Stephane Gray has been defending preborn lives since she was a child. She began speaking as an 18 year old, and that pro-life action lead her to found Love Unleashes Life and an international speaking career. She makes effective, loving, and compelling communication in defense of our most vulnerable look easy. But the truth is, the principle that human lives have value is simple, but defending that reality, and the preborn children in our world, is far from easy.
Gray will headline our sponsored virtual debate hosted by Harvard Right to Life on Thursday, October 22 at 7PM (register here).
"There are more people working full time to kill [preborn children] in the world today than to save them," Scott Klusendorf told Gray early on.
The fact that more people were professionally employed to take a child's life in our society than to care for them convicted Gray to the core.
After decades using communication to change our culture and society, what can Gray teach us?
This recording produced by Shalom World featuring Gray walks you through the basic questions raised, from the so-called hard questions (rape, incest) to the basic presuppositions we must challenge before we begin a dialogue. Most importantly, it highlights the fact that effective communication always begins with respect and love. Human beings are complex, and we come to public square with both our heads and our hearts. With 1 out 3 millennial children aborted, nearly everyone you meet will have a personal experience of abortion violence, not simply an intellectual understanding -- or misunderstanding -- of it.
To be effective communicators, we must build relationships, not arguments alone.
Finally, this recording raises the knotty philosophical idea of "personhood" -- and Gray's reply is invaluably clear. This question will also come up in our debate on Thursday. Don't miss that fantastic opportunity to see and hear Gray live.
Until then, watch Shalom World's feature on Gray's personal story, and the remarkable description of how she approaches and answers every pro-life debate.
Click the video thumbnail to go to the full YouTube video
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MCFL FED PAC ENDORSES CAROLINE COLARUSSO FOR CONGRESS IN DISTRICT 5
BOSTON, MA -- OCTOBER 19, 2020 --The Massachusetts Citizens for Life FED PAC has formally endorsed Caroline Colarusso for Massachusetts District 5 Congressional seat. She will be on the ballot, November 3, 2020.
Colarusso has been identified as a leader committed to protecting society's most vulnerable - the preborn, mothers, the sick, and the elderly - through legislative efforts that ensure a respect for human life in our law.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life is the Commonwealth's only organization solely dedicated to the pro-life mission. Founded in 1973, MCFL continues to advocate for the most vulnerable citizens in the Bay State: the preborn and the elderly and disabled.
Stephanie Gray, who will headline our sponsored pro-life debate at Harvard on October 22nd, is a renowned pro-life speaker. She admits that there are situations that make bringing a child into the world look terrifying and unendurable. What about the children who are abused? What about children born into poverty?
Those are all good questions, and the women, babies, and families in those situations deserve a response.
But that response does not have to be abortion.
So what can a non-abortion response look like? Because we not only need to know what that response looks like, we need to continue to practice those responses, meeting the eyes of our women, and touching the lives of our pre-born children with concrete actions that say I support you.
This is a "non-abortion response:"
It can look like a couple who fostered children.
· It can look like a couple who adopted 3 little girls from China who had severe cleft palates which required multiple surgeries.
· It can look like a family who adopted a set of siblings from the foster care system in their own country.
· It can look like two people Stephanie met in her travels who adopted two children when their first biological child was only one. They since adopted two more children, both of whom have Down syndrome and serious heart conditions, all the while giving birth to 4 more children.
· It can look like an unmarried 28-year-old Stephanie met on a recent trip to the US: In the last 4 years she has fostered over 21 children and adopted 2 of them.
· It can look like a retired couple Stephanie knew who moved from their farm into a home for pregnant women in order to mentor them in motherhood.
· It can look like a pastor Stephanie encountered who is in his mid-50s. He and his wife have raised their own biological children and are now fostering—which is leading to adoption—3 young children.
· It can look like foster father Mohamed Bzeek who takes in terminally ill children.
· It can look like a mega Church in Texas whose pastor told me he is implementing a program where his church members make it their mission to foster and/or adopt local orphans.
· It can look like Love Life Charlotte, a beautiful pro-life ministry on a mission to embolden its church members to care for orphans through what they term “Orphan Care Hospitality.” Whether through fostering or adoption, learn more about what they are doing here and watch this short video about the Malone’s who have welcomed two children into their forever home through this amazing program.
· It can look like the Lott family who adopted 4 of their 6 children.
· It can look like Ryan Bomberger’s adopted family. His mom, once an orphan herself, made a promise to God when she was a young girl that she would be a mommy to those without one. She grew up, got married, and adopted 10 of their 13 children (Ryan, one of the adopted children, was conceived in rape. Having now grown up, he has since adopted two children.
"Is the abuse of children—pre-born or born—an unspeakable evil? Yes. Does it demand a response? Without a shadow of a doubt. Can children be rescued and aided without abortion? The lived experiences of the examples above are living proof of that."
We thank you for being the proof that the response to pain, or to a vulnerable child, can be love.
We invite you to join Stephanie, and the movement for life in Massachusetts, on October 22nd at 7pm online for a debate with philosopher, Peter Singer.
By C.J. Williams, MCFL Director of Community Engagement
What do you do if you find yourself in a pro-life/pro-choice conversation where the other person seems closed off to all of your arguments? You may know someone, or be the someone, who always knows a clear and convincing argument for the fact that human rights begin at conception. But now you're in that dialogue outside the clinic, or at your work place, pro-life to pro-choice -- and no matter what you say, you feel like you're building a bigger wall.
At this point, Stephanie Gray (who will headline our Dr. Mildred Jefferson Symposium at Harvard (virtually!) on October 22nd, debating Professor Peter Singer) says -- look to the heart.
If you and your friend are drawing farther apart, it's likely that this is a heart, not a head, issue.
One out of 3 of my peers lost their life to abortion. Can you picture how many people you meet each day, and can you now visualize the numbers personally touched by abortion?
The tips in the following video remind us that we are not on two sides of an insurmountable mountain when we discuss abortion with our peers or fellow citizens. But we do meet, sometimes, in front of a deep wound that runs like a chasm between us.
That wound is abortion.
We cannot argue to a heart; we have to love it. Thus, most of our intentional encounters that seem to run up against a wall need to be brought out of the head and onto the level of relationship.
A few reminders:
--Meet your friend, or the stranger on the street corner, as another human being -- what is their story?
--Whom do they care about, and why does abortion matter to them?
--Is there something you can do to answer their questions?
--Do we really want to base our concept of human rights on an act of violence?
I highly recommend listening to Stephanie's interview and discussion below on How to Effectively Argue About Abortion. She gets to the heart of the matter; and that's something I'm sure she will also accomplish in our sponsored debate, on October 22nd at 7pm on the question of: Is Abortion Moral?
Please register now -- space on the virtual debate platform is limited!
She's the perfect fit for our Supreme Court, and for our nation: Feminist, brilliant, both a loving mother and a keen and balanced court justice. She's young. At 48, she will be the youngest justice in our highest court. Her progressive principles show up in her living, as you can see by her family and professional life. Balancing parenting responsibilities with her husband, she is a contemporary example of equality for women based on shared responsibility, rather than the violence of abortion (as Erika Bachiochi notes).
So why is there this radical rift in public opinion about her nomination?
The answer may lie in her consistency. Because Barrett believes in authentic human rights and equality, she opposes abortion.
Amy Coney Barrett is pro-life. Protecting women and the unborn from violence is the one and only thing that keeps her from sailing into our highest court -- and that opposition, much more than any of her qualifications or vulnerabilities, is something we should be focusing on.
Barrett isn't controversial.
But the opinion that a child's life is the price for a woman's freedom is one that needs to be stated plainly and examined all across our political spectrum. That opinion, and its proponents, should be under the microscope: not Barrett.
Read on for some notes on Barrett's judicial voting record, judicial philosophy, and background.
Live Action News writers note:
Barrett has a brief but consistent record in support of life. In 2016, Barrett voted in favor of rehearing a 2016 case regarding an Indiana law that required aborted babies to be buried or cremated after some judges determined the law to be unconstitutional. The case was later heard by the Supreme Court, which upheld the law. Ginsburg was the sole justice to write a dissent to that ruling.
Barrett also voted to rehear a case regarding a law that would have banned abortions because of the baby’s sex, race, or disability, a law of which she was in favor. In 2017, in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Barrett joined dissenters in support of the Indiana law requiring doctors to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions.
In terms of her understanding of the position, Barrett states that she is accepting the nomination not to promote her personal opinions nor for others in her privileged position. “I would assume this role to serve you," she wrote this week, "I would discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution."
Kelsey Hazzard, a lawyer and tireless advocate for the unborn from Florida, remarks that "[Barrett'] is a mother of seven, including a child with Down Syndrome. Those two aspects of her life are not in conflict. Judge Barrett's biography proves that, shockingly, work-life balance is achievable without dismembering any babies."
More detail on her career and record can be found at the National Review, which features an article discussing her judicial approach and background. Read it here.
You could say our 2020 fundraising banquet -- held this year online due to pandemic restrictions -- featured multiple survivors of abortion. In fact, hundreds.
Everyone who was born after 1973 survived abortion; any one of you with a birthday after that date who joined us on Thursday, September 17th, survived Roe v. Wade's decision making your life expendable.
But Melissa literally survived a late-term saline abortion. Baby Hope, born less than a year ago right here in Massachusetts, survived her doctors' pressuring her mother again and again to abort her merely because of an adverse fetal diagnosis.
Melissa, 43 years ago | Melissa, now, speaking to us.
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We need you to be able to save lives like Melissa's and Hope's.
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Former chairman for pro-life activities to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Seán's leads the Boston Archdiocese, and has been a vocal advocate for the vulnerable since his appointment. When it comes to pro-life advocacy, he has stated in the past that, "Sadly, the government is not listening to the people."
Ordained at 26, and he became Bishop of Saint Thomas in 1985, working with the homeless and AIDS victims in the Virgin Islands and further building his reputation as hands-on pastor who worked with the poorest of the poor and got things done.
He moved to our Commonwealth, and the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1992. In 2003 he was the surprise choice of Pope John Paul II to be archbishop of Boston.
Cardinal Seán's motto, taken at his ordination, is the phrase QUODCUMQUE DIXERIT FACITE, which translates as “Do whatever He tells you.” The motto is taken from the Gospel of John, chapter 2, verse 5.
In addition to his anti-abortion advocacy, he has been consistently and compassionately pro-life when it comes to all marginalized human lives He founded El Pregonero, a Catholic Spanish-language newspaper. He joined us in fighting tirelessly against physician assisted suicide on each occasion that was brought to our legislature.
Hear him speak ONLINE on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the event here or by clicking the banner below.
From the Desk of the Executive Director.
Some thoughts on the Theme of the 2020 Virtual Banquet
There are as many interpretations for the terms comprising our 2020 Virtual Banquet theme, “Love. Fight. Thrive,” as there are people who hear, see, or experience them.
Here’s how they speak to me:
"Love:" Love is the "without which nothing" of human existence. Pro-lifers give tirelessly to the cause of LIFE because they know that love is the answer to evil and pain. Love leads us to nurture both the survivor of a failed abortion and a suffering, post-abortive woman; to pray without ceasing, despite taunts and abuse, outside an abortion clinic; to exhort ill-informed legislators to reject laws that deny the sacredness of life; to march in the bitter cold every January – 500,000 strong – bearing witness to the sanctity of life; and after a long, tiring day, to sit at the bedside of a seriously ill friend or to hold the hand of an elder as she approaches life's end.
Pro-lifers embody a love that the Greeks call “agape” – a love given without cost that seeks nothing in return. It is a love ingrained in a pro-lifer’s soul. Though its value is beyond price, it cannot be bought or taken, only given away. And when given, it has the power to transform human existence.
Those who give it experience the surpassing joy of selflessness; those who receive it know they have been touched by the divine.
We invite our guests to join the cause of LIFE with LOVE.
What does "love" mean to you as a member of the movement?
How do you let "love" lead?
Please join us on September 17th at 7PM at our annual fundraising banquet. Register here today!
Leader of Grupo Pro-Vida in Lawrence, MA, Gus Mendieta is a tireless advocate for the unborn and the disabled in Massachusetts. As an immigrant from Ecuador, he has first-hand experience of being part of a marginalized community. He moved to the Commonwealth with his family as a child. As an adult, he joined the army. He served honorably and went on to marry and have children; but it was his experience of their miscarriage that brought him fully and completely into a loving, fighting commitment to the pro-life movement.
He and his wife were sent to a clinic that performed abortions when their baby died. "I have always been against abortion but I became a pro-life fighter after my wife suffered a miscarriage," says Gus, "The hospital sent us to another clinic (which does abortion) to have the baby removed. It was a traumatic experience ."
The grassroots action of individual citizens at the chapter, town, and city level are what ultimately change hearts and minds, and it is those hearts and minds that change culture and laws. Gus shows us what it means to start at the root. His love and advocacy for the disabled, of whom his son is one, is just another branch of his commitment to protecting human life.
Come hear him tell his story, and rally us for life in Massachusetts as gather ONLINE on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the ONLINE event here or by clicking the banner below.
President of the National Right to Life, Carol Tobias will join us this September 17th at 7:00PM online, as one of our special guest speakers at our annual fundraising banquet.
A native of North Dakota, Tobias has served on the NRLC board of directors since 1987. From 1983 to 1991 she was executive director of North Dakota Right to Life and in 1991 was hired as NRLC political director, a position she held until 2005. Mrs. Tobias was elected her current position by the NRLC board of directors at its spring board meeting. The board of directors is comprised of representatives from each of NRLC’s 50 state affiliates and 8 directors elected at-large. NRLC is the nation’s pro-life organization representing the country’s grassroots pro-life citizens and activists.
“The pro-life movement is the greatest social cause of our time,” says Tobias. “I am eager to continue National Right to Life’s educational, legislative and political efforts to advance the right to life of the most vulnerable members of our human family – the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”
Her tenacity and her selfless commitment to serving the pro-life movement, and the women and children it seeks to protect, is an inspiration. Tobias has lived what it means to love and to fight so that others may thrive, and we can't wait to hear her in September.
Come hear her inspirational message by joining us on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the ONLINE event here or by clicking the banner below.
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