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Posted on March 15, 2018 9:34 AM

Child Sex Trafficking Cover Up

Still from Youtube video

By Helen Cross

Third in a series: The Abortion Industry Plays a Key Role in Human Trafficking

In January 2011, Live Action investigators posing as pimps prostituting minor girls visited Planned Parenthood facilities asking about getting them abortions and sexually transmitted infections testing.

A series of seven investigational videos resulted from LiveAction's attempt to find out how Planned Parenthood would respond to sex traffickers seeking services, including abortions, for their underage sex slaves. Undercover footage exposed Planned Parenthood employees aiding sex traffickers by suggesting how to get abortions and birth control for their 14- and 15-year-old victims.

LiveAction reports, “The average age of entry into child prostitution is 13, and some girls have been subjected to multiple abortions. An encounter with any health care worker should be an opportunity for trafficking victims to get help to escape from slavery.”

After being exposed Planned Parenthood claimed to the media that it would retrain thousands of staff members across the country to properly report suspected sexual abuse of minors to authorities.

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Posted on March 14, 2018 10:19 AM

Asking US Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom If She’s Pro-Life

Beth Lindstrom

By Ariana Gilbert

This week my friend Delilah and I attended the monthly Somerville Republican City Committee meeting at the local library. That isn’t the type of thing I’m typically stoked to do on a Monday night, but this meeting was different - I’d heard that Beth Lindstrom, candidate for the U.S. Senate, would be speaking. Since I volunteer with Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Anne Fox suggested that I go and ask Ms. Lindstrom if she would be supportive of the pro-life movement in Massachusetts and on the national level. 

I believe the only way we’re going to get more pro-life politicians in office is by showing up at events like this and making it known that pro-lifers vote too, so this seemed like a good opportunity to let a candidate know what we’re looking for, as well as make them aware of the great pro-women, pro-child work being done in our state.

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Posted on March 13, 2018 10:00 AM

“Living Wills” to Prevent Spoon-feeding?

Pills on spoon

By Nancy Valko

As so-called “safeguards” for doctor-prescribed suicide are now starting to be eliminated (See my recent blog “Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights”), the predicted advance directive (aka “living will”)— already biased against tube feedings—is now on track to include even spoon-feedings.

In an article in Today’s Geriatric Medicine, entitled “Judicious Feeding Options at the End of Life”, writer Mike Bassett writes that “In some states, patients can sign directives that allow refusal of feeding when the end of life approaches” and relates the 2013 case of an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient whose family filed a lawsuit against a British Columbia nursing home to force the home to stop spoon-feeding her. The lawsuit failed in court but now End of Life Washington, a pro-assisted suicide group, has devised a document called “My Instructions for Oral Feeding and Drinking”. The document is similar to an advance directive, but addresses the signer’s wishes about when to stop oral food and drink in “late-stage” dementia.

Although such a document can be signed, witnessed, and notarized, it is not a binding legal document. But this sets the stage for a legal challenge like the British Columbia case, but with assisted suicide groups hoping for a different judgment.

The article also interviewed the vice president of constituent services for the Alzheimer’s Association who said that when to stop even oral feeding “should be an important consideration for anyone issuing end-of-life instructions.”

Stephen Drake of the disability advocacy group “Not Dead Yet” made strong points about the dangers of this scheme both in the article and his blog “‘End of Life Washington’ Promotes Directive to Prevent Feeding Assistance to Those with Dementia”.

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Posted on March 12, 2018 10:00 AM

Ireland Likely to Legalize Abortion

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Before I get to Ireland, I want to tell you that the Mass. Legislature’s Health Care Committee did not vote on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bills last week - thanks to your hundreds of calls! Unfortunately they have a fall-back date early in May. I'll keep you updated. Again, many thanks!

The Irish government has approved legalizing abortion. This will go to a referendum on May 25, 2018:

It would remove Amendment 8, which protects babies, from the Constitution and add: "Provision may be made in law for regulation of termination of a pregnancy."

Amendment 8 was passed in 1983. At that time, the pro-lifers in Ireland had no materials and little organization. MCFL put together informational packets which weighed 1/2 oz. and we went to every Irish Fair in Massachusetts during the year before. We told people we would give them any number of packets free as long as they promised to mail them to people they know in Ireland. We gave out several hundred.

Now the Irish pro-lifers do have organization, materials, and the internet. What they do not have is George Soros, who is funding this anti-life amendment. We have learned that the side which spends the most almost always wins a referendum. The thought of unlimited abortion in Ireland is gross.

We can do something. If you, or anyone you know, has contacts in Ireland, please let them know that abortion kills a baby, damages a woman, and corrupts society, that abortion will not be "safe, legal, and rare", that they are in battle with evil.

Also, check out this scary poll.

Posted on March 09, 2018 10:00 AM

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey Fights to Dismember Babies

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Arkansas has passed a law outlawing dismemberment abortions, during which the baby is chopped up so she can be removed from her mother. In Arkansas in 2015, 683 out of 3,771 abortions were by dismemberment.

The ACLU has challenged the law and attorneys general in 15 states are fighting to keep brutal dismemberment abortions legal throughout the United States. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one of them.

All abortions are sickening, but dismemberment abortions are particularly repulsive. It is not as though Arkansas is the only state to outlaw them. Dismemberment bans have been voted into law in Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Mississippi and West Virginia have their laws in effect, while the other states are battling legal challenges.

As we all know, the odds of such a law in Massachusetts are not good, which is why we have to fight even harder here.

Photo: Jonny Yao/Flickr. CC-BY-ND 2.0.

Posted on March 08, 2018 10:00 AM

The Role of the Abortion Industry in Human Trafficking

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Second in a series

Gail Besse Ryberg profiled human trafficking victim Darlene Pawlik in an April 2017 article in the Hingham Journal, Speaker Shares Personal Story of Survival. This is an excerpt from that article.

Pawlik was conceived in rape, sexually abused by her father, and sold into prostitution on her 14th birthday. Pregnant at 18, she escaped from the man holding her when he threatened to kill her if she didn’t abort her child.

With help from a social worker, she made her way from Haverhill to Friends of the Unborn in Hull, a Christian-based crisis pregnancy center and sheltering home founded by Marilyn Birnie. Meeting Birnie changed Pawlik’s life.

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Posted on March 07, 2018 10:00 AM

They are Lying to Us!

Woman in hospital bed with IV drip

By Nancy Valko

In my last blog “Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights”, I wrote about influential lawyer Thaddeus Pope’s article “Medical Aid in Dying: When Legal Safeguards Become Burdensome Obstacles” that listed  four ways to address such  “burdensome safeguards” in medically assisted suicide laws: “Expanding From Adults to Mature Minors”, “Expanding From Contemporaneous Capacity to Advance Directives” to pre-choose assisted suicide before becoming incompetent, “Expanding From Terminal Illness to ‘Reasonably Predictable’” and “Expanding From Self-Ingestion to Physician Administration”. (Emphasis added)

Other “burdensome obstacles” Mr. Pope has also cited include the waiting time between requests for assisted suicide and the administration of the lethal overdose for some patients and the physician requirement because of problems finding willing doctors.

While groups like Compassion and Choices and a mostly sympathetic mainstream media continue to tout allegedly strong “safeguards” in assisted suicide laws that allegedly prevent abuse, these “burdensome obstacles”- which already have been mostly eliminated in countries like Canada and Holland- are now beginning to fall here in the US and other new countries. Few of us are aware of this.

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Posted on March 06, 2018 8:58 AM

Call now opposing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bills!

Making a call on a smartphoneBy Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The Health Care Committee is scheduled to vote this week on the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bills, S.1225 and H.1194. It is very important that the Committee oppose these bills.

If you are a constituent of one of the committee members listed below and I have your phone number, I have already called you.  I thank you for making your call.

If you are a constituent of one of these committee members and I did not call you, it is imperative that you call your member right now.  Identify yourself as a constituent and urge your member to vote against S-1225 and H-1194 because they are poor public policy and fraught with possibilities for abuse.

  • Sen Paul Feeney, Bristol and Norfolk, 617-722-1222
  • Sen Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex, 617-722-1206
  • Rep. Evandro Carvalho, 617-722-2017
  • Rep. Kate Hogan, 3rd Middlesex, 617-722-2130
  • Rep Hannah Kane, 11th Worcester, 617-722-2430
  • Rep Paul Schmid, 8th Bristol, 617-722-2017
  • Rep Chynah Tyler, 7th Suffolk, 617-722-2130

NB: Some of the reps share phone numbers

If you are not a constituent of any of the members, please call Committee Chairs, Sen Jason Lewis, 617-722-1206, and Rep. Kate Hogan, 617-722-2130.  Explain you are calling because they are the committee chairs and urge each to oppose S.1225 and H.1194.

We do not have the money or the media that the death lobby has, but we have you and me.  We can stop these dangerous bills.

Posted on March 05, 2018 10:00 AM

The Abortion Industry Plays a Key Role in Human Trafficking

By Helen Cross

First in a series

One out of every three children who run away from home in the United States will be approached by a human trafficker within 48 hours.

The victims and perpetrators of human trafficking are all around us—and the abortion industry plays a key role.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute profiled a special report by the Life Issues Institute exposing how vital abortion is to the sex trade industry. Brad Mattes, President of Life Issues Institute, recently recorded a radio special “Victims in the Shadows” on the dangers of human trafficking. 

He reports that there are currently over 27 million persons held in slavery worldwide. One out of every three kids who run away from home in the U.S. within 48 hours will be approached by a human trafficker. The average age of entry for girls is between 12-14 and 11-13 for boys.

“Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world,” says Nita Belles, the Regional Director of Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans. As for the abortion industry, Belles argues that they “are profiting tremendously” by helping to secure abortions for the victims of sex trafficking.

 Charlotte Lozier Institute Senior Policy Analyst Genevieve Plaster reports that trafficking in persons “generates about $32 billion per year.”

Belles says that gangs that used to trade in drugs are finding how lucrative the sex trade can be. Unlike drugs which need to be repurchased after they are sold, a girl can be sold over and over again. “It's all about money,” Belles says. “A pimp with three girls can make over $650,000 a year.”

Marlene Carson was responsible for booking abortion appointments whenever one of the girls became pregnant. Over the years she found the abortion industry would overlook the abuse done to the girls allowing the sex trafficking to continue.

 “The pimps would get fake IDs and we'd take them to get abortions,” Carson says. “We would pay someone to go with them pretending to be their mom. Planned Parenthood never asked questions like 'Do you want to keep this child? What's going on?' Honestly, they had to know. These girls were teenagers, not adult women.”

“Every pimp has a stable of three to five girls. At least two girls would have an abortion within a short period of time. I remember a fourteen-year-old girl who needed an abortion and I couldn't do it. I had the house raided and she was rescued. I said, 'I can't do this. This young girl can't go through this.'”

Says Belles, “The abortion industry is profiting immensely on forced abortions.”

Next: Darlene Pawlik, a victim of sex trafficking, speaks to the MCFL South Shore Chapter.

Posted on March 02, 2018 10:00 AM

Ariana Gilbert: Born to be Pro-life

Ariana Gilbert

MCFL Speakers Bureau Profile: Ariana Gilbert

The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the MCFL News magazine, a perk of membership mailed out quarterly to all members.

How did your childhood affect your pro-life formation? 

My parents are both pro-life and they discussed their beliefs with me from a very young age. My mom was young and single when she had me, and everyone around her said the best thing to do would be to have an abortion. Thankfully she reached out to a Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) called Pregnancy Distress and they placed her with a family that she lived with when she was expecting me. They even helped her in the time right after my arrival when she was learning how to take care of me. I recently checked to see if that particular PRC is still operating, and I was surprised to find out that not only are they open, but they have five locations in the Greater Columbus Ohio area now called Pregnancy Decisions

When I was two my mom married my dad (not biological), and I also understood that it takes a very pro-life man to treat a child that isn’t physically his own, as his own. I’ve been blessed that both of my parents modeled such strong pro-life values for me. 

My family listened to Focus on the Family radio growing up, and they often had guests on the show who discussed the full range of pro-life issues, from conception till natural death. My church also supported a local PRC, which made me more aware of the resources available for women.

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