Posted on January 19, 2018 3:21 PM

President Trump's Historic Speech to the March for Life

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We thought you would like to be among those to receive the full text of President Trump's historic speech to the March for Life in Washington, DC, today. President Trump is the first president to address the March live, doing so via a remote camera in the White House's Rose Garden and transmitted over to the Ellipse.

We have tens of thousands of people watching this right down the road, tens of thousands. So, I congratulate you, and at least we picked a beautiful day, you can’t get a more beautiful day. I want to thank our Vice President Mike Pence for that wonderful introduction. I also want to thank you and Karen for being true champions for life. Thank you, and thank Karen.

Today I’m honored and really proud to be the first president to stand with you here at the White House to address the 45th March for Life, that’s very very special, 45th March for Life, and this is a truly remarkable group. Today tens of thousands of families, students, and patriots, and really just great citizens gather here in our nation's Capitol. You come from many backgrounds, and many places, but you all come for one beautiful cause, to build a society where life is celebrated and protected and cherished.

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Posted on January 19, 2018 10:00 AM

Board Member Profile: Danielle Cohn

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The following profile of MCFL Board Member Danielle Cohn originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members. (Pictured are Danielle, her husband Peter, and their daughter Clara.)

How did your growing up affect your pro-life formation? 

I grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts, the youngest of five siblings. I was raised Catholic, though my father’s family is Presbyterian. I cannot say that I remember becoming pro-life, or really even learning about most of the life issues. My earliest memories of thinking about abortion are in high school, through our parish Life Teen program. However, the memory of that experience is not a strong one, and the experience wasn’t formative. As I remember it, being pro-life was more of a natural disposition, consistent with all of the values that were instilled in us as children – Christian values: seeing the dignity of every person and living in a way that honors that dignity.

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Posted on January 18, 2018 9:28 AM

President Trump to address the March for Life

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

It is definite! President Trump will address the March for Life on Friday via live video feed direct from the Rose Garden at the White House! This is the first time ever that a sitting president has addressed the March for Life by live video!

Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee reminds us of some of the major pro-life accomplishments of the President.

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Posted on January 17, 2018 9:39 AM

The Mass. Legislature must say “no” to assisted suicide

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By John B. Kelly, Director of Second Thoughts Massachusetts

In a complete about-face, in early December, the Massachusetts Medical Society gave state legislators the nod to enact dangerous public policy that puts my life and the lives of thousands of others in Massachusetts at risk. The medical society rescinded its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide, commonly held with the American Medical Association, that assisted suicide “would ultimately cause more harm than good” and is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.”

Overturning this policy puts pressure on the Joint Committee on Public Health, which is now considering identical assisted suicide bills, H.1194 and S.1225. The committee, which has killed seven previous bills, should continue to reject assisted suicide as simply too dangerous for the people of Massachusetts.

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Posted on January 16, 2018 10:00 AM

Did the Mass. Medical Society “neutrality” vote on doctor-prescribed suicide really represent Mass. doctors?

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By Kris Correia, co-chair of Witness for Life

In September, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) surveyed its 22,500 members regarding doctor-prescribed suicide (DPS). They say that because of that survey, the MMS decided to “rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician assisted suicide,” and to adopt a position of “neutral engagement.” But is that consistent with the survey results?

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Posted on January 15, 2018 11:07 AM

Holy Hours for Life in Boston Archdiocese

The Good Shepherd iconFor the 10th year, the Archdiocese of Boston's Permanent Deacons and Pro-Life Office will mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision with Holy Hours for Life in parishes throughout the archdiocese. The Holy Hours will be held in over 100 parishes through eastern Massachusetts, starting January 14 though January 23. A complete listing of Holy Hours can be found on the Archdiocese's web site.

The Holy Hours are an especially apt opportunity for Catholics who cannot attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, on January 19 to offer their prayerful support for the end of abortion. Massachusetts Citizens for Life also encourages everyone to attend the Assembly for Life on Sunday, January 22, which will include ecumenical prayer and inspirational speeches on the common effort to bring about greater respect for LIFE. 

Posted on January 15, 2018 10:00 AM

In Oregon DPS Law, “Terminal” Illness May Not Be What You Think

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By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Fabian Stahle, a Swede who opposes euthanasia, sent the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition an article revealing the hidden problems with the Oregon Assisted Suicide model.  

Stahle read the Swedish report and noticed a quote from Professor Linda Ganzini, from Oregon, who stated that the six-month expected survival time applies, 

“if no treatment is given to slow down the course of the disease.”

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Posted on January 12, 2018 10:00 AM

MCFL files amicus curiae brief with the US Supreme Court

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I want to share some exciting news! 

When the US Supreme Court announced it would hear the challenge by the Pregnancy Resource Centers in California against that state’s "Reproductive FACT Act,” which requires them to advertise abortions, it seemed the perfect case for us to file an amicus curiae brief.

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Posted on January 11, 2018 10:17 AM

Speakers Announced for Assembly for Life

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We have announced the rest of our list of speakers for the Assembly for Life coming up on January 21, 2pm at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. In addition to the already announced keynote speaker, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Other speakers include the Rev. John Daly of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Southbridge, author Don Feder, Matthew Valliere of Patients Rights Action Fund, author and musician Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, and master of ceremonies Margaret Russell, editor of the Worcester Catholic Free Press.

At the Assembly, we also plan to honor by name deceased pro-life activists. Please check the list of names. I am sure you will remember someone we have forgotten. Please let us know who that is.

These are some really wonderful people.  It is an honor to recognize them.

Posted on January 10, 2018 10:05 AM

A First-Class Tribute to J.J. Hanson

JJ_Hanson_w_0.pngBy Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I want to share with you this wonderful tribute to J.J. Hanson by Kathryn Jean Lopez in National Review Online.  With J.J.’s inspiring example, there is no way any of us can stop fighting doctor-prescribed suicide.

A family member, I think one of James Joseph Hanson’s sisters, held up six-month-old baby Lucas for all the packed church to see. … Lucas was testimony to faith and endurance and love. More than three years ago, J. J. Hanson was given a diagnosis of four months to live. Lucas is living testimony to why you don’t give up even when experts say it’s over. It’s not over, Hanson might say, until God says its time.

When asked, J. J. would report, “Every day I am doing better.” Or, “I’m getting better every day.” He could say that because the weakening of his body only strengthened his spirit. He could say that because he saw the world and his life through the eyes of faith. And he saw what a difference it made. What more could any of us ask for than to say, in all gratitude, “I’m getting better every day”? You can say that when you persevere in “pure love,” which is, as many explained, how J. J. lived.

As you may know, J.J. Hanson was a former Marine diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014 who became a tireless advocate for life against doctor-prescribed suicide. Even as he fought his battle against the cancer, J.J. served as president of the Patients Rights Action Fund, fighting efforts to pass doctor-prescribed suicide legislation in New York and elsewhere.

Rest in peace, J.J.