By Rob Hale
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.
January 18. We board two Peter Pan buses at St. Stanislaus’ in Chicopee, at 10 p.m.
January 19. Around 1:30 a.m. we make a scheduled stop at a roadside restaurant in Cranberry, NJ. When we get back to our bus, we are told that a lady named Maria on the other bus had passed out and was being taken to the hospital. We wait for about an hour. Before we leave, we all say a prayer.
On the bus, I talk with Mike Butler, a buddy from previous bus rides to the March. His mother Monica helped organize trips like these and other western Mass. pro-life events. Mike is traveling with two of his five kids, who are now teenagers. He says that next year he is hoping on bringing his twelve year old son, who has Down Syndrome. Mike sells transportation services for an international trucking company.
When we disembark in front of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University, a little ways outside of Washington, D.C., I meet Laura Hicks and her daughter, Rebecca, a high school senior, who are traveling with us. Laura has five children, including Rebecca, all of whom are home schooled. She says this is her fifth March for Life. Laura and her husband own Eddie’s Furniture in Holyoke, which was started by her grandfather in an old horse barn, where the business still stands.
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
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
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
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.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
On Friday, during the March for Life, Washington DC was full with the happiest most dedicated people you would want to meet.
Our caucus speakers discussed defunding Planned Parenthood, overturning Roe vs Wade, the numbers that shows we are winning, the situation with doctor-prescribed suicide in DC, upcoming state laws in 2017 (indeed, Kentucky and Arkansas have already passed laws to protect life), and what we should expect from the Republicans now that we have given them the House and Senate and the Presidency and will be giving them the Supreme Court. Thanks to Professor Dwight Duncan, Professor Michael Pakaluk, Professor Michael New, Gloria Purvis, Ingrid Duran, and Matt Hanafin. (See the videos below.)
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen spoke at the March pointing out that they have marched many timed before. His speech was beautiful.
President Trump has given us an amazing week!Read more
The MCFL Caucus held in the Russell Senate Building just before the March for Life was a great success. Here are some pictures (click to see them all):Read more