Posted on February 18, 2020 8:51 AM

Our Team: Leading by example

by Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President

 

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.        - Winston Churchill

The 9-year-old batter swung a little too hard that Saturday afternoon in the backyard. But he’d told her to keep her eye on the ball and give it all she had. The clang of glass shattering stunned us both, and I instinctively prepared myself to hear a littany of choice words coming out of my dad’s mouth. But he just grinned, closed his eyes, dropped his head, gloved hand hanging at his side, in a stance that said, “I guess I know what I’m doing with the rest of my day off.”

To love requires many things of a person. But self-sacrifice tops the list. The great thing, though, about learning to love, is that you get to be inspired by that same behavior when you recognize it elsewhere. Witnessing one person giving breeds a similar response in the observer; like interest on a precious investment, the potential for compounding “good” awaits.

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, I want you to know about the loving, life-giving work of a small, but passionately dedicated, group of individuals: my MCFL colleagues. 

These otherwise “ordinary” men and women do extraordinary good for people they may never know. And they are “work ethic” personified.

After collaborating closely with them for the past year, I continue to be amazed that they choose to make their life by what they give to this organization, usually seven days a week, during the pre-dawn silence, the bright light of noontime, or, for some, after they finish their day jobs, enveloped in the dark of midnight. Somewhere along the way, each was clearly on the receiving end of another person’s whole-hearted love. And now they—we—do this work out of respect for those who taught us to love and for those whose voices we may never hear. 

Some examples of the extremes to which my team members have gone (just in the past few weeks):

*Despite a power outage, our magazine editor met the deadline for our spring issue after scouring her town for a place with electricity.

*Out west, a well-known MCFL face greeted busloads of D.C.-bound marchers late on a frigid January night, ensuring their safe travels.

*Recently, a colleague gave up (another) Saturday morning to meet our members on chilly sidewalks outside Planned Parenthood, generating warmth for women who need it the most.

*After a long day of work, a team member noticed something at 1:00 AM that needed to get done. So he did it—then followed up a few short hours later to make sure everything was OK. 

*“End-of-the-year” means numerous loose ends either become tangled or tied. Our office manager not only tightly secured them, but, with her can-do attitude, shaped them into pleasant little bows.  

*And the beating heart behind all of us: MCFL’s Chairman and Board of Directors, who either witnessed the birth of MCFL in 1973 or grew up alongside it, giving much of their lives for the lives of others, daily.

But we are able to maintain constant focus on MCFL’s mission because of what you have given, {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}}. Since I arrived on the scene as president last summer, I continue to be motivated by your sacrifice, what you do to help my team and me ascend the mountain before us. Some days we cover a mile! On other days only inches. But I am so grateful that, because of your love for what we’re trying to do, we consistently move forward, despite others’ efforts to hold us back. Thank you!

And, to my dear colleagues, who I have come to treasure, your selfless love for our shared work inspires, caffeinates, and sustains me. I am honored to share this experience with you. Keep up the great work, keep your eye on the ball, and give it all you got. I won’t mind one bit if you shatter the status quo. 

Myrna

P.S. You can continue to support our acts of love by giving, joining, or even just praying for my team and me. Thank you!

 

Posted on February 11, 2020 9:09 AM

URGENT ACTION ALERT: House to Vote on Ratifying "E.R.A"

National Right to Life reports, that the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 13 on resolution to "ratify" the pro-abortion "Equal Rights Amendment"

 
AP News and the New York Times report,  "Abortion-rights supporters are eager to nullify the [ERA ratification] deadline and get the amendment ratified so it could be used to overturn state laws restricting abortion." 
            Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who has refused to allow a vote on the Infants Born Alive Protection Act, is allowing the Democratic leadership to trample constitutional requirements,   and bring to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 13  a resolution that -- if the federal courts allow it -- inserts the 1972 "Equal Rights Amendment" (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution. 

            The resolution (House Joint Resolution 79, or H.J. Res. 79) is intended to nullify the 7-year ratification deadline that Congress attached to the ERA, which expired in 1979 -- thereby allowing recognition of recent "ratifications" by Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia, and inviting a declaration that the ERA is part of the U.S. Constitution.

            Pro-life legal experts fear, and pro-abortion leaders proclaim, that the ERA would entrench "abortion rights" in the constitutional text forever, and would result in the invalidation of hundreds of state laws protecting unborn children or regulating abortion -- based on the legal argument that these laws affect men and women differently, and therefore violate the ERA.

            The congressional Democratic leaders insist that H.J. Res. 79 does not require the President's signature, and that it can become law with simple majority votes in each house of Congress!

Take these actions immediately:

- Call both the Washington, D.C. and local office of your U.S. House member - urge him or her to oppose the ERA and to oppose House Joint Resolution 79.  You can obtain both the Washington, D.C. and home-district office phone numbers of your House member on the NRLC Legislative Action Center website - simply enter your zip code where it says "Find Your Elected Officials." You can also reach the D.C. offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard, 202-225-3121, and giving your zip code.

- Email to your U.S. House member. You can use the National Right to Life Legislative Action Center website here.  After you enter your zip code, you will see the identity of your U.S. House member, and a suggested email message against the ERA that has been prepared for you, which you can modify as you wish.  Using this method to send an email takes just takes a few minutes.  Please do not neglect to make the phone calls first! - because congressional offices generally take a flood of phone calls more seriously than a flood of emails.

For regular updates on important developments pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment, in Congress and in the courts, follow the Twitter accounts @massprolife, @nrlc and @ERA_No_Shortcuts

For more details, see here.

Donate to Massachusetts Citizens for Life by calling our office:  (617) 242-4199. If you do not reach our staff immediately, please leave us a voicemail and we will return your call shortly to process your support. Thank you.

Join the movement in your home state by signing up here.

Posted on February 07, 2020 7:57 AM

Got 5 Minutes? Do your part to defeat "ROE"

This week's column by MCFL's president provides you with an easy to use phone script for calling your legislator, and members of the Judiciary Committee, to oppose the "ROE" Act. It also provides a quick refresher on the proposed law's provisions. ]

 

By Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President

 

By raising my voice, I can help the greatest of all causes—good will among men and peace on earth. - Albert Einstein

“Hello, this is Myrna Maloney Flynn from Massachusetts Citizens for Life. I received your voicemail. How can I help?”

On the other end of the line, a longtime MCFL member with a soft trilling brogue humbly explained, “I’m 86 now and can’t get down to the State House to lobby like I used to. So I will call their offices about that bill. I just don’t know what to say.” 

Like my new friend, you’ve got the power of your voice. And I’ve got a way for you to use it. Yes, it will take 15 minutes of your day. But it has the potential to save thousands of lives.

We learned this week that the Judiciary Committee extended until May 12 its deadline to report on the ROE Act. This means that they’ve got until then to decide whether or not they will allow legislators to vote on the radical, dangerous legislation. The new deadline may also be pushed back, however, so it is likely that we won't be able to rest easy until the end of the session on July 31st. 

Despite our strong showing at last June’s hearing, and subsequent petition delivery last fall—efforts that successfully stalled the bill, we have not defeated it. Yet. To do so, we need to doggedly continue our lobbying efforts. And the quickest, easiest first step lies in your hands and with your voice: call your legislators. We know from experience that these phone calls are important to stopping legislation.  

There are six people you have to call to make a difference, and it will only take a few minutes of your day: Your state representative, your state senator, and the four committee chairs. I'm sharing a sample script that you can alter for each one of them. When you call, ask to leave a message for the individual. It’s important to say you are a constituent.

Not sure who your representative or senator is? You can look them up here (https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator). 

State Representative/State Senator Sample Script

"Hello, I would like to leave a message for Representative/Senator [name]. My name is [your name]. I live in [your town], Massachusetts and I am a constituent. I implore that [he or she] OPPOSE [If Representative: House Bill 3320. If Senator: Senate Bill 1209] - the ROE Act. It is a horrific piece of legislation that threatens the lives of young girls. It is a setback for women and society, and it further threatens the lives of society's most vulnerable. If the bill comes up for a vote in the state legislature, I expect Representative/Senator [name] to vote against the ROE Act. Thank you for passing along my message. I appreciate your time on this imporant issue."

After you’ve called your state rep/senator, call each of the four Judiciary Committee Chairs:

Committee Chair Claire Cronin  -- (617) 722-2396

Committee Vice-Chair Representative Michael Day -- (617) 722-2396

Committee Chair Senator James Eldridge -- (617) 722-1120

Committee Vice-Chair Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz -- (617) 722-1673

Judiciary Committee member Sample Script

"Hello, I would like to leave a message for Judiciary Committee member [name]. My name is [your name]. I am a voter in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I've contacted my local representatives, and I want to voice my opposition to the ROE Act - House Bill 3320/Senate Bill 1209 - currently being debated in the Judiciary Committee. It is a horrific piece of legislation that threatens the lives of young girls, it is a setback for women and society, and it further threatens the lives of society's most vulnerable. I urge the committee NOT to let the ROE Act be voted out of committee, and, instead, let the deadline pass to stop the bill from being voted on at all. Thank you for passing along my message. I appreciate your time on this important issue."

If any of the staff members try to justify the legislator's positions, simply tell them that there is no justification for this type of legislation and that, as a constituent, the legislator represents you. Therefore, you expect him or her to vote against it. 

Your voice matters to them because they know you are a voter in their district! These calls matter, and the other side knows it, too. They’ve been urging their fellow abortion rights supporters to make similar calls. So now, more than ever, raise your voice on this, the greatest of all causes. 

Please share this email with like-minded people and urge them to make these important calls as well. If we don't let our voices be heard, everything that Massachusetts pro-lifers have accomplished in the last 47 years could be lost. Beneath my message you’ll find a reminder of what the ROE Act will mean for our women, girls, and infants if it is passed.

Thank you for your time, energy, and passion in protecting the vulnerable in Massachusetts.

 

Finally, below is a review of the ROE Act’s implications. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with them and use your knowledge to inform others. Most voters simply do not know the impact this legislation will have. This bill would essentially wipe out every common-sense, pro-life law on the books in the Commonwealth. 

If passed, the ROE Act will:

  • Remove protections for newborn babies who are born alive having survived a failed abortion (opening the door to infanticide);
  • Eliminate the requirement that a parent (or at least a judge) consent before a minor girl undergoes an abortion; allowing any adult who may be abusing them to cover up their assault by eliminating the need for a legal guardian to consent to any abortion. 
  • Allow abortions of viable unborn babies to be performed outside of a hospital, meaning abortions can be done in any facility, even those lacking the most basic of medical standards like hallways wide enough for gurneys if a woman needs to be rushed to the hospital (A woman was recently rushed to a hospital in Massachusetts due to hemorrhaging after an abortion). This further endangers women. 
  • Increase taxpayer funding of abortion, by diverting money from Healthy Start, a program intended to reduce infant mortality among the poor;
  • Eliminate all criminal penalties for the performance of any abortion—whether coerced, sex-selective, eugenic, incompetently executed, performed by a non-physician, inflicted on a victim of sex trafficking, statutory rape, or other sexual abuse, etc.
Posted on February 06, 2020 2:21 PM

Molders of Consensus (Consistent Culture Column I)

Molders of Consensus 

By Sonja Morin, MCFL Communications Intern

 

Last week, the United States honored and remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a brilliant and influential man who dedicated his life to restoring freedom and justice. He was instrumental in shifting the tide for the civil rights movement through the speeches and letters he wrote, as well as the demonstrations he helped lead. His work aided in the national efforts to end discrimination against African Americans, including the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The pro-life movement has continuously looked to Dr. King as a figure who not only emulated the qualities of a great leader, but also understood human dignity and liberty. Both the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement are connected through their effort to uphold human rights for all. Many of Dr. King’s speeches alluded to the same reasoning that the pro-life movement uses today in defense of the pre-born. His legacy in the pro-life movement has been prominently continued through the efforts of his niece, Dr. Alveda King. 

It is fitting that the inaugural post of this column would coincide so closely to the day that is nationally dedicated to Dr. King. In reflecting on his work, surely we could discern some lessons that will be beneficial to our movement in the days and years to come. 

This column will be dedicated to abortion and culture, and the ways in which they intersect. As a movement, we often express our total rejection of American culture, and what is produced from it. More than ever, the pro-choice movement has utilized culture and its byproducts to normalize abortion. They want to convince those who are conflicted about the issue that abortion is healthy, beneficial, and in many cases necessary for women. They posit that it is right to dehumanize the most vulnerable among us in the name of equality. Their work is certainly contributing to the transformation of our culture into a culture of death. Our repulsion in response to this is certainly reasonable. 

 

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Posted on February 06, 2020 6:43 AM

Our Newest Team Member: Sonja Morin, Intern

We're pleased to welcome Sonja Morin to the Massachusetts Citizens for Life team as our Communications Intern for 2020-2021.

 

Sonja Morin will serve as a Communications and Outreach Intern at Mass. Citizens for Life this upcoming year and into the next. Since her interest in the pro-life movement was piqued after seeing the March for the first time, she has not only become involved with MCFL activities, but is a current Stevens Fellow through Students for Life of America, and was recognized by the Diocese of Fall River for her work in the movement. Morin is currently in her senior year at a high school in southern Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, films, writing, and spending time with her family.

 



Donate today to support our internship and educational scholarship fund. All donations made through this link go towards offering fair stipends for our interns, and additional support to our team in providing trainings and support.

Posted on February 03, 2020 9:43 AM

MCFL's Founding President, Roy Scarpato, Passes

A fountain in the neighbor’s yard babbles to itself, and the night air

Lifts the sound indoors. It was another time, he says, picking up again. 

We were pioneers. Will you fight to stay alive here, riding the earth

Toward God-knows-where? I think of Atlantis buried under ice, gone

One day from sight, the shore from which it rose now glacial and stark.

Our eyes adjust to the dark.

(from “My God, It’s Full of Stars” by Tracy K. Smith)


His children affirmed it: he loved the stars, and his mind sought the universe.

Another pro-life giant has passed. MCFL’s first president, Roy Scarpato, died, fittingly, on January 22nd, and he was laid to rest a week ago. He was one of our pillars. Roy’s devotion to the pro-life cause was essential in organizing the movement in the Commonwealth.

[The honor guard for Roy Scarpato’s funeral, suggested by Phil Moran, comprising key players from MCFL and PLLDF.]

Within four days of the January 22nd, 1973, pronouncement of Roe and Doe, nine citizens of the Commonwealth set their names down to incorporate Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Roy was one of those nine. The only one of those heroes still with us, Phil Moran, described Roy as the “voice of reason.” And indeed his incisive and capacious intellect fructified the movement for decades.

It was Roy’s idea to form one of our most important allied organizations, the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund. MCFL and PLLDF, along with the Catholic Church and a pro-life General Court (our legislature, led by Democrats), saw into law the current provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws governing abortion.

This first generation of pro-lifers sought to regulate the performance of abortion as closely as possible given the Supreme Court decisions, acknowledging that an “unborn child” is at stake, requiring parental consent when a minor girl is involved, requiring that late-term abortions be performed in hospitals (which is in fact still the standard of care: all late-term abortions involve induction and delivery, making their performance outside hospital settings irresponsible with regard to the health of the mother), requiring that a child who survives an abortion be cared for and that life-saving equipment be on hand, etc.

[This legacy of Roy and the other giants would be wiped away by the “ROE" Act, a bill name that is either cynical or massively uninformed, given that the laws it would erase are precisely laws that are congruent with Roe v. Wade.]

The monthly Friday night MCFL Board meetings were held for years in the family room of Roy and Anne Scarpato’s Wayland home. MCFL grew up along with the Scarpato children.

Also describing Roy as “the voice of reason,” the great Tom Harvey recalls later Board meetings: “Roy was a leader and his opinion was always respected. And he was also very resilient. He could take some shots, but he would always be back at the next meeting and expressing his opinion.” This willingness to engage vigorously and thoughtfully in deliberative assembly is an essential disposition for a citizen of a democratic republic. He was an exemplar.

Mike Wiseman, one of our longest-serving Directors and Clerk of the Corporation, testifies of Roy: “In him was a combination of high intelligence and fierce moral passion. He was a man of absolute rectitude who dedicated much of his life to the protection of ‘the least of our brethren.’ To oppose him in debate could be daunting due to the power of his intellect and force of his personality. Roy was as moral a man as I've ever met. A total gentleman. The world was graced with his presence. I'm sure he now has a high place in Heaven, where they won't let him slip out for a smoke as we did! God rest his soul!”

Roy was a predecessor in the roles we currently undertake, and we are eager to honor his memory, drawing from it increased energy to fulfill our commission in the supreme cause of life. Roy was a pioneer. We follow the trail he helped blaze, so that his heroic age will have an enduring after-life—under those watching stars. 

Eternal rest grant unto Roy, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Signed,

 

Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President

David Franks, Ph.D., Chairman

C.J. Williams, Community Engagement Director

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Posted on January 25, 2020 2:02 PM

From D.C. to you: Our March for Life Recap, 2020


Many Massachusetts marchers trekked to the capital on our 2-day stay itinerary, while others came blazing in Friday morning to march and head home that night.

This March for Life was historic in many ways. The momentum and power of the crowd held a peace and passion like no year before.The President of the United States even attended the event for the first time in its 47 year history.

We also had members drop everything to come last minute. If you can help some of these young people, please donate to our March for Life fund here

But check out highlights below!

Our Massachusetts Pre-March Meet Up Thursday night!

These are a few of the attendees. After reviewing action plans for permanently halting the anti-woman, abortion-promoting bill, the "ROE" Act before the committee's decision deadline on February 5th, the team headed to the longtime pro-life pub, The Dubliner.

(Make your pro-life voice heard and join the March for Life momentum by looking up your legislator here and jumpstarting our No-to-Roe Callbanks!)

Friday morning, our MCFL marchers met up with fellow members from other regions, and some who came down solo after checking our social media posts.

Let's bring this sign -- and its writer's creativity -- back to the Bay State!

Good grief! is right.

These sisters made the message that life empowers so "pro-life strong" -- they and drums must have rattled the clouds!

MCFL President Myrna Maloney Flynn spoke to Abby Johnson and then met with the president of the National March for Life, Jeanne Mancini, after an inspiring talk at the Annual Rose Dinner.

"Here's a role model for our daughters," Myrna commented afterwards. 

A peaceful, but passionate presence witnessing in front of the D.C. Planned Parenthood with Dr. Michael New. Hundreds gathered on Thursday morning -- another record breaker. You can see C.J. above Googling the nearest pregnancy resource center for a woman, and our Boston travel captain for the members who came down Wednesday, Steven, in our pro-life strong scarf!

Proud to be sporting these scarves. And this sign.

We also dropped by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office. Her staff were very cordial, but wouldn't accept the gift of this scarf to replace her "Planned Parenthood" pink.

More than quarter million strong--pro-life strong--in Washington D.C. 

We know you would have been here if you could have been.

Thank you for supporting the MCFL Pro-Life Strong trip to the 47th Annual March for Life.

Get ready to pick up with us when our team gets back!

You can support the upcoming action with a gift to our work here.

Check if your town or region has a chapter here.

And join us for the MCFL Convention in March!

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK!

Posted on January 16, 2020 2:24 PM

2020 Holy Hours For Life, Massachusetts

Each year, our Catholic members and fellow pro-lifers put their principles into prayerful practice, and spend intentional prayer periods over the weekend nearest the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to witness to the value of the lives los to legal abortion. The witness engages our greater communities, and the prayer is made to end the injustice of abortion.

Please see the attached document here for a full list of parishes participating. We invite you to join the holy hour nearest you if you're Catholic or Christian.

 

Posted on January 15, 2020 1:55 PM

UPDATE: 2020 ROE Act Facts & Action!

In the upcoming few weeks, our legislators will be making a final decision on whether to send the "ROE" Act (S.1209/H.3320) on to a full vote. If voted on and passed, the "ROE" Act will remove parental notification for our young girls entering abortion clinics, legalize passive infanticide, and promote abortion access over our women's safety by removing the grueling 2-3 day late-term abortion procedure from a hospital setting.

You organized last year en masse and stalled this anti-life bill in committee. You arrived in droves on the day of the public hearing, demonstrating that Massachusetts Citizens, both pro-life and pro-choice, do not support promoting abortion access over women's safety, our daughter's safety, and the lives of infants born alive during botched procedures.

You amplified the story of Keisha Atkins, who lost her life to laws like "ROE", which are already on the books in New Mexico.

Members of our legislature heard you loud and clear during our non-stop Fall Call-a-Thons, where you told your lawmakers no to "ROE".

Take 2 minutes now and call or email your State Senator telling them NO on "ROE".

Please make use of our quick lobbying sheet, and share your deepest personal reason for opposing this dangerous bill.

Facts like Keisha Atkins' life, and death, show us exactly where "ROE" leads. It isn't a state for women or children. It is a state with reduced standards of medical care, reduced respect for vulnerable human lives, and reduced respect for women in challenging situations.

Let our lawmakers know today: No to "ROE" -- Massachusetts, we can do a lot better.

 

The "ROE" Act (S.1209/H.3320) is currently being deliberated on by our Joint Committee on the Judiciary. 

After your reach your State Senator, we encourage you to contact the Committee Chairs, whose information can be found below.

Rep. Claire Cronin -- (617) 722-2396 -- Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov

Rep. Michael Day -- (617) 722-2396 -- Michael.Day@mahouse.gov

Email us to set up a local Pro-Life Call-A-Thon -- action@masscitizensforlife.org

Schedule a local Info-Session at your community, chapter, or parish meeting location!  Email CJ -- CJ@masscitizensforlife.org.

Posted on January 14, 2020 2:50 PM

Massachusetts seeking to put abortion at the center of college campuses

By Dave Andrusko, National Right to Life

 

Writing for the Boston University News Service, Keminni Amanor reported Monday that “A new bill requiring public universities in Massachusetts to provide on-campus medication abortion” is currently “in hearings in the Joint Committee on Public Health until further notice.”

Interestingly, while the Joint Committee last discussed the bill on Sept. 10, bill sponsor Massachusetts state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa “said the conversation cannot yet be made public.”

“More than 100 public universities in Massachusetts will be affected by bill H3841, which will make it possible for students to receive pills in order to end a pregnancy at any campus health center,” according to Amanor .

The text of HB3841 itself does not currently list how late in pregnancy medication abortions could be performed, but Amanor quotes information from Planned Parenthood , saying “these pills can be given only if the woman is less than 10 weeks pregnant.”

The story is very sketchy but apparently the bill was introduced last January by Sabadosa. It largely mimics California’s new law which requires public universities to offer chemical abortion at on-campus student health centers.

“The bill is slightly different than the California legislation in that it does create a trust that would be used to fund the cost of the medication on campuses. It could certainly become a line item in the budget,” said Sabadosa.

This is not as straightforward as it sounds. “According to the bill,” Amanor explains, “the trust, a Public University Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, will be created with money approved by the legislature, though it is unclear where this money will come from yet.”

As was the case in California, the argument for the requirement is access to abortion. “It’s easier for students to be able to access care if they can go on campus, they can get follow up therapy more easily and it just is a huge burden off a time that can already be stressful,” Sabadosa said.

This was not true in California—which is why pro-abortion Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill—and it isn’t true in Massachusetts. Director of Community Engagement at Massachusetts Citizens for Life, C. J. Williams said the bill is an unnecessary expansion of access to abortion at the detriment of safety.

“There’s nothing dangerous about a bus ride. There’s also the fact that in Massachusetts, we have health facilities nearby nearly any college center. I don’t know one campus that doesn’t have one that would provide a chemical abortion within five miles,” she said.

According to the story, “Williams also expressed frustration about how the bill limits the choices young people have when they are pregnant to just termination.”

“If you’re just putting an abortion facility in the middle of their college campus, our daughters are not getting the message that they have a choice. You want to give them options, not abortion,” Williams added.

J. David Franks, Board chairman at Massachusetts Citizens for Life, was also interviewed and said it is a “dangerous bill” for young women. “Facilitating this pop-a-pill mentality as if one can deal with the grave and long-reaching consequences of our reproductive biology, as if one can pop a pill or two and then have no problems. It’s just magical thinking,” Franks told the Boston University News Service.

No doubt to ward off additional questions about cost, Sabadosa told Amanor, “The legislation, however, only impacts public universities that already have health services on campus where they perform OB-GYN appointments, so it does not require universities to make upfront capital investment. It’s really the cost of the [abortifacient] medication