By Dave Andrusko, National Right to Life
Writing for the Boston University News Service, Keminni Amanor reported Monday that “A new bill requiring public universities in Massachusetts to provide on-campus medication abortion” is currently “in hearings in the Joint Committee on Public Health until further notice.”
Interestingly, while the Joint Committee last discussed the bill on Sept. 10, bill sponsor Massachusetts state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa “said the conversation cannot yet be made public.”
“More than 100 public universities in Massachusetts will be affected by bill H3841, which will make it possible for students to receive pills in order to end a pregnancy at any campus health center,” according to Amanor .
The text of HB3841 itself does not currently list how late in pregnancy medication abortions could be performed, but Amanor quotes information from Planned Parenthood , saying “these pills can be given only if the woman is less than 10 weeks pregnant.”
The story is very sketchy but apparently the bill was introduced last January by Sabadosa. It largely mimics California’s new law which requires public universities to offer chemical abortion at on-campus student health centers.
“The bill is slightly different than the California legislation in that it does create a trust that would be used to fund the cost of the medication on campuses. It could certainly become a line item in the budget,” said Sabadosa.
This is not as straightforward as it sounds. “According to the bill,” Amanor explains, “the trust, a Public University Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, will be created with money approved by the legislature, though it is unclear where this money will come from yet.”
As was the case in California, the argument for the requirement is access to abortion. “It’s easier for students to be able to access care if they can go on campus, they can get follow up therapy more easily and it just is a huge burden off a time that can already be stressful,” Sabadosa said.
This was not true in California—which is why pro-abortion Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill—and it isn’t true in Massachusetts. Director of Community Engagement at Massachusetts Citizens for Life, C. J. Williams said the bill is an unnecessary expansion of access to abortion at the detriment of safety.
“There’s nothing dangerous about a bus ride. There’s also the fact that in Massachusetts, we have health facilities nearby nearly any college center. I don’t know one campus that doesn’t have one that would provide a chemical abortion within five miles,” she said.
According to the story, “Williams also expressed frustration about how the bill limits the choices young people have when they are pregnant to just termination.”
“If you’re just putting an abortion facility in the middle of their college campus, our daughters are not getting the message that they have a choice. You want to give them options, not abortion,” Williams added.
J. David Franks, Board chairman at Massachusetts Citizens for Life, was also interviewed and said it is a “dangerous bill” for young women. “Facilitating this pop-a-pill mentality as if one can deal with the grave and long-reaching consequences of our reproductive biology, as if one can pop a pill or two and then have no problems. It’s just magical thinking,” Franks told the Boston University News Service.
No doubt to ward off additional questions about cost, Sabadosa told Amanor, “The legislation, however, only impacts public universities that already have health services on campus where they perform OB-GYN appointments, so it does not require universities to make upfront capital investment. It’s really the cost of the [abortifacient] medication
A Suffolk Superior Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts ruled today that there is no constitutional right to doctor prescribed suicide in the state. The court rejected the argument that a doctor had an obligation to offer harmful drugs to terminally ill or suffering individuals if they requested it; it re-affirmed that prescribing deadly drugs would be legal manslaughter.
The ruling comes in a case brought to the court by Dr. Roger Kligler, a retired Cape Cod physician who has advanced prostate cancer, and Dr. Alan Steinbach, who owns a family practice in Falmouth, MA.
Although this is a common sense interpretation of laws in our state to protect human life, it is not necessarily a ruling that will impact the legislature's push, lead by the doctor prescribed suicide lobby, to promote medical professionals offering suicide before hospice or treatment. Especially in cases of illnesses complicated by mental health, doctor prescribed suicide directly discriminates against disabled, underprivileged, and elderly populations.
In the final ruling concluded that the issue is best dealt with by lawmakers in the State House, not decided by judges from the bench.
This means it is all the more critical that citizens contact their lawmakers, and express their full opposition to current suicide bills S.1208/H.1926.
Call the Joint Committee on Public Health
Chair: Sen. Jo Comerford
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA, 02133
Vice Chair: Sen. Nick Collins
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA, 02133
The decision that the Massachusetts constitution does not include assisted suicide as a right is accurate and just. It's fantastic news. Now you as a constituent can contact your lawmakers. Let them know you're glad the court has turned it over to you, and them, and ask them to oppose H.1926/S.1208.
The Boston Globe reported this week that Brookline abortion facility, "Women’s Health Services", is months from shutting down. The longtime abortuary, at which dedicated human rights advocates have sidewalk counseled for years, claims it isn't pulling in enough cash to continue terminating preborn children.
Said clinic director, Laurent “Lolly” Delli-Bovi, “We are at a crossroads. WHS will have to close within the next three months if we do not receive sustaining donor support.” The facility had requested a grant, but was turned down.
This news comes alongside the release of Planned Parenthood's annual report, showing their supporters and donations have dropped precipitously. The general public is more and more educated due to ultrasound technology, and breaking cases such as Keisha Atkins' in New Mexico have demonstrated the dangers of abortion procedures even to the women they're suppose to "help".
The Globe remarks that WHS provides cheaper abortions for women who can't afford hospital care (which means $700-$1,300). What it does not note is that a hospital provides safety and basic standards of medical care which WHS is under no regulation to provide.
“My biggest concern is that if we close, there’s just this whole group of people that are not going to be able to either afford or access care,” said Delli-Bovi.
"My concern," said C.J. Williams, MCFL's director of community engagement, "Is that women are routinely told they need abortion. We used to be told we needed to stay home, needed a husband to own property, needed to forgo the vote. This facility has supported oppression for years. To be told you need access to killing your own child ...that's utterly demeaning."
There are a lot of health needs in our state. Charging a woman $700 to perform a procedure that threatens her life, and takes the life of her child, is always one dramatic unprofitable act to all parties involved. Abortion disenfranchises an entire group of people. Because of WHS, thousands will never access care; never afford any medical treatment; never even see the sunrise. Those are our unborn children.
Pregnancy isn't a disability, and abortion is never a medical necessity.
Brookline's abortion facility closing down just goes to show that Massachusetts citizens want an equality that offers women true healthcare, and treats their viable preborn children with the same respect.
Massachusetts, this is progress.
Are you joining us for the National March for Life this year in Washington D.C.? Don't be daunted by the trip, or the 3 day flurry of action -- jump in. Book your hotel with our steeply discounted group rate (call 202-847-4444 and request "MCFL BLOCK"), and then use the March for Life resource guide to power you through every opportunity to empower the powerless unborn as you march.
We love that this trip planner features an easy map, showing you exactly where you are in the city. You can pinpoint our hotel near the Gallery Place Metro, the March for Life Convention and Expo, and the rally. Find the MCFL meet up point below.
As you can see, our hotel is right off the metro, and walking distance to the National Mall!
Our official MCFL meet-up before the March is right at the intersection of Constitution & 12th Street across from the Internal Revenue Service. We'll meet at approximately 12:30pm, as the rally tapers off and marchers begin to line up!
The guide also includes useful information regarding buses, metro cards, and other transportation questions once you're in D.C.
Finally, if you needed any more reason to attend, the trip guides spells out some of the not-to-be-missed opportunities to learn and grow as a U.S. citizen committed to ending abortion and protecting the preborn.
Download the guide and book your hotel today (202-847-444 - ask for "MCFL BLOCK").
You only get this kind of opportunity once per year. The nation is watching. The world is watching.
Words ain't nothing til you walk 'em.
And in D.C., we aren't just walking, we're marching.
By Myrna Maloney Flynn, President, MCFL
There must be a remedy even for such a crying evil as this. But where shall it be found . . . if not in the complete enfranchisement and elevation of women?
- Pro-Life Feminist & Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Her name is Joy. She’s a young mother, veterinarian, and faith-filled. His name is Paul. A veterinarian like his wife, he proudly served our country with his fellow Marines in Afghanistan. Twelve weeks into their second pregnancy, doctors told them to abort, due to their unborn daughter’s life-threatening anomaly. “No,” they said. “Let her live. We got this.”
That’s pro-life strong.
Also pro-life strong? Two Democrats who joined more than 200 Republicans this week to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
For another image of uncommon strength in the defense of human life just look in the mirror.
Gifts from you and your neighbors to MCFL this holiday season were some of the most numerous—and generous—we’ve seen in years. And the intent of your showering support, evident by its force and singular aim of a firehose, was clear: expose the lies and save lives in 2020.
Then, no sooner had the ball dropped in Times Square, did the national media remind everyone about a monster bill called “the ROE Act.” You don’t need to read between reporters’ lines to see the result of your “pro-life strong” record in 2019:
NPR: “still in committee, and its ultimate fate is unclear.”
The Washington Times: “bill has been stalled since a hearing the Senate Judiciary Committee in June.”
National Review: “governor . . . does not support the expansions to state law contained in this new bill.”
Your calls to legislators, your presence at the rallies, your emails, and yes, your financial support—the steady pressure you applied like a compress on a life-threatening wound—proves to be the remedy Ms. Stanton longed to find for the crying evil that still exists 118 years after her death.
It was Stanton and other early abortion opponents who inspired the theme for the 47th-annual National March for Life: Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.
Join Massachusetts Citizens for Life in D.C. later this month and receive a free pro-life strong scarf for the pilgrimage. (Senator Warren vows to wear a Planned Parenthood scarf to her inauguration. We think ours is the warmer option.)
MCFL is sponsoring three bus itineraries to the March from both west and east.
To reserve western MA bus seats, email email@example.com.
Visit this page for a complete list of March-related activities and to make Newton bus reservations.
We’ve secured a group rate of $139/night at the POD DC Hotel. Call 202-847-4444 to reserve your hotel room; request the MCFL rate. Hotel room reservation deadline Friday, Jan. 10. You may make hotel reservations even if you're not riding our busses.
Massachusetts pre-March meetup, with a bit of complimentary cheer, at the Marriott Marquis lounge on Thursday, Jan. 23, 5-8:00 PM
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve been to the March for Life, you well know the souvenir you bring home: inspired elation that sustains all year. If you have not experienced this event, prepare to witness the most passionately tender display of pro-life strong that only a half-million voices for the voiceless can demonstrate.
Of course, we understand that making the trip to D.C. isn’t for everyone. Your steadfast support, your doing “pro-life strong” throughout 2019, allows MCFL to answer Stanton’s call here at home in 2020: to empower and elevate the women of Massachusetts. You’ll hear about the many ways you can join that elevation in the coming weeks.
With deepest gratitude for all you have done for life,
Boston, MA - 13 March 2019 - 9:00am - A strange package was received by the MCFL Operations Manager early today. It seemed to have been sent by MCFL to an incorrect address, and when opened, was found to contain a disfigured baby doll, with a woman's face pasted over its features.
Can you push us over the line? We need to raise $10,000 by the end of 2019...
Dear friend -- We know there are a lot of organizations to consider when it comes to year-end giving. But there is no other organization in Massachusetts solely dedicated to the pro-life cause. Why not give a tax-deductible gift to the Massachusetts Citizens for Life Charitable Trust?
At MCFL, we use small and large gifts to save the lives of the unborn, toprotect mothers, the sick, and the elderly, and teach legislators and the public about the dignity of human life.
The generosity you’ve shown to MCFL has been remarkable, and we are so very grateful.
It is because of you that we have stopped the abortion lobby from passing their horrific ROE Act this year – a bill that would legalize passive infanticide, endanger our underage girls, and remove every pro-life law we’ve passed over the past five decades. But the ROE Act is not yet defeated. It remains a very real threat in 2020, and we will do everything within our power to block it, but we need your help.
We just announced a campaign to raise $10,000 between now and December 31st to help MCFL obtain the necessary funds to continue our work in 2020. Those funds will be used to educate thousands of Massachusetts residents who have not yet learned about the dangers of the ROE Act. They may be your neighbors, coworkers, extended family, or strangers you pass in the grocery store. We believe it is our duty to inform them.
You know as well as I do that we need to bring more people into the movement to protect life. We need to expand our reach and strengthen our impact, and your gift today will give us the means to nourish our life-saving programs and unite our supporters, whether they’re new, old, or prospective members of the MCFL family.
Please make a tax-deductible gift today to help us in our mission to grow the pro-life movement in Massachusetts. Click here: Secure.MCFL.Donate.org
I have every confidence that we’ll meet our $10,000 goal and look forward to celebrating with you as we ring in the new decade together Tuesday night. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Myrna Maloney Flynn
P.S. Planned Parenthood and NARAL Massachusetts are notifying their members about how active and generous you have been. They are raising millions to push an agenda promoting abortion at any cost, even at the cost of women’s lives. We don’t need millions to accomplish our pro-life goals, but we do need your help! Your generous gift today will help us change more hearts and realize more for life in 2020 and through the new decade. Click here to make your gift today: https://www.masscitizensforlife.org/donate-trust
MCFL has negotiated a huge discount on hotel rooms for Massachusetts residents traveling to the National March for Life in January!
You can book your room through our secure link here. Or call 202-847-4444 and ask for the "MCFL Block Rate".
The double occupancy suites are in MODUS Hotel, with easy access by foot or metro to
- The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
- The March for Life Expo at the Renaissance Hotel
- Catholic University
- ...and the National Mall and March for Life Rally site
Whatever bus you're taking, or if you're flying down or carpooling, this is our offer to help unite our pro-life citizens, and provide affordable lodging to the many of you who sacrifice so much just to make the journey.
With buses heading down from more locations than ever, we booked 60+ rooms in this 4 star hotel, where a regular rate climbs to into multiple hundreds per night. This opportunity gives you the chance to go to the historic Pro-Life Summit, Cardinal O'Connor Conference, and the Annual March for Life Rose Dinner.
With this discount, each of you in a room only spend ~&70.00.
Call 202-847-4444 and ask for the "MCFL Block Rate".
We hate to interrupt your holiday -- but this news couldn't wait. And the hotel can only hold this deal for us until the 11th.
Make your reservation today! Or offer to give the gift of fellowship, and top-rate lodging, to one of your loved ones making the pilgrimage to protect our preborn in 2020.
In bunched hoods and pulled-down beanies, gloved and ungloved, but each rubbing their hands or stomping to stave off the chill, a crowd gathered in front of Planned Parenthood, December 21st, in Boston. At first, only the sound of muffled traffic crackled on the air.
But then a young woman arrived, arms filled with paper. Carols.
And the crowd began singing.
The day didn't warm up, but the space on that pavement did.
It came upon a midnight fair...
Hark! the herald, angels sing...
MCFL members, young and not as young, longtime and just joined, belted out the songs that have given hope to millions through the centuries.
This is The Carol for Life, or A Pro-Life Christmas Carol. Each year, partnering with fellow pro-life organizations and communities, MCFL hosts this outreach -- and each year, we reach hundreds of women.
Members hand out gifts, and resource cards for women, and men, that list medical and community centers offering real medical care, housing, and testing, and don't kill. Boston Pregnancy Help is right up the street in Brighton. Just outside of Boston, Friends of the Unborn, in Quincy, provides housing.
"Make sure to ask them for all your options," said one member, as a girl approached -- "If they just offer abortion, that's not a choice."
"Ask to see your ultrasound."
"You and your child are worth a full life."
"Can you take a minute?"
One girl did pause for a minute, meeting C.J., our community engagement director, as she had to leave. "I can't afford another one. I can't even afford my utilities this month."
By the end of the day, local MCFL members had covered her utilities. She never entered the clinic.
In Boston on Saturday, December the 21st, before 8:00am, there were people on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. They were bundled in layers, and stomping their feet. Most were young, joined by a few older members who have spoken up for the vulnerable here for decades.
In Boston on Saturday, a life was saved -- because people were on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.
Christmas comes but once a year, but you have the chance every morning -- before work, on a day off, on the weekend -- to save lives and make abortion unthinkable; make abortion visible; make hope a choice a woman can make.
See our online resource shop for pamphlets and resource cards.
See previous articles on how to save a life on the sidewalk.
Donate today to MCFL to keep our feet on the ground where it makes the most difference.
by Myrna Maloney Flynn, President, MCFL
"One man’s life touches so many others, when he’s not there it leaves an awfully big hole."
- Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life
A meteorologist, a homeroom teacher, and a nun. No, they didn’t all walk into a bar.
Instead, by living what they may have considered “ordinary” lives, they influenced the direction of mine: As a little girl, I was determined to grow up to be like the chirpy, snow day-predicting blonde I watched on TV, which eventually prompted my early career path; a one-page study abroad handout my high school teacher shared erased my homesickness tendency and led to my love of travel; and, after 18 years in the Midwest, Sister Deanna recruited me for her volunteer program in far-off New York City, where I met my husband (who actually did walk into a bar).
I’ve lost track of the meteorologist and my teacher. But I still send a Christmas card to Sister Deanna each year, and, as I slide photos of my children into the envelope, I inevitably shake my head. “These four human beings would not exist if it weren’t for her.”
It’s a similar feeling that moves seemingly insignificant George Bailey when, in the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Clarence the angel shows him what the world would be like if George had never been born.
Perhaps you, too, have seen that movie a hundred times over the years. But as I’ve become involved in pro-life advocacy, it’s now more than a holiday tradition. As January closes in, with its somber anniversary, the film’s premise reminds me of those Americans who never existed outside the womb, more than 60 million of them, and their certain influence and impact we cannot begin to imagine, and which we will never know.
So what do we do as we watch the movie this season?
First, no matter your profession, income, or age, let’s recognize that none of us is insignificant. Thank you for what you have given to our movement this year! Because of your support, you have improved, perhaps even saved, the lives of others. Yours is a wonderful life!
Second, George Bailey began to see the true value of his “ordinary” life because of the patient, determined, and clever Clarence—whose name means “clear.” In 2020, let’s provide our own sort of clarity for the George Baileys of the world. That is, let’s pull a Clarence. To those who, on this issue, must have their eyes opened, let’s show them how their lives have touched countless others, as will those of men and women yet to be born.
Together, let’s lovingly demonstrate to those who shout for “rights,” the profound potential of life in the womb. We might not have Clarence, but we do have the clarity of heaven’s light. Our many accomplishments in 2019 stand as proof of that. And you’ve been with us. You helped us direct that light. For that, my MCFL team and I are sincerely grateful.
Like George gleefully running through snowy Bedford Falls, passing not ordinary but monumental people in his life, I heartily wish you a Merry Christmas. And Merry Christmas to those who influenced you, who made you who you are, who brought you to your wonderful life.