Dear Friend of Life,
A joyful Father’s Day from this father to every other!
A good father wants to protect women and children.
He knows the selfishness in his own heart and battles that. From the gentleness and wisdom gained in that struggle, a man becomes a better father, becomes a father of all those who are less powerful.
And we need this gallant, fatherly strength to resist those who would profiteer from the killing of unborn babies and the maiming of their mothers in abortion.
MONDAY, June 17th, is the big day: the Beacon Hill hearing for S.1209/H.3320, the unrestricted-abortion “ROE Act.” In some ways this legislation is even more radical than the New York and Illinois “Reproductive Health Acts.”
It would set up a right to unrestricted abortion, removing every hedge on that act of killing. In no way is it pro-choice; it is fully pro-abortion. It does not reflect any kind of consensus in the Commonwealth or this country. Instead it reflects the interests of those who profiteer from killing the most powerless humans. It’s an abortion-industry wish list selling itself as feminist liberation.
We must rather represent the interests of women and children. So, please join Massachusetts Citizens for Life for a rally at 10:00 am, gathering at the General Hooker entrance of the State House: RSVP here.
The hearing itself is at 1:00 pm, in the Gardner Auditorium.
We need each one of your voices. If you wish to give oral testimony, here are some guidelines: Testimony to Legislature Tips. I would suggest aiming for two minutes, with some modular components you can plug in (if we end up receiving more time) or remove (if too redundant given other testimony).
And, again, for reference, it might be useful to look at our ind=-depth analysis of the bills here.
You may submit written testimony either before the hearing or in the days immediately following. That would be addressed to the chairs of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Sen. James Eldridge and Rep. Claire Cronin, using the contact info here: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J19.
Calling the members of this Committee would also be of real service.
If you cannot come, please consider a donation so that we can see this fight through, with undiminished vigor. Your secure donation to help us save lives can be made here.
“It’s Father’s Day, and everybody’s wounded,” sang Leonard Cohen.
It’s time to start binding up those wounds.
For the love of life,
David Franks, Ph.D., Chairman
Printed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette 14 June 2019: MCFL'S Vice President, Myrna Maloney Flynn, asks: Why endanger our women and girls in a hasty reaction? She highlights the dangerous provisions in this proposed bill's knee-jerk response to current cultural waves, and demands accountability.
I’d like to provide context for my quote regarding parental consent being eliminated from current abortion law if The ROE Act passes (“Northampton City Council backs expansion of abortion rights statewide” June 7, 2019).
In stating constituents “don’t want their teenage daughters irresponsibly targeted,” I was referring to poll results I shared. Last month, the Tarrance Group surveyed Massachusetts voters of all party affiliations — 60 percent considered themselves pro-choice and 40 percent pro-life. Sixty-two percent think parents should provide consent.
I ask councilors Gina-Louise Sciarra and William Dwight, who lament a perceived “reduction” of rights: What about parents’ rights? Sixty-two percent oppose more late term abortions.
ROE supporters believe ending viable infants’ lives is justified in two particular circumstances, yet the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute has admitted that “data suggests that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
A recent poll on which we partnered with the national advocacy organization, The Susan B. Anthony List, demonstrated a majority of Massachusetts voters oppose provisions contained in the proposed bills S.1209/H.3320. These provisions radically endanger our adult women, our teenage girls, and our infants.
The following remarks were presented by MCFL Vice President, Myrna Maloney Flynn, to the press conference at the Massachusetts State House, and are re-printed here as an open letter to our legislators.
Legislators of the Commonwealth:
I am Myrna Maloney Flynn, Vice President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, and a resident of the Hampshire County city of Northampton.
This poll did not survey members of the pro-life groups standing here today. It surveyed Massachusetts voters -- citizens who are registered Democrats, Republicans, Independents -- voters of all party affiliations.
The results indicate that common ground exists beneath this contentious and divisive issue. That’s the real news here: Where polarization is on display in other states this year, this poll suggests we are different; on the issue of abortion, Massachusetts is poised to set a new and desperately-needed course for this country.
Legislators of the Commonwealth, your constituents have spoken. I urge you to listen. Senate Bill 1209/House Bill 3320, the so-called “ROE Act,” is not what they want. They don’t want their teenage daughters irresponsibly targeted and made easier prey for abusers. Voters don’t consider hospitals “obstacles,” as this bill suggests. To remove life-saving, resuscitative equipment that would aid viable infants who survive abortion attempts, those who are the youngest citizens in your care, is to go against the wishes of your neighbors.
And, legislators, if you support this bill, you are asking your neighbors at home to help pay for each of these inhumane provisions. How will you defend yourself when you run into them at the grocery store or when you drop your children off at school?
More importantly, what words could you possibly find to use with your own children or grandchildren when they some day ask you about the law you would have helped to pass?
Martin Luther King once said, “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.”
Don’t vote for something your conscience will not withstand. Don’t vote for S.1209/H.3320. Instead, let’s shelve it. Let’s embrace our common ground, use it as a foundation, and build a caring, safe, dignified model for the rest of the nation to follow. The childcare proposal that Senator Warren introduced is a fine example of what true pro-life policy looks like. And we can enact it here first. Together. Imagine the widespread voter response to that!
Each of you has a unique opportunity to redefine this debate, redirect the conversation, renounce extremism, and represent Massachusetts on a national level while you do so. By your bravery, your leadership, your demonstrated commitment to--and genuine care for--the people who put you in office, you will, as Dr. King championed, do what is right.
RALLY & HEARING MONDAY JUNE 17TH 10AM - Bus into Boston!
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Don't let distance keep you from being the force that changes history here in Massachusetts. On Monday, the extremist anti-life bills S.1209/H.3320 will be reviewed by committee.
It is crucial that you are there demonstrating that Massachusetts will not accept laws that critically endanger our women, our teenage daughters, and our infants.
If you need a ride, we are chartering buses in the following locations:
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With just days to go before the committee hearing of the extreme abortion expansion bill, S.1209/H.3320, MCFL went head-to-head with NARAL on WGBH's Greater Boston!
Watch it now, and let us know what you think of NARAL's response to why we would remove medical safety regulations for our women (when they seek an abortion).
Does "it's a deeply personal decision" sound like a valid argument for killing a child, or making abortion unsafe, legal, and promoted at the expense of women and girls' lives?
MCFL PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL SBA LIST & LOCAL PRO-LIFE ORGS TO ANNOUNCE POLL RESULTS ON EXTREME ABORTION LAW (S.1209)
“An overwhelming majority of Massachusetts voters support existing, common-sense abortion limits and agree that expanding abortion on demand through birth is too extreme,” said Liebel. “The response to this radical legislation across the board – Democrats, Independents, women, and self-described pro-choice voters – shows this is not a partisan issue. Massachusetts lawmakers should stand with their constituents and reject abortion extremism.”
Yesterday, we announced the results of a poll showing the overwhelming majority of Massachusetts voters reject the extreme provisions in Senate Bill 1209/ House Bill 3320.
Performed by national advocacy organization, The Susan B. Anthony List, the poll surveyed voters who identified as pro-choice, and were registered as Democrat and Independent. Despite radically diverse backgrounds, our Massachusetts citizens maintained a consistent opposition to every provision in this proposed law.
At the press event and rally, Sue Swayze Liebel, state policy director, for Susan B. Anthony List, laid out S.1209's provisions, describing how they brazenly promote late-term abortion on demand through birth, eliminate adult supervision for our teenage girls entering an abortion facility (thus leaving them prey to sexual abusers), and remove protections for babies born alive in failed abortions.
The conference room overflowed, and security approached us with concerns, because they had only expected 50 or so attendees.
MCFL Vice President, Myrna Maloney Flynn addressed the packed room stating: "This poll did not survey members of the pro-life groups standing here today. It surveyed Massachusetts voters -- citizens who are registered Democrats, Republicans, Independents -- voters of all party affiliations. The majority deeply oppose this irrational bill."
The fact that this bill flagrantly dismisses the human rights and health of women, children, and infants -- to say nothing of the preborn children -- was more than ever apparent.
Although invited directly by MCFL representatives, members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary -- which will hear both versions of this anti-life bill -- were not in attendance.
Flynn addressed them, and all Massachusetts citizens through the press from the podium: "Each of you has a unique opportunity to redefine this debate, redirect the conversation, renounce extremism, and represent Massachusetts on a national level while you do so. By your bravery, your leadership, your demonstrated commitment to--and genuine care for--the people who put you in office, you will, as Dr. King championed, do what is right."
S.1209 and H.3320 will be heard by the committee in the upcoming months. They need to hear the voices of the voters. They need to hear the common sense consensus that we, as Massachusetts citizens, reject bad law. Period.
Call them today. (You can find contact information at this link.)
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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 BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, JUNE 17TH.
We need you to make your voices heard today. Are these legislators in your district?
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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