Posted on November 13, 2020 1:35 PM

UPDATE: Re-Packaged "ROE" Act Passes House & Senate

MOST CURRENT UPDATE on the "R.O.E." Act -- refiled as H.5179  (12/17/2020)

"R.O.E." failed to pass committee review after thousands of citizens gathered to oppose it in 2019 and 2020. Pro-abortion lobbyists then inserted the provisions found in "R.O.E" into the annual state budget, where house and senate versions were reconciled as "section 40" and sent to Governor Baker for approval or veto. Governor Baker had previously stated that he would veto "R.O.E" and reject any legislation including its provisions that legalize passive infanticide and remove parental consent. Baker rejected the removal of parental consent and returned the bill to the legislature. He left in provisions that would permit passive infanticide. 

Representatives Marc Lombardo and Allyson Sullivan have introduced an amendment to the state budget to protect our infants born alive during an abortion,  “Guaranteeing Medical Care to Babies Born Alive,” which reads as follows:

If an abortion is performed pursuant to section 12-N, the facility where the abortion is performed shall maintain life-supporting equipment, as defined by the department of public health, the physician performing the abortion must use life saving measures to preserve the life and health of a live birth and the patient.

 

Contact your state representative to ask him or to support the amendment, "Guaranteeing Medical Care to Babies Born Alive," and tell them you expect them to support a veto of the budget if it includes the "R.O.E" Act's

abortion expansion.

 You can look up your senator at MALEGISLATURE.GOV/findmylegislator

 

For the history of "An Act Removing Obstacles and Expanding Access to Abortion" (R.O.E.), you may read through the following.

The "R.O.E." Act, or S.1209/H.3320, having stalled in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, was re-packaged by Representative Claire Cronin as Amendment 759 to the Annual Massachusetts State Budget in the House and as Amendment 180 in the Senate.. 

The R.O.E. Act's provisions as included Amendment 759/Amendment 180: Just the facts

compiled by a legal team of pro-life attorneys and lobbyists

Section 12P. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.

The new language states only that there must be “life-supporting equipment” present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it.

  • This amendment would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that it only be deemed “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health”
  • Children born after the 24-week mark, ​according to the New England Journal of Medicine,​ if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent — a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks.
  • The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, has acknowledged​ “that most women seeking later terminations are ​not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
  • This amendment repeals parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 16 and 17, and allows doctors to waive the requirement for parental consent for girls of ANY age who believe they may be pregnant.
  • This amendment expands who can perform an abortion to now include a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife.

 

 

Posted on November 11, 2020 2:06 PM

"R.O.E." Re-Packaged (amendments and section 40 of state budget) [ Fact Sheet ]

The "R.O.E." Act, or S.1209/H.3320, having stalled in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, has been re-packaged by Representative Claire Cronin as Amendment 759 to the Annual Massachusetts Budget; and as Amendment 180 in the Senate.

It has since been reconciled by committee as section 40 in the proposed annual budget bill, and forwarded to Governor Charlie Baker to approve or veto. Baker (as reported here) line-vetoed much of the abortion-promoting provisions, including a veto of the removal of parental consent for children under 18 seeking abortions. 

The ROE Act as Amendments 180/ 759: Just the facts

compiled by a legal team of pro-life attorneys and lobbyists

Section 12P. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.

The new language states only that there must be “life-supporting equipment” present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it.

  • This amendment would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that it only be deemed “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health”
  • Children born after the 24-week mark, ​according to the New England Journal of Medicine,​ if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent — a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks.
  • The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, has acknowledged​ “that most women seeking later terminations are ​not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
  • This amendment repeals parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 16 and 17, and allows doctors to waive the requirement for parental consent for girls of ANY age who believe they may be pregnant.
  • This amendment expands who can perform an abortion to now include a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Posted on November 10, 2020 12:46 PM

ROE Act Shoved Into Budget After Being Stalled in Committee

After being stalled in committee for over a year by its poor wording, and the general opposition from thousands of Massachusetts Citizens, both pro-life and pro-choice, the contentious "R.O.E." is being side-armed into the annual budget bill by radical pro-abortion lobbyists.

Speaker DeLeo, who previously called on Massachusetts statesmen to ditch special interest agendas when approaching the budget, has come alongside pro-abortion politicians to support Rep. Claire Cronin's amendment.

"This amendment simply re-packages ROE Act provisions and tags them onto the budget," said an MCFL staff member, "If you meet opposition like thousands of citizens flooding the State House to oppose a bill during its public hearing, and then hundreds of calls each week thereafter, you know you don't have the support. But if you just call it 'budget for reproductive healthcare,' you can betray your constituents and push it through."

The new language changes little, if anything, in the original "R.O.E." Act.  Current language in the bill is murky on whether a doctor who performs an abortion would still be required to save the life of a baby who survives it, as state law currently provides, reports  The New Boston Post

A vote in the House is expected this week. The deadline for opposition is likely to be Thursday, November 12.

 

Call Speaker Bob DeLeo's Office: (617) 722-2500

Call Representative Claire Cronin's Office: (617) 722-2396

Look up your state representative here and call them telling them you expect them to reject the amendment on "reproductive health" and "R.O.E." provisions.

Posted on November 10, 2020 3:00 AM

The Day of the Birth-Mother

 

In May, we celebrated The Day of the Birth Mom. It is vitally important that we highlight the courage of these unsung heroes. When you place a baby with another woman, I hear it breaks your heart. I also hear that it fills it like nothing else.

A girl we know recently described her decision to place her baby for adoption as, "The most amazing, heart-shattering gift I ever gave, and ever got."

But if she had called Planned Parenthood to ask for resources, all she would have received was a pitch for why her career in the military would be ruined by her unplanned child. Instead, she spoke with C.J., who affirmed her strength & referred her to adoption counselors.

Each mom demonstrates heroic courage. We all know at least one woman whose strength is inspiring.

But this month is Adoption Awareness Month, and we're highlighting that unique courage of a mother who knows cherishing her child means letting another woman raise her him or her.

So today, and the remainder of this month, put your pro-life commitment into action, and put love in action by taking a moment to thank a birth-mother. Maybe the mom is yours. Maybe it's a mother you've read about on social media, like the girl above. But in a world that denies women's strength, & aggressively promotes killing their children before offering them the opportunity to give the gift of motherhood to another woman...just saying "You were a hero" will celebrate her heroism, and show other women the strength they have to make the same heroic decision.

Or maybe give a gift in her name today and support our outreach to those of real-life superheroes, the ones we don't see on the silver screen: Birth Moms.

Another amazing woman we've worked with in the past shared her full story with us in a previous blog post. Her unique courage took an option that looked like a loss, and made it the chance to expand her whole family through an open adoption. She and the adoptive mother have a relationship with P.J.

That's a double gift, in one way, isn't it? Giving your baby life and giving another woman the chance to mother, when she couldn't naturally.


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Posted on November 09, 2020 3:24 PM

These Three Traits = A Great Week Ahead

Weekly Column

By Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President


As you plan your week, I want to let you know how our state legislators may be planning theirs. With the election behind us and time running out on the current two-year legislative session, our elected officials are lining up tasks like bowling pins, positioning them just so, primed for a strike. Among the bills that could be presented for a vote in the coming days: the ROE Act and Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. 

A few reminders about the ROE Act:

  • The name of this legislation is an acronym -- Remove Obstacles and Expand Access to Abortion. It has nothing to do with Roe vs. Wade. 
  • It aims to make abortion more “accessible” (in a state where nearly 20,000 abortions are already performed each year). 
  • If passed, the bill would enable girls as young as 12 to obtain abortions without any adult, except the abortionist, knowing about it. 
  • ROE would remove life-saving medical equipment from rooms where abortions are performed, risking the lives of babies, Massachusetts citizens, who survive the procedure. 
  • ROE would legalize any late-term abortion up through the 9th month of pregnancy.
  • You, the taxpayer, would see more of your own money paying for every one of these atrocious human rights violations.

Because it’s Monday, and we’re back to work and school, let’s do this. True or false: Proponents claim we must pass ROE, now that Amy Coney Barrett is a Supreme Court Justice, increasing the likelihood that the Court will overturn Roe vs. Wade. 

True!

Yet what’s false is the implication that overturning the landmark 1973 decision will outlaw abortion in Massachusetts. If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, nothing will change here. Abortion will still be legal. But that’s not what ROE Act supporters say. They are pushing a dangerous bill because the public is listening, not for any valid reason. Even Governor Baker, who is pro-choice, agrees that our current abortion law is sufficient and the ROE Act is unnecessary. And here's the kicker that no one is talking about. In the unlikely event that abortion is outlawed at the federal level, then the ROE Act is moot. In any scenario, this bill is senseless.

Also at the top of the state legislature’s priority list in the coming days: Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. Read about the dangers of this at the Patients Rights Action Fund, then urge your legislator to block this bill as well. 

You’ve got the ability to call or write to your legislators, urging them to to vote against both of these life-devaluing bills. Harness the motivation you feel in the wake of Saturday’s election results -- we will not stop fighting for life in the four years ahead. If anything, we will fight harder, with bigger hearts, a positive attitude, and bolstered by the truth that love and respect for the life of every person wins the day. 

Check out the “how to” below, then take five minutes to contact your legislator now. 

Thank you for partnering with us! We are so proud to be alongside you in this most important issue of them all. 

Here's how to find your state representative if you do not know their name or contact information.

  1. Go to Find My Legislator here on the MA Legislature web page.
  2. Type in your address and include your zip code.
  3. After you have entered your address, a new page will show up.
  4. Click on the names of your state senator and state representative. You will be taken to a page with their email and their phone number.

Call and email them to today, telling them our state does not need ROE or Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. 

If you've never called your state representative, this handy phone script may help!


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Posted on November 04, 2020 3:38 PM

Louisiana Passes Constitutional Amendment Protecting Preborn Lives

In a great leap for progress towards real respect for human rights, Louisiana passed an amendment to their state constitution to protect every human life, should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

The amendment, as posed to voters on the ballot, ran thus: "Do you support an amendment declaring that, to protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution?" It passed with an enthusiastic 68% approval, and follows a list of other states (Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia)that have let their citizens proclaim their pro-life principles loud and clear at the ballot box, a right Roe v. Wade -- and a pro-abortion, activist Supreme Court -- denied voters in 1973.

Our media and even our own local and personal dialogues often focus on the national drama. While by no means unimportant, the presidential election is only a fraction of the function of United States government. Especially should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the reality and power of local elections, state amendments, and continued compassionate outreach both culturally and politically will be the key to making abortion illegal and unthinkable.

In Massachusetts, where American citizens have blazed the trail in the past in the fight for equal protection for any and every human life, we commit to seeing our constitution similarly reflect the reality that abortion takes a human life, and we have an obligation to promote laws that reject it, and protect them.

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.

Get the full PDF here.

 

 

 

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: [email protected]

 

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