By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
We are so lucky to have a new member of the MCFL Speakers Bureau! Ariana Gilbert has a BA and MA from Gordon College. She is a language teacher in the public schools. Ariana spoke last Friday to the East Lynn Baptist Youth Group. This is the picture of the youngsters with Ariana, right, and Linda Thayer, left. Linda says Ariana is a "natural teacher."
With her credentials, Ariana is an obvious choice as a speaker for youth groups at Evangelical churches. It will be such a blessing to be able to reach these youngsters!
Please approach one of your local Evangelical churches to encourage them to have Ariana speak.
You will accomplish something very important!
Last Thursday, October 26, 2017, Massachusetts Citizens for Life celebrated the pro-life community of Massachusetts with our annual Banquet. This sold-out event brought together pro-lifers from across the Commonwealth to re-connect with each other, to honor those who have given long-time selfless service to the pro-life cause, and to be invigorated by a wonderful keynote speech from philosopher and internationally renowned author Dr. Peter Kreeft.Read more
The Washington Post reports this week that the nationwide push to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide on demand has stalled despite a well-funded national effort and some victories.
While California, Colorado, and the District of Columbia have legalized DPS, joining Vermont, Oregon, Washington and Montana, everywhere else the push by Compassion and Choices and other pro-suicide groups has not had the results they have wished.Read more
George Will has risen to the occasion! His piece on the pain-capable unborn child legislation, “In Blocking Abortion Legislation, Democrats Will Display Their Extremism,” is one of the best overviews of the abortion situation to appear in a long time. He renders the issue in such stark terms that it makes you wonder that anyone can remain pro-abortion when it is so obviously wrong.
Getting a scientific answer to the pain question, even if it is “yes,” should gratify the Party of Science. If the answer is “yes,” those who think that fetal suffering is irrelevant can explain why they think that.
He notes that although the bill’s chances of passing the US Senate are small, it will at least have the effect of reminding the American voter that the so-called “Party of Science” actually rejects science as well as any sort of politics that isn’t divisive or extremist when it comes to abortion.
By Nancy Valko
This week, I was called to see a beautiful 2 month old baby boy I will call “Joseph” who was brought by his grandmother, mother and father to one of my city’s children’s hospitals from a small town hours away.
Joseph was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 13 and needed medical care for a problem. As a nurse who has been active in medical issues involving people with disabilities since having my daughter Karen who had Down Syndrome, I was asked to help the parents oversee Joseph’s care.
Baby Joseph was doing well until an unexpected problem developed and despite heroic efforts to save him, he died early Friday morning. It was so heartbreaking for his family and the rest of us but their love for Joseph was inspiring and they said they were blessed to have had him.
So instead of my usual blog, I would like to reprint an article I was asked to write for Voices magazine in 2012 in honor of baby Joseph and his wonderful family.Read more
One of the most effective actions you can take as a pro-life advocate is calling state or federal elected officials to ask them to vote or sign one way or another. We recently heard from one Massachusetts state representative who told us that just four or five constituents calling their office can sway their vote on an issue.
We often ask Massachusetts pro-lifers to take action for or against legislation by contacting your state representative or senator on Beacon Hill or Congressman or Senator in Washington. Sure, you could send an email or a postal letter, but nothing has the same impact as a personal phone call. As a shorthand, on Beacon Hill a snail mail letter is worth about 100 emails and a phone call is worth about 100 letters. (A personal visit to their office to lobby them? That’s about 100 phone calls.)
That’s why a tool like Capitol Call is so interesting.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The current legislation seeking to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide probably wouldn't have passed the Massachusetts legislature this session except that the pro-death lobby, Compassion and Choices, has a diabolical new plan. They already have the case in court trying to say that doctor-prescribed suicide is legal in Massachusetts. They have the money to put the issue on the ballot in 2020. Now they have another clever attempt, which has a good chance.
They are going to towns in the state to get the city council, town meeting, whatever is the governing body, to pass resolutions supporting DPS.
They can pick the towns where they did the best in 2012. When they get enough towns, they can go to the legislature and present the results to prove the people of the state want DPS and force the legislature to pass it.
They have already gotten the resolution passed in Provincetown and Cambridge. Now they are working in Amherst and Northampton.
If Question 2 won big in your town or city in 2012, please start monitoring things closely so we can nip the next move in the bud. You know how effective this doctor team can be.
Evil is endlessly persistent.
Stephen Mendelsohn sent along three articles that give a good insight into how being pro-abortion covers many sins among the power elite.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been exposed by the media as a creep who allegedly sexually abused women for decades in his role as head of a major entertainment company. He’s even been accused of rape by some women. What could possibly have allowed this to continue for so long, even as many industry people now admit they’d heard rumors or even knew about it?Read more
By Nancy Valko
In August, I wrote a blog “Physician-assisted Suicide and the Palliative Care Physician” about Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, a palliative care doctor in California who approved of doctor-prescribed suicide, would want it for herself but had still had serious some qualms about actually writing for the lethal overdose herself.
In the end, Dr. Zitter decides that assisted suicide can be rendered “safe” by being rare and practiced by specially trained medical practitioners as “just one tool in the toolbox of caring for the dying-a tool of last resort.”
Thus, Dr. Zitter, perhaps unknowingly, gives support to the Compassion and Choices goal of “normalizing” and “integrating” doctor-prescribed suicide into standard medical practice. Note their own description of their activities:
“We help clients with advance directives, local service referrals and pain and symptom management. We offer information on self-determined dyingwhen appropriate and provide emotional support through a difficult time. We employ educational training programs, media outreach and online and print publications to change healthcare practice, inform policy-makers, influence public opinion and empower individuals. Compassion & Choices devotes itself to creative legal and legislative initiatives to secure comprehensive and compassionate options at the end of life.” (Emphasis added)
Now in her new article “De-Medicalizing Death”, Dr. Zitter is excited about a new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Centers’ program where “only” 25% of patients went on to commit doctor-prescribed suicide after an “intake process…conducted by trained psychotherapists (psychologists and clinical social workers) instead of physicians”.Read more
By J.J. Hanson
This opinion piece was recently submitted to a number of Massachusetts news outlets and is reprinted here with permission from Patients Rights Action Fund.
Proponents of assisted suicide are turning up the pressure in many states to legalize the dangerous practice. What began in a few places, has become an onslaught of bills introduced — 29 states this year alone. Fortunately most have been defeated. Now assisted-suicide proponents have their set their sights on Massachusetts.Read more