Posted on November 02, 2020 9:23 AM

INFOGRAPHIC: Voting Pro-Life (Single Issue? It Aint' New)

 

Infographic written and designed by MCFL Communications intern, Sonja Morin.

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OUR 2020 PRO-LIFE VOTING RESOURCE IS ACCESSIBLE HERE

 

 

 

Posted on October 30, 2020 12:39 PM

Nat'l Pro-Life Black Coalition Files Racism Complaint Against Planned Parenthood

In September, MCFL hosted Dr. Alveda King as a special guest and speaker at our Annual Banquet. King, along with colleagues and fellow leaders in the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, have filed an official complaint with HHS of racism against Planned Parenthood.

“To this day, by executing the agenda of their white supremacist founder, Planned Parenthood has developed what I consider to be a method of womb lynching,” said the Founder of the Life Education and Resource Network, Johnny Hunter. “That lynching has resulted in the termination of more than twenty million Black lives.”

The complaint accuses Planned Parenthood of supporting and abetting racist and eugenicist policies throughout the United States through its targeted abortion promotion in Black communities. The complaint claims that the multi-billion dollar corporation “has provided its services in a manner that perpetuates the systemic racism that was rife in America before 1964,” and that its “services have resulted in a disproportionate and negative impact and treatment of Blacks and increasingly Latinos.”

Life Issues Institute issued a report in 2012 demonstrating that a shocking 79% of Planned Parenthood abortion centers were located within walking distance of minority communities. Live Action News reports that "[this] contributes to more Black babies aborted than any other demograpic and more Black babies killed by abortion each year than the other top leading causes of death combined."

Is abortion racist? Statistics point to abortion being weaponized specifically against minority communities, and Black leaders from various and diverse backgrounds are making a stand to protect Black lives from this whitewashed facet of systemic racism embedded in our communities. 

Alveda King commented, “As my Uncle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded the nation in 1963, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ It is my prayer that the arc of the universe will now impact HHS, igniting justice for our children in the womb. Now is the time!”

Photo Credit: Getty Images [ Dr. Alveda King ]

 

Posted on October 29, 2020 12:23 PM

What Does It Look Like to Stand in Front of an Abortion Center?

But what if I'm afraid?
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But what if I don't have the right words?
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But what if I make it worse?
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These thoughts ran through Antonia's head a million times before she volunteered to join the 40 Days for Life campaign, and witness to the value of the lives taken inside the Worcester Planned Parenthood this year.
I wonder if civil rights fighters didn't think the same things. Did men and women watching Martin Luther King Jr. ask themselves: Will I be safe? Will it make a difference?
In this day and age, we are pummeled by powerlessness. It doesn't matter and my voice won't count are messages that drag through our heads and hearts like an undertow. These lies leave us drowning if we listen to them, and they take away the incredible power we have with just our one voice and our simple presence.
But the truth is: Your voice makes a tremendous difference. When you speak, you give a helpless human being an advocate in the public square. When you show up, you give women a sign that their lives and equality are not rooted in violence and isolation; that they can live fully without submitting to the violence of abortion.
That's world-changing.
If you're in any doubt, please scroll down and read an old friend's 40 Days for Life story -- and the baby she met months after she met that very child's parents approaching the abortion facility.
Katie says, "Yesterday this beautiful little girl, whose parents I had the privilege of meeting outside Planned Parenthood, was born. It's the most amazing feeling in the world, after all the early mornings, the bitter cold, the even more bitter people, the countless parents who refuse our help and come back out of those doors hours later, forever changed."
Katie has long struggled with the idea that she isn't pleasant enough, or won't have the right words, but she goes on:
"As long as you're a gentle, caring person, you can save lives. If you've met me in person you know I'm the most awkward, socially phobic person in the world. If I can sidewalk counsel literally anyone can (you just have to not be a jerk ). If you've never been on the sidewalk before, just come down, you'll get used to it. And if you've only come during 40dfl, keep coming. Get trained, and start trying to start conversations."
Women struggling with the pressure to abort don't need your brilliant arguments, and the abortion workers don't either. They, like us, and like the children whose lives are taken behind the doors of unregulated, surgical clinics, need your presence. They need your love and your strong conviction that human lives are worth every ounce of discomfort and every moment of freezing wind.
"We save more lives than we know about," Katie continued, "Every once in a while someone will come out, and almost as an afterthought, tell us they didn't go through with it. Or someone will come up to us with a child or a picture of a child and thank us for being there however many months ago. So I'm sure there are days when we feel like we've done no good at all out there, when in reality we've spared a baby from a violent death and an entire family from a lifetime of pain, but no one ever tells us.
You may think "that's a good thing for people to do, but I'm not cut out for it." Well I'm certainly not either. But there are hours when no one is there to offer hope to these families who so desperately need it. Aren't you better than an empty sidewalk? The babies need you out there. If you keep coming long enough, it's very likely that you'll save someone's life."
Don't worry about yourself. Come on out. Heroes aren't the buff boys and girls on the silver screen. Heroes are more like hobbits -- or like Katie: ordinary people with just enough courage to stand in the freezing wind and against their own feelings inadequacies, and meet the women, men, and preborn babies with love.
 Antonia took the step to stand up for life in Worcester after following Katie's example. You can do that, too.
And that kind of culture is the culture that will make abortion unthinkable.

Join us outside one of the abortion facilities in Massachusetts during or after the 40 Days for Life Campaign.

Need a buddy? Email us: cj@masscitizensforlife.org

 

Planned Parenthood - Worcester: 470 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA 

 

Planned Parenthood - Boston: 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA

 

Planned Parenthood - Springfield:  3550 Main St Suite 201 Suite 201, Springfield, MA

Posted on October 27, 2020 9:09 AM

"R.O.E" Act Facts [ s.1209/h.3320] (VIDEO)

 

Member DeeDee Dorrington describes each point in our law removed by the "R.O.E." Act. This bill would directly erase medical safeguards for women and infants in Massachusetts, and promote late-term abortion access for any reason over the safety of our daughters and our women. Watch the video below, and share with your friends! Pro-life and pro-choice voters agree: "R.O.E" is a a huge NO because it would permit infanticide, remove 3-day long grueling late-term abortions from the hospital setting, and and remove parental consent and judicial supervision of our underage daughters who might be at-risk for abortion.

 

Watch here.

 

Call the Judiciary Committee and tell them you expect them to reject "R.O.E" (S.1209/H.3320) by or before November 12th!

 

Chair Claire Cronin: (617) 722-2396

Vice Chair Michael Day: (617) 722-2396

Posted on October 27, 2020 6:37 AM

NEWSBREAK: Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Judge Amy Coney Barrett CONFIRMED JUSTICE OF THE U.S. Supreme Court BY 52-48 VOTE; MCFL APPLAUDS VOTE BY DIVIDED SENATE

 

Massachusetts Citizens for Life commends the U.S. Senate for confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Justice of the Supreme Court in a 52 to 48 vote, along party lines. 

"Justice Barrett has consistently demonstrated judicial prudence in her career, and a commitment to upholding the Constitution of the United States," said C.J. Williams, MCFL Director of Community Engagement, "More than that, she has shown by her own life that feminism is not contingent on an act of violence -- abortion."

Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas after the vote. Speaking from the White House Lawn, she told the nation: "My fellow Americans — even though we judges don’t face elections. We still work for you. It is your Constitution that establishes the rule of law and the judicial independence that is so central to it. The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences,”

Justice Barrett earned her J.D. summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where she was first in her class and received the Hoynes Prize, the law school’s highest honor. She went on to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Beginning in 2002, Barrett taught law at Notre Dame Law School, where she was named “Distinguished Professor of the Year” three times. In 2017,  the U.S. Senate confirmed her to serve as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is married to Jesse Barrett, an Assistant United States Attorney. The couple has seven children.

Roe v. Wade and abortion were raised repeatedly by extreme abortion supporters during Justice Barrett's confirmation hearings. In Massachusetts, even were Roe to be overturned, state laws promoting abortion would remain in place. Many citizens and national leaders have been troubled by this apparent litmus test and the double standard which makes acceptable dragging a personally pro-life judge through the mud while promoting pro-abortion candidates. 

"A judge should judge, not legislate," said MCFL President, Myrna Maloney Flynn, "A litmus test on personal beliefs exposes a deep ignorance  of--or purposeful intention to abuse--our judicial system."

During hearings before the Judiciary Committee, Justice Barrett said that she refused to be turned into a political pawn. "I certainly hope that all members of the committee have more confidence in my integrity than to think that I would allow myself to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the American people." 

With expectation and excitement, we welcome Justice Barrett to our nation's Supreme Court.

 

Press Contact: C.J. Williams

cj@masscitizensforlife.org

857 302 0466

 

Massachusetts Citizens for Life is the Commonwealth's single solely dedicated pro-life human rights organization. Founded in 1973, MCFL continues to advocate for the most vulnerable citizens in the Bay State: the preborn and the elderly and disabled.

 

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Posted on October 26, 2020 12:29 PM

Not Safe: Boston Planned Parenthood Hospitalized over 10 Women in 2019

This article originally appeared on Operation Rescue's web page, and was compiled by Cheryl Sullenger

Boston, MA – A public records request revealed that the Greater Boston Planned Parenthood abortion facility, located at 1055 Commonwealth Avenue, called 911 for emergency medical assistance that resulted in ambulance transports for ten women undergoing abortion procedures to hospital emergency rooms from April 2018 through April 2019.

The incidents took place on the following dates:

  • 05/19/18;
  • 05/30/18;
  • 07/05/18;
  • 09/07/18;
  • 09/11/18;
  • 10/19/18;
  • 11/28/18;
  • 02/04/19;
  • 04/20/19; and
  • 4/23/19

The Greater Boston Planned Parenthood conducts abortions through 20 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy.

A letter dated May 14, 2019, from the Boston Public Health Commission admits that 911 records were generated, including audio files, detailed Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) records, and Patient Care Records (PCRs) that are in the possession of Boston Emergency Medical Services. 

However, in Boston, all such records are now classified as “medical records” that the Public Health Commission said could not be released due to HIPAA privacy laws.

That reclassification seems to be a relatively recent one.  Unredacted CAD records were readily available to the public as late as 2017. These records contained no patient identifying information, so patient privacy was never compromised.

Boston’s handling of 911 records is an example of how local governments that have become less transparent, especially in jurisdictions that are controlled by pro-abortion Democrats.  In the past, if a record contained patient identifiers such as name or birthdate, such information was simply redacted and the records were released to the public. 

“We have seen records provided with dates and addresses of the incidents redacted, even though we requested the records by providing the date and address. In many cases, we can’t get any information.  It has gone beyond the absurd,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.  “This has been getting worse since we started tracking and publishing information related to medical emergencies at abortion facilities on a regular basis. I don’t think that is a coincidence.”

Withholding this previously public information prevents women from understanding the  dangers of abortion, which should be their right when making such serious life-or-death decisions.  These incidents also reveal that serious medical complications to abortion happen more often that Planned Parenthood will admit. 

“The frequency that medical emergencies take place at abortion clinics – as evidenced by 911 records – blows the Abortion Cartel’s ‘safe and legal’ mantra out of the water,” said Newman.  “The last thing these people want is to be exposed as having lied to the American people about the basic premise used to decriminalize abortion.  That is a motive for Planned Parenthood to pressure jurisdictions to cover up for them.”

Posted on October 21, 2020 6:04 AM

Pro-Life Communication? It Isn't Complicated, But Stephanie Gray Shows You How

Stephane Gray has been defending preborn lives since she was a child. She began speaking as an 18 year old, and that pro-life action lead her to found Love Unleashes Life and an international speaking career. She makes effective, loving, and compelling communication in defense of our most vulnerable look easy. But the truth is, the principle that human lives have value is simple, but defending that reality, and the preborn children in our world, is far from easy.

Gray will headline our sponsored virtual debate hosted by Harvard Right to Life on Thursday, October 22 at 7PM (register here).  

"There are more people working full time to kill [preborn children] in the world today than to save them," Scott Klusendorf told Gray early on.

The fact that more people were professionally employed to take a child's life in our society than to care for them convicted Gray to the core.

After decades using communication to change our culture and society, what can Gray teach us?

This recording produced by Shalom World  featuring Gray walks you through the basic questions raised, from the so-called hard questions (rape, incest) to the basic presuppositions we must challenge before we begin a dialogue. Most importantly, it highlights the fact that effective communication always begins with respect and love. Human beings are complex, and we come to public square with both our heads and our hearts. With 1 out 3 millennial children aborted, nearly everyone you meet will have a personal experience of abortion violence, not simply an intellectual understanding -- or misunderstanding -- of it.

To be effective communicators, we must build relationships, not arguments alone.

Finally, this recording raises the knotty philosophical idea of "personhood" -- and Gray's reply is invaluably clear. This question will also come up in our debate on Thursday. Don't miss that fantastic opportunity to see and hear Gray live.

Until then, watch Shalom World's  feature on Gray's personal story, and the remarkable description of how she approaches and answers every pro-life debate.

Click the video thumbnail to go to the full YouTube video

Posted on October 20, 2020 6:24 AM

Press Release: MCFL FED PAC Endorses Colarusso for Congress (District 5)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MCFL FED PAC ENDORSES CAROLINE COLARUSSO FOR CONGRESS IN DISTRICT 5

BOSTON, MA -- OCTOBER 19, 2020 --The Massachusetts Citizens for Life FED PAC has formally endorsed Caroline Colarusso for Massachusetts District 5 Congressional seat. She will be on the ballot, November 3, 2020.

Colarusso has been identified as a leader  committed to protecting society's most vulnerable - the preborn, mothers, the sick, and the elderly - through legislative efforts that ensure a respect for human life in our law.

 

Massachusetts Citizens for Life is the Commonwealth's only organization solely dedicated to the pro-life mission. Founded in 1973, MCFL continues to advocate for the most vulnerable citizens in the Bay State: the preborn and the elderly and disabled.

 

 

Posted on October 13, 2020 12:51 PM

What's Your Response? "We Don't Have to Respond with Abortion"

Stephanie Gray, who will headline our sponsored pro-life  debate at Harvard on October 22nd, is a renowned pro-life speaker. She admits that there are situations that make bringing a child into the world look terrifying and unendurable. What about the children who are abused? What about children born into poverty?

Those are all good questions, and the women, babies, and families in those situations deserve a response.

From us.

But that response does not have to be abortion.

So what can a non-abortion response look like? Because we not only need to know what that response looks like, we need to continue to practice those responses, meeting the eyes of our women, and touching the lives of our pre-born children with concrete actions that say I support you

 

This is a "non-abortion response:"

          It can look like a couple who fostered children.

·         It can look like a couple who adopted 3 little girls from China who had severe cleft palates which required multiple surgeries.

·         It can look like a family who adopted a set of siblings from the foster care system in their own country.

·         It can look like two people Stephanie met in her travels who adopted two children when their first biological child was only one.  They since adopted two more children, both of whom have Down syndrome and serious heart conditions, all the while giving birth to 4 more children.

·         It can look like an unmarried 28-year-old Stephanie met on a recent trip to the US: In the last 4 years she has fostered over 21 children and adopted 2 of them.

·         It can look like a retired couple Stephanie knew who moved from their farm into a home for pregnant women in order to mentor them in motherhood.

·         It can look like a pastor Stephanie encountered who is in his mid-50s.  He and his wife have raised their own biological children and are now fostering—which is leading to adoption—3 young children.

·         It can look like foster father Mohamed Bzeek who takes in terminally ill children.

·         It can look like a mega Church in Texas whose pastor told me he is implementing a program where his church members make it their mission to foster and/or adopt local orphans.

·         It can look like Love Life Charlotte, a beautiful pro-life ministry on a mission to embolden its church members to care for orphans through what they term “Orphan Care Hospitality.”  Whether through fostering or adoption, learn more about what they are doing here and watch this short video about the Malone’s who have welcomed two children into their forever home through this amazing program.

·         It can look like the Lott family who adopted 4 of their 6 children.

·         It can look like Ryan Bomberger’s adopted family.  His mom, once an orphan herself, made a promise to God when she was a young girl that she would be a mommy to those without one.  She grew up, got married, and adopted 10 of their 13 children (Ryan, one of the adopted children, was conceived in rape.   Having now grown up, he has since adopted two children.

Says Stephanie:

                                                "Is the abuse of children—pre-born or born—an unspeakable evil?  Yes.  Does it demand a response?  Without a shadow of a doubt.  Can children be rescued and aided without abortion?  The lived experiences of the examples above are living proof of that."

We thank you for being the proof that the response to pain, or to a vulnerable child, can be love. 

 

We invite you to join Stephanie, and the movement for life in Massachusetts, on October 22nd at 7pm online for a debate with philosopher, Peter Singer.

Register here

Posted on October 08, 2020 3:58 PM

Vice Presidential Debate Lead By Pence's "I'm Pro-Life" Statement

Perhaps the strongest statement -- and the clearest -- made by either candidate in the vice presidential debate on October 7th, was Mike Pence's. "I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life," he said, "I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there’s such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America."

But more important than any statement are actions.

We encourage every one of our members and fellow citizens first to review the impact of legalized abortion in the United States. Every 4th child conceived in our nation dies from abortion. Second, we encourage you look at Kamala Harris's treatment of investigative journalist, David Deleiden in California (during her tenure as state attorney general) and compare that to Vice President, Mike Pence's service in Indiana.

Harris flagrantly ignored basic first amendment rights, enforced searches and confiscations of private property without warrant, and has dogged pro-life citizens with unconstitutional restrictions on their free speech. Harris brags that she ran the second large department in the United States -- "second only to the federal department of justice." Large, yes -- but just and uncorrupt, no. Email correspondence unearthed by Deleiden's attorneys proved Harris met  Planned Parenthood leadership just a week before the unwarranted raid on his home. Text from a state Department of Justice document by attorneys also included a demand: “Planned Parenthood would like the computers used to produce the videos seized.”

"Are we gonna go back to the days of back-alley abortions? Women died before we had Roe v. Wade in place," said Harris recently; yet she has no words for women like Keisha Atkins, who died because of a "safe, legal" abortion in New Mexico, or thousands of others. Moreover, she has no words for the pre-born women who die by the thousands each day under Roe v. Wade. Her only words for citizens who expose a corporation that preys on women, sells live baby parts, and still demand federal funding, boil down to sit down, shut up, or go to jail.

In contrast, on issues of human life, Trump and Pence have followed through on commitments to support alternatives and cut off federal support for aborting American children.

President Trump is the first sitting president in United States history to attend and address the annual March for Life in person.

In one of his first acts as president, he reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.

Pro-life democrats have decried their party's insupportable adhesion to abortion. So has the Trump/Pence administration. During the State of the Union address Trump slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. He also called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.

Trump and his administration have made a number of changes to protect those who morally object to abortions, expanding conscience protections for medical workers who believe it is wrong to kill an unborn baby and increasing religious exemptions for Obamacare.

His administration also intervened to stop the United Nations from supporting abortion in a resolution about sexual violence. In 2018, under his leadership, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report as well.

During his presidency, the administration also finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood, which already has said it will not comply, could lose about $60 million annually through the policy change. The abortion group is suing to block the cuts.

One key issue in the development of our nation's government in the next few years will undoubtably be judicial reform. To that point, who is nominated and confirmed to our Supreme Court will be critical if States' rights to decide to protect our most vulnerable citizens are to be restored. Roe v Wade should never have forced abortion on a nation with a nation with a pro-life, anti-abortion majority.  "Of course I want Roe v Wade overturned," remarked Pence, "though I'm not being nominated to the Supreme Court."

No, he isn't. But with a Republican candidate in his mid-seventies, and a Democratic candidate who is nearly eighty, we're looking very closely at the vice presidential picks. We're looking at what they will do about the 3,500 babies legally killed per day. We're looking -- and on November 3rd, we're voting.

 

Read more on the current administration's record: Which Mainstream Candidate is Pro-Life?

Read more on presidential candidate, Joe Biden's, extreme position on abortion here.