Posted on November 03, 2017 10:00 AM

Pope Francis Condemns Mindset Behind Down Syndrome Abortions


By Xavier Symons, BioEdge

Pope Francis has condemned the “eugenicist” mindset behind increased rates of abortion of children with Down syndrome, saying that people with disabilities face an “attitude of rejection” in contemporary society.

The Pope’s remarks were made at a conference on the inclusion of people with disabilities in parish life, held at the Vatican last weekend. 

Addressing an audience of hundreds in the Clementine Hall, the Roman Pontiff said that the desire to “suppress the unborn who have some form of imperfection” was proof of a “eugenic tendency” within society, and he warned of the danger of trying to deny the inherent vulnerability of human beings: 

“We all know so many people who, even with their fragility, have found...a good life that is rich in meaning...vulnerability is part of the essence of man”. 

Among the keynote speakers at the conference was American actress Bridget Brown, who has Down syndrome and warned attendees that she may be part of “the last generation of people with Down syndrome.”

The conference comes in the wake of the release of data indicating that nearly 100% of babies with down syndrome were aborted in 2015 in countries such as Iceland and Denmark.

This article is reprinted under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-ND). The opinions of Xavier Symons and BioEdge or its contributors may not reflect the opinions of MCFL, its officers, board, or members.

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Posted on November 02, 2017 10:00 AM

The Changing Rules for Organ Donation


By Nancy Valko

Whether we are renewing our driver’s licenses, reading the news or watching TV, it’s almost impossible to miss the campaign to persuade us to sign an organ donation card.

But do we really know what we are signing?

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Posted on November 01, 2017 10:00 AM

The Pro-Life Cause Has Come Far


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The following is the President’s Address given at the MCFL Annual Banquet on October 26, 2017. Read more about the banquet HERE and watch Dr. Peter Kreeft's keynote address.

It’s so good to see you, my pro-life friends!

We are here to honor the work that you do. Since the height of abortions in the late 80’s, the number of abortions in the country as a whole has dropped by one third. During that same time, the number of abortions in Massachusetts has dropped by two thirds – down from 44,000 plus to 17,000 plus. That means, in those 30 years, 400,000 babies have not been aborted in Massachusetts!

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Posted on October 31, 2017 10:00 AM

Ariana Starts Out with a Bang


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We are so lucky to have a new member of the MCFL Speakers Bureau! Ariana Gilbert has a BA and MA from Gordon College. She is a language teacher in the public schools. Ariana spoke last Friday to the East Lynn Baptist Youth Group. This is the picture of the youngsters with Ariana, right, and Linda Thayer, left.  Linda says Ariana is a "natural teacher."

With her credentials, Ariana is an obvious choice as a speaker for youth groups at Evangelical churches.  It will be such a blessing to be able to reach these youngsters!

Please approach one of your local Evangelical churches to encourage them to have Ariana speak.

You will accomplish something very important!

Posted on October 30, 2017 2:27 PM

Peter Kreeft’s Amazing Talk at the MCFL Annual Banquet


Last Thursday, October 26, 2017, Massachusetts Citizens for Life celebrated the pro-life community of Massachusetts with our annual Banquet. This sold-out event brought together pro-lifers from across the Commonwealth to re-connect with each other, to honor those who have given long-time selfless service to the pro-life cause, and to be invigorated by a wonderful keynote speech from philosopher and internationally renowned author Dr. Peter Kreeft.

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Posted on October 26, 2017 10:00 AM

Help Stop Doctor-Prescribed Suicide from Spreading Across the US


The Washington Post reports this week that the nationwide push to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide on demand has stalled despite a well-funded national effort and some victories.

While California, Colorado, and the District of Columbia have legalized DPS, joining Vermont, Oregon, Washington and Montana, everywhere else the push by Compassion and Choices and other pro-suicide groups has not had the results they have wished.

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Posted on October 25, 2017 10:00 AM

Democrat Extremism on Display with Pain-Capable Unborn Child Legislation


George Will has risen to the occasion! His piece on the pain-capable unborn child legislation, “In Blocking Abortion Legislation, Democrats Will Display Their Extremism,” is one of the best overviews of the abortion situation to appear in a long time. He renders the issue in such stark terms that it makes you wonder that anyone can remain pro-abortion when it is so obviously wrong.

Getting a scientific answer to the pain question, even if it is “yes,” should gratify the Party of Science. If the answer is “yes,” those who think that fetal suffering is irrelevant can explain why they think that.

He notes that although the bill’s chances of passing the US Senate are small, it will at least have the effect of reminding the American voter that the so-called “Party of Science” actually rejects science as well as any sort of politics that isn’t divisive or extremist when it comes to abortion.

Posted on October 24, 2017 10:30 AM

When Children Die, Where is God?


By Nancy Valko

This week, I was called to see a beautiful 2 month old baby boy I will call “Joseph” who was brought by his grandmother, mother and father to one of my city’s children’s hospitals from a small town hours away.

Joseph was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 13 and needed medical care for a problem. As a nurse who has been active in medical issues involving people with disabilities since having my daughter Karen who had Down Syndrome, I was asked to help the parents oversee Joseph’s care.

Baby Joseph was doing well until an unexpected problem developed and despite heroic efforts to save him, he died early Friday morning. It was so heartbreaking for his family and the rest of us but their love for Joseph was inspiring and they said they were blessed to have had him.

So instead of my usual blog, I would like to reprint an article I was asked to write for Voices magazine in 2012 in honor of baby Joseph and his wonderful family.

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Posted on October 23, 2017 10:00 AM

Capitol Call Connects You to Beacon Hill and Congress to Make Grassroots Action Easy and Powerful


One of the most effective actions you can take as a pro-life advocate is calling state or federal elected officials to ask them to vote or sign one way or another. We recently heard from one Massachusetts state representative who told us that just four or five constituents calling their office can sway their vote on an issue.

We often ask Massachusetts pro-lifers to take action for or against legislation by contacting your state representative or senator on Beacon Hill or Congressman or Senator in Washington. Sure, you could send an email or a postal letter, but nothing has the same impact as a personal phone call. As a shorthand, on Beacon Hill a snail mail letter is worth about 100 emails and a phone call is worth about 100 letters. (A personal visit to their office to lobby them? That’s about 100 phone calls.)

That’s why a tool like Capitol Call is so interesting.

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Posted on October 20, 2017 10:00 AM

Compassion and Choices Has New Approach to Force Doctor-Prescribed Suicide on Massachusetts


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The current legislation seeking to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide probably wouldn't have passed the Massachusetts legislature this session except that the pro-death lobby, Compassion and Choices, has a diabolical new plan. They already have the case in court trying to say that doctor-prescribed suicide is legal in Massachusetts. They have the money to put the issue on the ballot in 2020.  Now they have another clever attempt, which has a good chance.

They are going to towns in the state to get the city council, town meeting, whatever is the governing body, to pass resolutions supporting DPS.

They can pick the towns where they did the best in 2012. When they get enough towns, they can go to the legislature and present the results to prove the people of the state want DPS and force the legislature to pass it.

They have already gotten the resolution passed in Provincetown and Cambridge. Now they are working in Amherst and Northampton.

If Question 2 won big in your town or city in 2012, please start monitoring things closely so we can nip the next move in the bud. You know how effective this doctor team can be.

Evil is endlessly persistent.

Photo: Sage Rose/Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA-3.0.