Posted on September 27, 2017 10:19 AM

Pro-Lifers Make Great Showing at Hearings on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bill

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The other side came with a group of out-of-town hired guns and a large group of supporters to fill the seats. Our side came prepared to give testimony that was by turns logical and touching, that dealt with science and the law, and that came from doctors, ethicists, community leaders, and average people who spanned a broad spectrum of society and of political viewpoint.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health held a public hearing on S.1225/H.1194 The Massachusetts End of Life Options Act, which would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Massachusetts has been targeted by the well-funded pro-suicide national organization Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) as a top priority for legalization and so they brought in a large team of staff from out of state and filled the hall with their supporters, even setting up a refreshment table outside the hearing for them. They even flew in Brittany Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz.

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Posted on September 26, 2017 10:00 AM

New Technology Comes with Promises and Caveats

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The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

New tools and technologies are tricky things. While pro-lifers acknowledge the good of new life-saving technologies, we become uneasy with the trade-offs that technology seems to impose on our common humanity. What should we make of scientific advances that may potentially supplement maternal gestation with machines? These potential advances are particularly relevant in light of the presentation by neonatologist Dr. Martin McCaffrey at the MCFL Convention in April, concerning the crisis of premature birth and its association with abortion.

 

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Posted on September 25, 2017 10:00 AM

Summer Academy Brings Speakers to Youth Leaders

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By Jacqueline Tetrault

The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life held its seventh Summer Academy this year at Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hanover. This six-week program is designed for high school students, but the grades of attendees ranged from finishing middle school to beginning college. The goal is to teach students to be pro-life ambassadors, by equipping them with information for better discussion and education in their communities and to provide leadership in those communities. One way of doing this is to provide students with objective information that can help people understand the value of life. Another way is to learn personal stories of people who have suffered because of abortion or have worked with parents considering abortion.

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Posted on September 22, 2017 10:00 AM

MCFL Student Profile: 2016 Oratory Contest Winner Isabelle Germino

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The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

How did your growing up affect your pro-life formation?

I'm originally from Norwood, the oldest of four siblings. Being raised as a devout Catholic with a core group of family and friends, the notion of community was ingrained in me at a young age. In sixth grade, I read an article on sex-selection abortion in China. My understanding grew of what was going on. The roots took. The idea that everybody has a right to life isn't just what I believe. It's a part of who I am.

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Posted on September 21, 2017 10:00 AM

Stem Cell Science Keeps Making Progress

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The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

It wasn't that long ago that embryonic stem cells were touted as lifesaving research that merited funding with billions of taxpayer dollars. Pro-life objections to the destruction of human embryos were categorized as cold-hearted, anti-science sentimentality. Then, in 2007, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka discovered a way to reprogram adult cells to act as embryonic cells. Called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), Yamanaka's discovery made the destructive science virtually obsolete. There is still not a single validated case of lifesaving results with embryonic stem cells.

Dr. David Prentice, Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), reports that over 1.5 million people have been treated with adult stem cells, resulting in lives saved and health improved for dozens of diseases and medical conditions. Prentice said, “Within the past year there have been many advances in adult stem cell science, including new strategies and advances using adult stem cells to treat stroke, even years after the stroke event; multiple sclerosis, putting people into remission, not just stopping progression of the disease; and improving repair of both knee joints as well as damaged hearts.”

 

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Posted on September 20, 2017 10:00 AM

A Momentum Shift Against Assisted Suicide

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By J.J. Hanson

Momentum is finally shifting against the legalization and expansion of assisted suicide. Twenty-three states have rejected bills attempting to legalize assisted suicide since the beginning of 2017, and these bills are now considered dead for the remainder of the year.

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Posted on September 19, 2017 10:30 AM

MCFL Announces New Pro-Life Social Doctrine Certificate Program

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By Dr. David Franks, Chairman of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We have forgotten how to live together. 

Either there will be civic reconciliation in America, or this nation will end. It has always been my conviction that the pro-life movement must be the vanguard of social progress. It is on us to know more and love more, or there will be no American future. 

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Posted on September 18, 2017 10:30 AM

Beacon Hill Hearings on Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bills Set for Sept. 26

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A hearing on S.1225/H.1194 the Massachusetts End of Life Options Act, which would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide despite the will of the votes expressed in the defeat of Question 2 in 2012, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 10:30am, at the State House in Room A 1-2. All pro-lifers are urgently requested to attend to show the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health that Massachusetts still rejects DPS.

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Posted on September 18, 2017 10:00 AM

Coalition Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

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The following article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

Coalition forces are gearing up to present testimony before the Joint Committee on Public Health at hearings at the State House on Sept. 26 against bill S1225/ H1194, the End of Life Options Act, which would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The bill's primary sponsors are Rep. Louis Kafka of Stoughton and Sen. Barbara L’Italien of Andover. MCFL asks members and supporters to attend the hearings en masse to show their opposition.

 

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Posted on September 15, 2017 10:00 AM

Money, Money, and More Money

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I just saw an article about the wedding last weekend of one of President Kennedy's granddaughters at Red Gate Farm, a 377-acre estate on Martha's Vineyard that is completely inaccessible to the press. The newspaper claimed that the Farm is worth in the "mid-nine figures,” which seems astonishing but would be somewhere near $500 million. Being pro-life, when I hear $500 million, I immediately think of Planned Parenthood, which gets that much of our tax dollars every year. 

So here we have one of the pricier estates in the country, which is worth a huge amount and which was purchased by Jackie Kennedy in 1978, yet every year Planned Parenthood gets that much of our money. Kind of puts it in perspective.