Posted on July 07, 2017 10:00 AM

35 Years after Baby Doe Continued: The Simon Crosier and Charlie Gard Cases

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By Nancy Valko

Last week, I wrote about Baby Doe and my daughter Karen and how both were medically discriminated against 35 years ago because they were born with Down Syndrome. The ethical rationale in both cases help set the stage for the legalized assisted suicide/euthanasia we struggle against today.

Unfortunately, the legal right to live for children with disabilities and their parents continue to be under attack today with the cases of Simon Crosier and Charlie Gard.

 

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Posted on July 06, 2017 10:00 AM

Hearing Set for July 11 on Bill to Lower Age of Consent for Abortion

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The Joint Committee on Public Health will hear a bill next week to lower the age of consent for abortion and to allow abortions without parental consent. Even if you cannot attend, you can influence the Committee vote.

Hearing on Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Room A-2

S.754, “An Act safeguarding the health care decisions of young adults,” would lower the age of consent to 16. That means a 16-year-old girl could get an abortion without her parents even knowing. We have defeated this bill in every session for many years. They say it is what gave Mitt Romney the governorship. In a TV debate just before the election, his opponent, Shannon O’Brien, endorsed lowering the age. It was very unpopular then and it is very unpopular now. 

S.754 also adds a new wrinkle that we haven’t seen before. It would allow “emergency” abortions without parental consent. If a girl’s life is threatened and can only be saved by an abortion (doesn’t happen, but…) then I am sure the medical people would go ahead. This seems to be a ploy to chip away at our parental consent law. 

If you are able to attend the hearings, please plan to testify. You can find tips for testifying HERE.  

If you are not able to attend, you can still be very effective in stopping this legislation! If you are a constituent of a member of the committee, please call your own legislator. (If you need to a reminder of your legislators, clickHERE.) If none of these committee members represent you, then call the two Chairs. Please call between now and Tuesday morning to express your opposition to both parts of the bill. 

You may notice that some of the legislators have the same phone numbers – the State House is small. When the phone is answered, ask for the Chief of Staff of your legislator. If that person is not available, ask for theLegislative Director 

Do these committee members look familiar to you? They should. This is the same committee we have been lobbying on the doctor-prescribed suicide issue. It’s a separate issue; it just means this is an important committee 

SENATE

Chair, Jason Lewis, 617-722-1206 

Jennifer Flanagan, 617-722-1230 

Julian Cyr, 617-722-1570 

Joan Lovely, 617-722-1410 

Richard Ross, 617-722-1555 

HOUSE

Chair, Kate Hogan, 617-722-2130 

Evandro Carvalho, 617-722-2396 

Linda Dean Campbell, 617-722-2380 

Paul Schmid, 617-722-2017 

Mary Keefe, 617-722-2210 

Brendan Crighton, 617-722-2013 

Jack Lewis, 617-722-2460 

Chynah Tyler, 617-722- 2130 

Hannah Kane, 617-722-2430 

Jim Lyons, 617-722-2460

Posted on July 05, 2017 10:00 AM

Kennedy to Retire from SCOTUS before 2018 Midterms

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Rumors that began in the early part of this year that Justice Anthony Kennedy was contemplating retirement from the Supreme Court. Recently, the rumors had begun to circle around the idea that he would retire this month, but the Above the Law blog, the ultimate legal gossip column, threw cold water on the idea last week.

Now we have learned that Kennedy has told his 2018 law clerk applicants that he intends to retire right before the 2018 midterm elections. The Election Law Blog has a good, quick analysis of what that would mean for the Court and for Republicans right before the election.

Posted on July 05, 2017 10:00 AM

Baby Doe and Karen-35 Years Later

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By Nancy Valko

When I started nursing school 50 years ago, medical ethics was not a course but rather common sense principles incorporated into our education. There was no controversy about not harming patients, integrity, equality of treatment regardless of status, etc.

So, of course, abortion and euthanasia were unacceptable and even unthinkable in those days.

I particularly remember one teacher who told us about the hypothetical situation of a child with Down Syndrome whose parents wanted to let their baby die and how we naturally had to put the interests of the child first. This kind of protection for patients was routine both ethically and legally in those days.

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Posted on July 04, 2017 10:00 AM

LIFE, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Polls show Americans taking much more “liberal” positions on sexual issues of all kinds, on drugs, and on many other issues.

The one issue where people, especially young people, are becoming more “conservative” is their opposition to abortion, according to this Washington Times article.

We, pro-lifers have always said that life is not a social issue, life is the issue. If we cannot guarantee a person’s life, how hollow are promises of housing or medical care?

As we celebrate the birthday of our country, let us celebrate the fact that more and more Americans are becoming pro-life. Your efforts and those of all pro-lifers are causing this. A Happy Independence Day to you.

Posted on July 03, 2017 10:00 AM

This Couple Adopted 88 Special Needs Kids Over Four Decades

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Since 1973 almost 60 million babies have been killed by abortion in the United States. During that same time frame over the years, an amazing couple in Georgia adopted and cared for a total of 88 children with special needs. Subsequent to their adoptions, 32 of those children died. 

"The children I took in were expected to die," Geraldi, 68, told CNN. "But so many of them have lived."

 Her family includes kids with intellectual disabilities, spina bifida and Down syndrome. Some have autism or extreme facial deformities.

”One child was born with only a brain stem," she said. "We took care of him. He lived to be 25 years old and never had a bedsore."

Consider what Mike and Camille Gerardi did to make those short lives happy and what those children did for Mike and Camille.

 

Posted on June 30, 2017 10:00 AM

Heartwarming Story of How a Community Cared for a Child

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By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

This is a heartwarming story of a young life saved in Boston, in which Mayor Marty Walsh played a positive role. Young Kyla Smith was admitted to Children’s Hospital with an ailment that eventually required a liver transplant. What ensued is a story of a community that came together to care for her and her family, including the mayor, who underwent medical care as a child at the same age as Kyla that also disrupted his life and schooling.

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Posted on June 29, 2017 10:00 AM

An Interview with an Assisted Suicide Doctor

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By Nancy Valko

It’s not often that we get a glimpse into the assisted suicide movement from the perspective of a medical professional who actually participates in terminating the lives of the terminally ill. Most seem to prefer anonymity. 

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Posted on May 18, 2017 11:02 AM

Sign the Petition for Life

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Massachusetts Citizens for Life is sending out thousands of printed Petitions for Life through the mail from Pittsfield to Cape Cod. Those who prefer may fill out this online version. And if you haven’t received a petition by mail, please do fill out this petition. By signing this Petition, you are urging your elected officials to vote “YES” on legislation that will:

  1. Cut off Planned Parenthood’s tax funding; and,
  2. Protect women from coercion by requiring abortionists to inform pregnant women that it is illegal for anyone to force them to end their child’s life against their will.

Our staff will combine your signed Petition with more from your area and deliver them to the State House at a time when it will make the most dramatic impact.

After you’ve signed your Petitionwould you also make a pro-life financial contribution today to fully fund our programs to spread the truth about Planned Parenthood and speak up for women being pressured into abortion? The pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood raise hundreds of millions of dollars from foundations and corporations and celebrities each year, in addition to the hundreds of millions they get from taxpayers, Pro-Life groups like MCFL rely on pro-lifers like you to respond generously.

We don’t need to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Heck, we don’t even need to raise one millions dollars. We do need to fund our petition drives and letter-writing campaigns, our in-person lobbying efforts, pro-life advocacy on social media, mass mailings and everything else we do to give a voice to the voiceless. We do need you. Thank you for help us save unborn babies in Massachusetts.

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Posted on May 17, 2017 3:34 PM

Abortion and Breast Cancer Link Revealed at Mother’s Day Dinner

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By Al DiLascia

At the 44th Annual Pioneer Valley Massachusetts Citizens for Life (PV-MCFL) Mother’s Day Dinner held at Chez Josef in Agawam, on May 11, 2017, Dr. Joel Brind gave a pretty convincing presentation on the link between abortion and breast cancer. His studies, research, and most importantly data show that there is a higher probability of breast cancer for women who have had an abortion. Dr. Brind graduated from Yale University, and received his doctorate in Basic Medical Sciences from New York University, with specialization in biochemistry, physiology, and immunology. He is currently a professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York.  

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