Latest Pro-Life News and Updates

Posted on April 09, 2018 10:00 AM

Doctor-Prescribed Suicide becomes legal in Hawaii

Hawaii map

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The Governor of Hawaii has signed the law, making Hawaii the sixth state to legalize assisted suicide (plus the  District of Columbia). Hawaii has had more bills introduced to legalize assisted suicide than any other state, having defeated more than 40 bills over the past two decades. Compassion and Choices had virtually unlimited funds to spend in Hawaii and it was too much for our coalition to overcome.

To date, here are the bills/initiatives, besides Massachusetts, that have been defeated in  2018:

  • Connecticut:   HB 5417, bill died in committee
  • Indiana:  HB 1157, no action taken on the bill
  • Maine:  Petition campaign for a ballot initiative failed, wrong papers filed  
  • Nebraska:  LB 450, no action take on the bill
  • New Hampshire:  SB 490, bill to study end of life options, defeated in the Senate
  • Utah:   HB 210, no action taken on the bill
  • Wisconsin:  AB 216, SB 312, no action by either house

Ten states have passed bills to prohibit assisted suicide during the same time period that six states have voted to legalize, so we are ahead but can take nothing for granted.

The pro-lifers in Hawaii worked very hard...

Photo: MykReeve/Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Posted on April 06, 2018 10:00 AM

Toys R Us Killed Its Future Customers and Itself Too

By Don Feder

Life is full of ironies. But, as ironies go, it’s hard to beat a toy store that funded Planned Parenthood going out of business, due in part to a declining birth rate.

After filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us is having going-out-of-business sales at all its stores.  Life Decisions International disclosed that for years, the retail giant funded Planned Parenthood -- just like Target and Starbucks. Even after it claimed it had stopped giving to PPF (which commits 300,000 abortions a year in this country), it matched gifts to a fund that supported Dead Babies R Us.

In 2015, the U.S. fertility rate (the number of children the average woman will have in her lifetime) sank to 1.84 – well below the replacement level of 2.1 and less than 1/3 of the 1960s rate (3.7).

Political correctness holds such sway over corporate America, that Toys R Us was willing to kill off future customers to be a “good corporate citizen” today. Now it’s dead too.

Posted on April 05, 2018 10:00 AM

What You Need to Know About Medical Abortion and Abortion Reversal

By Nancy Valko

This month Governor Butch Otter signed a law making Idaho the fifth state to mandate that women getting a medical (drug-induced) abortion be told that the abortion may possibly be stopped after the first dose if the woman changes her mind about having the abortion. This abortion reversal process involves taking the hormone progesterone to counteract the first abortion drug mifepristone and before taking the second drug misoprostol 36-72 hours later that causes expulsion of the unborn baby. There is now a website at for information on abortion reversal that includes a hotline phone number at 1-877-558-0333.

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Posted on April 04, 2018 10:00 AM

MCFL Town Hall Coming To Your Area

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The 1st Annual MCFL Town Hall Tour, "MCFL on the Move,” is coming to your area!

The town halls are being held all across Massachusetts. They feature the following speakers from Massachusetts Citizens for Life: Anne Fox, President, Linda Thayer, Vice-President of Education, and Helen Cross, Director of Outreach. Topics will include "Life is Winning, Death is Losing, Roe Will Go, Fake News is Failing, MCFL on the Move". 

After a series of short, fast-paced presentations, the speakers will respond to questions from those present.

We live in unprecedented and exciting times. As the general population becomes more and more pro-life, we are seeing political victories, legislative victories, and cultural victories. 

We are circling the Commonwealth to continue to spread the pro-life message on the most important issues in our state and nation.

For more information, call the Massachusetts Citizens for Life office, 617-242-4199 or check our web site.

The general public is always invited. The first Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street, Worcester at 6:30pm. People from Worcester and all the surrounding towns are welcome. Please spread the word!

Posted on April 03, 2018 10:00 AM

Maura Healey’s “Abortionspeak” on New Pro-Life HHS Rule

Maura Healey

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Give me a break! 

According to this editorial on a Framingham news website called Framingham Source, our Attorney General is again suing the federal government. That seems to be the way Maura Healey spends most of her time.

The editorial supports her in her latest effort. It does not specify, but the reader has to conclude her current gripe is that some insurance companies will be "allowed" to not cover abortions. The claim is that this is discrimination.

I have been thinking a lot about "abortionspeak". This piece is full of it, claiming that a woman with an ectopic pregnancy would be denied care, that it would deprive women of life-saving services, etc. Of course, this is patently and demonstrably untrue. If it were not so annoying, it would be funny how they bend themselves into verbal pretzels with their obfuscating language.

The rules advanced by the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services would allow employers to opt out of becoming involved in abortion-related medical procedures, preserving conscience rights for those who understand that abortion kills a child and harm their mother.

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

Posted on April 02, 2018 10:00 AM

2018 Massachusetts March for Life Baby Contest is Coming Soon


UPDATE: Voting is now open. Visit and vote for your favorite baby today, until April 30.

The Massachusetts March for Life is coming this Father’s Day, June 17, and as we do each year we celebrate the March by holding the March Baby Contest, looking for an adorable baby to be the face of LIFE in Massachusetts for the next year.

The March Baby is the face of the March for Life, which will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018, and reminds everyone why we work to bring about greater respect for Life. All of the March Babies are the best pro-life witnesses to the personhood and humanity of us all.

To enter the contest, please submit an electronic photo of your child who will be between 6 and 24 months of age as of April 16, 2018. By submitting the photo, you give permission to Massachusetts Citizens for Life to use the photo for the purposes of this contest and for other promotional materials related to MCFL’s work for life.

Email your photos to Domenico Bettinelli at and enter “March Baby Contest” in the subject line. Photos should be at least 600 pixels wide, but if you use the “highest” setting in your email program, you should be fine.

Also be sure to include the baby’s name, your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address with your submission.

The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2018. Voting will begin after April 16 and will end on April 30. We will identify your baby only by first name (or first name and last initial in the case of multiple babies with the same first name).

We encourage you to forward this page to Facebook, Twitter, and via email to your friends and family with babies so that they may enter too. And then after April 15, you can ask all your friends and families to come back and vote for your baby. Good luck!

By submitting a photo to the March Baby contest, you are agreeing to the following: “I give permission for the enclosed photo to be used for the 2018 March Baby Contest and understand that it will become the property of Massachusetts Citizens for Life upon submission. MCFL reserves the right to edit, adapt, publish, and/or transfer the photo to third parties for any and all promotion of the 2018 March (for example, to give to a printer in order to print a poster or flyer). I hereby give permission for my child’s name to be used in any publication, including online publication, which MCFL deems appropriate.”


Posted on March 30, 2018 10:00 AM

What You Must Know about DNR Orders

Woman looking at medical records

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Betsy McCaughey is the expert on medical care.  You must read her article, "Do you have a DNR? It may kill you." If you have a DNR (do not resuscitate order) on your hospital file, they will essentially deprive you of mach needed care. 

DNR means if your heart stops or you can’t breathe, medical staff will let you die naturally, instead of rushing to give you cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Correctly interpreted, a DNR bars just that one procedure, resuscitation. But scientists are discovering that many doctors and nurses take DNR to mean you want end-of-life care only. They misconstrue DNR as Dying Not Recovering.

In other words, the existence of a DNR order in your file creates mindset in doctors and nurses that you should receive less healthcare, that you’re going to die. For example, a survey at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that patients with a DNR were twice as likely to die in the hospital than those who didn’t have one. And it wasn’t just for those who were already mortally ill. For those patients who were the healthiest, their likelihood increased by five times.

Please read the whole article and let everyone else know about the danger of DNRs.

Usually we are working for others. This is important for others and for you!


Posted on March 29, 2018 10:00 AM

Should Nurses or Other Non-Physicians Be Allowed to Perform Abortions?


By Nancy Valko

When abortion was legalized in the 1973 Roe v Wade decision, we were told that abortion should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor.

Now there is a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union to force the state of Maine to allow abortions by non-physicians such as nurses and midwives.

Why? Although Planned Parenthood and the ACLU claim that this is about the safety of first-trimester abortion and the lack of enough accessible abortion clinics as well as “threats of violence”, the truth is that it is getting harder and harder to find doctors willing to do abortions.

This new expansion of abortion is part of a larger movement to remove restrictions on abortion. According to the liberal Public Leadership Institute, already “California, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont allow trained and licensed APCs (advance practice clinicians like nurses and physician assistants) to perform aspiration abortions.” 

The Institute even provides model legislation for states called the “Qualified Providers of Abortion Act” and cites the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as recommending “expanding the pool of non-obstetrician/gynecologist abortion providers by training advanced-practice clinicians (APCs)—nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants—to perform aspiration (aka suction or vacuum) abortions.”

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Posted on March 28, 2018 10:00 AM

Book Review: A Young Doctor Faces Death in When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

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.

Paul Kalanithi’s memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, written as he faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, is the story of a young doctor, and his family, who lives well until he dies. He is a very different person, but he faces terminal cancer as J. J. Hanson did, with courage and conviction. (See Editor’s Note at end of the review.) 

In 2013, Kalanithi, a 36-year-old neurosurgeon, realized he had lung cancer, which involved serious pain. As he looked at the scan he thought, “The future I had imagined, the one just about to be realized, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. Who would I be, going forward, and for how long?” he wondered.

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Posted on March 27, 2018 10:00 AM

Why Crisis Pregnancy Centers Should Not Have to Advertise for Abortions

US Supreme Court Justices

By Dwight G. Duncan

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.

One of the biggest cases in this year’s Supreme Court term is National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California. Petitioners, a group of pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centers in California, are challenging on First Amendment free speech grounds the California law which requires them to provide information on whom to contact in order to obtain an abortion. 

The lower federal courts in California, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has the distinction of being the Court overturned most often by the U.S. Supreme Court, held that the unprecedented California law was constitutionally consistent with the First Amendment. 

Petitioners’ brief was filed on January 8, and amicus briefs supporting petitioners’ First Amendment argument were filed by January 15. The government’s brief is due February 8, with amicus briefs in support thereof due a week later. Oral argument is set for March 20. Along with the Masterpiece Cake case out of Colorado, which challenges on First Amendment grounds Colorado’s fining a bakery for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, these cases both raise the issue of freedom not to speak—one in the abortion context, the other in the same-sex marriage context. Decisions are expected by the end of the Supreme Court term around June 30.

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