives, no matter the inherent elements of their identity, no matter the societal and cultural beliefs that are aimed towards them. A human being has a right to respect, not because of who they are or what they do, but because of what they are: humans endowed with dignity. A human being has the right to live free from violence. A human being has the right to fair treatment in a situation of legal intervention. These rights are among those most basic and inherent to our human identity. 

Yet, time and again, they have come into question, not because they themselves have changed, but because human selfishness intervenes. Slavery was an effort aimed towards economic success, completely ignoring the dignity of Black people in exchange for desired personal advancement. Women were denied rights so that present leaders could retain their status. In the moment, we wish to serve ourselves, and often lose sight of what is right. This is where injustice shatters peace. Our American culture has ingrained values that attempt to protect rights, but our nation has certainly failed to carry those values out in different situations. We see it in the treatment of the pre-born, the elderly, the marginalized, the sick, and racial minorities, especially the Black community. The United States is wounded because of these injustices, sinking into a dark despair that would claim humans cannot rise above their sinful tendencies. 

In the past few weeks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been looked to not only  as a model of justice and respect, but of hope. People have sought out his words and shared them with others in an attempt to advocate for better conditions. This made me look to a sermon from 1967, entitled “But If Not”. In this sermon, Dr. King relates the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three stood against the tyranny of the Babylonian ruler, refusing to worship an idol and thus violate their religious rights. They were thrown into a fiery furnace, but even then, they refused to deny their God. Miraculously, they were saved, and this event prompted the king to reverse the unjust law. 

Dr. King masterfully uses the story of these three Hebrew men to demonstrate that injustice has always accompanied humanity. There have always been times of unjust persecution, when the rights of individuals were sacrificed on the altar of self-gratification. The utilization of people as a means to advance one’s own interests is a deplorable condition that humanity has struggled with for centuries, and continues to wrestle with as years pass. As a result of these corruptive actions giving way to each other, the issue of creating justice in an unjust world seems almost insurmountable to many. 

However, the constancy of injustice has always been accompanied by the constancy of those who fought against it and for their fellow human beings, for a restoration of equity and peace. Those of us who suffer because of our age, because of our race or ethnicity, because of our physical or psychological abilities, or any other circumstances, are not alone. Those of us who fight to secure the rights of those cast off by society and culture are not alone. Behind us are thousands of years’ worth of individuals who stood up for the truth, even if it meant risking their lives. 

What do these times mean to and for us? Dr. King’s sermon holds the answer: “You must love ultimately because it’s lovely to love. You must be just because it’s right to be just. You must be honest because it’s right to be honest.” As members of the pro-life movement, it is our chiefest duty to defend and celebrate human life from conception until natural death. We do so, not because it is convenient or easy, but because of our love for each other rising from our shared humanity. 

As so many issues pertaining to life reach a boiling point - prominent among them racially-motivated discrimination and violence - we must work more persistently than ever to ensure that individuals are respected and treated with love. That love begins with us, in the way we interact with those around us. It begins with how we treat others online. It begins with how we respond to chaos - seeing it as an opportunity to care. It begins with refusing to transform deep wounds into political bullets. If there’s a time for standing up for those who are most vulnerable and marginalized in society, it is now. Raise your voices with Dr. King, with the Hebrews, with all those before us who stood for the truth. Let us work peacefully now for an end to discrimination and violence, to ensure that all people, who have been created equal, can live in the joy of that equality without fear.

Posted on June 16, 2020 2:55 PM

Dutch doctor kills demented patient, exonerated in court

In the Netherlands, a woman who repeatedly told her MD not yet, was euthanized at that same doctor's orders. 

Dr. Arends, who had attended the woman from the beginning of her illness with dementia, said, "‘I believed that her suffering was truly awful and I knew that it could last for a long time,’

The woman, whose name was withheld in the interview Dr. Arends granted Dutch News, had signed a living will in which she requested that she be killed before she died naturally if the disease progressed "unbearably." However, she also stated that she required her medical team to secure verbal and written consent when the time came.

Neither Dr. Arends, nor anyone else, got that confirmation. In fact, as has been previously stated, she told them multiple times that she did not want to be euthanized. 

Arends was brought to court for her actions, but ultimately exonerated. In a bewilderingly bewildered statement, she reflected that she was stunned by the possibility of jail. ‘It is bizarre. ‘It’s the first time that I realized that an accusation of murder was even possible, in court. You see images of a jail cell before you. It has such a huge personal impact.’

She did not, however, comment on the huge personal impact of being dead, and more than that, killed without your consent by your own MD. Apparently, that fact was too bizarre to enter her mind. 

The most troubling aspect of the story is the statement made again and again by Arends that  she "knew best." Even to the point of adding a sedative to her patient's coffee so that the woman could not protest, Arends stands by her judgement as if she had a divine mandate to relieve another human being of pain -- and life. 

This is the brave new world of assisted suicide. If a human being has a right to request suicide, why isn't their right to accept suffering honored at the same level? And when a physician can substitute their will for yours, their judgment for yours, whose right is it anyway?


Please read on to inform yourself about the proposed doctor prescribed suicide law in Massachusetts (S.2745), which has just be voted favorably out of committee into Health Financing. (Updated as of: 17 June 2020)

Join MCFL now and make give voice to those with no voice by calling your legislator and asking them to oppose "An Act Relative to End of Life Options" (S.2745).

Use the main State House number and request your representative by giving your zip code:

617 722 2000

Access key facts about this anti-life bill here: Key Facts, S.2745

Read the Mass. Citizens for Life media advisory about S.2745 here.


 

Posted on June 15, 2020 7:37 AM

Promoting suicide during an apocalypse

Promoting Suicide during an Apocalypse 

by J. David Franks, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board, Massachusetts Citizens for Life


The coronavirus pandemic and the protests against police brutality have an apocalyptic air about them, but “apocalypse” means, in fact, the unveiling of what is already there. And what has been revealed to those not on the margins is a preexisting condition of grotesque, and lethal, inequity for those on the margins—but exacerbated by the revealing crisis itself.

A new draft of pending physician-assisted suicide legislation (Bill S.2745) has, under cover of lockdown, broken through in the Massachusetts legislature, being favorably reported out of the Joint Committee on Public Health to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

Promoting this legislation in the midst of a pandemic in which at least 40% of the victims have been elderly persons living in long-term care facilities shocks the conscience.

Our very first concern when lockdown orders were handed down should have been to lavish massive resources on long-term elder-care facilities. Instead we did what we have done all along: we ignored, with deadly callousness, the plight of the old—even though the economy was, presumably, being shut down for their sake in particular. Remarkably, some governors even sent recovering COVID patients into nursing homes.

If such illogical and lethally ageist disregard for the value of elderly persons could occur in these extraordinary circumstances, it should perhaps not be surprising that legislation which would intensify a public-health emergency predating COVID-19 has found its ironic moment of glory.

Despite ideological word games, physician-assisted suicide is still what it is: suicide. And suicide has been epidemic in America for a long time now, ending the lives of more than 47,000 in 2017—a 33% increase over the previous two decades. Suicide is an American public-health crisis, and it is only getting worse.

In fact, the crisis is intensifying before our very eyes in long-term elder-care facilities. As Dr. Louise Aronson wrote in The New York Times:

“Earlier this month, a colleague who heads the geriatrics service at a prominent San Francisco hospital told me they had begun seeing startling numbers of suicide attempts by older adults. These were not cry-for-help gestures, but true efforts to die by people using guns, knives and repurposed household items.

“Such so-called ‘failed suicides’ turn out to be the most extreme cases of a rapidly growing phenomenon among older Americans as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic: lives stripped of human contact, meaningful activity, purpose and hope that things will get better in a time frame that is relevant to people in the last decades or years of life.”

Despite this, now is the time that the ruling elite on Beacon Hill pushes legislation forward promoting suicide among the elderly in particular.

Rather than a serious campaign to deal with social despair (so often tied to economic factors) and rather than increasing resources to treat depression, that is, rather than systemically confronting the public-health crisis of suicide (especially among the old, given the burden of the COVID pandemic), the supporters of this legislation would rather surrender that most exposed ground to suicide.

Rather than addressing staffing shortages and other horrors in elder-care facilities, problems which have been studied, but which require a battle with the rapacious nursing-home lobby to address, supporters of this legislation would rather be working with that lobby to convert the premature death of the elderly into increased margins for corporate overlords (like the parasitism of Snowpiercer).

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental inequities in our social system in general and in our healthcare system in particular: the elderly and poor minorities have been especially hard hit.

It was edifying to listen to those suffering poverty and people of color testify before the Public Health Committee last year as they tried to communicate, to legislators who occupy a different social position in this world, how fearful they were of legislation that would give, say, health-insurance companies the option to deny coverage for actual medicines in favor of a newly designated “medical” option: “aid in dying.” They have suffered denials of care all their lives; they know assisted suicide will increase the deadliness of systemic injustice.

Sadly, supporters of assisted suicide could not hear through their privilege. And the apocalypse has not woken them up. They have acted with astonishing irresponsibility [in voting S.2745 favorably out of committee].

Yours, for Life,

David

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Join MCFL now and make give voice to those with no voice by calling your legislator and asking them to oppose "An Act Relative to End of Life Options" (S.2745).

Use the main State House number and request your representative by giving your zip code:

617 722 2000

Access key facts about this anti-life bill here: Key Facts, S.2745

Read the Mass. Citizens for Life media advisory about S.2745 here.

 

Posted on June 12, 2020 7:38 AM

MEDIA ADVISORY: assisted suicide voted on favorably for first time in MA history

MEDIA ADVISORY: ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL VOTED ON "FAVORABLY" IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY

Boston, MA - 9 June 2020 -- Last week, the members of the Joint Committee on Public Health voted S.2745 (previously S.1208), "An Act Relative to End of Life Options" favorably out of committee.  

This is the first time in history a bill related to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has cleared its committee assignment.

Patricia Stewart, Esq., executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, and one of the Commonwealth’s leading experts in the legalities of PAS, said: "The bill’s soothing catch phrases can disguise, but they cannot change, the bill’s ugly reality, which is the intentional ending of a human life in secret. We cannot permit this dangerous policy to become law in Massachusetts. The life of our most vulnerable family members and neighbors depend on it."

Difficulties in ensuring Massachusetts’ high standards of patient care, and the impossibility of protecting at-risk patients from abuse, have plagued this version of the bill and its predecessors. Citizens and legislators have shelved it repeatedly, while out-of-state suicide advocates have lobbied it back onto the agenda again and again.

Dr. Mark Rollo, MCFL board member and family physician in Fitchburg, MA, highlighted the bill’s perils in an automated call reaching citizens across the state.

       State sanctioned suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.  The American Medical Association has strongly rejected it.  Physicians make mistakes. No law can include a safe guard for this simple fact.

  1. Elder abuse will be exacerbated via potential coercion to take suicide pills.
  2. Insurance companies will have an incentive to cut costs by denying expensive care and approving the affordable solution of suicide.
  3. The COVID-19 pandemic elicited discussion of rationing of care, putting people with disabilities and the elderly at the end of the line.  The same logic can be applied to assisted suicide.
  4. Recent mass protests have reminded us that minorities still suffer from discrimination.  Inevitably the poor and people of color will be steered toward suicide.

MCFL, in its mission to protect and respect the lives of every individual human being in Massachusetts, continues to oppose this bill and this week encouraged its members to contact their state representatives. The response has been tremendous.

"There is nothing more painful than witnessing a loved one face the challenges that often accompany the end of life. Yet there is nothing more precious than the human life itself," said Myrna Maloney Flynn, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. "And so there is never too much energy or care we can expend when it comes to seeing our laws reflect that truth. This bill is deeply flawed, whatever your stance on the issue, and will endanger our at-risk neighbors and family. There are far more meaningful and humane end-of-life options our society should promote, namely palliative care and hospice services.”

For press queries:

Please email action@masscitizensforlife.org

Posted on June 03, 2020 8:43 AM

Massachusetts assisted suicide bill moves out of committee

 

The doctor prescribed suicide bill has been voted favorably out of committee onto the house for a formal vote during the COVID pandemic. 

We need you to call the State House today and ask your legislator to vote NO on doctor prescribed death, S.2745. Call 617 - 722 - 2000 and request your representative's office by giving the operator your zip code.

You can also look up your representative using your zip code here and email them. You may also contact them via social media, and this is a great mini tutorial for doing just that: Social Media and Contacting Your Elected Representative

 

Listen to expert Dr. Mark Rollo's call to voters across the state here.

 

Some key points to remember when reaching your representative or posting on social media:

 

  • COVID19 mostly kills the elderly, the already-ill and people with disabilities. The assisted suicide bill, S2745, will endanger these individuals even more.
  • The doctors deciding who is eligible for assisted suicide are the same ones who were perfectly comfortable putting the elderly, the immunocompromised, and people with disabilities at the back of the line for life-preserving COVID treatment.  Legalized assisted suicide will make medical discrimination worse and ageism worse.
  • The assisted suicide bill is fatally flawed and ripe for abuse, coercion and mistakes.   When care is expensive and suicide is cheap, the bill tells elders, the immuno-compromised, and people with life-threatening disabilities  that their lives are worth-less.
  • If Massachusetts legalizes assisted suicide, some people’s lives will be ended without their consent, through insurance denials, mistakes and abuse.  No safeguards have ever been enacted, or even proposed, that can prevent this outcome which can never be undone once it is put into effect.


REMEMBER THE CALL TO ACTION:

Use the primary state house number (617 - 722 - 2000) and request your district representative and state senator’s offices.  Call and ask them to oppose S2745, the assisted suicide bill. Call the Health Care Financing Committee at  (617) 722-1432 to request that they allocate no funding for a bill that will take innocent lives.

You can also look up your representative using your zip code here and email them.

Send us your success reports via email or on social media! Your stories encourage your fellow citizens to continue to fight for the vulnerable!

cj@masscitizensforlife.org

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Posted on May 26, 2020 8:22 AM

Stepping it up

President's Column

by Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President

 

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." – Eleanor Roosevelt


No one said it would be easy, this mission of ours. Perhaps it’s because we’re months into a pandemic, we’re having to relearn life, the unsettling unknown requires more energy, or the drumbeat surrounding the November election has already got us marching at a pace that feels more appropriate for the chill of September, not the typical sunny slowdown of May. The word “exasperated” came up in a remote learning session my daughter and I worked on last week. Her teacher’s failed attempt at wit notwithstanding, I had to admit I couldn’t come up with a better adjective to describe my mood.

I’d just read about a new documentary featuring a “deathbed confession” by Norma McCorvey, otherwise known as “Jane Roe” in the 1973 Roe vs. WadeSupreme Court case. Following the decision that legalized elective abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, and which has resulted in more than 60 million American lives lost, McCorvey not only revealed regret for participating in the case but became an outspoken pro-life advocate. In the new film, however, she apparently claims her advocacy was false, and that she was motivated solely by money from those who wished to use her to advance the right to life; such a delicious entree for the media to serve up.

Conversely, the media kept a lid on something a little more difficult to stomach: the $80 million in CARES Act funding which 37 Planned Parenthood chapters improperly applied for and received from the Small Business Administration. The money is part of the coronavirus-related Paycheck Protection Program, meant to assist employers and provide support for their employees during pandemic-related shutdowns. 

To qualify, an employer, which may include a nonprofit incorporated as a 501c3, must have fewer than 500 employees. It’s simply up to each applicant to truthfully declare that stipulation is met. In total, Planned Parenthood employs about 16 thousand, but the 37 clinics applied separately, claiming each was its own small business, conveniently unrelated to its billion-dollar parent. Because MCFL is both a 501c3 and a 501c4, we knew we’d be ineligible and didn’t apply.

I know, I know. It pays to be honest. But I can’t blame Planned Parenthood for giving in to the temptation. A couple million dollars to advance a mission sounds good to me, too. And if that organization’s mission was exclusively to offer cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing—or to fund a single mother’s education, childcare expenses, medical bills, or rent—the amount of government funding or how it was obtained wouldn’t be as concerning. 

But we know the truth. We know the annual numbers: 340,000. Too many lives. Too many women each year believe, because of what they are told, that they have no better option. 

But we know the truth. It’s our job to speak it, however we can. A pro-life friend, until recently mostly private about her belief, told me this week she proudly ordered a choose life license plate for her car, defiantly saying, “I’m stepping it up!”  

We remember this week and Memorial Day those men and women who died so that we might live freely. May we honor them daily by recognizing our responsibilities: to use our freedom of speech to respectfully educate others, to lovingly sacrifice our time for women who need us, and to defend those who cannot defend themselves. 

It’s not easy, this mission we’re on. At times, it feels exasperating. But no matter where the national conversation might take us, or which diversion happens to be the topic of the day, the truth remains.

As always, thank you for all you do to support Massachusetts Citizens for Life. 

Posted on May 17, 2020 11:00 AM

"Even in the darkest hour, there was beauty..."

 

A recently featured article on Live Action News  ends quoting a young woman, whose twins were diagnosed "incompatible with life."

"I could not possibly have seen the whole scope of God’s work," she says, "But even in the darkest hour, there was beauty and light.”

Chavez, the woman quoted above, had the support of her husband and community when she was told she was carrying twins -- and that one was much smaller than the other. "You may want to terminate one," her doctor advised, because the baby was "likely" to be stillborn. "He may also have Down syndrome."

Despite the diagnosis, Chavez put her whole heart into life.

She delivered both babies via c-section, and the smaller one was stillborn.

Our mission is to be that that support for every mother. Going through pregnancy is a challenge in itself, albeit an extraordinary and empowering one. Going through a pregnancy in which you know your babies lives are at risk is a hurdle like the valley between mountains.

Be that beauty and light for a mother experiencing a challenging pregnancy today. Share this article, and join MCFL. Our members show this type of support to women in challenging circumstances all the time, and that's what an abortion-free society looks like: a world where we support rather than abort.

Posted on May 15, 2020 12:22 PM

For Our Members: Life-Affirming TV During Lockdown

No One is Irrelevant: Person of Interest Review

by Sonja Morin, Communications Intern

Genre: Drama, Crime, Science Fiction

TV-14 (violence, heavy themes, some language)

MCFL Rating: ✭✭✭✭✬ (4.5)


I couldn’t quite contain my excitement when I found out that Person of Interest, one of my favorite series of all time, was available to stream in its entirety on Netflix. Set in modern-day New York City, the series follows Harold Finch - a secluded billionaire - and John Reese - a former CIA agent - as they use government-created A.I. to stop crimes before they occur. It intertwines crime drama with just a hint of science fiction in an intriguing and slowly intensifying story.

A story driven by using artificial intelligence might seem like an odd pick for a series of reviews dealing with pro-life content. However, the five-season show does an excellent job in exploring the themes of intrinsic rights, family, and the value of human life. By far one of the most underrated series on CBS, Person of Interest is a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be human. 

The series opens with John Reese, struggling after his sudden departure from the CIA. Presumed dead, he wanders the streets of New York City to find some nourishment and shelter each night. One particular day, Harold Finch approaches Reese, and offers him a job: to aid in his quest to prevent crimes before they happen. Finch uses the Machine, a sophisticated A.I. he invented initially for the government to detect signs of a dangerous situation, accompanied with the number of a person that is involved in the situation. Together, the two must work together to determine if the person is the potential perpetrator or victim, and administer justice in the situation as best as they can. 

Person of Interest is certainly a series that needs to be watched from the beginning and continued through to the end. Attempting to start on a random episode will likely make someone confused, because the storyline is masterfully expanded and made more complex over the course of the five seasons. Enemies become allies, the team grows, and old problems return to haunt the characters. The Machine grows in its capabilities, but grapples with its own freedom. By its last season, the series does not lose its intrigue or become monotonous in plot repetition; new situations and information appear, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats, waiting for more. The growing complexity and stakes of the story, as well as the continual fleshing-out of the characters and their motivations, are a crucial part of what makes this series incredible. 

The most prevalent theme in the whole series is summed up in two lines from the show’s introduction: “The government considers these people irrelevant. We don’t”. The Machine was created for the government to distinguish and point out terrorists from common criminals, to prevent large-scale catastrophes from occurring. The people that would be potentially involved in terrorist activity - either as perpetrator or victim - would be labeled as ‘relevant’, while others would be marked ‘irrelevant’ and left alone to fend for themselves. The mission that Finch and Reese placed upon themselves was to protect these ‘irrelevant’ people that would not have otherwise been protected. Reese and Finch - and later the other characters that join them in their work - are brought together by this shared mission of saving lives. Their work and motivations mirror that of the pro-life movement to a grand degree, in that they strive to recognize and protect lives, even if others do not. 

All in all, Person of Interest is a fantastic pick that fittingly explores the ethos of the pro-life movement, while being continuously creative in its approach. The series is an excellent selection, especially for fans of crime dramas or science fiction, but has a wider appeal and intrigue for all viewers. The storyline and characterization throughout the series is phenomenal, and keeps the audience intrigued even after the show ends. Person of Interest is more than just a well-planned and fascinating series, however; it explores the themes of dignity, rights, and the human family in a way that is evident and inspiring. In short, if you’re looking for a fulfilling series that will grab your attention and leave you wanting the next episode, look no further. 



Posted on May 12, 2020 1:51 PM

For the Kids: Pro-Life Family Film While Locked Down

By Sonja Morin, MCFL Intern

 

Hello, dear MCFL members. It seems that we find ourselves in odd and difficult times as of late, with the pandemic outbreak and our state under a stay-at-home order for the foreseeable future. Many of us have used the free time we’ve been given in this time to watch more films and television. Some of us are stuck, scouring our streaming platforms for good content, or unsure of where to start on our watchlists. To respond to this need, the next posts in this column will be film and television reviews, highlighting pro-life content from various genres and tastes. I hope you’ll find these reviews useful and enjoyable.

Our focus today will be family films. Being the oldest of seven children, I know the struggle of trying to find movies that are engaging and entertaining for various ages. Older kids enjoy stories with more substance, while younger viewers like bright visuals and fun characters. Bridging the gap - and finding a good message within it - is no struggle for these following movies. 

 

  1. Meet the Robinsons (Rated G, streaming on Disney+)

This underrated 2007 gem masterfully explores the themes of family and human existence in a fun and engaging way. Louis, the teen protagonist, struggles with the fact that he might never be adopted and find a family of his own. When a science experiment and several parent interviews go terribly wrong, Louis begins to lose hope in his dreams for life. In the midst of the chaos, he is approached by Wilbur, a teen who takes Louis to the wonderful future. Louis encounters the Robinsons, a zany family willing to take him in as their own and accept him for who he is. But with the threat of the Bowler Hat Guy looming, Louis must make decisions that will save both his present time and the future. 

Adoption as an expression of love is a central theme in the film. Louis attempts to find out why he was given up for adoption, and the exploration of those reasons becomes a poignant point in the film. His discovery, as well as his experience with the Robinsons, depicts adoption as an exchange filled with love. Since adoption is such a central discission in the pro-life movement, this introduction for younger viewers is definitely important. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy this excellent movie, with its captivating story, bright and expressive animation, and fantastic one-liners. 

  1. Tarzan (Rated G, streaming on Netflix and Disney+)

Yet another underrated animated classic, Tarzan is a beautiful story on the themes of family, redemption, and belonging. A mother gorilla finds an orphaned baby in the jungle and takes him in as her own, naming him Tarzan. While Tarzan is accepted by some of his community, he is still shunned for being different. When a human expedition interrupts the jungle’s peace, Tarzan discovers that he is not a gorilla, and begins to learn more about human civilization from one of the expedition’s participants. Torn between the human and animal worlds, Tarzan must come to terms with his life, and find where he truly belongs. 

This movie particularly explores the theme of unity. For the characters, all it takes is a caring heart and understanding to make all the difference in someone else’s life. It does not matter whether there are differences between them, but rather what they are willing to do for the good of the other. These themes intertwined so well in the storyline, paired with beautiful hand-drawn animation and a stirring soundtrack by Phil Collins, make this a worthy watch for families. 

  1. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (Rated G, streaming on Hulu)

If you have ever been to the March for Life, you’ve likely seen at least three signs with the inscription taken from this film: “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. This classic story from Dr. Seuss (a Massachusetts native, no less) is brought to life in colorful animation in this flick by Universal Studios. Horton, an elephant who lives in a peaceful jungle, hears a cry coming from a speck one day. Upon investigation, he discovers that there are Whos living in the speck. Despite insistence from other jungle animals that he is crazy, Horton is determined to protect this newly-discovered life at all costs. 

The story is simple enough for even the youngest viewers to digest the message, but surely entertaining for people of all ages. The aforementioned message of the film definitely harkens to the core belief of the movement: the dignity of all human life in all stages and forms. While this mission may sometimes be difficult, it is certainly worth it in the end. This movie is a great selection, especially for families with children of varying ages.

 


We'd love to hear yours and yours families' reactions to these recommendations, or send us a note

with movies in which you've found encouragement, and life-affirming messages.

action@masscitizensforlife.org

 

Posted on May 08, 2020 4:41 PM

Culture Column: Re-Branding Abortion, Artificial Change

by Sonja Morin, MCFL Intern



A new article from TIME attempted to illustrate the shifts in attitude surrounding abortion as demonstrated through recent film and television. It describes the more positive portrayal of abortion in media as an organic evolution of commonsense progress. It cites examples of films and television shows from the past decade, up to recent releases such as Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Saint Frances. The article poses this development as organic and predestined, laying the groundwork for women’s liberation. Unfortunately, the article gravely misread the current cultural conditions and their origins, painting a clandestine picture of events that are truly obscene and terrible at their core. 

If you recall from a previous infographic in this column, this shift has not exactly been an organic change of heart. It has been a political campaign by Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice organizations. As they lose desperately in the legal realm with abortion promotion, they have moved more aggressively into art and culture trying to cement the greatest human rights violation of our time in the very threads of our culture. The abortion giants have quite literally bought their way into the hearts of teens and young adults. Figureheads in this movement, such as Caren Spruch, have been all too proud of these efforts, specifically naming films - such as Obvious Child - that they’ve worked on to change the narrative about abortion. Yet the article sweeps these malicious under the rug, completely ignoring what is truly going on behind the scenes. 

[Abortion is] ordinary and light and sometimes funny, and very realistic in its portrayal”. Out of all the sentences in the article, this struck me hardest. Maybe that’s how these filmmakers and pro-choice employees envision it. But this is certainly not the reality of abortion for countless women everywhere. Abortion is not a solution, but rather the amplification, of so many other problems at all levels of society, and it creates problems through the dehumanization of both women and pre-born children. They can ignore this fact in the fictional worlds they create, but it will be too late when the issue finally rears its ugly head, and it becomes too apparent that abortion has been so damaging to women and pre-born lives. 

What this article really exposed was the artificiality of the whole affair. Fictional stories are in themselves false, but they are meant to convey truths about reality. To use writing for any form of art that outright promotes harm of self or others is an act of deception, not art. It is an ignorant use of our ability to craft stories, and can be deadly. The use of it as a sole political and money-generating tool as Planned Parenthood has is deplorable. The article misses the truth of the situation in an attempt to paint the pro-choice movement as naturally succeeding, when in fact it, the abortion industry is using whatever measures it can, no matter how harmful they may be, just to survive. 

While major media outlets such as TIME choose to ignore this, they will not be able to do so for long. The movement for life is coming in strong, and is a rising force in the political and cultural spheres of our nation. Soon, and very soon, as long as we are persistent, we will see the recognition of human dignity in all aspects of our nation, especially culture. In the coming weeks, I hope to release some reviews of film and television that more accurately reflect life and human dignity. This content is pure evidence of the deep exposure of the abortion lie finally reaching every level of culture, and will hopefully be beneficial to pro-lifers stuck in quarantine during these difficult times in which we find ourselves. Keep a look out for these and more articles, and please stay strong in your defense of life as we continue to move forward in this crisis together.