Posted on August 02, 2017 10:00 AM

CRISPR Gene Editing Research Shows Promise, But Should Not Be Built on Aborted Babies


By Domenico Bettinelli, MCFL Director of Community Engagement

CRISPR is an acronym for a new medical technology that allows scientists to edit human DNA before birth, with the potential to cure untold numbers of genetic abnormalities that lead to ailments and disease. The process itself is not objectionable in theory because it involves operating on the unborn child without harming them. (For a more extensive exploration of the power and promise of CRISPR, see this article from our member magazine last year.)

However, while the eventual therapeutic application of the technology is not a concern for pro-lifers at this time, the research in developing it could be.

Scientists have now, for the first time in the US, edited the DNA of actual embryonic unborn children using CRISPR, but the unborn children were aborted after they were done.

The research — which has yet to be published — was led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University. It involved editing a “large number” of viable embryos and effectively correcting disease-causing genes, according to MIT Technology Review. (It’s unclear exactly how many embryos were edited, or which genes.) The embryos were developed for only a few days and were not implanted. Without implantation, embryos cannot develop into babies.

This is unacceptable. We cannot let the ends justify the means. We cannot and should not accept the creation and death of one set of human beings in order to develop medical treatments for others. The linked article debates the ethical concerns of editing human DNA for how it can affect humanity in the future, but the present concern is how the use and disposal of human beings in research is affecting our humanity now.

Posted on August 01, 2017 10:00 AM

The Scary Future That Charlie Gard’s Life Presages


The story of poor, little Charlie Gard has many facets, but one that should concern everyone is the expansion of a democratically elected government into a superstate that will now decide whose life is worth living. Matt McDonald writes at the New Boston Post that doctors and judges in the UK now have precedent which says they can decide that it’s in a person’s best interest to be deprived of their life.

The elderly female judge on the United Kingdom Supreme Court should have been wearing a black cap as she read her court’s decision explaining that a British statute called The Children’s Act of 1989 provided that “the child’s bests interests shall be a primary consideration” and that those interests were best decided, not by his parents, but by a “guardian” (appointed by the government), the doctors (paid by the government health service), and the trial court judge (appointed by the government).

“So parents are not entitled to insist on treatment by anyone which is not in the child’s best interests,” the hanging judge said.

We cannot feel so secure here in Massachusetts against this totalitarianism. We don’t need to have legalized doctor-prescribed suicide for doctors and judges to be able to decide who gets medical care and who doesn’t. But if it becomes legal, it will only become easier for them.

Posted on July 31, 2017 9:28 AM

Island Town Police Force Baby Boom


The small police force in the little town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard is experiencing a beautiful baby boom in recent months. In the space of five months, five babies have been born to the wives of four Oak Bluffs police officers and one state police trooper assigned to the town.

Read more
Posted on July 28, 2017 10:34 AM

Abortion and Coercion


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Abandonment and coercion. Those are the two words we hear from women who have had abortions. Here is another story featuring those words and telling us how abortion is horrible for a woman. It is very well-written and makes the sadness so real.

It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that I would have an abortion—everyone in whom I confided my situation presumed that’s what I would do. Not a single person asked me if I wanted my baby, or suggested adoption as an alternative. They spoke about “the abortion” as if it were a reality already in existence, a decision already made: When are you getting the abortion? I bet you can’t wait to have the abortion. Don’t worry, you’ll feel better after the abortion.

Read more
Posted on July 27, 2017 10:00 AM

Miracle Babies


By Nancy Valko

Yesterday (as this is written), we learned that Baby Charlie Gard is expected to die soon as his heartbroken parents have decided to remove his life support because a US doctor had told them it was now too late to give Charlie nucleoside therapy. According to a BBC article, “US neurologist Dr Michio Hirano had said he was no longer willing to offer the baby experimental therapy after he saw the results of a new MRI scan last week.” Baby Charlie’s parents are now asking the court to allow them to take Charlie home to die.

We have learned much from Baby Charlie’s tragedy, not only about the perils of government deciding who should live and who should die, but also about the love and commitment of his dedicated parents and the importance of the worldwide support they received.

Now we know there is more hope for babies born with conditions like Baby Charlie’s because of the publicity and probably more parents will try to find alternatives when they are given a poor or fatal prognosis.

Here are two cases where the parents did just that and saved their children.

Read more
Posted on July 26, 2017 10:00 AM

Pro-Lifers Need to Be Patient with Pro-Life Legislators


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

We are so honored and excited that Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will speak at our MCFL Assembly for Life on January 21, 2018. He has written a fine piece about how we should treat pro-life legislators whom we have elected. He points out how unfair and counterproductive it is not to support them.


Read more
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.

Read more
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.”

Read more
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.

Read more
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.


Read more