Posted on August 16, 2017 10:00 AM

The Worst Kind of Circular Reasoning on Abortion

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You may have seen this video circulating, part of a series featuring actor James Franco talking with various philosophy professors and writers about the topic of philosophy. You can see the video below of Prof. Liz Harmon of Princeton discussing abortion. (You can read the transcript here.)

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Posted on August 15, 2017 10:00 AM

Physician-assisted Suicide and the Palliative Care Physician

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By Nancy Valko

“Should I Help My Patients Die?”

This is the title of an August 5 op-ed in the New York Times by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, an ICU and palliative medicine specialist in California who speaks and writes extensively on end of life care.

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Posted on August 14, 2017 10:00 AM

The Dangers of Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s Summer Academy brings pro-life high school students together for workshops and seminars that equip them to become pro-life ambassadors in their schools and communities. Part of the experience is learning to get up in public and speak about life issues and so we’ll be bringing you some of the speeches that the 2017 participants gave this summer.

By Macayla Danier

People all around the world suffer from a life taking sickness, causing them to agree to physician-assisted suicide. The patient may or may not think it’s the best idea, but people need to understand that it is dangerous for the patient himself, as well as the physicians, families, and society.

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Posted on August 11, 2017 10:00 AM

Discovering What It Means to Be Pro-Life

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s Summer Academy brings pro-life high school students together for workshops and seminars that equip them to become pro-life ambassadors in their schools and communities. Part of the experience is learning to get up in public and speak about life issues and so we’ll be bringing you some of the speeches that the 2017 participants gave this summer.

By Sarah Ryan

I thought I should preface this by telling you that I am extremely nervous - for two reasons. The first is that I am not a fan of public speaking. It doesn’t matter if there are ten of you or ten thousand of you, I will inevitably turn red, have shaky hands, and stumble over my words.

But there is another reason why I’m nervous. I’m nervous because I am not the same person I once was. If you had met me five years ago, three years ago, possibly even a year ago, you would be meeting an entirely different person from who I am today.

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Posted on August 10, 2017 10:00 AM

Messing with Transplants

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Doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia, when mixed with the need for transplant organs, will bring us very close to organ harvesting, utilitarian killing of people for the value of their organs. Does that sound far-fetched? It’s already beginning in the Netherlands and Belgium, and now Canada is beginning to consider it, according to Wesley J. Smith.

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Posted on August 09, 2017 10:15 AM

If Infanticide is Wrong, then So is Abortion

Posted on August 08, 2017 10:33 AM

Hitmen for Doctor-Prescribed Suicide and Euthanasia

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Canada has a problem. The country legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide last year, but can’t find enough doctors willing to kill their patients, so now they’re thinking of paying a premium to those who will.

According to Thomas Lipton in American Thinker: “The slippery slope is real.  Once the state gets in the business of killing off its citizens via euthanasia, the brutal logic of economics works its way through the system.  In Canada, which legalized euthanasia just over a year ago, one of the most important forums for political discussion, Maclean's Magazine, published an article arguing that doctors ought to be paid a premium for  euthanizing terminal patients.”

In our presentations on doctor-prescribed suicide at MCFL we try not to lean heavily on the slippery slope or foreign happenings, but this is bizarre.  And just wait until you read the rationale for paying these doctors!

Posted on August 07, 2017 10:26 AM

Signatures to Amend the Massachusetts Constitution

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As you may know, the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortionwill be gathering signatures this fall to put an amendment to the state constitution on the 2018 ballot that would stop the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. They have done a great job setting up locations around the state to train people in signature gathering for the petition. Even if you are experienced at signature gathering from previous ballot referenda, we are sure you will learn from these sessions.

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Posted on August 04, 2017 10:00 AM

Don’t Tell John McCain to Fight His Cancer?

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By Nancy Valko

Arthur Caplan, PhD is an influential ethicist who recently wrote a Medscape (password protected) article titled Don’t Tell John McCain to Fight his Cancer after the news broke about Sen. McCain’s brain cancer and many of his colleagues and others encouraged him to fight hard against his cancer.

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Posted on August 03, 2017 10:00 AM

She Was Raped and Gave Birth to His Child; Now Struggles to Forgive

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"I’m a deeply flawed human being, not too different from most. I became pregnant. I had a child. That’s really all there is to it." That is what Jennifer Christie says about herself after telling the story of a brutal rape that resulted in the birth of her son. The rapist killed his other victims and was eventually killed by the brother of one of them. Jennifer talks about forgiveness and loving her son. It is a beautiful article.