This is no drill. This Summer, our legislature could approve S.1209, and deny our women protective medical regulations, deny our children protections from sex predators, deny our infants life-saving medical treatment.
Anti-life demonstrators flooded the state house just last week in an attempt to pressure our lawmakers to approve this law.
Will you live in a world that discards the vulnerable, the preborn, our women and girls?
“We Have a Dream”
2019 Mass. March for Life rally speech
We have had our dreams.
All our lives. And when we’ve dreamed best, we’ve dreamed more love and more life: for ourselves and for those we love.
And now we join here this day to dream together more life and love for every human.
Today is my youngest child’s birthday. She’s six now. My oldest will turn eighteen in a month. There are four children in between.
Like the song says: “The years just flow by, like a broken down dam.” First sacraments, last recitals, graduations, Little League, the little heartaches and the unencompassable ones. Inexorable. Beautiful and heartbreaking. You know what I mean.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on. And our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
What dreams have I had for them! What dreams have died. What dreams survive. The only dreams worthy of a child are intimations from a source far worthier than me, a source of perfect self-surrendering love. Such dreams are not private fantasies. They are facets of the one great dream of this world: that every substance and rhythm of creation, every action and interaction, converge and rise in a new form of common life, more perfect than the one we now endure.
Rise into a city magnificent, beneficent, whose only currency is love. We might call it the city of peace: a New Jerusalem.
To dream such a city: is that for the night, or for the day? If dreaming means surrender to an inspiration that is not yours or mine, something too large to have arisen from our small capacity: then it is to create a day that escapes all nights.
We pro-lifers have gathered here today to dream this great dream together. It is, in part, the dream we have for America. It is, in part, what America wants to dream through us.
One dream has always animated this country: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Every single human is created equal.
It has always been a dream. It has never been fully realized in the light of day. We dreamt the dream—yet consigned the slave to nightmare. We dreamt the dream—yet leave women too much in the grip of private tyrannies.
That essential figure of our Founding, Abigail Adams, had written to husband John Adams, “Remember the ladies!” And we still have so much to do to make that dream real.
Our opponents ask: but do we honor the liberty of women? And I say, if asked of all of us in American society, that is a just question. And every pro-lifer must answer it well by our lives. There are many who, in all good conscience, really want America to remember the ladies, and think that to do so requires that we remove every single limitation on abortion.
Some in less good faith have concocted this ROE Act pending under that gold dome, which is far more radical in aim and effect than even Roe v. Wade. The 1973 decision was extreme enough, but it explicitly denied an absolute right to abortion: in the interests of the abortion-minded mother’s health, and in the interests of what the men in black unscientifically and unphilosophically termed “potential human life,” the state may at various points regulate abortion—according to Roe v. Wade.
The ROE Act is not some prophylactic attempt to enshrine Roe v. Wade before it is, please God, overturned by the Supreme Court. The ROE Act presents and would enshrine a right to unrestricted abortion. That is a new thing. And it is a very dark thing.
What would this legislation do?
1) No abortion could be bad enough for this abortion-industry drafted law to merit the intervention of the state.
It eliminates all criminal penalties for the performance of any abortion—whether coerced, sex-selective, eugenic, incompetently executed, performed by a non-physician, inflicted on a victim of sex trafficking, statutory rape, or other sexual abuse. Literally no abortion could be performed in Massachusetts that might become a matter for state law enforcement.
Is this the dream we dream for our Commonwealth?
2) The ROE Act would eliminate parental consent for all minors. Is that the dream we should dream for our children? That if they are victims of predatory men, that no parent, and even no judge, should stand between that child and the will of the predator to “fix his problem”? Is that our dream for children? Are we not sick of abuse?
3) The ROE Act eliminates any provision for the life of a viable child who survives an abortion attempt. You would think that the very least modern times would reject is the barbarism of exposure. But with abortion, we indeed grapple with the very limits of civilization. Are we to dream of exposure for children?
4) The ROE Act would eliminate the hospitalization requirement for abortions after the first trimester. Is that the dream we should dream for women? Whose dream is that but that of the abortion industry, which profits from killing?
5) The ROE Act would expand tax-payer funding of abortion and would do so, perversely, under Healthy Start, a program designed to lower infant mortality. Is that what we dream from good government?
6) In this proposed law, any reference to women is eliminated, as is any reference to another human being in this whole tortured question of abortion. Is the dream of this Commonwealth to forget the actual flesh and blood mothers and children whose destinies are being weighed in the balance? Justice may be blind, but justice must not be stupid.
If many fellow citizens are convinced of the hard necessity of abortion in certain cases, that is one thing. It is one thing to say that the liberty interest of a mother overrides the life interest of her unborn child in difficult-enough circumstances. It’s quite another thing, a delusional thing, to pretend that this hard choice isn’t hard at all by pretending as if modern embryology and developmental biology do not exist.
Our dream is a dream for the transformation of reality, and so it must be rooted in reality. Ignoring how abortion is a tool for rapacious men is not being rooted in reality.
The principle of the ROE Act is simple: no abortion a bad abortion.
But how many pro-choicers, even, believe that? What kind of male fantasy world would a person have to live in to overlook the fact that this serves the convenience of the man who, though not wanting to be a father, nevertheless wants to keep using women and girls?
Abortion makes the inequality of women worse. It allows men to escape their responsibility to both women and children, and it allows our narcissistic society to escape our responsibility to care.
No abortion a bad abortion? How about this: some seeming solutions are not solutions at all.
Do we need to secure more equality for women in society? You better believe it. Can equality, can the equality of some, be secured at the expense of the equality of others? The ones selling that are always the unequal ones who sit above us all and who confuse their needs with reality. And I’ll say it to the shame of our sex: most of these narcissists are men.
We pro-lifers agree that the ladies must be remembered. What we deny, is that we can rightly remember any one human by killing another human.
We would remember all the victims, not just some—and thereby blow up the whole sorry system of entitlement that enslaves us all. Do you want revolution? THAT is revolution.
Let us dream with Walt Whitman:
I DREAM’D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth;
I dream’d that was the new City of Friends;
Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love—it led the rest;
It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city,
And in all their looks and words.
What has Walt described but what we dream for America: to show us something of the New Jerusalem.
If I forget thee, Jerusalem, let my right hand wither.
The city of our dreams, that New Jerusalem, cannot come upon those who forget the dead, who forget the victims.
We must not forget how racial minorities suffer. We must not forget how women suffer. We must not forget how the smallest humans suffer.
Let me not forget thee, city of my dreams, city of life for all and of death for none.
Let me not forget thee, city of true love and of friendship we never betray, never fail.
Let us dream the impossible possibility of America once again.
What did our great captain say:
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
When Lincoln says that every political sentiment he’s had derives from the Declaration of Independence, he explains that he means the principles of equal dignity and liberty.
We all agree on the words. What do they mean?
The extremist law, S.1209/H.3320, originally to be heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health, has been moved to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
If confirmed by that committee in its current form, it will be passed on to the full legislature for a vote.
THE HEARING HAS CONCLUDED. NOW IT'S TIME TO FOLLOW UP.
Our advocates endured a grueling 18 hour day to testify against the provisions in this extremist legislation. Follow up and amplify their witness, the evidence they shared against the irrational vagary of S.1209/H.3320, and ensure
that the committee does not disregard the overwhelming case for rejecting abortion-promotion of these two bills.
by Myrna Maloney Flynn, Vice President, MCFL
Google “extreme abortion,” and you’ll find hundreds of stories written since January, when New York passed its Reproductive Health Act and, ever the trendsetter, led the rest of the country into what has indisputably become the year of abortion.
Progressive legislation followed in Virginia and Vermont, disheartening pro-life advocates, who watched life-devaluing initiatives increase in both number and speed down the slippery slope Roe vs. Wade established.
Concurrently, abortion rights supporters lament “extreme” laws recently passed in Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri that drastically limit abortion.
Massachusetts hosts the next race to extremes, as legislators consider Senate bill 1209, the so-called “ROE Act” (Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access). Since our current abortion laws are among the nation’s most permissive, there is no adjective that better describes S.1209 than “extreme.”
A few of the bill’s irrational provisions: It eliminates the parental consent requirement. No adult (except perhaps an adult impregnator) need be involved before a pregnant 13-year-old walks into an abortion facility.
Myrna Maloney Flynn addressing the surge of pro-life marchers, June 2nd, highlighting the
dangers of S.1209, and describing "love in action"...
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RECORD-BREAKING MARCH FOR LIFE!
Check out the media hits on yesterday's Annual Mass March For Life!
With hundreds of registered marchers, sponsors, and participants, the 2019 March for Life drew counter-protest and television cameras with a lively lineup of speakers. The Boston Police Department estimated over 600 pro-lifers attended despite media reports of a "small, annual rally."
MCFL Vice President, Myrna Flynn, describes instances of "love in action" from the Bandstand as pro-abortion protesters shout over her.
"Love in action requires us to go out of our way," Myrna said in her remarks.
The Globe was on site, and pushed out a report last night. Slant aside, they got the fact that 7 (pro-abortion) individuals were arrested for physically assaulting one of our speakers.
Sam, our second speaker, after having urine and slushy thrown on on him.
WBZ reported the violence as well. Watch it, filmed live: 7 Arrested During Massachusetts March for Life Rally.
Despite clashes, our marchers maintained an open attitude towards dialogue, and literally turned the other cheek. “Ironically when I tried to find common ground or start a conversation, it was men who blocked the dialogue,” noted MCFL’s director of community engagement, CJ Williams, who was shoved by two men considerably bigger than her upon beginning to set up the sound system. “While the irony made for an interesting story, we hope next year’s discussion will be more civil.”
With over 600 marchers this year, and a lively encounter with the public -- and the representatives of Planned Parenthood and NARAL -- this year's march is one for the history books. We can't thank all of you enough for your demonstration of this year's theme: Love in Action.
Get ready for the next rally and the next call to action!
You can support our continued campaign to end the violence of abortion in our Commonwealth by joining the movement here.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s a challenge to actively be pro-life in Massachusetts. Particularly in Northampton, where I live, advocates for the preborn are few. Voices of abortion rights supporters drown out those of us who speak for the voiceless.
For many years, I responded with a relative non-response: silence born of intimidation. But gradually, my conscience awoke to the reality of the behavior that’s become “normal,” and smothered my fear.
Then I sprang into action born of love.
Love for women who get lies, when they most need support.
Love for fathers who never know, who are just as scared, or who buy the same lies.
Love for doctors whose sight fails them.
Love for politicians who trade lives for votes.
And aching love for innocent, lost members of our society, whose potential we will never know.
Meaningful action relieves the pain that abortion injects into our world.
Whereas sitting on the sidelines became increasingly uncomfortable for me, taking to the field energizes as no endorphin can do, especially when you play with a great team.
I know you love as I do.
So show your love in action. Join our team, advocate for the voiceless, and jump off the sidelines into a lifesaving game.
Or donate to bring another into this freeing, life-saving demonstration.
This year’s theme: Love in Action.
Recruit friends, bring family, post photos with the #LoveInAction hashtag, and show others how to play the game—and win.
It may not be popular to be pro-life here. It may be esier to stay home and keep quiet. But to defend the lives and rights of our vulnerable citizens, whether preborn or born, requires us to listen to our conscience and actively, boldly love.
See you on the Common,
Myrna Maloney Flynn
Vice President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES TO RALLY IN ABORTION RIGHTS STRONGHOLD
Participants question logic, safety of extremist S.1209 abortion bill.
Contact: C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org - 857-302-0466
Boston -- Tuesday, May 28, 2019 -- For the first time in its 46-year history, Boston-based Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) will hold a rally in Northampton, a Hampshire County city whose residents are widely known as some of the state’s most ardent supporters of abortion.
MCFL expects pro-life advocates from across the state to participate in the event, organized as an effort to raise awareness and opposition to Senate bill S.1209, the so-called “R.O.E. Act.” The rally will take place from 5:00-6:30 PM in downtown Northampton, at the intersection of Main and Pleasant Streets.
Advocates will peacefully and respectfully pose the following question: Senator Jo, do you know? State Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health Jo Comerford is expected to lead the upcoming hearing on S.1209. Senator Comerford, a first-term senator from Northampton, is known for genuinely valuing her constituents' feedback. Advocates will provide lots of it.
There is no word that better describes S.1209 than “extreme.” Some radical implications for Massachusetts residents, if the bill becomes law:
- Elimination of the parental consent requirement. No adult (except perhaps an adult impregnator) need be involved before a pregnant 13-year-old walks into an abortion facility
- Elimination of the requirement that abortions after the first trimester be performed in hospitals
- Refusal of legal protection to a child who survives an abortion attempt
“There is no logical reason to support this bill, unless, of course, you’re in the abortion business,” said Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL Vice President. “As written, it does not help women; it endangers them. It does not protect our girls; it irresponsibly leaves them exposed. For infant girls, it means a worse fate. We will be responsible for these human rights assaults, since S.1209 also increases taxpayer funding of abortion.”
About Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Founded on January 23, 1973, Massachusetts Citizens for Life is the largest and longest-serving right-to-life organization in New England. In recognition of the fact that each human life is part of a continuum from conception to natural death, the mission of Massachusetts Citizens For Life, Inc. is to restore respect for human life and defend the right to life of all human beings, born and pre-born. We will influence public policy at the local, state and national levels through comprehensive educational, legislative, political and charitable activities.
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Our team was interviewed by Boston Globe reporter, Deanna Pan. The article, focused on the women standing on the frontlines of the groundswell movement for authentic human rights in Massachusetts, spans the entire lifetime of MCFL.
Quoting longtime (now retired) board member, Fran Hogan, and reviewing the history of abortion in our state from the beginning, it closes on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood with our team.
Read it in its entirety here: For Women in Massachusetts...Dismantling Roe v. Wade.
Women are leading this movement, because we know that an assault on one vulnerable class of human beings is an assault on every class of human beings.
And that's not progress.
“I think Roe v. Wade is going to be obsolete whether it’s overturned or not,” she said. “It’s against science; it’s against progress; it’s against human rights; it’s against women.”
By Bridget Fay, Board of DirectorsTwo weeks ago, Georgia passed a landmark "Heartbeat Bill." The law provides that an unborn child is a person once a heartbeat can be detected; in the words of the law, "[i]t shall be the policy of the State of Georgia to recognize unborn children as natural persons," and " [u]nborn child' means a member of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the womb." Such a person, therefore, is protected by the laws of Georgia. The law requires that a physician who is performing an abortion must first check for a fetal heartbeat; if such a heartbeat exists, the abortion cannot be performed absent a medical emergency, threat to the health of the mother, or rape.
Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey assert that a state does not have an interest in protecting unborn children before viability. Georgia's law challenges Roe by providing an alternate point at which the state can protect preborn babies (i.e. the detection of a human heartbeat), which has the merits of being a clear indicator of human life, and being far more objective than the amorphous "viability" standard. Roe's companion case, Doe v. Bolton, establishes a "health exception" for abortion, and absurdly broad contours for such an exception. According to Doe, risks to both mental and physical health, even undiagnosable risks to mental health, are a justification for abortion. The result is that the "exception" overrides any limits a state may put on abortion. The Heartbeat Bill squarely attacks that intellectual dishonesty: it limits such an exception to the "substantial and irreversible physical impairment" of a pregnant woman's body. That exception is clear, objective, and designed to balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of their preborn children - exactly what Doe purports to do but obviously does not.
The Georgia law is revolutionary in both its recognition of unborn children as human beings and its confrontation of the culture of abortion. It is not just a law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected; it is a law that expands child support to pregnant mothers. It revises the child homicide laws so that parents may recover for the death of a reborn child, not just a child who has already been born. It even changes the way Georgia handles taxes: expectant parents may list their preborn baby as a dependent minor. The law provides protections for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who treat pregnant women for unrelated medical problems, if such treatment inadvertently causes a miscarriage.
When pro-lifers talk about creating a "culture of life," we mean an overhaul of the thousands of ways that our culture and laws assume that preborn children aren't people, expectant mothers aren't quite yet mothers, and women will solve their problems via abortion. Georgia's comprehensive attack on the evils of abortion is something that other states can emulate, and its comprehensive reformation of its laws highlight how pervasive abortion has become.