By Helen Cross, Editor of MCFL Magazine
With its leather chairs, dark wooden table curving into an impressive arc, and the podium proclaiming "United States Senate," the Caucus Room in the Dirksen Senate Building is an imposing venue. On a bright sunny, windless, and mild day in Washington, D.C. Prof. Michael Pakaluk of Catholic University of America began the MCFL Caucus by tracing the continuum from contraception and abortion using Supreme Court decisions in Griswold, Roe, and Casey. Contraception severs the unitive and procreative aspects of conjugal union. "If there is a 'right to contraception' then abortion is the sole solution when an unwanted child is conceived," Pakaluk said. (The complete text of Prof. Pakaluk’s text is available.)Read more
Every two years, Massachusetts Citizens for Life holds its Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors, which encourages young people to articulate their pro-life beliefs through convincing oral presentations on a variety of topics. One winner will then attend the national competition in June, but everyone who participates will have their oratory skills as a pro-life leader sharpened.Read more
The 40 Days for Life Spring 2018 campaign is beginning soon. A Prayer Launch for the Boston vigil is scheduled for February 11 (click here for more details) and the vigil itself will begin on February 14, which this year is both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, a solemn coincidence that carries deep meaning for the pro-life movement, recalling both the love between mother and child and the ashes that result from the rupture of that bond.
You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization! Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 750,000 volunteers! The 21 campaigns have resulted in 13,998 babies saved from abortion, 170 abortion workers converted, and 90 abortion centers closed.
Here’s how to take part: The vigil location in Boston will be the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, Boston, at 1055 Commonwealth Ave., every day until March 25, 7 am to 7 pm.
We will notify pro-lifers as we learn of other 40 Days for Life campaigns in Massachusetts.
By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., Director of Community Engagement
At the end of what some have called one of the most encouraging weeks in the pro-life movement, more than 200 people gathered in Worcester’s Mechanics Hall on Sunday for the 45th Assembly for Life organized by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The gathering, which moved to Worcester this year, remembered the contributions of those who came before us while looking forward to a pro-life future that seems more attainable than ever.Read more
We thought you would like to be among those to receive the full text of President Trump's historic speech to the March for Life in Washington, DC, today. President Trump is the first president to address the March live, doing so via a remote camera in the White House's Rose Garden and transmitted over to the Ellipse.
We have tens of thousands of people watching this right down the road, tens of thousands. So, I congratulate you, and at least we picked a beautiful day, you can’t get a more beautiful day. I want to thank our Vice President Mike Pence for that wonderful introduction. I also want to thank you and Karen for being true champions for life. Thank you, and thank Karen.
Today I’m honored and really proud to be the first president to stand with you here at the White House to address the 45th March for Life, that’s very very special, 45th March for Life, and this is a truly remarkable group. Today tens of thousands of families, students, and patriots, and really just great citizens gather here in our nation's Capitol. You come from many backgrounds, and many places, but you all come for one beautiful cause, to build a society where life is celebrated and protected and cherished.Read more
The following profile of MCFL Board Member Danielle Cohn originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members. (Pictured are Danielle, her husband Peter, and their daughter Clara.)
How did your growing up affect your pro-life formation?
I grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts, the youngest of five siblings. I was raised Catholic, though my father’s family is Presbyterian. I cannot say that I remember becoming pro-life, or really even learning about most of the life issues. My earliest memories of thinking about abortion are in high school, through our parish Life Teen program. However, the memory of that experience is not a strong one, and the experience wasn’t formative. As I remember it, being pro-life was more of a natural disposition, consistent with all of the values that were instilled in us as children – Christian values: seeing the dignity of every person and living in a way that honors that dignity.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
It is definite! President Trump will address the March for Life on Friday via live video feed direct from the Rose Garden at the White House! This is the first time ever that a sitting president has addressed the March for Life by live video!
Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee reminds us of some of the major pro-life accomplishments of the President.Read more
By John B. Kelly, Director of Second Thoughts Massachusetts
In a complete about-face, in early December, the Massachusetts Medical Society gave state legislators the nod to enact dangerous public policy that puts my life and the lives of thousands of others in Massachusetts at risk. The medical society rescinded its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide, commonly held with the American Medical Association, that assisted suicide “would ultimately cause more harm than good” and is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.”
Overturning this policy puts pressure on the Joint Committee on Public Health, which is now considering identical assisted suicide bills, H.1194 and S.1225. The committee, which has killed seven previous bills, should continue to reject assisted suicide as simply too dangerous for the people of Massachusetts.Read more
Did the Mass. Medical Society “neutrality” vote on doctor-prescribed suicide really represent Mass. doctors?
By Kris Correia, co-chair of Witness for Life
In September, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) surveyed its 22,500 members regarding doctor-prescribed suicide (DPS). They say that because of that survey, the MMS decided to “rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician assisted suicide,” and to adopt a position of “neutral engagement.” But is that consistent with the survey results?Read more
For the 10th year, the Archdiocese of Boston's Permanent Deacons and Pro-Life Office will mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision with Holy Hours for Life in parishes throughout the archdiocese. The Holy Hours will be held in over 100 parishes through eastern Massachusetts, starting January 14 though January 23. A complete listing of Holy Hours can be found on the Archdiocese's web site.
The Holy Hours are an especially apt opportunity for Catholics who cannot attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, on January 19 to offer their prayerful support for the end of abortion. Massachusetts Citizens for Life also encourages everyone to attend the Assembly for Life on Sunday, January 22, which will include ecumenical prayer and inspirational speeches on the common effort to bring about greater respect for LIFE.