Posted on December 26, 2017 10:00 AM

Minding Your Medications, Especially When You are Older


By Nancy Valko

When I first started out as a nurse in the late 1960s, I saw several patients admitted to determine why they had “mental status changes”, such as confusion. One of my first duties on admission was to make a list of medications the patient was taking.

I was alarmed to find some of these patients, usually elderly, were taking a large number of medications and some were similar and/or had potential interactions with other medications. When I first brought this to the attention of a doctor, he was skeptical until he read one of the patients’ lists.

The result was that he reevaluated every medication and temporarily stopped all medications that were not crucial. When the patient rapidly improved and went home with a much reduced list of medications, he and I shared this with other doctors and many other such patients then rapidly improved.

However, according to a December 12, 2017 article from Kaiser Health News titled “An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs”, such problems with medications continue to exist in our fast-paced health care system and older people continue to be especially at risk.

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Posted on December 22, 2017 10:00 AM

Compassion and Choices Celebrates as Mass. Medical Society Goes Neutral on DPS


By Nancy Valko

In 1980, the Hemlock Society (now known as Compassion and Choices) was formed to  work for the legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide by proposing state legislative bills, voter initiatives and public advocacy.

These efforts failed until finally in May 1994, the Oregon Medical Association changed its position opposing doctor-prescribed suicide to  neutrality. 

Six months later, Oregon voters approved the very first US doctor-prescribed suicide law 51% to 49%.

Not surprisingly, now the Oregon Medical Association “supports the position that ‘death with dignity’ (aka physician-assisted suicide) is part of the doctor-patient relationship”.

Obviously, the neutrality of the medical association was a big factor in getting the first doctor-prescribed suicide law passed in the U.S. as well as its eventual integration into Oregon’s health care system.


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Posted on December 21, 2017 10:00 AM

Baby-Saving Bucket Brigade


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Here is a beautiful picture! A missionary nun spoke at my church yesterday.  She told a story of the earthquake in Haiti. The orphanage building was shaking. No one paid any attention. The buildings were so flimsy they would shake when a truck drove by.

One of the sisters had experienced an earthquake in another country and recognized the signs. She organized a "bucket brigade". They lifted the babies from their cribs, passed them along from person to person, and laid them on the ground.

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Posted on December 20, 2017 8:33 AM

Cardinal Law Was Known For His Pro-Life Work


Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston, died in Rome on Wednesday

Even the Boston Globe has acknowledged, after his resignation, Law devoted considerable energy to the pro-life movement, as part of his work against the culture of death. In 1984, during his first appearance at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Globe said “he called abortion a ‘national disgrace’ and the ‘primordial evil of our time, the cloud that shrouds the conscience of our world.’ A year later, he referred to abortion as “the critical issue of the moment” and criticized US Representative Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984, for her support of abortion rights.”

He appeared annually at the March for Life in Washington, DC, and the Respect Life March in Boston, as well as heading a bishops' committee on abortion issues.

Posted on December 08, 2017 10:14 AM

Justice Department investigating Planned Parenthood


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

In the summer of 2015 David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Pogress released the earthshaking videos documenting Planned Parenthood selling baby parts from babies they aborted by various methods designed to keep intact the organs which had been pre-ordered. We saw price lists and an employee planning on buying a Lamborghini.

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Posted on December 07, 2017 10:00 AM

Killing with Love?


By Nancy Valko

Two disturbing news items in the UK recently caught my eye. Both involved actions considered criminal in the past, but now reconsidered as acts of love. Unfortunately, we have had similar cases here in the US.

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Posted on December 06, 2017 10:00 AM

How would you like child tax credits for unborn babies?


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

A vote is expected on "Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms", an amendment sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). The amendment is cosponsored by Sens. James Lankford, Joni Ernst, Jerry Moran, and Roy Blunt.

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Posted on December 05, 2017 10:00 AM

The abortion justifications of the 70s, 80s led to a fertility crisis today


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We were playing Trivial Pursuit the other night. One answer was thalidomide.  Of course my children had never heard of it. I remembered how it and Paul Erhlich's The Population Bomb set the framework which made abortion look rational (because some people said the awful birth defects caused by thalidomide poisoning made abortion better than being born or because Erlich’s apocalyptic warnings of overpopulation required aborting some children so the rest of us could survive).  

We know now that the illegitimate result was based on illegitimate facts and reasoning. Here is an excellent piece on the population peril we face in this country, which is not due to overpopulation, but depopulation.

This year will see the birth rate at 1.77 way below the necessary 2.1.  The conclusion that it is caused by lack of hope (and faith and charity) makes such sense!

Posted on December 04, 2017 10:00 AM

New MCFL Web Site Lays A Foundation for the Future


By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., Director of Community Engagement

In 2018, the web site for an education and advocacy organization like Massachusetts Citizens for Life must be more than just a bulletin board or reference file. It must also be a communications platform that connects pro-lifers to MCFL and to each other in a way that multiplies our effectiveness at spreading the pro-life message and creating effective action.

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Posted on December 01, 2017 10:00 AM

The World is Better When All Down Syndrome Babies are Born


Imagine a news headline: “With a simple pre-natal test, the US could eliminate delayed reading in just a few years.” And the method for eliminating delayed reading would be aborting babies who show a gene abnormality associated with delayed reading. How horrific is that idea?

How about if we abort every child who has a gene for color blindness? After all, what could their quality of life be in a lifetime of color blindness? Better off dead!

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