Posted on March 19, 2018 10:00 AM

March for Life 2018 Diary

March for Life 2018

By Rob Hale

The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

January 18. We board two Peter Pan buses at St. Stanislaus’ in Chicopee, at 10 p.m. 

January 19. Around 1:30 a.m. we make a scheduled stop at a roadside restaurant in Cranberry, NJ. When we get back to our bus, we are told that a lady named Maria on the other bus had passed out and was being taken to the hospital. We wait for about an hour. Before we leave, we all say a prayer. 

On the bus, I talk with Mike Butler, a buddy from previous bus rides to the March. His mother Monica helped organize trips like these and other western Mass. pro-life events. Mike is traveling with two of his five kids, who are now teenagers. He says that next year he is hoping on bringing his twelve year old son, who has Down Syndrome. Mike sells transportation services for an international trucking company. 

When we disembark in front of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University, a little ways outside of Washington, D.C., I meet Laura Hicks and her daughter, Rebecca, a high school senior, who are traveling with us. Laura has five children, including Rebecca, all of whom are home schooled. She says this is her fifth March for Life. Laura and her husband own Eddie’s Furniture in Holyoke, which was started by her grandfather in an old horse barn, where the business still stands.

 

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Posted on March 16, 2018 10:00 AM

Law Would Hold Accountable Websites That Facilitate Prostitution

Man in handcuffs

By Helen Cross

Fourth in a series: The Abortion Industry Plays a Key Role in Human Trafficking

Eighty percent of human trafficking involves the sexual exploitation and coercion of women and children.

From bioethicist Wesley Smith's article in National Review ”Bill to Let Sex-Traffic Victims Sue Their Tormenters”:

In January, President Trump issued a proclamation opposing human trafficking and slavery, bringing needed attention to an evil that too often remains unseen in the darkest shadows of society.

More is needed, obviously. Here’s a good idea pending in Congress to aid this righteous cause. HR 1865 would add criminal penalties to the federal law for 'facilitating the prostitution of another person' — with extra penalties if five or more persons are so facilitated — specifically and explicitly including those prostituted in online exploitation schemes.

Perhaps most notably, the bill would create an explicit right for sex-trafficked victims to sue their tormentors in federal court: Civil Recovery.—Any person injured by reason of a violation of section 2421A(b) may recover damages and reasonable attorneys’ fees in an action before any appropriate United States district court.”

The text of H.R.1865 - Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 states the Act would “amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes.

“It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 230; commonly known as the “Communications Decency Act of 1996”) was never intended to provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims;

(2) websites that promote and facilitate prostitution have been reckless in allowing the sale of sex trafficking victims and have done nothing to prevent the trafficking of children and victims of force, fraud, and coercion; and

(3) clarification of such section is warranted to ensure that such section does not provide such protection to such websites.”

Next: Human trafficking awareness day and President Trump's proclamation of January 2018 as National Slavery Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Posted on March 15, 2018 9:34 AM

Child Sex Trafficking Cover Up

Still from Youtube video

By Helen Cross

Third in a series: The Abortion Industry Plays a Key Role in Human Trafficking

In January 2011, Live Action investigators posing as pimps prostituting minor girls visited Planned Parenthood facilities asking about getting them abortions and sexually transmitted infections testing.

A series of seven investigational videos resulted from LiveAction's attempt to find out how Planned Parenthood would respond to sex traffickers seeking services, including abortions, for their underage sex slaves. Undercover footage exposed Planned Parenthood employees aiding sex traffickers by suggesting how to get abortions and birth control for their 14- and 15-year-old victims.

LiveAction reports, “The average age of entry into child prostitution is 13, and some girls have been subjected to multiple abortions. An encounter with any health care worker should be an opportunity for trafficking victims to get help to escape from slavery.”

After being exposed Planned Parenthood claimed to the media that it would retrain thousands of staff members across the country to properly report suspected sexual abuse of minors to authorities.

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Posted on March 14, 2018 10:19 AM

Asking US Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom If She’s Pro-Life

Beth Lindstrom

By Ariana Gilbert

This week my friend Delilah and I attended the monthly Somerville Republican City Committee meeting at the local library. That isn’t the type of thing I’m typically stoked to do on a Monday night, but this meeting was different - I’d heard that Beth Lindstrom, candidate for the U.S. Senate, would be speaking. Since I volunteer with Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Anne Fox suggested that I go and ask Ms. Lindstrom if she would be supportive of the pro-life movement in Massachusetts and on the national level. 

I believe the only way we’re going to get more pro-life politicians in office is by showing up at events like this and making it known that pro-lifers vote too, so this seemed like a good opportunity to let a candidate know what we’re looking for, as well as make them aware of the great pro-women, pro-child work being done in our state.

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Posted on March 13, 2018 10:00 AM

“Living Wills” to Prevent Spoon-feeding?

Pills on spoon

By Nancy Valko

As so-called “safeguards” for doctor-prescribed suicide are now starting to be eliminated (See my recent blog “Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights”), the predicted advance directive (aka “living will”)— already biased against tube feedings—is now on track to include even spoon-feedings.

In an article in Today’s Geriatric Medicine, entitled “Judicious Feeding Options at the End of Life”, writer Mike Bassett writes that “In some states, patients can sign directives that allow refusal of feeding when the end of life approaches” and relates the 2013 case of an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient whose family filed a lawsuit against a British Columbia nursing home to force the home to stop spoon-feeding her. The lawsuit failed in court but now End of Life Washington, a pro-assisted suicide group, has devised a document called “My Instructions for Oral Feeding and Drinking”. The document is similar to an advance directive, but addresses the signer’s wishes about when to stop oral food and drink in “late-stage” dementia.

Although such a document can be signed, witnessed, and notarized, it is not a binding legal document. But this sets the stage for a legal challenge like the British Columbia case, but with assisted suicide groups hoping for a different judgment.

The article also interviewed the vice president of constituent services for the Alzheimer’s Association who said that when to stop even oral feeding “should be an important consideration for anyone issuing end-of-life instructions.”

Stephen Drake of the disability advocacy group “Not Dead Yet” made strong points about the dangers of this scheme both in the article and his blog “‘End of Life Washington’ Promotes Directive to Prevent Feeding Assistance to Those with Dementia”.

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Posted on March 12, 2018 10:00 AM

Ireland Likely to Legalize Abortion

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Before I get to Ireland, I want to tell you that the Mass. Legislature’s Health Care Committee did not vote on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bills last week - thanks to your hundreds of calls! Unfortunately they have a fall-back date early in May. I'll keep you updated. Again, many thanks!

The Irish government has approved legalizing abortion. This will go to a referendum on May 25, 2018:

It would remove Amendment 8, which protects babies, from the Constitution and add: "Provision may be made in law for regulation of termination of a pregnancy."

Amendment 8 was passed in 1983. At that time, the pro-lifers in Ireland had no materials and little organization. MCFL put together informational packets which weighed 1/2 oz. and we went to every Irish Fair in Massachusetts during the year before. We told people we would give them any number of packets free as long as they promised to mail them to people they know in Ireland. We gave out several hundred.

Now the Irish pro-lifers do have organization, materials, and the internet. What they do not have is George Soros, who is funding this anti-life amendment. We have learned that the side which spends the most almost always wins a referendum. The thought of unlimited abortion in Ireland is gross.

We can do something. If you, or anyone you know, has contacts in Ireland, please let them know that abortion kills a baby, damages a woman, and corrupts society, that abortion will not be "safe, legal, and rare", that they are in battle with evil.

Also, check out this scary poll.

Posted on March 09, 2018 10:00 AM

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey Fights to Dismember Babies

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Arkansas has passed a law outlawing dismemberment abortions, during which the baby is chopped up so she can be removed from her mother. In Arkansas in 2015, 683 out of 3,771 abortions were by dismemberment.

The ACLU has challenged the law and attorneys general in 15 states are fighting to keep brutal dismemberment abortions legal throughout the United States. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one of them.

All abortions are sickening, but dismemberment abortions are particularly repulsive. It is not as though Arkansas is the only state to outlaw them. Dismemberment bans have been voted into law in Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Mississippi and West Virginia have their laws in effect, while the other states are battling legal challenges.

As we all know, the odds of such a law in Massachusetts are not good, which is why we have to fight even harder here.

Photo: Jonny Yao/Flickr. CC-BY-ND 2.0.

Posted on March 08, 2018 10:00 AM

The Role of the Abortion Industry in Human Trafficking

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Second in a series

Gail Besse Ryberg profiled human trafficking victim Darlene Pawlik in an April 2017 article in the Hingham Journal, Speaker Shares Personal Story of Survival. This is an excerpt from that article.

Pawlik was conceived in rape, sexually abused by her father, and sold into prostitution on her 14th birthday. Pregnant at 18, she escaped from the man holding her when he threatened to kill her if she didn’t abort her child.

With help from a social worker, she made her way from Haverhill to Friends of the Unborn in Hull, a Christian-based crisis pregnancy center and sheltering home founded by Marilyn Birnie. Meeting Birnie changed Pawlik’s life.

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Posted on March 07, 2018 10:00 AM

They are Lying to Us!

Woman in hospital bed with IV drip

By Nancy Valko

In my last blog “Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights”, I wrote about influential lawyer Thaddeus Pope’s article “Medical Aid in Dying: When Legal Safeguards Become Burdensome Obstacles” that listed  four ways to address such  “burdensome safeguards” in medically assisted suicide laws: “Expanding From Adults to Mature Minors”, “Expanding From Contemporaneous Capacity to Advance Directives” to pre-choose assisted suicide before becoming incompetent, “Expanding From Terminal Illness to ‘Reasonably Predictable’” and “Expanding From Self-Ingestion to Physician Administration”. (Emphasis added)

Other “burdensome obstacles” Mr. Pope has also cited include the waiting time between requests for assisted suicide and the administration of the lethal overdose for some patients and the physician requirement because of problems finding willing doctors.

While groups like Compassion and Choices and a mostly sympathetic mainstream media continue to tout allegedly strong “safeguards” in assisted suicide laws that allegedly prevent abuse, these “burdensome obstacles”- which already have been mostly eliminated in countries like Canada and Holland- are now beginning to fall here in the US and other new countries. Few of us are aware of this.

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Posted on March 06, 2018 8:58 AM

Call now opposing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bills!

Making a call on a smartphoneBy Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The Health Care Committee is scheduled to vote this week on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bills, S.1225 and H.1194. It is very important that the Committee oppose these bills.

If you are a constituent of one of the committee members listed below and I have your phone number, I have already called you.  I thank you for making your call.

If you are a constituent of one of these committee members and I did not call you, it is imperative that you call your member right now.  Identify yourself as a constituent and urge your member to vote against S-1225 and H-1194 because they are poor public policy and fraught with possibilities for abuse.

  • Sen Paul Feeney, Bristol and Norfolk, 617-722-1222
  • Sen Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex, 617-722-1206
  • Rep. Evandro Carvalho, 617-722-2017
  • Rep. Kate Hogan, 3rd Middlesex, 617-722-2130
  • Rep Hannah Kane, 11th Worcester, 617-722-2430
  • Rep Paul Schmid, 8th Bristol, 617-722-2017
  • Rep Chynah Tyler, 7th Suffolk, 617-722-2130

NB: Some of the reps share phone numbers

If you are not a constituent of any of the members, please call Committee Chairs, Sen Jason Lewis, 617-722-1206, and Rep. Kate Hogan, 617-722-2130.  Explain you are calling because they are the committee chairs and urge each to oppose S.1225 and H.1194.

We do not have the money or the media that the death lobby has, but we have you and me.  We can stop these dangerous bills.