Posted on October 30, 2018 11:43 AM

List of Buses & Groups Headed to National March for Life, DC

by C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement

Who will cry for the children? Who will be there voice? Each year, hundreds of thousands raise their voices, and put their feet on the ground in our nation's capitol, for the preborn people who can't advocate for themselves at the national March for Life.  Each year, we at MCFL have helped coordinate getting hundreds of both new and die-hard pro-lifers into DC. They make a national impact, and always bring back deep inspiration and energy to our life-affirming work at home.

Below is an ongoing list of buses and carpools traveling to Washington, D.C. in January

 

 

MFL Carpool, January 16-19, 2019

For details, email our Director of Community Engagement, C.J. at cj@masscitizensforlife.org

Pure in Heart Boston Carpool & Bus, January 17-20, 2019

Details here

Boston Archdiocese "Witness to Life" Buses, January 17-19, 2019 

Details here

Burlington Buses for Life, January 16-19, 2019

For details, contact Theresa - 978-886-2911

Cape Cod Bus for Life, January 17-19, 2019

For details call Kevin Ward - 508-291-0949

Lawrence Bus Caravan, January 16-19, 2019

(Buses have pick-up in Lawrence & Boston, Wednesday morning. Cost $120. Please bring sleeping bag.) For more details, call Franklyn Rodriguez 978-566-5597

Worcester Diocese March for Life Trip, January 17-19, 2019

Details here

Springfield Buses for Life, January 17-18, 2019

(Red Eye departs from St Stanislaus Church parking lot, Chicopee, 10:30 pm) 

For details or to reserve your seat, email Peggy - pbradford@masscitizensforlife.org

Middleboro Caravan

For details, please email Francene at doubleprint@verizon.net

Arlington 3 Day March Trip, 16-19 January, 2019

For details, please email or call Tom Harvey 617-710-3616 -
tharveyesq@aol.com

Bellingham Buses, January 17-19, 2019

(Overnight. Departs from St. Brendan's) For details call (508) 966-0260

(Western Mass) Adams Buses, January 17-19, 2019

(pickups in Adams, Pittsfield, and Lee)

For details, or to reserve a seat, please call Robin - 413-743-1329 

Brighton Pilgrimage with Fr. Chris Bae, January 17-19, 2019

(this co-op will be traveling via JetBlue)

For details, and how to purchase affordable airfare, please contact Samantha by January 11th - sacraig@bu.edu.

Airfare was 153.00 as of this posting, 1/4/19. Accommodations provided.

**Updated as of January 4, 2019

If you know of a pilgrimage, carpool, or caravan scheduled to leave from Massachusetts that is not included above, please email us.

Posted on October 24, 2018 2:05 PM

Abortion Pill Reversal - The Facts

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We are continuing our review of some of the speakers and content at the Convention on April 2, 2017 in no particular order of their appearance at the event.

One of the more technical, but also most hopeful, presentations at our 2016 convention came from Dr. Mark Rollo, who enlightened the audience to the latest developments concerning abortion pill reversal. Dr. Rollo described new protocols to help women reverse RU-486 chemical abortions, a technique which uses two drugs: mifepristone (AKA RU-486) and misoprostol. In many cases, Dr. Rollo said, if massive dosages of progesterone are given after the mifepristone, but before the misoprostol, it is possible for a mother to bear the baby to term with no ill effects.

He noted that 18-25% of abortions are performed with mifepristone each year. That amounts to about 200,000 to 300,000. It is usually administered to the mother to be followed two days later by the misoprostol, giving a 48 hour window for her to change her mind. The drug combination may be prescribed up to 63 days after the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP). 

Dr. Rollo also discussed how the progesterone reversal works and the success rate in actual patients, with most administrations resulting in the birth of healthy babies. Of the calls to the AbortionPillReversal.com national hotline number between May 2012 and February 2016, about 43% of the women go on to receive progesterone to attempt reversal and the approximate success rate has been 55% overall. Women in 45 states and 13 countries have participated in the abortion pill reversal.

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The only birth defect correlated to the reversal, a "port wine stain" skin discoloration, is actually unlikely to be a result of the drug. In fact, the FDA claims no risk of birth defects from progesterone and no evidence exists that mifepristone, if counteracted, offers a risk either.

Abortion pill reversal is not without its challenges though. With the short window of opportunity, it can be difficult for women to be reached and decide to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Some women, despite assurances, are concerned about birth defects. They also face pressures from abortion clinics and lack of emotional support from friends and family. TMany doctors' offices also lack necessary progesterone supplies, as they do not often keep injectable progesterone on hand while its shelf-life of 3 to 6 months compounds the difficulty.

Dr. Rollo noted finally  that more work can and needs to be done to develop new and more effective and prompt protocols for the use of progesterone to save lives.

Because time is of the essence, any concerned individual should be ready to give women the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline (877.558.0333number and web site, which are available 24/7

This nationwide hotline with more than 300 doctors across the country participating saves lives. Dr. Rollo encouraged pro-lifers to invite pro-life medical professionals—including doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and midwives—to join the APR network.

Posted on October 23, 2018 2:37 PM

Several Medical Associations Affirm Opposition to Doctor Prescribed Death

by Barbara Lyons, Coalitions Director, Patients Rights Action Fund

            News from several medical associations and societies is excellent as they voted to reaffirm their opposition to assisted suicide. 

      The American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has released its new report and, with a few changes, recommends again that the AMA retain its position opposing assisted suicide.   At the AMA annual meeting in June of 2018, the House of Delegates referred the report back to the Council rather than affirming it.  The new report is a tremendous victory for holding the line to oppose assisted suicide and sets up another battle at the June 2019 meeting.    The American Academy of Family Physicians recently changed its position to “engaged neutrality” which presents a significant challenge to retaining the opposition position next year by the AMA.

 

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Posted on October 19, 2018 2:19 PM

An MCFL Family Shares Their Journey

Today brings the following journal entry from this beautiful MCFL family, showing the beauty of human life even amidst suffering:

 

Dear Friends and Family,

[ Bill was diagnosed with cancer and his family has been reporting their journey through the disease, and their reports have given us an example of human dignity. This is how to treat our fellows -- with love, not with doctor-prescribed death. ] Each day on earth together is a gift and we thank God for His strength day by day.  Recently Jeanne encouraged us with her assessment of her Dad's journey with pancreatic cancer over the past 15 1/2 months since diagnosis - of the four aspects of our lives - spiritual, emotional, cognitive and physical - the first three are going well.  

The daily grind of dealing with the strong chemotherapy drugs and abdominal pain has taken its toll on Bill's energy, strength and weight.  As mentioned in the last update, the "balancing act" continues.  We are so grateful to have completed 20 cycles of chemotherapy; 11 of the initial chemotherapy and nine of the second line of FDA-approved medicines.  We are thankful that the last CT scan showed  "no new sites of cancer".  Bill's oncologist has provided additional long-acting pain control and plans to continue the same schedule of infusion every other week and repeat the CT scan before Thanksgiving. 

Bill's cheerful heart is a reflection of his close walk with Jesus throughout the day and during the nights of frequent awakenings.  From the deep resources of Bill's brain, he recalls many songs (some silly) from his childhood.  The hymns, devotionals and God's Word provide HOPE.  One of the promises from the Bible that we've experienced is from Romans 15:13 "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.  Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit".

Above all you [ our MCFL community ] bring us continual encouragement by reaching out to us in many ways as you...  send cards, e-mails, [make] phone calls, and arrange for healing masses for Bill.  We are grateful as you continue to let us know that you're "with us" on this journey.  We are so blessed by the many visits of family and friends who brighten our spirits and bring us joy.  Each Sunday we are so thankful that our grandsons, Nathanael & Joshua, in seminary and college, make time to call us and share their busy lives.  We look forward in the coming months to the visits of very special friends, phone calls and all our children & grandchildren gathering together at Thanksgiving.  Signs of autumn are in the air - beautiful maples, boat on dry land and gardens "put to rest". 

Posted on October 11, 2018 8:45 AM

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Presidential Message on Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Issued on: October 1, 2018 and reprinted from WhiteHouse.gov

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Melania and I join in celebrating the lives of the more than 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome and those around the world with this condition.  Together, we recommit to deepening our understanding of Down syndrome and learning more about how we can ensure the beautiful people with Down syndrome are able to fully participate in society.  We will always support the dreams of those with Down syndrome, and respect and honor the sanctity of their lives, at every stage.

Today, as a result of advances in research and treatment, people with Trisomy 21, or “Down syndrome,” are leading healthier and longer lives.  Through innovative speech, occupational, and physical therapies, we are finding new ways to build upon the physical and intellectual abilities of children and babies with Down syndrome.  We are learning more about this condition and the increased need for widespread education and acceptance.  These efforts help to ensure many of our youngest citizens with this condition are able to live fulfilling, independent, and productive lives.

All people are endowed by their Creator with dignity and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Despite some persistent myths and stigmas, even within the medical community, our Nation strongly embraces the undeniable truth that a Down syndrome diagnosis is an opportunity to embrace God’s gifts.  I stand for life – in all of its beautiful manifestations – and I, and my Administration, will continue to condemn the prejudice and discrimination that Americans with Down syndrome too often endure.

During this month, we vow to continue creating opportunities for and supporting the extraordinary men, women, and children with Down syndrome.  Every day, they inspire us to live with great love, joy, and appreciation for our world and those who make it a truly unique and special place to live.  Life is precious, and it is our moral duty to protect and defend it.

Posted on October 10, 2018 5:34 PM

The Odd Couple

By Anne Fox - How can you not like the President for this?

At the formal swearing-in of Justice Kavanaugh, President Trump noted that Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, was in the East Room audience at the White House along with his two daughters Liza and Margaret. In a message especially for his daughters, he called Kavanaugh “a man of decency, character, kindness, and courage.

You may like this picture from the swearing-in as much as I did.

Posted on October 08, 2018 10:32 AM

POST-BRETT – KAVANAUGH’S IMPACT ON THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

By Don Feder - Predictions:

At least three red-state Democrats will lose their seats in November because they voted against confirming Kavanaugh . With a 54/46 split in the Senate, it will be much easier to confirm Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee. Thanks, #MeToo-ers.

After a decent interval following this election, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin will cross the aisle and become a Republican, realizing that a Democrat has no future in the Mountain State and he has no future in the Democratic Party. That will make the party split  55/45.

Senator Lisa Murkowski will either retire at the end of her current term or be primaried out. Sarah Palin is looking at the race in 2022. In a state like Alaska, we can do better than an alias Republican.

Despite her stand on a number of social issues, Susan Collins will become a conservative folk hero, not just for her vote but because of her remarks before the vote. Her name now tops the left’s enemies list. Former Obama State Department tool, Susan Rice, is thinking of running against her – and would spend the campaign explaining why she spent weeks lying about Benghazi in 2012.

On the court, Brett Kavanaugh will not be a hard-core constitutionalist, as many supposed. But he’s decent, thoughtful and will be an improvement over Kennedy.

Posted on October 04, 2018 11:07 AM

Life's Handbook

By Myrna Flynn - We will not ask you to enjoy this collection. But we will ask you to learn from it, to share it, to be inspired by it.

It’s a fair ask. And a pertinent one. The collection to which Jack Fowler, a National Review Institute Trustee, refers is a set of 31 National Review articles and editorials compiled within a first-of-its-kind “pro-life reader” titled Standing Athwart a Culture of Death. Curated by Kathryn Jean Lopez, senior fellow at the Institute and National Review editor-at-large, the writings span the four decades since seven men handed Roe & Doe to the nation, thus legalizing abortion at any time and for any reason during a pregnancy.

Though consistently and ardently pro-life since junior high, due mostly to simple ethics and elementary biology, in spite of being a practicing Catholic, I’d never taken the time to review the particulars of the legal, political and cultural rationales that are the foundations of the pro-life movement. Ever thought about what are, essentially, the “best practices” of advocating this conviction? Me neither, until I read a 1996 “statement of principle” penned by dozens of pro-life scholars and nonprofit leaders, which the magazine published. Every one of the 26 principles still applies today. This is where the overarching value in the book lies: though seemingly dated, notably on the current media landscape where what one read last night is archaic this morning, Lopez presents timeless pieces, each seemingly more significant than the last, for anyone who cares not just about abortion, but about American society.

The oldest selection is a June 1973 editorial which provided an overview of the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, sponsored by Senator James Buckley and six of his Senate colleagues, who spanned a “geographically, ideologically and religiously diverse group.”

The most recent piece, published in November 2017, pays homage to Representative Henry Hyde. A decade after his death, Chuck Donovan reminds the reader that, “At least 600,000 of our fellow Americans under the age of ten are alive today because of the famous amendment that bears his name, the one that treats abortion for what it is – the antithesis of medicine, a violation of the fundamental right of the most vulnerable human beings in our midst.”

Human beings? In a uterus?

Between the two end points on the book’s timeline, again thanks to Lopez’ effective editing, writers concretely and smartly address every argument in the abortion debate, including the human life issue in what may be the book’s most powerful piece.

In her 2016 article, “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense,” Frederica Mathewes-Green recalls her memory of the Roe decision. “I was a college student – an anti-war, mother-earth, feminist, hippie college student.” With a “legalize abortion” bumper sticker, Mathewes-Green notes, “We knew nothing of fetal development . . . It would be another 15 years or so before pregnant couples could show off sonograms of their babies, shocking us with the obvious humanity of the unborn.”

In 1976, she read an Esquire magazine article called “What I Saw at the Abortion” that described in graphic detail the reporter’s observations during an abortion of a 19-week-old fetus; I choose to withhold those details here. Mathewes-Green changed her mind in that moment. “Once I realized the inherent violence of abortion, none of the feminist arguments made sense,” she said.

“Nobody wants to have an abortion," Mathewes-Green writes. "And if nobody wants to have an abortion, why are women doing it 2,800 times a day? If women are doing something 2,800 times daily that they don’t want to do, this is not liberation we’ve won. We are colluding in a strange new form of oppression.” She later notes that, from the moment of conception, three essential characteristics of human life exist: a living entity with human cells, growth and unique DNA.

Indeed, the recurring message throughout the book is, as conveyed in a 1989 column by Richard John Neuhaus, “the abortion debate is not really over the question of when human life begins” but rather what moral and legal obligations -- and exceptions -- should be considered when our society concerns itself with something that is biologically human.

Neuhaus writes, “With respect to the unborn, the question is: What is this? Maybe the question is: Who is this? Most people readily recognize that the 'what' is human life that, barring natural misfortune or deliberate attack, will become the ‘who’ of a person possessing rights. Certainly the question is not ‘when.’ Time lines that allow life to be attacked at one point but not at a later point cannot help appearing to be arbitrary, because in fact they are arbitrary.”

Beyond the question of humanity, the book's topics include the challenges of adoption and related systemic/policy failures; political flip-flopping/conversions; states making inroads at the grassroots level; issues resulting from egg donation; neonatal hospice; the role of fathers in supporting (or not supporting) women who face unplanned pregnancies; the eugenic origins of Planned Parenthood; and how pro-life advocates should work to roll back Roe.

This book showcases the intelligence and eloquence one would expect in a National Review publication and, in a relatively compact 140 pages, includes an impressive amount of data, wisdom, common sense and deeply thought-provoking content, even for . . . especially for, a life-long pro-lifer. In response to Fowler's initial statement, it is not an enjoyable read. Yet I found it an invaluable use of my time and attention.

Chuck Donovan, in his tribute to Henry Hyde, writes, "Most of those who have been involved in leading [pro-life] advocacy roles know it as an inescapable but thankless task." After reading this book, I gratefully commend National Review Institute on a job well-done. My bet is you will, too.

Order your copy of Standing Athwart a Culture of Death.

Posted on October 03, 2018 12:21 PM

Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate
We, who are pro-life, have an excellent opportunity to elect a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts who is also pro-life. He has the rare combination of being fiscally and socially responsible, yet at the same time he values the sanctity of life. He is socially responsible since he believes in helping others and has a track record of doing so. He is fiscally responsible and as a State Representative, among other fiscal steps he took, he was able to bring about the defeat of an automatic gas tax increase that would have cost taxpayers over $2 billion! Most Massachusetts taxpayers are unaware of the fact that the Massachusetts state debt in fiscal year 2015 was a whopping $75.3 billion according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is higher now. This is precisely why we need a good Republican representative in the U.S. Senate in Washington.
For a lot of reasons, Geoff is the right man. The pro-abortion movement is spinning out of control. Planned Parenthood that takes the lives of over 330,000 babies per year receives $500 million in federal taxpayer money. Yet they also got caught red handed in the horrendous act of selling baby body parts. Further, there are many Democratic members of both the House and Senate who are pushing for full term abortions! If you remember, Hillary Clinton during her Presidential campaign stated she was in support of full term abortions and justified it as being a "woman's choice". Full term! Just think about a beautiful child's life being taken through the brutal procedure of a full term abortion.
This is why, we need someone like Geoff in Washington...for fiscal, and social responsibility;  and for being a representative for the sanctity of life. His opponent is Elizabeth Warren, who is also a full term pro-abortion proponent.
Geoff has shown that he has courage. Recently he spoke out in favor of Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and his beautiful family. It is so easy to sit back and do nothing. Not Geoff! He also has two beautiful daughters and I am sure that he can only imagine what it is like to have his family be so unjustly treated, with an attempt to destroy them. I highly respect Geoff Diehl for speaking out, especially when he is involved in an election campaign.
We have a great choice in the midterm elections in November. Please strongly consider a vote for Geoff Diehl. Get out there to vote and encourage others to do so. This, for a lot of reasons, is an extremely important election.
Al DiLascia
Chicopee, MA
Posted on September 25, 2018 10:00 AM

Researching Organ Markets Leads to a Dark Place

By Dr. Trevor Stammers - It is impossible to separate the selling of human organs from people trafficking.

When in 2016, an editor from a leading academic publisher approached me about contributing a book chapter on the ethics of organ markets, I readily agreed thinking that this would entail little more than many other previous commissions. With most bioethical issues, the arguments pro and con are usually abstractions to be weighed and evaluated and a conclusion eventually drawn – or sometimes avoided in order to prolong ethical fence-sitting.

This topic however did prove to be rather different. One of early findings was that once organ acquisition from the living moves from being a matter of gifting the organ by donation to gaining the organ by financial transaction, a line is crossed which changes the whole environment within which transplantation takes place in a society. Once you have an organ market it makes people think more carefully about why they should be an altruistic donor. This I could have predicted but the second finding however took me completely by surprise. It was quite impossible to write about organ markets without writing about people trafficking. It soon became clear that wherever people trafficking is happening, organ trafficking will either be a part of it or closely linked and organ trafficking is difficult to disentangle –at least at the margins – from organ sales.

Headlines such as “Pakistani police rescue 24 from organ trafficking gang” and “Boy of 12 smuggled into the UK for gang to sell his body parts” are a far cry from the kind of ‘abstractions’ I thought I would be dealing with a few months before. I contacted the editor and said I didn’t think it would be possible to write about organ markets in isolation from organ trafficking – in the largest anthology on organ trafficking I could locate the majority of the chapters were about organ markets- and she agreed that I could broaden the chapter out.

Universal Prohibition Advocated

Examination of websites such as those of the UN, World Health Organisation, The Transplantation Society and the International Society of Nephrology revealed that every international declaration on people trafficking (such as the UNs Palermo protocol) specifies organ trafficking as a specific form of exploitation linked to people trafficking and declarations on organ trafficking (such as the Declaration of Istanbul) as well as prohibiting the practice also stress that “organ donation should be a financially neutral act”.

Despite such universal condemnation however, it is reckoned that around 10% of organs worldwide are trafficked meaning that an illegally acquired organ is transplanted every hour. How is it then that the practice remains so persistently prevalent?

A Chorus of Approval

One of the factors involved is that advocates of organ markets, though they may well be motivated by a genuine desire to see fewer patients die from lack of an available matching organ also tend to play down the reality of the links with people trafficking.

There are three main groups of people involved in promoting organ sales – philosophers (especially ‘practical’ ones), economists (particularly neoclassical ones) and doctors (particularly those who work in private healthcare systems).

Once this became clear, the task of the research then became to understand the arguments from each of these three groups seeking to justify payments for organs. I then sought to see whether the claims made in such arguments actually worked out in the real world and looked at the experiences and findings of researchers working in India, the Philippines and other poor parts of the world.

Finally since most of those advocating organ sales pointed to Iran as the shining paragon of how organ markets work, I then looked at reports of what is happening in Iran.  Whilst it is true that Iran has no waiting list for organ transplants and is the only country in the world in which this is the case, there is a price to be paid and since the majority of organ movement is out of the poor and into the rich, it is not difficult to work out who is paying it. 

My findings are due to be published in the spring of 2019. 

Dr Trevor Stammers is Reader in Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies in the UK.  He is a writer, blogger and occasional broadcaster on bioethical issues and was previously in clinical practice for over thirty years. This article is republished from THE JAM NETWORK blog with permission and also appeared on Mercatornet.com.