Posted on September 29, 2020 11:09 AM

NEWSBREAK: Trump Nominates Pro-Life Feminist & Youthful Judge, Amy Coney Barrett, For Supreme Court

She's the perfect fit for our Supreme Court, and for our nation: Feminist, brilliant, both a loving mother and a keen and balanced court justice. She's young. At 48, she will be the youngest justice in our highest court. Her progressive principles show up in her living, as you can see by her family and professional life. Balancing parenting responsibilities with her husband, she is a contemporary example of equality for women based on shared responsibility, rather than the violence of abortion (as Erika Bachiochi notes). 

So why is there this radical rift in public opinion about her nomination?

The answer may lie in her consistency. Because Barrett believes in authentic human rights and equality, she opposes abortion.

Amy Coney Barrett is pro-life.  Protecting women and the unborn from violence is the one and only thing that keeps her from sailing into our highest court -- and that opposition, much more than any of her qualifications or vulnerabilities, is something we should be focusing on.

Barrett isn't controversial.

But the opinion that a child's life is the price for a woman's freedom is one that needs to be stated plainly and examined all across our political spectrum. That opinion, and its proponents, should be under the microscope: not Barrett.


Read on for some notes on Barrett's judicial voting record, judicial philosophy, and background.

Live Action News writers note: 

Barrett has a brief but consistent record in support of life. In 2016, Barrett voted in favor of rehearing a 2016 case regarding an Indiana law that required aborted babies to be buried or cremated after some judges determined the law to be unconstitutional. The case was later heard by the Supreme Court, which upheld the law. Ginsburg was the sole justice to write a dissent to that ruling.

Barrett also voted to rehear a case regarding a law that would have banned abortions because of the baby’s sex, race, or disability, a law of which she was in favor. In 2017, in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Barrett joined dissenters in support of the Indiana law requiring doctors to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions.

In terms of her understanding of the position, Barrett states that she is accepting the nomination not to promote her personal opinions nor for others in her privileged position. “I would assume this role to serve you," she wrote this week,  "I would discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution."

Kelsey Hazzard, a lawyer and tireless advocate for the unborn from Florida, remarks that "[Barrett'] is a mother of seven, including a child with Down Syndrome. Those two aspects of her life are not in conflict. Judge Barrett's biography proves that, shockingly, work-life balance is achievable without dismembering any babies."

More detail on her career and record can be found at the National Review, which features an article discussing her judicial approach and background. Read it here.




Posted on September 28, 2020 1:31 PM

Pro-Choice States Have Higher Abortion Rates

Pro-choice states have higher abortion rates. Kelsey Hazzard (president and founder of Secular Pro-Life) looked into claims made by Washington Post reporter, Aaron Blake that pro-choice states had fewer abortions and unintended pregnancies. She used facts  pulled from Pew, CDC reports, and statistics posted by Guttmacherer, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, and discovered that -- contra Blake's claim -- there's no difference between pro-life/pro-choice states in some instances. In most, pro-life states have fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions than their abortion-promoting counterparts. 

Blake, and many pro-abortion media representatives and citizens believe there's a correlation between opposing abortion, and creating more abortions. But it's simply not true.

In fact, it looks more as if greater contraception access and promotion, along with higher support for abortion, create more abortions and more unintended pregnancies.

If you want the full numbers-crunch, read on here. Her research is thorough and fascinating.

If you want the info-graphs and links to her sources, you can find those here.


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Posted on September 24, 2020 4:20 PM

News Feature: Banquet headliners, abortion survivor & civil rights leader, featured in NPB

You could say our 2020 fundraising banquet -- held this year online due to pandemic restrictions -- featured multiple survivors of abortion. In fact, hundreds. 

Everyone who was born after 1973 survived abortion; any one of you with a birthday after that date who joined us on Thursday, September 17th, survived Roe v. Wade's decision making your life expendable.

But Melissa literally survived a late-term saline abortion. Baby Hope, born less than a year ago right here in Massachusetts, survived her doctors' pressuring her mother again and again to abort her merely because of an adverse fetal diagnosis.

Please read The New Boston Post's excellent summary of the fantastic evening, watch the replay of our speakers, and donate today.

Melissa, 43 years ago | Melissa, now, speaking to us.

We are 100% donor supported. You, our members, are our backbone.

We need you to be able to save lives like Melissa's and Hope's. 

You can make your secure donation now right here.

Posted on September 18, 2020 12:58 PM

Love, Fight, Thrive: A Historic Event for Life

If you joined us last night for our first-ever virtual event, thank you for your participation and support. We were thrilled that hundreds of life advocates attended! And, based on feedback during and after our Annual Fundraising Banquet, our guests enjoyed being with us, too! Here’s a small sampling of the kind words our viewers shared:

“Great job tonight!”

“It was fantastic!”

“What a wonderful presentation. My husband loved it!”

“Wonderful job. Very professional. I wanted to increase my donation after listening to Matt.”

“MCFL is in my heart. Thank you so much.”

“Congratulations on your first event. Seems as though everything went off wonderfully from our viewpoint.”

“A terrific fundraiser tonight!” 

"Hello from the Perfetti family! Thank you for your priceless efforts to end the abortion nightmare!"

"This event is so well done! A class act. I am giving the best and most that I can. Go MCFL!"

[ Cardinal Sean O'Malley ] "This is a team effort - the Church and society are blessed by all that you do and your faithful witness."

My hardworking team and I are humbled by such glowing reviews. Shucks, we’re even blushing a little. Yet we’re not ready to pat ourselves on the back, turn off the lights and go home, because we are still $61,164 short of the $100,000 goal we need to raise by the end of this month.

Our faithful donors have stepped up, as they always do, and, as a result, we have raised nearly $40,000 so far. But as you heard during the event, or as you’ll learn when you watch it here, we cannot invest in the necessary resources to  accomplish our lifesaving mission within the Commonwealth unless that number jumps significantly. So, if you haven’t yet made a Banquet gift to Massachusetts Citizens for Life, I invite you to do so today. 

We packed a lot of stellar speakers into one hour. Each has a compelling story that will lift your spirits and remind you all over again why you partner with us in the fight for life and why each single gift makes a difference. 

The Pats don’t play until Sunday night. Saturday’s college football lineup? Meh. Red Sox-Yankees? No guarantees there, but I’m promising you a grand slam. So put your feet up this weekend and prepare to be wowed by the likes of Melissa Ohden, Dr. Alveda King, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, and many many other dynamic presenters, each of whom knows what it means to love, fight, thrive.


Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President


The MCFL Team

Please make your secure online donation here.

Posted on September 15, 2020 2:07 PM

Primary Report for 2020 - MA: Pro-Life Wins & Losses


Pro-Life Rep. John Rogers (D-12th Norfolk) won his primary challenge. MCFL rented its list of over 1,000 names in the district to Rogers’ campaign sharing the candidates’ positions on life.

Pro-Life Sen. Nick Collins (D-1st Suffolk) won primary election. He’s running unopposed in the general.

Pro-Life Rep. Paul Donato (D-35th Middlesex) won his primary challenge.



Pro-Life Republican Candidate, David Rosa, lost primary for 4th congressional seat to Republican Julie Hall* whose positions on life are unknown. He requested an endorsement weeks ago. We waited until the day before to announce. 

^Pro-Life Rep David M. Nangle (D-16th Middlesex) lost his primary to a Democrat who will run unopposed and whose positions on life are unknown.

^Nangle, indicted in February on more than two dozen federal fraud charges to which he has pleaded not guilty, has served in the House for 11 terms and was a member of Speaker Robert DeLeo’s leadership team until stepping down from that post after his arrest.

Pro-Life Democratic candidate, David K. Bartley, lost to Patricia Duffy* whose positions on life are unknown.

Pro-Life Republican candidate, Thomas F. Keyes, lost to Steve Xiarhos* for the 5th Barnstable District.  Xiarhos’ position on life is unknown

Pro-Life Republican candidate, Dan Allie, lost to Kelly Pease* for the 4th Hampden District.  Pease’s position on life is unknown



Pro-abortion Sen. James Welch (Hampden) lost is seat to Adam Gomez. Gomez filled out a progressive group’s questionnaire saying he would support the repeal of parental notification laws. Unknown on DPS so we should approach him to persuade him to vote against DPS instead of abortion issues.



Democrat Rob Consalvo will replace retiring Pro-Life Democrat, Rep. Angelo Scaccia, for the 14th Suffolk district. Find out if he is pro-life or not.



* Republican Julie Hall won Republican primary for 4th Congressional District. Her positions on life are unknown.

*Democrat Patricia Duffy won the 5th Hampden primary. Her positions on life are unknown.

*Republican Steve Xiarhos won the 5th Barnstable primary. His positions on life are unknown.

Posted on September 11, 2020 12:02 PM

Fundraising Banquet 2020: See Life Thrive

From the Desk of the Executive Director.

Some thoughts on the Theme of the 2020 Virtual Banquet

There are as many interpretations for the terms comprising our 2020 Virtual Banquet theme, “Love. Fight. Thrive,” as there are people who hear, see, or experience them.

Here’s how they speak to me:


A dictionary defines “thrive” to mean “progress toward or realization of a goal despite, or because of, circumstances.” For pro-lifers, the goal has always been the same – protecting and defending the lives of the unborn, the elderly, and disabled – the lives of society’s voiceless and weakest members whom the culture of death deems of little value.

For some, “thriving” has meant acquiring great wealth, power, or fame. For pro-lifers, however, these are not essential. For them, thriving consists in being an agent of lasting cultural change that safeguards the lives of strangers, most of whom they will never meet. It is in the simple act of living generously the life that God has given with a heart open to receiving life’s tangible and intangible blessings.

  • Pro-lifers, who pray outside abortion mills, thrive when even one baby is spared from abortion to become whoever she was meant to be. Pro-lifers, who advocate for patients’ rights, thrive when a family rejects today’s all too common medical practice of denying an elderly patient food and water to hasten the patient’s death. Pro-lifers who fight against doctor-prescribed suicide thrive when those, who promote suicide as a solution to aging or protracted illness, fail to enact their lethal legislation.  


  • Pro-lifers also see “thriving” as that trickle-down effect that produces opportunities, support, and community for the marginalized and potential victims of anti-life policies to achieve personal victories over adversity. An infant, who survives an attempted abortion because a pro-life nurse rescued her, thrives when she defeats the senseless evil of abortion and goes on to fulfill the promise of a life well-lived; a post-abortive woman thrives when, with the help and support of a pro-life organization, she conquers lifelong demons of guilt and regret to finally find her peace; and an elder thrives when a pro-life family or other pro-life support system values his life and welcomes him with compassion. Daughters and sons of immigrants thrive when pro-lifers welcome their parents, and promote just immigration policies.

None of these “life-victories” comes easily. They require the persistence and drive inherent to the human spirit and a mind set on a single objective – LIFE.  But the rewards are worth the struggles because a life  is priceless, and there is no greater good than that we support it to thrive. 

We invite our guests to THRIVE with us, sharing victories for LIFE. 

What does "thrive" mean to you as a member of the movement?

How do you see others thrive because of your pro-life action?

Please join us on September 17th at 7PM at our annual fundraising banquet. Register here today!


Can't attend? Your donation today can still help us reach our fundraising goal for 2020. Donate here.

Posted on September 09, 2020 8:48 AM

Cleft Lip Gives Boy and Dog Similarity, Not Disability

In this feature story on The Good News Network, a little boy born with a cleft lip finds a puppy with whom he shares something in common.

Who says a "disability" has to isolate or degrade you? 

At 2 years old, already with multiple surgeries under is belt for his cleft palate, Bentley had begun to show signs of feeling isolated and apart. But rather than a disability,  his challenge turned out to be the basis for an ability to find friendship when his dad discovered the puppy in the shelter born the same way.

When our society says a child is better off dead...

When our culture says a woman is better off with a dead child...

We don't have a woman or a child to fix:

We have a society, an attitude, and a culture to fix.

This story is a fantastic reminder that children with challenges and vulnerabilities aren't a problem, and don't need to be fixed. (In fact, what life doesn't have them to some degree?) 

Puppies, common ground, and love are a much better response.

Posted on September 08, 2020 1:55 PM

MCFL Fundraising Banquet Speaker: Cardinal Seán O'Malley


Former chairman for pro-life activities to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Seán's leads the Boston Archdiocese, and has been a vocal advocate for the vulnerable since his appointment.  When it comes to pro-life advocacy, he has stated in the past that, "Sadly, the government is not listening to the people."

Ordained at 26, and he became Bishop of Saint Thomas in 1985, working with the homeless and AIDS victims in the Virgin Islands and further building his reputation as hands-on pastor who worked with the poorest of the poor and got things done.

He moved to our Commonwealth, and the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1992. In 2003 he was the surprise choice of Pope John Paul II to be archbishop of Boston.

Cardinal Seán's motto, taken at his ordination, is the phrase QUODCUMQUE DIXERIT FACITE, which translates as “Do whatever He tells you.” The motto is taken from the Gospel of John, chapter 2, verse 5.

In addition to his anti-abortion advocacy, he has been consistently and compassionately pro-life when it comes to all marginalized human lives He founded El Pregonero, a Catholic Spanish-language newspaper. He joined us in fighting tirelessly against physician assisted suicide on each occasion that was brought to our legislature.

Hear him speak ONLINE on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the event here or by clicking the banner below.




Posted on September 07, 2020 12:00 AM

Fundraising Banquet 2020: How Life Fights

From the Desk of the Executive Director.

Some thoughts on the Theme of the 2020 Virtual Banquet

There are as many interpretations for the terms comprising our 2020 Virtual Banquet theme, “Love. Fight. Thrive,” as there are people who hear, see, or experience them.

Here’s how they speak to me:



The survivor of a botched abortion and an elder nearing her life’s end share a common bond: the innate human desire to live that sustains and moves all human beings to fight for the life given to them until its natural - not man-made - conclusion. Pro-lifers fight to support these “life-struggles” and the struggles of the men, women, and children whom architects of anti-life policies target for premature death.

Our weapons are not forged in iron, but they are more powerful and lasting. With our words, wisdom, and wits, we confound and defeat anti-life lies, condemning the empty promises of “easy” solutions to some of life’s greatest challenges: 

With our words we educate the public and lawmakers, converting minds and opening hearts to the universal truth that all life is sacred and worthy of protection and respect, and we pray for an end to the evil of abortion and the continued defeat of doctor-prescribed suicide laws; 

With wisdom we devise new strategies to oppose legislation and policies that would remove legal protections for the life of society’s most vulnerable members. We pro-actively file bills to educate legislators and their constituents to the value of every human life and the destructive effects of abortion and doctor-prescribed suicide (“DPS”) on society. By these efforts, we erode the irrational legal bases for abortion, expose the perversity of DPS, and protect future victims from these life-threatening plans; and

With our wits, we wage bloodless battles in the war against human life, unmasking the deceit of anti-life forces, exposing the lies and profit-seeking motives of Planned Parenthood and its kind, and challenging the false promise of suicide as a “treatment” for aging and illness at the end of life.

Our workers are peaceable but fervent in their resolve and resolute in their determination to continue the fight until it is needed no more.

We invite our guests to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this FIGHT for LIFE.

What does "fight" mean to you as a member of the movement?

How do you fight for the most vulnerable?

Please join us on September 17th at 7PM at our annual fundraising banquet. Register here today!

Can't attend? Your donation today can still help us reach our $100k fundraising goal for 2020. Donate here.

Posted on September 04, 2020 1:54 PM

Culture Column: Neither Safe, Nor Popular

Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular: MLK and Selflessness

By Sonja Morin, Communications Intern

“’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”

These words were used to describe Aslan, the creator and king of Narnia, in the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. They were used to emphasize the fact that, while there were no guarantees of comfort in following Aslan, there was the assurance that one would be morally right and secure in doing so. These words stuck out to me while studying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism methods. Surely Dr. King would have agreed that these words could fit into choosing to adhere to a nonviolent movement. 

This brings us to our last and best quality of Dr. King’s activism: selflessness. Selflessness is the quality by which a person uses what they possess to aid a purpose greater than themselves. When someone finds a cause for which he or she is passionate, they are naturally moved to dedicate whatever they can to help. They may commit their talents - be it in the arts, in finances, in leadership, or in any other capacity - to help the cause in a creative way. They devote their time to thinking up and executing new ways to promote and forward their cause. Sometimes it is necessary for them to sacrifice a good, such as time or money. Individuals give of themselves to something more than themselves not because it serves them, but because they believe the ideals are worth what they give. 

Dr. King was certainly a model of selflessness. He traveled to cities and towns all over the United States for the purpose of civil rights. For decades, he devoted public actions, speeches, sermons, and  what little money he had for the good of the movement. Dr. King sacrificed his own good name - even in the eyes of the federal government and most of the country - to buy equality for his brother and sisters in the human race. In fact, MLK's approval rating overall during his time in action hovered around 32%. He risked his personal safety, often facing threats, beatings, and even arrests. Ultimately, he gave his own life. Looking back over sixty years later, it is easy to forget how radical his actions were during his time.

Pure selflessness made his actions radical and unpopular. Nothing he did offered him glory in his time, even among some of his peers. His choices, such as acts of civil disobedience, only left him turmoil, strain, and eventually death. But self-benefit was never the goal. Dr. King gave of himself so freely because he believed that human dignity was a cause worth fighting for, a cause worth all the sacrifices and strain. As he reflected, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right”. Activism is not a self-serving act, but rather one that is aligned with the cause of love for others. 

Our dedication to the pro-life movement must reflect this same kind of self-giving. We understand that we work for the cause of human dignity, which is worth all investment and love. We all have something we can give, be it a talent, what we do at work or at home, financial contributions, or even a voice to speak out against oppression. Consequently, we all have the capability to fight against injustices everywhere. This dedication does not mean ignoring our needs, or draining ourselves completely. After all, we cannot give the energy and attention that we do not possess or give to ourselves. Instead, it means understanding what we have, providing for what we need, and then using whatever else we have for the good of others. 

Dr. King was a radical model of selflessness, yet his dedication is something we can all imitate. May we keep his example in mind as we move forward, for the good of humanity and dignity. 

How can you give of yourself to protect the vulnerable among us? What talents do you have? What could you give?