By Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President
As far as this business of solitary confinement goes, the most important thing for survival is communication with someone . . . It makes all the difference. -John McCain
Joy’s text said the package arrived just in time. I'd sent her several issues of MCFL’s member magazine featuring her daughter, Hope, who was diagnosed at 12 weeks gestation with an occipital encephalocele, meaning her brain developed outside of her skull. Joy and her husband were told their child was “not compatible with life” and were advised to abort. Now five months old, Hope defied the odds. As I write this, the family is on their way to Boston for Hope’s first surgery this week. They wanted to make sure our magazine got to family and friends before they left.
Please keep Hope, her doctors, and the Dupells in your thoughts and prayers.
About an hour after I sent my April 11 email, in which I shared the compelling story of a Springfield teen who’d recently chosen life for her son, I received a response from a new MCFL member and volunteer named Faith Delaney, who wrote, “MCFL helped me when I was pregnant at age 23, unwed, and my boyfriend wanted me to get an abortion. I was pro-life and followed my beliefs. . . My son is now 32, I went to law school, and have a successful practice in Merrimack Valley. I will donate again but would like to speak to teens when we are allowed to gather.”
Our summer magazine issue will include Faith’s story, along with several other timely, informative, and inspiring pieces. We have chosen to highlight the women of Massachusetts’ pro-life movement, past and present. I got a sneak peek at the contents last week; the issue's going to be one of our best.
The magazine is just one MCFL membership benefit. Members receive voting privileges, ultimately electing the organization’s Board members at our Annual Meeting (due to the pandemic, this will likely be held in the second half of 2020). And when MCFL heads to Beacon Hill, we go on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, but we also represent our members at the State House and fight on their behalf. In fact, despite the shutdown, my team and I continue our first-of-its-kind strategic lobbying effort with partner organizations and will soon deliver this united message to state representatives on behalf of our thousands of supporters: “Say No to ROE!”
Perhaps the benefit most coveted by our members, though, are the advance event invitations they receive to our well-known and much-anticipated gatherings.
- Members in 2020 will have first dibs on a seat at a November 10th Harvard debate between international pro-life activist Stephanie Gray and campus abortion rights supporters;
- Our members are already looking forward to one of MCFL’s most influential traditions, the Massachusetts March for Life, to be held November 7;
- Members out west will welcome Alveda King on October 15 to celebrate our postponed Mother’s Day Dinner;
- And, of course, MCFL members receive advance invitations to our premier event: the annual fundraising banquet, to be held on Thursday, September 17 at the Four Points Sheraton. It is my honor to announce Melissa Ohden as our keynote speaker.
Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding her future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, Melissa has not only survived but thrived. She is a Master’s-level prepared social worker, the author of You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir, and the founder and director of The Abortion Survivors Network. Melissa is a frequent contributor to pro-life news outlets and a regular guest on radio and television programs around the world. Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.
If you’re an MCFL member, then you can relate to the value membership brings. If you’re not, I hope you will join today—to experience our events in a new way, to expand your knowledge though our magazine, to influence MCFL’s leadership and, with your powerful vote, propel this phenomenal organization toward a forward-thinking, vibrant, lifegiving new decade.
I wish you a wonderful week! As we each continue our confinement, I hope you receive all varieties of communication from friends and family, as I have, that make you laugh, prompt a good deed, elicit a prayer, and ensure our common survival.
Stacey Dash will keynote our annual banquet this year. An outspoken advocate for the vulnerable and the preborn who has repeatedly faced a pro-abortion majority in Hollywood, she defies societal stereotypes -- much like the woman she portrays later this year on the silver screen: Dr. Mildred Jefferson.
MCFL's 2019 Banquet is less than 4 weeks away on Thursday, October 24th. Now is the time to reserve your table and tickets before we fill up.
Our theme this year, love in action, could not segue more smoothly with Stacey's headlining the event and her historic role as Dr. Jefferson. For those who do not know the history, Jefferson was the first woman -- and black woman -- to graduate from Harvard Medical School. But she was much more.
She was a woman with a backbone of steel and a deeply passionate heart; whiplash smart; an unerring defender of human rights, which she rightly defended on every front, excoriating racism in the same breath as opposing abortion.
"I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman," she remarked, "and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live."
Sometimes, both love and action are words heard to mean inoffensive or uncontroversial.
But to tell the truth, and to love real human beings -- the privileged and unprivileged, the planned and unplanned, the "perfect" and imperfect, the politically cool and the politically peculiar, is to rock boats and make waves.
Yet Dr. Jefferson promoted protecting the vulnerable with an elegance unmatched by any contemporary, and perhaps by any individual to follow her. Stacey Dash dove into this role, one of the many reasons we are so excited to have her headline our event.
Director of the film, Cathy Allyn, told me in a conversation not long ago, “In our research and speaking to those who knew Dr. Jefferson, she was described as a woman who exuded an elegance that matched her intelligence. Stacey embodied those elements perfectly.“
Including her own work to defend the preborn, and lobbying for authentic women's healthcare, and support, Stacey is set to be one of our highlight speakers in our 40+ year history.
Stacey -- and Dr. Jefferson -- are women who make and made history.
They did it with love, with action, and with elegance, speaking the truth. They did not bow to the popular or the easy, nor to the angry or combative. That's a model we can all follow, and it's one we're looking forward to seeing and hearing in person October 24th for our annual banquet.
We hope to see you there!
Check out the exclusive trailer of the film, Roe v. Wade below, slated for release in April 2020.
Reserve your seats by going to the events tab above
for the 2019 Annual MCFL Banquet -
Love in Action
October 24th, 6-9pm at the Norwood Four Points Sheraton.
The following is a particularly apt excerpt from Dr. Peter Kreeft’s keynote address to the 2017 Massachusetts Citizens for Life Annual Banquet. We wanted to call your special attention to it because he expresses so well why MCFL needs you to join our work and our mission, both personally and financially.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
It’s so good to see you, my pro-life friends!
We are here to honor the work that you do. Since the height of abortions in the late 80’s, the number of abortions in the country as a whole has dropped by one third. During that same time, the number of abortions in Massachusetts has dropped by two thirds – down from 44,000 plus to 17,000 plus. That means, in those 30 years, 400,000 babies have not been aborted in Massachusetts!Read more
Last Thursday, October 26, 2017, Massachusetts Citizens for Life celebrated the pro-life community of Massachusetts with our annual Banquet. This sold-out event brought together pro-lifers from across the Commonwealth to re-connect with each other, to honor those who have given long-time selfless service to the pro-life cause, and to be invigorated by a wonderful keynote speech from philosopher and internationally renowned author Dr. Peter Kreeft.Read more
See many wonderful photos from the banquet at the end of this article.
The annual fundraising banquet for MCFL on Thursday at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood gathered hundreds of Pro-lifers to a room filled to capacity to hear Irish singer Dana Scallon and support the mission of MCFL.Read more
Leading up to our annual Fundraising Banquet on October 22, 2015 we were getting very excited to have Karen Santorum as our scheduled keynote speaker. When we received the call that Mrs. Santorum would not be able to join us because she was feeling under the weather, we were excited when she said her husband (and presidential candidate), Sen. Rick Santorum, would fill in.
Senator Santorum’s speech captivated our audience. We had numerous people calling our office asking for a copy of his speech so they could forward it to their family and friends. Below is a copy of the address, which is broken up into four videos.
We want to thank Senator Santorum for graciously taking time out of his busy schedule to address our crowd. It is pretty evident how much the Santorum family cares for one another where a presidential candidate cancels his plans to fill in for his wife when she needs someone to cover for her. Thank you, Sen. & Mrs. Santorum for all you do in being the voice for the voiceless.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Mr Chesterton was a delight. He had heard that we have the Doctor Prescribed Death ballot question coming. He shared these insights with us.
Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. His act is worse (symbolically considered) than any rape or dynamite outrage. For it destroys all buildings: it insults all women. The thief is satisfied with diamonds; but the suicide is not: that is his crime. He cannot be bribed, even by the blazing stones of the Celestial City. The thief compliments the things he steals, if not the owner of them. But the suicide insults everything on earth by not stealing it. He defiles every flower by refusing to live for its sake. There is not a tiny creature in the cosmos at whom his death is not a sneer. When a man hangs himself on a tree, the leaves might fall off in anger and the birds fly away in fury: for each has received a personal affront. Of course there may be pathetic emotional excuses for the act. There often are for rape, and there almost always are for dynamite. But if it comes to clear ideas and the intelligent meaning of things, then there is much more rational and philosophic truth in the burial at the cross-roads and the stake driven through the body, than in Mr. Archer's suicidal automatic machines. There is a meaning in burying the suicide apart. The man's crime is different from other crimes -- for it makes even crimes impossible.
John Triolo is working on the video so everyone can see Mr. Chesterton's presentation.
I really enjoyed seeing so many of you!
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The Mass. Citizens Annual Dinner was a sell-out with 450 people attending. They were inspired by Professor Anthony Esolen ‘sremarks, especially on what we pro lifers see as the "seamless garment". The video of his talk will be posted shortly on the web site.
Congratulations to State Representative Elizabeth Poirier and her husband, Kevin, who is a former State Representative. They received jointly the Dr Joseph Stanton Award "for outspoken courage in defense of life, through tireless personal example".
Marian Desrosiers, head of the Pro Life Office for the Diocese of Fall River, received the Ignatius O' Connor Award "for outstanding contributions to the pro-life movement".
Local Chapter Service Awards, given to "the unsung hero of a chapter who has demonstrated outstanding service", were awarded to Don Golden, Longmeadow; Madeleine Lavoie, Greater Fall River; Jim Loughman, North Adams; and Claire Donohoe, West Roxbury/Roslindale.
Pro-Life Community Awards, "given to a citizen or group who demonstrates outstanding support of a chapter's mission", were awarded to Eleanor McCullen, Newton; Msgr Francis McGann, Needham; Patricia Stebbins, Cape Cod; and The Watertown Knights of Columbus Charitable Trust.
The enthusiasm and commitment of the attendees was inspiring!
Choose Life License Plates
Only 242 people needed and another excellent reason for reserving.
We have been buying advertising for the Walk to Aid Mothers and Children and have learned that radio ads in Boston cost as much as $500.00 for 30 SECONDS. TV and newspaper ads cost in the tens of thousands.
For forty dollars, you are spreading the word to more people than any of that other advertising, which is seen or heard only once.
You will be interested to see how many people in your town have reserved: http://www.machoose-life.org/PlateCounts.htm
The reservation form was inserted in the July/August MCFL News. Or you can print it out, http://www.machoose-life.org/images/ChooseLifeRegistrationApplication.pdf. Do it now!