We received the following letter from Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Fall River, thanking us for attending their 1st Women’s and Men’s Conference and letting us know how important our presence and witness was to the cause of life.
It is with deep gratitude that I write this letter thanking you for your presence with us at the 1st Women and Men's Conference in the Diocese of Fall River, held at Stonehill College on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
I do hope that it was worth your while to have been a vendor at the conference. Hopefully, with over 800 people participating in the day, you had many who stopped by to see your display and the many items you had to offer.
At conferences, such as this one, it is always good to have materials and information available on various products and programs to enhance one's prayer life, spiritual formation and participation in the church. As I walked through the sports complex and visited the vendors I am truly grateful that you could join us. Thank you for offering resources to those who attended the conference. Your presence was important to the success of the event.
Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your intentions.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V
Bishop of Fall River
This letter should be addressed to all of you, our members and supporters, because you make this work possible. Through your membership and donations of both time and money, we can be present at events like this where we can help spread the message of LIFE and offer our resources to those who take them to the front line in the battle for the hearts and minds of Massachusetts. So Thank You for supporting Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
By Nancy Valko
After sending written testimony to the Hawaiian health committee considering a doctor-prescribed suicide law, I received the following email from a nurse:
“Hallelujah! The measure is deferred and will not become law in this session…. The testimony opposed (to assisted suicide) was very passionate. It really became clear that although Hawaii tends to be a very liberal, democratic state, the people are much more life-oriented than folks in Washington, Oregon, and the Netherlands. To hear a Native Hawaiian kamaka alii testify her opposition in the Hawaiian language was beautiful. I learned of even more reasons to oppose assisted suicide, and the legislators now have a long list of the flaws in this measure. The testimony changed the hearts of some committee members that were in support of the concept, but now seem to appreciate the risks.”
The bill failed despite public polls showing 80% support for assisted suicide.
Compassion and Choices as well as a lot of other people really thought this bill would make it out of committee but facts and passionate efforts seem to have made the difference!
In additional good news, a doctor-prescribed suicide bill in New Mexico also failed in the state Senate by a vote of 22-20.
Also, legislation to legalize assisted suicide looks to have suffered final defeat this year in Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Tennessee.
Of course, this will not stop the well-funded Compassion and Choices organization that will continue to reintroduce such legislation—often even yearly—in states that have rejected such laws in the past. Assisted suicide activists hope that their relentless public campaigns and the routinely positive mainstream media coverage of assisted suicide will sway more and more people to support assisted suicide.
With such support, Compassion and Choices can then even bypass state legislators and courts that usually study such bills more closely and just get assisted suicide passed by state voter referendums.
This happened in Colorado where assisted suicide bills were defeated in the legislature for 20 years until the strategy was changed to a state voter referendum placed on the ballot in 2016 that then passed.
Is your state at risk of legalizing assisted suicide this year? Death with Dignity has amap of all US states and their status on assisted suicide as of March 28, 2017– although it does not include the failures in New Mexico and Hawaii yet. (Editor’s note: An “End of Life Options” bill has been filed in the current session of the Mass. legislature.)
In the end, ongoing public education about the facts, the very real “slippery slope” and the dangers to society and our health care system from legalized assisted suicide can not only defeat the pro-death movement but also spur a renewed commitment to the life and well-being of every person, especially those who are seriously ill or who have disabilities.
That is a goal worth fighting for!
Nancy Valko was a speaker at the 2015 MCFL Annual Convention. She blogs at NancyValko.com. Link to the original article. Reprinted with permission.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
On Friday, during the March for Life, Washington DC was full with the happiest most dedicated people you would want to meet.
Our caucus speakers discussed defunding Planned Parenthood, overturning Roe vs Wade, the numbers that shows we are winning, the situation with doctor-prescribed suicide in DC, upcoming state laws in 2017 (indeed, Kentucky and Arkansas have already passed laws to protect life), and what we should expect from the Republicans now that we have given them the House and Senate and the Presidency and will be giving them the Supreme Court. Thanks to Professor Dwight Duncan, Professor Michael Pakaluk, Professor Michael New, Gloria Purvis, Ingrid Duran, and Matt Hanafin. (See the videos below.)
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen spoke at the March pointing out that they have marched many timed before. His speech was beautiful.
President Trump has given us an amazing week!
(Jan. 22, 2017) – Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate and celebrate deep respect for mankind hosted by Molly Finn. In this episode, Molly welcomes Anne Fox, the president of Mass Citizens For Life, to discuss the latest developments in pro-life issues in Massachusetts, including doctor-prescribed suicide.
Close to Home airs on Worcester Cable Access (WCCA). WCCA TV is a public access TV station and community media center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
By Domenico Bettinelli, Director of Community Engagement, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
See a gallery of photos from the event at the end of this article.
The Assembly for Life on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, was an afternoon of hope and a palpable sense of joy and expectation as one of our largest crowds ever gathered to celebrate life and renew our commitment to restore respect for life.
More than 500 people filled the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall in Boston, the “cradle of liberty”, to hear from a slate of speakers and to pray on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Faneuil Hall has heard speeches from the likes of great Americans like John Adams, on topics like the “Boston Massacre”. On Sunday, a tiny Iraq-born nun was the latest in a long line to speak for freedom and liberty for the most vulnerable.
See many wonderful photos from the banquet at the end of this article.
The annual fundraising banquet for MCFL on Thursday at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood gathered hundreds of Pro-lifers to a room filled to capacity to hear Irish singer Dana Scallon and support the mission of MCFL.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
It was a moving March! According to the news, it was 52 degrees with heavy rain on Sunday, but as the 2016 Mass. March for Life finished at the Bandstand on Boston Common, everyone was still together, still cheering and chanting. The spirit was amazing! There were definitely more Marchers than last year, when it also rained, which would make it close to 400 people. My barometer is always baby carriages and I am thrilled to say there were dozens and dozens, filled with adorable little people! (Which reminds me that Oliver, our 2016 March Baby, is even cuter than his picture.)
A new movie out on October 7 depicts the story of a recently discharged soldier who has found God and a new faith. He goes to work in a church reaching out to the community and discovers there’s an abortion facility across the street from the church. He tries to get people involved in closing it down, but meets resistance from all sides. Eventually he has to make a choice whether to put everything in his life on the line or walk away from the babies who are Voiceless.
There is not yet any group sponsoring a showing in Massachusetts, but if any of our members or supporters are interested in organizing to bring Voiceless to Massachusetts, the movie’s promoters provide a complete kit on their web site.
A new and powerful documentary on the house of horrors that was the abortion facility of Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia will soon be available on iTunes.