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 know what? I'm never bringing my girlfriend here. That's whacked. I mean, look at that [baby]!" Wayne (named changed) pointed at the handout I had given him. "I thought it was just a clump of cells."
"I learned so much. Not knowing was keeping me from talking to friends about abortion, to going out in front of Planned Parenthood. But I feel confident now I can really show a mom how valuable she is, and how important her baby is."
"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." Anonymous
By C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement
A recent "general comment" by The Human Rights Council on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has tried to define abortion, and doctor-prescribed death, as universal human rights.
This council, based in Geneva was founded to promote and protect human rights around the world. For background, a "general comment" is a UN agency’s interpretation of the provisions of the treaties to which it is a party.
"The UN Human Rights Committee has no power to create human rights,” remarks Mary Anne Glendon.
It cannot be said more forcefully: claiming abortion and suicide are “fundamental human rights" is preposterous. Ed Morrissey has rightly noted that the use of "the right to life" clause as grounds for this anti-life stance is wickedly repugnant. The going's-on of international committees often gets ignored. But this kind of push by our governing officials, nationally and internationally, should never be permitted to fly under the radar.
by C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement
As the baby's face swims into view, and then fades to black, words scroll across your screen. She deserves to be loved. The tinkling bells of a lullaby play. She deserves to be wanted.
The screen fades again. The baby gurgles.
Finally, the last fade-in: She deserves to be a choice.
This is an ad created and run this week by a a pro-choice 501(c)4 non-profit called The Agenda Project.
The MCFL Rose Drive is an annual memorial and fundraising outreach that is easy, attractive, and adaptable. Our chapters and our members have been offering roses outside churches or during fairs or community events almost since our inception.
What, then, is a rose drive?
Rose Drives serve a dual purpose: as memorials for preborn people, and as fundraisers. Roses purchased to remember the children and their mothers victimized by legal abortion directly support MCFL’s educational programs, community outreach, lobbying, and more.
Many drives are held on Mother’s Day, or during October, Respect Life Month. Many members get permission from their pastor to offer roses after services -- this has been a highly successful, as well as easy, strategy.
As you plan your own Rose Drive for the upcoming year, the following steps may be helpful:Read more
To be pro-life, we must be pro-living -- fully, consciously engaged in our relationships, restoring respect for the human person in our day to day activities.
Our banquet this year, and our speaker, author and producer, Charlotte Pence, received amazing feedback! If you missed out, we’d like to recap some of Miss Pence’s remarks, as well as share photos of the evening.
Charlotte spoke to a rapt audience of the importance of living the pro-life message. She encouraged and praised MCFL’s efforts in Massachusetts to promote human dignity. But she also challenged us...
For the full photo slideshow, please click the link here and visit out Facebook page.Read more
[ The following was drafted and sent as a letter to the editor by a long time MCFL member and dedicated advocate for the vulnerable. We re-publish it with his permission. ]
There are (at least) two sides to every question. Now, with the help of my "ghost writer", I, a preborn child, am presenting a third side. For, even though I can hug, tumble, and feel pain, I cannot put my thoughts down on paper.
Someone else has to do that for me.Read more
by Anne Fox, MCFL President
There are 14 statues in Qatar depicting life before birth. They range in height from five to eleven meters. That is seventeen feet to thirty-seven feet high.
And they have been there for five years. Think of the influence they must have. The way they must form society and people's consciousness of life in the womb. Think if we had more artists, and art, film and writing, that did this for us.
Check out more of the visuals here.
Where would you put ours?
Isn't a picture worth well more than a thousand words?
by C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement
Who will cry for the children? Who will be there voice? Each year, hundreds of thousands raise their voices, and put their feet on the ground in our nation's capitol, for the preborn people who can't advocate for themselves at the national March for Life. Each year, we at MCFL have helped coordinate getting hundreds of both new and die-hard pro-lifers into DC. They make a national impact, and always bring back deep inspiration and energy to our life-affirming work at home.
Below is an ongoing list of buses and carpools traveling to Washington, D.C. in January
MFL Carpool, January 16-19, 2019
For details, email our Director of Community Engagement, C.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pure in Heart Boston Carpool & Bus, January 17-20, 2019
Boston Archdiocese "Witness to Life" Buses, January 17-19, 2019
Burlington Buses for Life, January 16-19, 2019
For details, contact Theresa - 978-886-2911
Cape Cod Bus for Life, January 17-19, 2019
For details call Kevin Ward - 508-291-0949
Worcester Diocese March for Life Trip, January 17-19, 2019
Springfield Buses for Life, January 17-18, 2019
(Red Eye departs from St Stanislaus Church parking lot, Chicopee, 10:30 pm)
For details or to reserve your seat, email Peggy - email@example.com
For details, please email Francene at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlington 3 Day March Trip, 16-19 January, 2019
For details, please email or call Tom Harvey 617-710-3616 -
Bellingham Buses, January 17-19, 2019
(Overnight. Departs from St. Brendan's) For details call (508) 966-0260
(Western Mass) Adams Buses, January 17-19, 2019
(pickups in Adams, Pittsfield, and Lee)
For details, or to reserve a seat, please call Robin - 413-743-1329
**Updated as of November 28, 2018
If you know of a pilgrimage, carpool, or caravan scheduled to leave from Massachusetts that is not included above, please email us.
We are continuing our review of some of the speakers and content at the Convention on April 2, 2017 in no particular order of their appearance at the event.
One of the more technical, but also most hopeful, presentations at our 2016 convention came from Dr. Mark Rollo, who enlightened the audience to the latest developments concerning abortion pill reversal. Dr. Rollo described new protocols to help women reverse RU-486 chemical abortions, a technique which uses two drugs: mifepristone (AKA RU-486) and misoprostol. In many cases, Dr. Rollo said, if massive dosages of progesterone are given after the mifepristone, but before the misoprostol, it is possible for a mother to bear the baby to term with no ill effects.
He noted that 18-25% of abortions are performed with mifepristone each year. That amounts to about 200,000 to 300,000. It is usually administered to the mother to be followed two days later by the misoprostol, giving a 48 hour window for her to change her mind. The drug combination may be prescribed up to 63 days after the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).
Dr. Rollo also discussed how the progesterone reversal works and the success rate in actual patients, with most administrations resulting in the birth of healthy babies. Of the calls to the AbortionPillReversal.com national hotline number between May 2012 and February 2016, about 43% of the women go on to receive progesterone to attempt reversal and the approximate success rate has been 55% overall. Women in 45 states and 13 countries have participated in the abortion pill reversal.
Abortion pill reversal is not without its challenges though. With the short window of opportunity, it can be difficult for women to be reached and decide to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Some women, despite assurances, are concerned about birth defects. They also face pressures from abortion clinics and lack of emotional support from friends and family. TMany doctors' offices also lack necessary progesterone supplies, as they do not often keep injectable progesterone on hand while its shelf-life of 3 to 6 months compounds the difficulty.
Dr. Rollo noted finally that more work can and needs to be done to develop new and more effective and prompt protocols for the use of progesterone to save lives.
This nationwide hotline with more than 300 doctors across the country participating saves lives. Dr. Rollo encouraged pro-lifers to invite pro-life medical professionals—including doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and midwives—to join the APR network.
by Barbara Lyons, Coalitions Director, Patients Rights Action FundRead more
News from several medical associations and societies is excellent as they voted to reaffirm their opposition to assisted suicide.
The American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has released its new report and, with a few changes, recommends again that the AMA retain its position opposing assisted suicide. At the AMA annual meeting in June of 2018, the House of Delegates referred the report back to the Council rather than affirming it. The new report is a tremendous victory for holding the line to oppose assisted suicide and sets up another battle at the June 2019 meeting. The American Academy of Family Physicians recently changed its position to “engaged neutrality” which presents a significant challenge to retaining the opposition position next year by the AMA.