Posted on June 30, 2017 10:00 AM

Heartwarming Story of How a Community Cared for a Child

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

This is a heartwarming story of a young life saved in Boston, in which Mayor Marty Walsh played a positive role. Young Kyla Smith was admitted to Children’s Hospital with an ailment that eventually required a liver transplant. What ensued is a story of a community that came together to care for her and her family, including the mayor, who underwent medical care as a child at the same age as Kyla that also disrupted his life and schooling.

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Posted on June 29, 2017 10:00 AM

An Interview with an Assisted Suicide Doctor

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By Nancy Valko

It’s not often that we get a glimpse into the assisted suicide movement from the perspective of a medical professional who actually participates in terminating the lives of the terminally ill. Most seem to prefer anonymity. 

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Posted on May 18, 2017 11:02 AM

Sign the Petition for Life

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life is sending out thousands of printed Petitions for Life through the mail from Pittsfield to Cape Cod. Those who prefer may fill out this online version. And if you haven’t received a petition by mail, please do fill out this petition. By signing this Petition, you are urging your elected officials to vote “YES” on legislation that will:

  1. Cut off Planned Parenthood’s tax funding; and,
  2. Protect women from coercion by requiring abortionists to inform pregnant women that it is illegal for anyone to force them to end their child’s life against their will.

Our staff will combine your signed Petition with more from your area and deliver them to the State House at a time when it will make the most dramatic impact.

After you’ve signed your Petitionwould you also make a pro-life financial contribution today to fully fund our programs to spread the truth about Planned Parenthood and speak up for women being pressured into abortion? The pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood raise hundreds of millions of dollars from foundations and corporations and celebrities each year, in addition to the hundreds of millions they get from taxpayers, Pro-Life groups like MCFL rely on pro-lifers like you to respond generously.

We don’t need to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Heck, we don’t even need to raise one millions dollars. We do need to fund our petition drives and letter-writing campaigns, our in-person lobbying efforts, pro-life advocacy on social media, mass mailings and everything else we do to give a voice to the voiceless. We do need you. Thank you for help us save unborn babies in Massachusetts.

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Posted on May 17, 2017 3:34 PM

Abortion and Breast Cancer Link Revealed at Mother’s Day Dinner

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By Al DiLascia

At the 44th Annual Pioneer Valley Massachusetts Citizens for Life (PV-MCFL) Mother’s Day Dinner held at Chez Josef in Agawam, on May 11, 2017, Dr. Joel Brind gave a pretty convincing presentation on the link between abortion and breast cancer. His studies, research, and most importantly data show that there is a higher probability of breast cancer for women who have had an abortion. Dr. Brind graduated from Yale University, and received his doctorate in Basic Medical Sciences from New York University, with specialization in biochemistry, physiology, and immunology. He is currently a professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York.  

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Posted on April 10, 2017 10:00 AM

MCFL’s 2017 Convention Keeps the Momentum Going

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On Saturday, April 8, a beautiful spring day, several dozen pro-lifers gathered on the Boston College campus for Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s annual convention to hear speakers and to hold discussions on topics ranging from abortion to physician-assisted suicide.

(See photos from the day at the end of this article.)

The theme of the day was “Keep the Momentum Going,” based on the fact that nationwide and in Massachusetts, the pro-life movement is making advances. Anne Fox, president of MCFL, explained, "Abortions are down one-third in the country as a whole and down 55% in Massachusetts, pro-life legislators are in the majority in Congress and in virtually all the state legislatures, we have elected a pro-life President and … we'll have a new Supreme Court Justice whom we expect to rule fairly on life cases. This is amazing momentum on which we plan to build."

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Posted on April 07, 2017 10:00 AM

Stopping Assisted Suicide By Regulating the Drugs

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Wesley Smith has an ingenious way to deal with doctor-prescribed suicide: "I support a prohibition on using federally controlled substances such as opioids from being prescribed for assisted suicide — a different approach altogether that would not invalidate any state law nor create a new federal crime."

His explanation comes in response to claims that he proposes taking away from states the ability to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, when in reality his solution is in line with the authority already held by the federal government to regulate prescription drugs. He also says it would pass constitutional muster with the Supreme Court.

This would not simply be a way to end run state laws either. Smith points out that in the Netherlands and in Oregon, where DPS is already legal, studies show that many patients suffer disturbing and painful side effects from opioids as they die.

Posted on April 06, 2017 10:00 AM

The Slippery Slope of Designer Babies

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

"If you are freaked out that someone is currently editing human embryos, then today is the day to freak out,” according to a member of the National Academy of Medicine. As those of you who have been following the scientific progress in the MCFL quarterly members’ magazine know, much good can be done with the same techniques, but they can also be used to produce "designer babies.” This article in Sunday's Globe analyzes the scientific, ethical, and social problems arising now which will mushroom in the future.

Should this come to pass, some parents may be tempted to inquire about genetically augmenting their children, says Jeffrey Kahn, the director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. “Say we know how to encourage muscle growth in these children,” he says. “Couldn’t you use the same technique for a linebacker? The line between curative and enhancement depends upon the person using it.”

And thus begins the slippery slope.

Posted on April 05, 2017 10:00 AM

Liz and Lizzy Standing Up For Their Fellow Disabled

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Good for Liz! British disability activist Liz Carr has created “Assisted Suicide: the Musical,” which has been described as lively, refreshing, and pro-life. I wish she lived in the US so we could have her speak.

And good for Lizzy Cannon, a teenager with spina bifida who also has a good sense of humor and makes strong points about how the disabled can lead great lives.

Posted on April 04, 2017 10:00 AM

The Impact that Mass. Citizens for Life Makes

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We received the following letter from Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Fall River, thanking us for attending their 1st Women’s and Men’s Conference and letting us know how important our presence and witness was to the cause of life.

It is with deep gratitude that I write this letter thanking you for your presence with us at the 1st Women and Men's Conference in the Diocese of Fall River, held at Stonehill College on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

I do hope that it was worth your while to have been a vendor at the conference. Hopefully, with over 800 people participating in the day, you had many who stopped by to see your display and the many items you had to offer.

At conferences, such as this one, it is always good to have materials and information available on various products and programs to enhance one's prayer life, spiritual formation and participation in the church. As I walked through the sports complex and visited the vendors I am truly grateful that you could join us. Thank you for offering resources to those who attended the conference. Your presence was important to the success of the event.

Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your intentions.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V

Bishop of Fall River

This letter should be addressed to all of you, our members and supporters, because you make this work possible. Through your membership and donations of both time and money, we can be present at events like this where we can help spread the message of LIFE and offer our resources to those who take them to the front line in the battle for the hearts and minds of Massachusetts. So Thank You for supporting Massachusetts Citizens for Life.

Posted on April 03, 2017 10:00 AM

Good News for Now

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By Nancy Valko

After sending written testimony to the Hawaiian health committee considering a doctor-prescribed suicide law, I received the following email from a nurse:

“Hallelujah! The measure is deferred and will not become law in this session…. The testimony opposed (to assisted suicide) was very passionate. It really became clear that although Hawaii tends to be a very liberal, democratic state, the people are much more life-oriented than folks in Washington, Oregon, and the Netherlands. To hear a Native Hawaiian kamaka alii testify her opposition in the Hawaiian language was beautiful. I learned of even more reasons to oppose assisted suicide, and the legislators now have a long list of the flaws in this measure. The testimony changed the hearts of some committee members that were in support of the concept, but now seem to appreciate the risks.”

The bill failed despite public polls showing 80% support for assisted suicide.

Compassion and Choices as well as a lot of other people really thought this bill would make it out of committee but facts and passionate efforts seem to have made the difference!

In additional good news, a doctor-prescribed suicide bill in New Mexico also failed in the state Senate by a vote of 22-20.

Also, legislation to legalize assisted suicide looks to have suffered final defeat this year in Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Tennessee.

Of course, this will not stop the well-funded Compassion and Choices organization that will continue to reintroduce such legislation—often even yearly—in states that have rejected such laws in the past. Assisted suicide activists hope that their relentless public campaigns and the routinely positive mainstream media coverage of assisted suicide will sway more and more people to support assisted suicide.

With such support, Compassion and Choices can then even bypass state legislators and courts that usually study such bills more closely and just get assisted suicide passed by state voter referendums.

This happened in Colorado where assisted suicide bills were defeated in the legislature for 20 years until the strategy was changed to a state voter referendum placed on the ballot in 2016 that then passed.

Is your state at risk of legalizing assisted suicide this year? Death with Dignity has amap of all US states and their status on assisted suicide as of March 28, 2017– although it does not include the failures in New Mexico and Hawaii yet. (Editor’s note: An “End of Life Options” bill has been filed in the current session of the Mass. legislature.)

In the end, ongoing public education about the facts,  the very real “slippery slope” and the dangers to society and our health care system from legalized assisted suicide can not only defeat the pro-death movement but also spur a renewed commitment to the life and well-being of every person, especially those who are seriously ill or who have disabilities.

That is a goal worth fighting for!

Nancy Valko was a speaker at the 2015 MCFL Annual Convention. She blogs at NancyValko.com. Link to the original article. Reprinted with permission.