Posted on March 07, 2018 10:00 AM

They are Lying to Us!

Woman in hospital bed with IV drip

By Nancy Valko

In my last blog “Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights”, I wrote about influential lawyer Thaddeus Pope’s article “Medical Aid in Dying: When Legal Safeguards Become Burdensome Obstacles” that listed  four ways to address such  “burdensome safeguards” in medically assisted suicide laws: “Expanding From Adults to Mature Minors”, “Expanding From Contemporaneous Capacity to Advance Directives” to pre-choose assisted suicide before becoming incompetent, “Expanding From Terminal Illness to ‘Reasonably Predictable’” and “Expanding From Self-Ingestion to Physician Administration”. (Emphasis added)

Other “burdensome obstacles” Mr. Pope has also cited include the waiting time between requests for assisted suicide and the administration of the lethal overdose for some patients and the physician requirement because of problems finding willing doctors.

While groups like Compassion and Choices and a mostly sympathetic mainstream media continue to tout allegedly strong “safeguards” in assisted suicide laws that allegedly prevent abuse, these “burdensome obstacles”- which already have been mostly eliminated in countries like Canada and Holland- are now beginning to fall here in the US and other new countries. Few of us are aware of this.

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Posted on March 06, 2018 8:58 AM

Call now opposing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bills!

Making a call on a smartphoneBy Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The Health Care Committee is scheduled to vote this week on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bills, S.1225 and H.1194. It is very important that the Committee oppose these bills.

If you are a constituent of one of the committee members listed below and I have your phone number, I have already called you.  I thank you for making your call.

If you are a constituent of one of these committee members and I did not call you, it is imperative that you call your member right now.  Identify yourself as a constituent and urge your member to vote against S-1225 and H-1194 because they are poor public policy and fraught with possibilities for abuse.

  • Sen Paul Feeney, Bristol and Norfolk, 617-722-1222
  • Sen Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex, 617-722-1206
  • Rep. Evandro Carvalho, 617-722-2017
  • Rep. Kate Hogan, 3rd Middlesex, 617-722-2130
  • Rep Hannah Kane, 11th Worcester, 617-722-2430
  • Rep Paul Schmid, 8th Bristol, 617-722-2017
  • Rep Chynah Tyler, 7th Suffolk, 617-722-2130

NB: Some of the reps share phone numbers

If you are not a constituent of any of the members, please call Committee Chairs, Sen Jason Lewis, 617-722-1206, and Rep. Kate Hogan, 617-722-2130.  Explain you are calling because they are the committee chairs and urge each to oppose S.1225 and H.1194.

We do not have the money or the media that the death lobby has, but we have you and me.  We can stop these dangerous bills.

Posted on March 05, 2018 10:00 AM

The Abortion Industry Plays a Key Role in Human Trafficking

By Helen Cross

First in a series

One out of every three children who run away from home in the United States will be approached by a human trafficker within 48 hours.

The victims and perpetrators of human trafficking are all around us—and the abortion industry plays a key role.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute profiled a special report by the Life Issues Institute exposing how vital abortion is to the sex trade industry. Brad Mattes, President of Life Issues Institute, recently recorded a radio special “Victims in the Shadows” on the dangers of human trafficking. 

He reports that there are currently over 27 million persons held in slavery worldwide. One out of every three kids who run away from home in the U.S. within 48 hours will be approached by a human trafficker. The average age of entry for girls is between 12-14 and 11-13 for boys.

“Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world,” says Nita Belles, the Regional Director of Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans. As for the abortion industry, Belles argues that they “are profiting tremendously” by helping to secure abortions for the victims of sex trafficking.

 Charlotte Lozier Institute Senior Policy Analyst Genevieve Plaster reports that trafficking in persons “generates about $32 billion per year.”

Belles says that gangs that used to trade in drugs are finding how lucrative the sex trade can be. Unlike drugs which need to be repurchased after they are sold, a girl can be sold over and over again. “It's all about money,” Belles says. “A pimp with three girls can make over $650,000 a year.”

Marlene Carson was responsible for booking abortion appointments whenever one of the girls became pregnant. Over the years she found the abortion industry would overlook the abuse done to the girls allowing the sex trafficking to continue.

 “The pimps would get fake IDs and we'd take them to get abortions,” Carson says. “We would pay someone to go with them pretending to be their mom. Planned Parenthood never asked questions like 'Do you want to keep this child? What's going on?' Honestly, they had to know. These girls were teenagers, not adult women.”

“Every pimp has a stable of three to five girls. At least two girls would have an abortion within a short period of time. I remember a fourteen-year-old girl who needed an abortion and I couldn't do it. I had the house raided and she was rescued. I said, 'I can't do this. This young girl can't go through this.'”

Says Belles, “The abortion industry is profiting immensely on forced abortions.”

Next: Darlene Pawlik, a victim of sex trafficking, speaks to the MCFL South Shore Chapter.

Posted on March 02, 2018 10:00 AM

Ariana Gilbert: Born to be Pro-life

Ariana Gilbert

MCFL Speakers Bureau Profile: Ariana Gilbert

The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

How did your childhood affect your pro-life formation? 

My parents are both pro-life and they discussed their beliefs with me from a very young age. My mom was young and single when she had me, and everyone around her said the best thing to do would be to have an abortion. Thankfully she reached out to a Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) called Pregnancy Distress and they placed her with a family that she lived with when she was expecting me. They even helped her in the time right after my arrival when she was learning how to take care of me. I recently checked to see if that particular PRC is still operating, and I was surprised to find out that not only are they open, but they have five locations in the Greater Columbus Ohio area now called Pregnancy Decisions

When I was two my mom married my dad (not biological), and I also understood that it takes a very pro-life man to treat a child that isn’t physically his own, as his own. I’ve been blessed that both of my parents modeled such strong pro-life values for me. 

My family listened to Focus on the Family radio growing up, and they often had guests on the show who discussed the full range of pro-life issues, from conception till natural death. My church also supported a local PRC, which made me more aware of the resources available for women.

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Posted on March 01, 2018 10:00 AM

We Will Have Our Dunkirk (And That’s a Good Thing)

Dunkirk movie poster

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Sir Winston Churchill 

We just saw the movie, Darkest Hour. Hitler is finishing devouring Europe. England’s entire army is trapped in France, which is going to surrender to the Germans at any minute. Churchill, in spite of his clear vision internationally, has a series of blunders in past government service. His party wants peace at any price. 

You know the story of Dunkirk. Churchill’s position had already reminded me of ours as we fight seemingly endless odds. The shot of the hundreds of little boats crossing back and forth on the rough English Channel, saving 300,000 soldiers, reminded me even more forcefully of us. 

Looking back, I think one could make the case that Dunkirk was a – or the – deciding factor in the final defeat of evil. If the British army had been destroyed, the US most likely would not have entered the war and Hitler would have ruled Europe. 

I am sure we have had or will have our Dunkirk – perhaps the game-changing debate that the partial-birth abortion ban generated, perhaps the defeat of the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Ballot Question in 2012, or perhaps something right down the road or more distant. Whatever it is, when people look back they will recognize it. We are defeating evil just as Hitler was defeated. 

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Posted on February 28, 2018 10:00 AM

40 Days for Life Seeks Witness for Life Parishes

40 Days for Life in Boston in 2017

By Rita Russo, Coordinator of 40 Days for Life campaign, Boston

Our third Friday night Candlelight Vigil will be on March 2 and led by Fr. Jurgen Liias and the seminarians from Pope St. John XXIII Seminary.

We are looking for 40 parishes to Witness for Life this Lent, one for each day of the campaign. A participating parish signs up to dedicate a particular daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration at the parish. All-day adoration would be great or a Holy Hour, if that’s what you can do.

We invite those who are able to come to the Vigil location, outside Planned Parenthood, 1055 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. Learn more by visiting

Things are going will in our Witness for Life Initiative. I received this lovely email yesterday from Sister Carmen Christi of the Daughters of St. Paul:

Dear Rita,

Count all our community, 70 strong, united in prayer for the 40 Days for Life Campaign, with special prayers throughout this day of Eucharistic Adoration.

God bless you. 

Here is the current list of participating parishes:

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Posted on February 27, 2018 10:00 AM

Pregnancy Resource Center Looking for a New Executive Director


We wanted to pass this notice along to all Massachusetts pro-lifers:

New Direction Women’s Center in North Adams has an immediate opening for a part-time Executive Director. Do you have administrative and fundraising experience? Do you enjoy working with people and want to make a difference in the lives of young moms and dads by helping them through an unintended pregnancy? If you think you would enjoy working in a pro-life, faith-based office environment, and have a passion to help others, please send a letter of interest and your phone number to

You may be just the one to become a significant part of this enthusiastic team.

New Direction Women’s Center
98 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Posted on February 26, 2018 10:00 AM

Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles, and Conscience Rights


By Nancy Valko

After I wrote last week’s blog “The New Federal Conscience and Religious Freedom Division”, I was surprised by this criticism: “Arguing conscience can make doctors (and others) look whiney, as opposed to heroic” and give assisted suicide supporters “an easy platform to describe them as selfish and out of touch ideologues who want to make their parents suffer.” But this comment did make me think.

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Posted on February 23, 2018 10:00 AM

Rose Drives Save Lives!


By Janet Callahan

Editor’s Note: The late and beloved Janet Callahan wrote this article for us back in 2010, but it remains even more relevant than ever and so we share it for you again. If you would like to participate in or organize a Rose Drive, please contact us at or through our web site.

When you participate in a Rose Drive fundraiser for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, you may not think that you are doing something that will directly save lives, but that is indeed what you are doing. You may think of accepting donations for silk roses in the back of the church on Mother’s Day or some other Sunday as a fundraiser that goes into a big, black hole somewhere to feed an institutional bureaucracy, but you would be mistaken.

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Posted on February 22, 2018 10:00 AM

Belgium’s euthanasia commission under fire after shock letter by whistleblower


By Xavier Symons, BioEdge

Evidence of gross negligence is mounting against Belgium’s top euthanasia regulatory body, the Federal Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation.

Dr. Ludo Van Opdenbosch, a neurologist who was a Commission member for several years, resigned in September 2017. Associated Press recently obtained the letter of resignation that Dr. Van Opdenbosch sent to senior politicians, which details his dissatisfaction with the oversight processes of the Commission. "I do not want to be part of a committee that deliberately violates the law," he wrote.

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