Posted on October 03, 2017 10:00 AM

Testimony Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: Domenico Bettinelli

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Many pro-lifers testified before the Joint Public Health Committee of the Mass. Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 against a bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The testimonies were limited to 3 minutes. We’re bringing you a sample of those testimonies.

Good morning Mr. Chairperson and Madame Chairperson,

My name is Domenico Bettinelli and I am the director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life and I am speaking on behalf of Mass. Citizens for Life.

 

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Posted on October 02, 2017 10:10 AM

Beautiful Mass. March for Life on a Gorgeous Sunday

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Hundreds of Massachusetts pro-lifers turned out on Sunday, October 1, 2017 for the annual Massachusetts March for Life to hear inspirational speakers and music, to learn about and provide support to pro-life agencies throughout the state, and to march as a witness to the valuable of all human life from conception to natural death.

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Posted on September 29, 2017 10:00 AM

Another Threat to Conscience Rights for Medical Professionals

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By Nancy Valko

2012, New York Times:  “Instead of attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide, we should focus our energies on what really matters: improving care for the dying — ensuring that all patients can openly talk with their physicians and families about their wishes and have access to high-quality palliative or hospice care before they suffer needless medical procedures. The appeal of physician-assisted suicide is based on a fantasy. The real goal should be a good death for all dying patients.” (Emphasis added)

2016, Journal of the American Medical Association: “CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are increasingly being legalized, remain relatively rare, and primarily involve patients with cancer. Existing data do not indicate widespread abuse of these practices." (Emphasis added)

The writer of these conflicting views on assisted suicide is Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., PhD., a very influential doctor who is Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the architects of Obamacare. He is considered an expert on medical ethics who speaks and writes prolifically for both medical journals and general media outlets.

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Posted on September 28, 2017 10:00 AM

Party of the Little Guy

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By Richard A. Carey

Democrats, once called "The Party of the Little Guy,” have become, ironically and tragically, the party of abortion, which is the direct and deliberate destruction of little guys and gals before birth. The child before birth, except for size and place of residence, is no different from the child after birth. As such, he or she, too, should enjoy the most fundamental right, upon which our nation was founded—the "unalienable" right to life. 

However, Democratic leadership is not satisfied any more with just having a pro-abortion plank in their national platform. Now, they are demanding that any Democratic candidates looking for party support must, first, renounce their pro-life convictions. An exception to this might be a Democratic candidate running in a pro-life district. He would be allowed to profess to be pro-life, in order to get elected. Then, once in office, he can always renounce his previous pro-life pronouncements and return to his original anti-life roots, rationalizing it all by saying that his position "evolved." 

Late, great, true pro-life Democratic leaders like John McCormack, Robert Casey, Jim Burke, et al. must be rolling in their graves today. 

Photo caption: Tom Perez, now Democratic Party chair, was Secretary of Labor from 2013-2017. As DNC chair, he has declared the party will only support pro-abortion candidates.

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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