by Sofia Infante, Communications Intern, MCFL
During Black History month, we acknowledge and give thanks for the achievements of so many African Americans and the indelible marks they left on American society. The triumphs of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. were hard won, as they fought against the prevailing racist and inhumane realities of their time. Their work towards a more just and compassionate society is continued today as the chains of slavery on African Americans look entirely different, but remain as virulently degrading and violent.
Although slavery was abolished in 1865, and segregation was largely outlawed in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination against African Americans--especially women--is almost as prevalent today, if not more vicious and insidious, than it was in the past. According to the Guttmacher Institute, for every white woman who obtains an abortion, four black women have an abortion. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe. v. Wade, African American women have had abortions at a disproportionately higher rate than other minority women, and white women. Less than a decade ago, although African Americans accounted for 14% of the childbearing population, they obtained 36.2% of abortions (Abortion Surveillance Report, CDC). According to some estimates, more than 19 million African American babies have been killed since 1974. This means more black babies have been killed by abortion than crime, accidents, heart disease, cancer, and aids (Cure Policy Report).
In wake of New York's passage of extreme abortion legislation (RHA), our New England states have had similar laws introduced to their legislative bodies. Get the facts and learn how you can oppose these radical anti-woman and pro-death bills by joining the webcast tonight. Details below.Read more
[ Our current communications intern makes a timely report on the background of the recent bill, shut down in the Senate, to protect infants born alive after abortions, exploring Virginia Governor Northam's infanticidal comments as well. ]
by Sofia Infante, MCFL Communications Intern
In response to recent comments advocating for infanticide by Virginia Governer, Ralph Northam, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) announced his intention to introduce a bill to be passed by unanimous consent that would provide legal protections to infants born alive in botched abortions. The process of unanimous consent means one vote in opposition prevents the bill from moving forward. The Born-Alive Survivors Protections Act would ensure that babies born during abortion procedures would receive life-saving medical care. Currently, only 26 states have laws protecting babies who have survived abortions.
The director of The Lincoln Forum, our Board Chairman Dr. J. David Franks, considers solidarity through the lens of Dostoyevsky's striking concept of love in The Brothers Karamazov. This, and other readings, are part of our Social Ethics and Pro-Life Solidarity Certificate at MCFL. We welcome you to join the conversation that is creating a more just world, in-person, or remotely. If online, use #ReVitalize and #MassProLife to follow along.
By J. David Franks, Ph.D.
To be truly pro-life means to respond to the claim made on us by the other: to be responsible to and for the lives of others. And, somehow, we must know this without becoming sanctimonious.
This is the summit of wisdom, as Dostoevsky has Elder Zosima express it. He speaks of monks in a monastery, but we must see how this truth transposes to the pro-life sentinels of human dignity. We belong to the vanguard not because we are innocent of all the anguish of the world, but because we cannot escape our implication in that anguish.
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by C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement, MCFL
A religious faith is not necessary to the individual position that abortion is wrong. But the Christian tenet that human lives are inimitable, imago dei, and irrepeatably precious, certainly seems like a good faith-based foundation for it.
So what are many good apparently faith-rooted ministers doing opposing pro-life laws, and speaking out in favor of taking a vulnerable human life?
This is one great puzzle our Board Chairman explores in his recent article published in The Society of Saint Sebastian.Read more
In New York, where consistency is scarce, and the laws that protect human lives about as right as a stopped clock, targeting some, saving others, the womb is now more dangerous than Death Row. On Tuesday, NY State passed a bill that will ensure abortion remains legal within its borders even if Roe is overturned. Yet at this time, the death penalty has been ditched by the Empire State.
What does that mean for Massachusetts? Do you need the quick facts? Read on:Read more
The tragic and unbelievable legislation that has just passed in our near-neighbor, New York State, has elicited the following responses.Al DiLascia writes:"The New York State Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 that makes it legal for doctors and other health care professionals, such as midwives and physician assistants, to perform abortions up until birth for any reason in the State."New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was expected to sign the controversial Bill at a reception in the Executive Mansion immediately after legislators voted to approve it."What have we become as a society? Nothing is more precious than the life of a beautiful, innocent, helpless baby."
by Anne Fox
Every year, Professor Michael New has spoken at the Mass Citizens for Life Caucus in D.C. This year, we did not hold our caucus, but I want to share with you what he would have said:
In his article published by The National Review, Michael lauds the huge drop in the numbers of abortions. He looks at it from the point of view of the number of unintended pregnancies that are carried to term -- thus annihilating the opposition argument that abortions are down because of greater availability to contraceptives.
In 1981, fifty-four percent of unintended pregnancies resulted in an abortion. By 2011, that figure had fallen to 42 percent, and it is still falling.
by Anne Fox
Today marks 46 years since the infamous Supreme Court abortion decisions (Roe v. Wade) - more than 60,000,000 babies have died, and more than 60,000,000 families have been shattered.
Planned Parenthood celebrated by filing "The Roe Act" in Massachusetts. This act would remove any age limits on abortion and expand the availability of post-viability abortions in Massachusetts.
Under current Massachusetts law, minors need a parent’s permission to get an abortion or she can petition a judge, a process known as judicial bypass.
Under the new law, a 12 year old could take herself into an abortion facility where they would happily perform the abortion.