Posted on July 25, 2017 10:35 AM

Let Parents Help Their Minor Children Make Good Health Care Decisions


By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr, Director of Community Engagement of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Senate Bill 754 on “safeguarding the health care decisions of young adults” seeks to lower the age of consent for abortion from eighteen years old to sixteen. What this bill would really do is make teenage girls less safe.

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Posted on July 24, 2017 10:00 AM

The Healing Presence


We are continuing our review of the presentations given at 2017 Convention in April. You may also find these presentations in our quarterly member publication, MCFL News. In this presentation, three physicians discuss how doctor-prescribed suicide will change their profession

Dr. William Lawton began his presentation on a physician’s perspective concerning doctor-prescribed suicide (DPS) by reflecting on the traditional ethic of the Hippocratic oath: to give no deadly medicine and to do no harm. He said, “Hippocrates understood what we as a culture increasingly do not understand: that a physician cannot be both healer and killer and maintain the trust of his patient.”

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Posted on July 21, 2017 10:00 AM

When Roe is Overruled, the Legal Consequences


We are continuing our review of the presentations given at 2017 Convention in April. You may also find these presentations in our quarterly member publication, MCFL News.

Roe v. Wade was an unprincipled decision that cannot be reconciled with our history, legal traditions, and practices which form the touchstone for determining whether or not an unenumerated liberty interest will be recognized by the Supreme Court under the 14th Amendment,” said Paul Benjamin Linton, author of Abortion Under State Constitutions and Constitutional Law expert, at the MCFL 2017 Annual Convention at Boston College on April 8. Linton explained this as the reasoning for framing the discussion in terms of when Roe is overruled, not if it is overruled.

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Posted on July 20, 2017 3:55 PM

Dr. Martin McCaffrey on the Abortion-Preterm Birth Link


We are continuing our review of the presentations given at 2017 Convention in April. You may also find these presentations in our quarterly member publication, MCFL News.

Dr. Martin McCaffrey, neonatologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and star of the documentary Hush, hit a nerve all too familiar to a pro-life audience as he began his presentation on the current crisis of preterm birth. McCaffrey noted that information that conflicts with the culture’s pro-abortion agenda will be hidden from public view. “You are not going to hear this information anywhere else until it gets published mainstream. I’m not sure when that’s going to happen,” he said.


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Posted on July 19, 2017 10:00 AM

Is repeal and replace of Obamacare dead?


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Two more Republican Senators have said they would vote against the current version of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare because it does not lower premiums enough. 

The media will now say the Republicans and President Trump have blown everything, that their supporters will leave them, and they will lose the 2018 election.

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Posted on July 18, 2017 3:35 PM

Board Member Profile: Victor Pap


The following profile of MCFL board member Victor Pap appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

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Posted on July 17, 2017 10:00 AM

Making Distinctions in the Charlie Gard Case


As we await the next ruling from the judge in the case of Charlie Gard, the British infant whose parents are trying to keep him alive despite the best efforts of the hospital to let him die, R.R. Reno at First Things has a solid analysis of this and similar cases and the moral distinctions involved. It also explains why a case that takes place so far away would so concern us here in Massachusetts.

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Posted on July 14, 2017 10:00 AM

The Catholic Church, Experimental Treatments and Charlie Gard


By Nancy Valko

disturbing statement made by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for life, appearing to support the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject Baby Charlie Gard’s parents’ request to go to the US for an experimental treatment for their critically ill son struck a nerve with many Catholics. And although Pope Francis quickly expressed his support for Baby Charlie and his parents shortly after the statement, the ethical issue of experimental treatment remains confusing to many people, Catholic or not.

But what has the Catholic Church really said about experimental means?

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Posted on July 12, 2017 9:44 AM

Pregnant Mom Suffered Brain Death at 9 Weeks and Her Babies Lived

Padilha_twins.pngFrankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, a 21-year-old woman who was 9 weeks pregnant with twins, suffered a stroke and doctors declared her to be “brain dead”. Doctors weren’t going to keep her on life support, but the babies’ hearts kept beating and the doctors decided they weren’t going to give up if the babies weren’t.

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Posted on July 11, 2017 11:25 AM

Polemics and Politics Replace Science in New England Journal of Medicine


In an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine last month, R. Alto Charo, J.D. attacks some of the Trump administration’s appointments to the Department of Health and Human Services by the tactic of declaring as “alternative facts” some of the science about abortion and its effects that pro-abortion activists want to pretend is made up.

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