by Don Feder
I gave this address a year ago: We need to keep talking about the savage roots of the abortion mentality.
When I was a kid (a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away), my favorite TV shows
were “The Adventures of Superman” and “The Lone Ranger.”
Remember the way “The Lone Ranger” opened: “Return with us now to those thrilling
days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great Horse
Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again.”
Well, apologies to the masked man and his faithful Indian companion, but those days
of yesteryear often weren’t that thrilling. In antiquity, they were frequently barbaric, bloody
It was a time when human sacrifice, infanticide and the carnage of the arena were
commonplace. People as diverse as the Carthaginians, Etruscans, Canaanites, Celts, Aztecs,
Incas and Hawaiians sacrificed adults or babies to appease the gods, ward off natural
disaster, and assure good harvests or victory in battle. In Carthage between 800 BC and 146
BC., it is estimated 20,000 infants were ritually sacrificed.
Our newest team member comes to us from Boston College. Local, of Colombian-extraction, with a talent for using words and a heart of service, Sofia Infante will writing regularly on topics of human life in the Commonwealth. You can also find her as one of the newest leaders in the Boston MCFL Chapter (Advocates). She loves to travel, and engaging with her fellow human beings on heart things: beliefs, family, stories.
Get to know her! She's introduced herself in the following interview!
Tell us a little about you. Do you have siblings?
I grew up with Colombian parents. During my childhood, my parents worked hard to teach us about our Catholic faith. They didn’t shield us from the world, but always answered any questions we may have had. I remember many conversations at the dinner table revolved around current events. This informed my desire to uncover and speak out about the truth, especially concerning topics that seemed to have already been deliberated and decided upon by those in positions of power. My family’s honest and compassionate approach to teaching us about the fruits of living a virtuous life taught me to value and expect the same honesty in myself and others.
Do you have siblings?
Two siblings-- one older and one younger brother.
What do you love to do?
I love to read short stories, take photos, spend time talking about my faith and current events with friends, and I especially enjoy baking.
When did you first get involved in pro-life advocacy?
Deciding that I wanted to contribute to the pro-life cause was a gradual realization. After graduate school, I thought I would write about current events in the Catholic Church. During this time of hardship and painful revelations, I felt emboldened to do my part in bringing the truth to light and to support those who out of love...
by Sofia Infante, Communications Intern, MCFL
During Black History month, we acknowledge and give thanks for the achievements of so many African Americans and the indelible marks they left on American society. The triumphs of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. were hard won, as they fought against the prevailing racist and inhumane realities of their time. Their work towards a more just and compassionate society is continued today as the chains of slavery on African Americans look entirely different, but remain as virulently degrading and violent.
Although slavery was abolished in 1865, and segregation was largely outlawed in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination against African Americans--especially women--is almost as prevalent today, if not more vicious and insidious, than it was in the past. According to the Guttmacher Institute, for every white woman who obtains an abortion, four black women have an abortion. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe. v. Wade, African American women have had abortions at a disproportionately higher rate than other minority women, and white women. Less than a decade ago, although African Americans accounted for 14% of the childbearing population, they obtained 36.2% of abortions (Abortion Surveillance Report, CDC). According to some estimates, more than 19 million African American babies have been killed since 1974. This means more black babies have been killed by abortion than crime, accidents, heart disease, cancer, and aids (Cure Policy Report).
In wake of New York's passage of extreme abortion legislation (RHA), our New England states have had similar laws introduced to their legislative bodies. Get the facts and learn how you can oppose these radical anti-woman and pro-death bills by joining the webcast tonight. Details below.Read more
[ Our current communications intern makes a timely report on the background of the recent bill, shut down in the Senate, to protect infants born alive after abortions, exploring Virginia Governor Northam's infanticidal comments as well. ]
by Sofia Infante, MCFL Communications Intern
In response to recent comments advocating for infanticide by Virginia Governer, Ralph Northam, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) announced his intention to introduce a bill to be passed by unanimous consent that would provide legal protections to infants born alive in botched abortions. The process of unanimous consent means one vote in opposition prevents the bill from moving forward. The Born-Alive Survivors Protections Act would ensure that babies born during abortion procedures would receive life-saving medical care. Currently, only 26 states have laws protecting babies who have survived abortions.
The director of The Lincoln Forum, our Board Chairman Dr. J. David Franks, considers solidarity through the lens of Dostoyevsky's striking concept of love in The Brothers Karamazov. This, and other readings, are part of our Social Ethics and Pro-Life Solidarity Certificate at MCFL. We welcome you to join the conversation that is creating a more just world, in-person, or remotely. If online, use #ReVitalize and #MassProLife to follow along.
By J. David Franks, Ph.D.
To be truly pro-life means to respond to the claim made on us by the other: to be responsible to and for the lives of others. And, somehow, we must know this without becoming sanctimonious.
This is the summit of wisdom, as Dostoevsky has Elder Zosima express it. He speaks of monks in a monastery, but we must see how this truth transposes to the pro-life sentinels of human dignity. We belong to the vanguard not because we are innocent of all the anguish of the world, but because we cannot escape our implication in that anguish.
Start or jump-start your MCFL chapter this year with 4 QUICK STEPS. You are the advocate for the unborn, the marginalized, the vulnerable in our Commonwealth. Move your commitment into impact by creating a strong community of fellow advocates, receiving resources from our state office, and engaging in outreach & action.
THE QUICK STEPS
by C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement, MCFL
A religious faith is not necessary to the individual position that abortion is wrong. But the Christian tenet that human lives are inimitable, imago dei, and irrepeatably precious, certainly seems like a good faith-based foundation for it.
So what are many good apparently faith-rooted ministers doing opposing pro-life laws, and speaking out in favor of taking a vulnerable human life?
This is one great puzzle our Board Chairman explores in his recent article published in The Society of Saint Sebastian.Read more
In New York, where consistency is scarce, and the laws that protect human lives about as right as a stopped clock, targeting some, saving others, the womb is now more dangerous than Death Row. On Tuesday, NY State passed a bill that will ensure abortion remains legal within its borders even if Roe is overturned. Yet at this time, the death penalty has been ditched by the Empire State.
What does that mean for Massachusetts? Do you need the quick facts? Read on:Read more
The tragic and unbelievable legislation that has just passed in our near-neighbor, New York State, has elicited the following responses.Al DiLascia writes:"The New York State Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 that makes it legal for doctors and other health care professionals, such as midwives and physician assistants, to perform abortions up until birth for any reason in the State."New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was expected to sign the controversial Bill at a reception in the Executive Mansion immediately after legislators voted to approve it."What have we become as a society? Nothing is more precious than the life of a beautiful, innocent, helpless baby."