Will you join us at a Pro-Life Christmas Carol this Saturday?
With just a few days until Christmas, many of us are preparing to celebrate life.
But what you may not know, is that this is one of the biggest business times for the abortion business. New mothers in unexpected or difficult pregnancies ask: Where will I live if I have a child now? What if she comes home from school with the announcement, "Mom, I have to tell you something..."
Your voice outside the Planned Parenthood can give a small new life a welcome he won't receive otherwise. Your voice will give love and hope to a mother who thinks she has no option.
Will you do whatever it takes?
Join us 8am-10am, Saturday, December 21st at 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Boston!
Your gift gives us the means to be there, to offer gifts of baby clothes and supplies to mothers approaching the clinic, and to reach out to the clinic workers.
Spotlight on Local Resources for Women in Massachusetts
Springfield and Worcester Area
Thank you again for forwarding this to a friend, financially supporting our life-saving work, and doing whatever it takes to protect and respect human lives in Massachusetts. At the end of the calendar year, your support is all the more critical as I look ahead to plan for the new year.
Keep an eye out for photo updates and the report on the event after the holidays!
In a recent blog post, Secular Pro-Life president and founder gives us an on-point review of the new and fantastic little picture book, Pro-Life Kids, by the Radiance FOundation's Tiffany Bomberger.
If you're considering last minute gifts, or thinking of shipping to relatives far afield, you could do much worse than this thoughtful, well-rhymed piece of life-affirming literature.
As Kelsey writes: "Pro-Life Kids, written by Bethany Bomberger and illustrated by Ed Koehler, is a rhyming picture book that introduces children to the concept that all humans are people: at every age, no matter where they live, and even before they are born. This concept is conveyed clearly and illustrated beautifully, including children of all races and abilities."
When art shows the truth more often, our society will save lives rather than tossing them out.
Read the full review here.
by Dr. Mark Rollo, Board Member, MCFL
What makes a person want to commit suicide? I think of the great country song, I’m So Lonesome I
Some of us are even more extreme in our feelings of loss and abandonment. Some say to
themselves, “I’m so lonesome I could die.”
How are we to respond to such anguish? Do we respond by saying, “Well it’s your life, do what you
want. If you want to die, go ahead.” Or do we say, “I love you. I can’t let you do that!”
As a culture, we make extravagant efforts to prevent suicide. However, when it comes to physician
assisted suicide, we often hear, “Let me help you commit suicide.” Some go even further than that and
say, “I don’t want to help you kill yourself, I want to get someone in a healing profession to help you kill
Instantly, a healer's commitment to protecting and cherishing life is compromised and a suffering human being is abandoned.
But it gets even worse.
Imagine a psychiatrist helping a depressed patient kill himself.
Alan Nichols, a man from British Columbia, Canada, who struggled with depression and showed no signs of terminal
illness was given a medically-assisted death despite desperate pleas from his loved ones. Mr. Nichols
was admitted to Chilliwack General Hospital in June, at age 61, after he was discovered dehydrated and
malnourished in his home.
One month later, he died by lethal injection at the hands of “healers.”
Our neighbors to the north now promote assisted suicide as do a handful of states in our own country.
Massachusetts has been in the crosshairs of this anti-life movement for years. Our legislators need to be
called and emphatically told that helping the depressed and dying does not include killing them. We
need to love them, provide them with the gold-standard of Massachusetts medical care, and by so doing deliver the message to those suffering from loneliness that our society will not abandon them.
How depraved have we become as a culture to allow assisted suicide -- especially psychiatric euthanasia?
When a depressed patient cries out, “I’m so lonesome I could die,” what do we actually mean when we say, “Won’t you let me help you . . .”
We should always help with healing. Assisted suicide is just another way to dehumanize the vulnerable members of our society.
To make your voice heard, and to tell the stories of those targeted by assisted suicide, you can contact the Joint Committee on Public Health.
Please email, call, and write stating your objections to physician assisted suicide (H.1926/ S.1208):
Sen. Jo Comerford
Committee Vice Chair
Sen. Nick Collins
By Myrna Maloney Flynn, President, MCFL
I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life. - Ronald Reagan
I don’t remember a lot about being seven, but I remember Alex. He was a German exchange student who lived with us after my brother returned from his stay with Alex’s family in what was then West Germany. I remember Alex pointing to the eastward horizon from our backyard one day, trying to help me fathom where his home was, and squinting in my attempt to actually see this mysterious land with very tall people whose words sounded so different.
I remember Alex telling me a story about a high wall that went on for miles, sliced the land in two, and trapped people on one side. I recall being frightened not only by the notion itself but by Alex’s tone; the way he described the wall sounded a lot like his description of German food or the Autobahn: it was just an accepted part of the culture.
A few years later, like you when you saw the impossible — the Berlin Wall suddenly toppling one night on TV, hoards of elated people atop it, yelling, waving, dancing — I felt a mix of amazement and disbelief. And I wondered, “Which powerful person finally brought it down?”
Yesterday, I came across an article in The Wall Street Journal that offers one highly inspirational answer: ordinary people. To be sure, influencers like President Reagan and Saint John Paul II undoubtedly caused the foundation beneath the concrete slabs to waver. Yet, according to the Journal:
“ . . . formerly secret documents from the Stasi archive and German government collections, along with interviews, reveal that the sparks that detonated the powder keg the night of Nov. 9, 1989, came from the men and women in the middle: largely unknown officials and average East Germans in history’s path. Their actions—some intentional, some not—produced the chain of events that, wittingly and otherwise, leveled the Berlin Wall that night.”
The article reminded me...Read more
By Myrna Maloney Flynn, President, MCFL
Each day is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to him. -- T.D. Jakes
I knew it was coming. Sure enough, as I sat at my host’s Thanksgiving table a few years ago, that all-too predictable sensation entered the otherwise Rockwell-esque scene: loss.
That first Thanksgiving without my mother along with the one three years later without my father presented the seemingly impossible challenge of “giving thanks” for a phase of life I wasn’t particularly grateful for. If not for the countless distractions that accompany Christmas with four kids, I probably would have sunk into a pumpkin pie-filled pit of despair.
It was about this same time that I became involved with Massachusetts Citizens for Life. And then I became more involved. And still more. I felt better than I had in years and probably more passionate than at any other time in my life. Others noticed my growing engagement and asked why I’d suddenly done the equivalent of a cannonball into the pro-life swimming pool. “It’s how I’m dealing with grief,” I said.
As I gathered with loved ones this past Thursday, someone asked what I was thankful for. After rattling off the obligatory “health, family, food,” I added, “and definitely MCFL, for the opportunity to return the gifts my parents gave to me.”
In that moment, I realized grief has nothing to do with my commitment to MCFL. It’s all about gratitude.
One of life’s unsolvable mysteries is why loss so often threatens to sour the otherwise sweet holiday season. You have lost along the way, too, whether it was your parents, grandparents, siblings, children, or lifelong friends. Maybe you’re living through the loss of a marriage as you read this. Despite the welcome distractions of Black Friday, Jimmy Stewart, and the first snowstorm, there’s something about loved ones' absences that stings worse during these six weeks.
I invite you to transform your grief into gratitude. Give your time by volunteering at MCFL. March with us in Washington, D.C., in honor of a lovedone who can’t make the trip. Become a member and give your voice to the voiceless. Make a gift in the name of a cherished friend. Or simply add your name to our online petition in opposition of the ROE Act.
Thanksgiving may be over, but I would like to share my gratitude for our members. Getting to know MCFL supporters like all of you has been one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I can’t wait to continue our work together in this season when life itself is the reason for giving.
Giving Tuesday gives the nation a chance to turn towards giving, rather than the consumerist taking so often tangled up with the holidays. At MCFL, we one-up that theme: Giving is good, but giving life is even better.
"I wouldn't have known I had another option if you hadn't been out here." Lilly (name changed for purposes of anonymity) met me in front of Planned Parenthood while I was helping others start sidewalk counseling. She was pregnant.
"You have no idea...I didn't know I could do anything about abortion until I started getting emails, coming to your events." Paul (named changed) pointed at the handout I had given him. "I thought I was the only one who, like, cared..."
"If I hadn't seen those [pointing at the fetal models] I would have aborted. I would have believed Evie was just a clump of my cells
"You gave me back two lives!"
"I found you online. Thank you for your website. Thank you for responding to my email, and for the note and money. It gave me the courage to keep my baby."
These are all people who -- because MCFL offered training or pregnancy resource help -- cherished or protected an unborn life.
We give a lot of things during the holiday season. We buy a lot of stuff. But we sometimes forget just how much we can give -- life! Hope. The physical presence and love that let a mother know she is not throwaway, and neither is her child.
Please partner with us, and give this holiday season to make sure that every child in Massachusetts -- in the womb or out of it -- can celebrate the holiday.
$1,000! Life is priceless!
$560 will sponsor weekly sidewalk counseling vigils for a month, and training for new counselors in Boston
$340 will provide two students or young professionals the chance to attend the National March for Life with our charted buses
$100 will sponsor a community screening of UnPlanned, especially on college campuses
$50 gives us the means to print pregnancy resource and fetal development brochures for our work outside abortion facilities for the Mont of December.
Finally, can you send our members caroling for life this Christmas? Any amount will support A Pro-Life Christmas Carol, reaching both women in crisis this season, and abortion workers.
Thank you for your generosity, your partnership, your life-saving gifts!
Mid-November, just a couple weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday and State House recess, MCFL started tallying the signatures.
On the online petition opposing the "ROE" Act (S.1209/H.3320) alone, we had thousands of signatures. And as our office began printing them off, more were coming in.
From every possible angle, the "ROE" Act fails. Perhaps the final straw for even pro-choice citizens has been the exposure of the provision that would remove multi-day late-term abortion procedures from our internationally acclaimed hospitals -- and dump them, and the women subjected to them, in unregulated clinics.
An attorney in New Mexico currently prosecuting just such a clinic for gross negligence and the death of his client's 23 year old daughter, Keisha, spoke to an audience the State House's Great Hall:
"The provisions in this bill [ROE] have killed or injured 17+ women in my state...and that's just the ones I've documented."
State House News stopped in to report on the delivery. As C.J. handed over the thick stack of signatures and petitions, the reporter snapped a photo.
Better than your voices being heard, the voices of the unborn and marginalized women were heard because you spoke up, signed up -- and some of you even showed up!
MCFL members who had received the call to action email the week before joined us on Beacon Hill.
After the delivery of signatures, we visited 40+ offices and representatives, all of whom were open -- and concerned -- about this bill's outright flouting of basic standards of medical care on an "access before safety" model that promotes abortion. Period.
Keep signing that petition! We're set to make another delivery after the holidays.
In the meantime, educate yourself on the line-by-line modifications of our general law imposed by the "ROE" Act, and join the movement (if you haven't already), to receive regular action opportunities that will save lives in Massachusetts.
For Immediate Release
National Right to Life, partnered with many pro-life and human rights organizations, sent a letter last week to urge President Trump to educate the Congress on the killer provisions found in the current draft of the Shaheen Amendment to our State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill.
"Remove the language that requires funds to be siphoned to so-called "international family planning," said C.J. Williams of Mass. Citizens for Life, in wake of the letter's drafting.
“The Shaheen amendment would weaken the Trump Administration’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy as well as other administration initiatives protecting life,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “This amendment is anti-life and would jeopardize this administration’s efforts to protect life both here and abroad.”
National Right to Life states that the Shaheen amendment would increase money for this controversal "international family planning” from $575 million to 632.55 million. In the letter, the organizations noted that “more money for this earmark exploits an aspect of the PLGHA that allows this account to serve as a taxpayer-funded supplemental for U.S.-based NGOs that actively promote abortions overseas.”
“The Shaheen amendment is a blatant attempt to impose pro-abortion policies and earmarks. It also violates the Bipartisan Budget Agreement for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 by adding this poison pill and increasing spending levels,” stated Tobias. “National Right to Life, along with several other pro-life organizations, urges President Trump to tell Congress to reject the Shaheen amendment.”
The State House news reported on our delivery of thousands of petitions opposing the ROE Act today.
ROE Act Opponents Visit Judiciary Committee
ROE Act opponents visited the Judiciary Committee Thursday to deliver signatures from people opposed to the bill, which was the subject of a long public hearing in June. Massachusetts Citizens for Life claims the bill (S 1209 / H 3320) would lower standards of care for women by permitting certain abortions to be undertaken outside of hospital settings. The bill's critics also oppose its changes to parental consent. The ROE Act, backed by a large coalition, eliminates parental consent requirements for teens seeking an abortion, allows abortions after 24 weeks to protect the physical or mental health of a patient, or in cases of diagnosed lethal fetal anomalies, and includes abortion in the pregnancy-related safety net coverage for residents ineligible for MassHealth. C.J. Williams of Mass. Citizens for Life said she turned in 1,654 signatures to Judiciary Committee counsel Jim McCarthy, and new digital signatures were still landing in her email inbox while she stood in the office around 3:20 p.m. ROE Act supporters were also on Beacon Hill Thursday for an advocacy training hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Williams said she hoped to run into them and "have a conversation," but did not encounter any backers of the bill.
- Michael P. Norton/SHNS
“DON’T PROMOTE ACCESS TO ABORTION OVER ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING CARE”
MCFL TO DELIVER FIRST BATCH OF CITIZEN PETITIONS OPPOSING EXTREME ROE ACT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 14 November 2019, Boston, MA --Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCLF) will deliver the first batch of online petition signatures in opposition to the “R.O.E.” Act today, Nov. 14, 3PM, on Beacon Hill, following the mobilization of hundreds of its members opposing the bill at the June 17th public hearing.
This proposed law (S1209/H3320) is set to lower the standards of medical care for women, as a class, if its provision allowing multi-day late-term abortion procures outside of hospitals is voted in.
“The “R.O.E” Act does not represent the needs of Massachusetts women,” says expert injury attorney, Mike Seibel, “How do I know? I’ve spent the last multiple years defending women injured by our deregulation and promotion of abortion in New Mexico. If you were to adopt the ROE Act in MA, you’d get what we have in New Mexico. What’s going to happen to your women is that they will lose the protections provided by hospitals and nationwide standards of medical care.
“Late term induction abortion outside of a hospital setting is against what even NARAL’s expert witnesses, such as Dr. Mark Nicchols, have testified to in multiple states..courts in KS, KY, TX, AK, VA have affirmed that late term induction abortion must be done in a hospital setting or women suffer injury and death.“
Mike’s client’s daughter, Keisha Atkins, died because of the laws promoting access over safety standards in New Mexico.
“The “R.O.E.” Act promotes abortion access, but denies women access to the medical equipment and expertise that is life-saving in risky situations,” says C.J. Williams, MCFL’s director of community engagement, “That’s not an empowerment of women. That’s a degradation of women.”
Additionally, the ROE Act would deny protections for infants born alive, and remove parental consent, and adult protections for a 13 year old girl entering an abortion
“If you pass the ROE ACT, you’ll follow New Mexico,” Mike Seibel adds, “And 17 women in the last 4 years have had major medical injury and been transferred to the the ER because of it in my state -- with, to name just a few --ncontrolled bleeding; inability to find blood pressure; severe infection; cardiac arrest.”
MCFL is calling on citizens from every end of the political spectrum to join in the delivery, and to write legislators asking them to oppose “R.O.E.” and:
- Ensure 12P stays in current law so our infants who survive abortions get the care all citizens deserve.
- Inform them that multi-day late-term abortions are too dangerous to be performed outside MA hospitals (indisputably the best hospitals in the world).
- Tell Judiciary Committee Chair and Vice Chair, Day and Cronin that we don't want our 13-year-old daughter to be on her own in an abortion clinic.
- Tell the Judiciary Committee that elective abortions on viable infants for any reason is not the mark of a humane or just society.
“Tell them Massachusetts MUST do better than the”R.O.E.” Act,” says MCFL President, Myrna Maloney Flynn, “For all of our citizens: Our women, our infants, and our daughters.”
For more information, comment, or to get involved: