Posted on November 13, 2017 8:40 AM

Join the Alliance to Stop Taxpayer-funded Abortions in Massachusetts

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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.

The Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions is conducting a signature campaign to take the initial step to stop publicly funded abortions in Massachusetts. 64,750 signatures on an initiative petition must be gathered and submitted between the dates of Sept. 20 and Nov. 22. Hundreds of dedicated pro-life volunteers have stepped forward to help gather signatures. But more volunteers are needed!

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Posted on November 10, 2017 2:18 PM

The Pierced Heart Bleeding in All Things

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By Dr. David Franks, Chairman of the Board of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

How does the world appear when love departs? The inner illumination behind the stained-glass of earth, sky, and history goes drab like a candle at noon.

But when one is loved and when one loves, the colors of the world blazon an irresistible goodness, despite one’s increased sensitivity to the tears in all things.

If we are to have the energy to chisel justice as living form from out the recalcitrance of time and of hardened hearts, we must love and be loved. If we are to carry on the pro-life mission, we must see how the Heart of the world bleeds for each of us and for all of us.

For the next session of Mass. Citizens for Life’s Pro-Life Social Doctrine Certificate Program, we are reading the Book of Revelation and Pope Benedict’s Deus caritas est/God is Love. (Everyone is welcome to come tomorrow: masscitizensforlife.org/certificate.)

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Posted on November 10, 2017 12:05 PM

Conscience Protection for Healthcare Professionals

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There are many pro-lifers in the ranks of healthcare professionals, which makes sense given their profession is about saving lives and that is based on science, which tells us that life begins at conception. However, those pro-life professionals are increasingly being forced to take part in medical procedures that violate their consciences.

 

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Posted on November 09, 2017 11:24 AM

A New Hippocratic Oath Removes Protection of Life “From Conception”

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By Michael Cook, BioEdge

A modern successor to the Hippocratic Oath for physicians around the world has been approved by the World Medical Association. This is the first revision in a decade and reflects changes in the climate of medical ethics.

First of all, the “Declaration of Geneva” is to be called, not an “oath”, but a “pledge”. The most striking change is the emphasis on patient autonomy. A clause has been inserted into the 2017 version which says, “I will respect the autonomy and dignity of my patient.”

 

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Posted on November 08, 2017 10:00 AM

Defending Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

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By Nancy Valko

In a recent letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal,  Dr. David Grube, national medical director of Compassion and Choices, defended doctor-prescribed suicide by stating:

“I knew that the people who requested it didn’t want to end their life. They loved life but realized they had an incurable, terminal disease and didn’t want to suffer needlessly as the inevitable end of life approached.

The proof is that more than one-third of terminally ill Oregonians who obtain the medication never take it, but they get great comfort in knowing they have access to it if they need it, which helps them suffer less.” (Emphasis added)

Is this really the crucial argument to upend our medical and legal ethics to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide?

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Posted on November 07, 2017 10:00 AM

Peter Kreeft on the Work of MCFL and Why We Must Never Give Up

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The following is a particularly apt excerpt from Dr. Peter Kreeft’s keynote address to the 2017 Massachusetts Citizens for Life Annual Banquet. We wanted to call your special attention to it because he expresses so well why MCFL needs you to join our work and our mission, both personally and financially.

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Posted on November 06, 2017 10:22 AM

Martha’s Vineyard’s Lack of Abortion Facility is a Plus

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

On Martha's Vineyard, apparently it is big news that the island does not cover the full range of "reproductive health care"!  In other words, this little island of 15,000 residents (with a median age of 48 years old versus the entire state whose median age is 38) does not have it's own abortion facility.  Last year at least 22 women had to go off island to abort their babies.

We are told women can go to Attleboro, but many prefer to go to Boston because they are familiar with Planned Parenthood.

Why is this article more that just a weird little piece?

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Posted on November 03, 2017 10:00 AM

Pope Francis Condemns Mindset Behind Down Syndrome Abortions

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By Xavier Symons, BioEdge

Pope Francis has condemned the “eugenicist” mindset behind increased rates of abortion of children with Down syndrome, saying that people with disabilities face an “attitude of rejection” in contemporary society.

The Pope’s remarks were made at a conference on the inclusion of people with disabilities in parish life, held at the Vatican last weekend. 

Addressing an audience of hundreds in the Clementine Hall, the Roman Pontiff said that the desire to “suppress the unborn who have some form of imperfection” was proof of a “eugenic tendency” within society, and he warned of the danger of trying to deny the inherent vulnerability of human beings: 

“We all know so many people who, even with their fragility, have found...a good life that is rich in meaning...vulnerability is part of the essence of man”. 

Among the keynote speakers at the conference was American actress Bridget Brown, who has Down syndrome and warned attendees that she may be part of “the last generation of people with Down syndrome.”

The conference comes in the wake of the release of data indicating that nearly 100% of babies with down syndrome were aborted in 2015 in countries such as Iceland and Denmark.

This article is reprinted under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-ND). The opinions of Xavier Symons and BioEdge or its contributors may not reflect the opinions of MCFL, its officers, board, or members.

Photo: YouTube screen capture.

Posted on November 02, 2017 10:00 AM

The Changing Rules for Organ Donation

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By Nancy Valko

Whether we are renewing our driver’s licenses, reading the news or watching TV, it’s almost impossible to miss the campaign to persuade us to sign an organ donation card.

But do we really know what we are signing?

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Posted on November 01, 2017 10:00 AM

The Pro-Life Cause Has Come Far

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The following is the President’s Address given at the MCFL Annual Banquet on October 26, 2017. Read more about the banquet HERE and watch Dr. Peter Kreeft's keynote address.

It’s so good to see you, my pro-life friends!

We are here to honor the work that you do. Since the height of abortions in the late 80’s, the number of abortions in the country as a whole has dropped by one third. During that same time, the number of abortions in Massachusetts has dropped by two thirds – down from 44,000 plus to 17,000 plus. That means, in those 30 years, 400,000 babies have not been aborted in Massachusetts!

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