Posted on January 29, 2018 10:00 AM

A Serene Urgency: Pro-life Social Doctrine Program Develops the Activist’s Mindset


The following article originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

MCFL chairman Dr. David Franks is now teaching an innovative new course, open to everyone, that seeks to rebuild the American future by cultivating a unifying social consciousness from the pro-life perspective. It draws on Scripture and theology, philosophy, political theory, American history, and literature. As of the printing of this issue of the Member Magazine, the inaugural class of students has just met for its third monthly session. (They have also met in January now.

The pro-life defense of dignity grounds an understanding of the conditions that promote true human freedom. Dr. Franks prepares his students to grasp the impulses behind, and ramifications of, the American proposition: that government exists to secure the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

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Posted on January 26, 2018 10:00 AM

The Link Between Contraception and Abortion: An Unpleasant Fact


By Michael Pakaluk

I call the link between contraception and abortion an unpleasant fact, not only because both are unpleasant things, but also because pro-lifers often consider it unpleasant, because unfriendly, to point out that contraception brings forth abortion. Our Protestant brethren in Christ do not share the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception, and people say that it’s best to focus on areas of agreement.

But let’s put diplomacy aside for the moment. There are various ways of showing the connection.

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Posted on January 25, 2018 10:07 AM

Mass. Caucus before March for Life Prepares Pro-Lifers to Approach their Congressmen


By Helen Cross, Editor of MCFL Magazine

With its leather chairs, dark wooden table curving into an impressive arc, and the podium proclaiming "United States Senate," the Caucus Room in the Dirksen Senate Building is an imposing venue. On a bright sunny, windless, and mild day in Washington, D.C. Prof. Michael Pakaluk of Catholic University of America began the MCFL Caucus by tracing the continuum from contraception and abortion using Supreme Court decisions in Griswold, Roe, and Casey. Contraception severs the unitive and procreative aspects of conjugal union. "If there is a 'right to contraception' then abortion is the sole solution when an unwanted child is conceived," Pakaluk said. (The complete text of Prof. Pakaluk’s text is available.)

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Posted on January 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Will you be the 2018 Oratory Contest Winner?


Every two years, Massachusetts Citizens for Life holds its Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors, which encourages young people to articulate their pro-life beliefs through convincing oral presentations on a variety of topics. One winner will then attend the national competition in June, but everyone who participates will have their oratory skills as a pro-life leader sharpened.

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Posted on January 23, 2018 10:00 AM

40 Days for Life Spring 2018 Campaign to Start February 14


The 40 Days for Life Spring 2018 campaign is beginning soon. A Prayer Launch for the Boston vigil is scheduled for February 11 (click here for more details) and the vigil itself will begin on February 14, which this year is both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, a solemn coincidence that carries deep meaning for the pro-life movement, recalling both the love between mother and child and the ashes that result from the rupture of that bond.

You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization! Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 750,000 volunteers! The 21 campaigns have resulted in 13,998 babies saved from abortion, 170 abortion workers converted, and 90 abortion centers closed.

Here’s how to take part: The vigil location in Boston will be the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, Boston, at 1055 Commonwealth Ave., every day until March 25, 7 am to 7 pm.

For more information contact: Rita Russo, 781-762- 4391 or Learn more and get involved by visiting

We will notify pro-lifers as we learn of other 40 Days for Life campaigns in Massachusetts.

Posted on January 22, 2018 10:08 AM

2018 Mass. Assembly for Life Filled With Hope, Renewed Purpose


By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., Director of Community Engagement

At the end of what some have called one of the most encouraging weeks in the pro-life movement, more than 200 people gathered in Worcester’s Mechanics Hall on Sunday for the 45th Assembly for Life organized by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The gathering, which moved to Worcester this year, remembered the contributions of those who came before us while looking forward to a pro-life future that seems more attainable than ever.

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Posted on January 19, 2018 3:21 PM

President Trump's Historic Speech to the March for Life


We thought you would like to be among those to receive the full text of President Trump's historic speech to the March for Life in Washington, DC, today. President Trump is the first president to address the March live, doing so via a remote camera in the White House's Rose Garden and transmitted over to the Ellipse.

We have tens of thousands of people watching this right down the road, tens of thousands. So, I congratulate you, and at least we picked a beautiful day, you can’t get a more beautiful day. I want to thank our Vice President Mike Pence for that wonderful introduction. I also want to thank you and Karen for being true champions for life. Thank you, and thank Karen.

Today I’m honored and really proud to be the first president to stand with you here at the White House to address the 45th March for Life, that’s very very special, 45th March for Life, and this is a truly remarkable group. Today tens of thousands of families, students, and patriots, and really just great citizens gather here in our nation's Capitol. You come from many backgrounds, and many places, but you all come for one beautiful cause, to build a society where life is celebrated and protected and cherished.

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Posted on January 19, 2018 10:00 AM

Board Member Profile: Danielle Cohn


The following profile of MCFL Board Member Danielle Cohn originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members. (Pictured are Danielle, her husband Peter, and their daughter Clara.)

How did your growing up affect your pro-life formation? 

I grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts, the youngest of five siblings. I was raised Catholic, though my father’s family is Presbyterian. I cannot say that I remember becoming pro-life, or really even learning about most of the life issues. My earliest memories of thinking about abortion are in high school, through our parish Life Teen program. However, the memory of that experience is not a strong one, and the experience wasn’t formative. As I remember it, being pro-life was more of a natural disposition, consistent with all of the values that were instilled in us as children – Christian values: seeing the dignity of every person and living in a way that honors that dignity.

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Posted on January 18, 2018 9:28 AM

President Trump to address the March for Life


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

It is definite! President Trump will address the March for Life on Friday via live video feed direct from the Rose Garden at the White House! This is the first time ever that a sitting president has addressed the March for Life by live video!

Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee reminds us of some of the major pro-life accomplishments of the President.

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Posted on January 17, 2018 9:39 AM

The Mass. Legislature must say “no” to assisted suicide


By John B. Kelly, Director of Second Thoughts Massachusetts

In a complete about-face, in early December, the Massachusetts Medical Society gave state legislators the nod to enact dangerous public policy that puts my life and the lives of thousands of others in Massachusetts at risk. The medical society rescinded its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide, commonly held with the American Medical Association, that assisted suicide “would ultimately cause more harm than good” and is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.”

Overturning this policy puts pressure on the Joint Committee on Public Health, which is now considering identical assisted suicide bills, H.1194 and S.1225. The committee, which has killed seven previous bills, should continue to reject assisted suicide as simply too dangerous for the people of Massachusetts.

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