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 40daysforlife.com/boston.
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:
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:Read more
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 email@example.com.
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
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.Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Read more
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.Read more
By Xavier Symons, BioEdge
Editor’s Note: Apparently you no longer own your own organs, your own body, but it is first considered to belong to the state. Combined with euthanasia and assisted suicide legalization, it turns the weak, vulnerable, and elderly into a chattel class.
The Netherlands has joined Belgium and Spain in adopting “opt-out” organ donation legislation.
Earlier this week the Dutch parliament narrowly passed a bill that requires every person over the age of 18 to notify government officials if they do not want to be an organ donor.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Crux this week has an interview with M.T. Davila, an assistant professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton. The interviewer is Fordham Professor Charles Camosy author of Beyond the Abortion Wars.
I have never reviewed the Camosy book because he claims to want to "draw people into conversation" with arguments that are offensive to the pro-life movement while giving great respect to those who want to make sure abortion remains legal.Read more
By Xavier Symons
Disability rights activists have criticized an assisted suicide bill currently being debated in Delaware, saying it fails to protect people with intellectual disabilities.
The bill, which was introduced into the Delaware General Assembly last month, would allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients over the age of 18. Controversially, an amendment to the bill states that patients with an intellectual disability can receive assisted suicide provided they are deemed competent by a social worker.
Not Dead Yet President Diane Coleman described the proposed amendment as a “misdirect”:
The Delaware bill, and the Oregon law on which it is based, do nothing to prevent or discover coercion, nor even to define it. The attending physician need not know the person well...The witnesses to the lethal drug request form need not know the person at all, but can simply check their ID. Yet these are the people who “certify” that there is “no coercion.”
Bioethicist Wesley Smith was similarly critical:
These are people who can’t legally enter contracts!...They can’t make their own medical decisions!...Yet, if they have a terminal illness, they are going to be able to commit assisted suicide if a social worker–who may be ideologically predisposed in favor–confirms that they “understand” that they are receiving a poison prescription?
On January 19, the amendment to the bill was passed and was attached to the legislation. The legislation now awaits consideration in the House.
Reprinted with permission from BioEdge.org.
By Nancy Valko
As a nurse threatened with termination for refusing to participate in an unethical health care decision years ago, I have a special interest in conscience rights for health care professionals.
Over the past several decades, new threats to conscience rights have widened from refusing to participate in abortions to other deliberate death decisions like withdrawal of feedings from people with serious brain injuries, VSED (voluntary stopping of eating and drinking), terminal sedation and physician-assisted suicide.Read more
Valentine's Day is all about love and right now in America, no one needs more love than the babies who are under threat of abortion and their mothers who are contemplating it. Massachusetts Citizens for Life is working every day to make a world where every baby is loved from the moment of conception and where mothers know that abortion is the wrong choice.