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.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson was the first African-American woman to attend Harvard Medical School, and did so at age 20, which would have been a remarkable lifetime achievement if she’d done nothing further. But her true mark on our nation and our Commonwealth came in her work for Massachusetts Citizens for Life as one of our founders and as she traveled and spoke throughout the country, converting many thousands to the pro-life cause, including President Ronald Reagan.
You can learn more about this amazing woman’s life work in the following profile of Dr. Jefferson from the National Right to Life Committee.
Starting tonight, PBS is offering a new series about the first 9 months of our lives and what happens from conception to birth. It’s called “9 Months That Made You” and was produced by the BBC.
While we can’t expect a public broadcasting program to be explicitly pro-life and anti-abortion, from a pro-life perspective anything that highlights to a national audience the reality of the humanity of the unborn child is welcome. We encourage you to watch with a critical eye and to be prepared to share with others the beauty of life and to offer an alternative to any parts of the show that may not entirely jibe with the reality of the personhood of the unborn.
Last Thursday, May 5, 2016, the 42nd annual Mother’s Day Dinner was held in Agawam. The dinner chairman was the Hon. Robert Howarth, and the keynote speaker was J.J. Hanson.
Every Spring, MCFL holds the most anticipated pro-life educational event in New England. For years, people have anticipated the Massachusetts Citizens for Life Conventions to learn about the latest developments in Life Issues and refresh our knowledge of the old problems and causes. It’s also a great chance to mentor and develop the next wave of pro-life activists who will finally push the fight to victory.