By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Crux this week has an interview with M.T. Davila, an assistant professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton. The interviewer is Fordham Professor Charles Camosy author of Beyond the Abortion Wars.
I have never reviewed the Camosy book because he claims to want to "draw people into conversation" with arguments that are offensive to the pro-life movement while giving great respect to those who want to make sure abortion remains legal.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Here is a beautiful picture! A missionary nun spoke at my church yesterday. She told a story of the earthquake in Haiti. The orphanage building was shaking. No one paid any attention. The buildings were so flimsy they would shake when a truck drove by.
One of the sisters had experienced an earthquake in another country and recognized the signs. She organized a "bucket brigade". They lifted the babies from their cribs, passed them along from person to person, and laid them on the ground.Read more
Even the Boston Globe has acknowledged, after his resignation, Law devoted considerable energy to the pro-life movement, as part of his work against the culture of death. In 1984, during his first appearance at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Globe said “he called abortion a ‘national disgrace’ and the ‘primordial evil of our time, the cloud that shrouds the conscience of our world.’ A year later, he referred to abortion as “the critical issue of the moment” and criticized US Representative Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984, for her support of abortion rights.”
He appeared annually at the March for Life in Washington, DC, and the Respect Life March in Boston, as well as heading a bishops' committee on abortion issues.
One of the most effective actions you can take as a pro-life advocate is calling state or federal elected officials to ask them to vote or sign one way or another. We recently heard from one Massachusetts state representative who told us that just four or five constituents calling their office can sway their vote on an issue.
We often ask Massachusetts pro-lifers to take action for or against legislation by contacting your state representative or senator on Beacon Hill or Congressman or Senator in Washington. Sure, you could send an email or a postal letter, but nothing has the same impact as a personal phone call. As a shorthand, on Beacon Hill a snail mail letter is worth about 100 emails and a phone call is worth about 100 letters. (A personal visit to their office to lobby them? That’s about 100 phone calls.)
That’s why a tool like Capitol Call is so interesting.Read more
Jessica Evans lives in Georgia with her family, including her 15-year-old brother David, who has Down syndrome. Jessica is a college student and likes to come home and surprise her brother, so she’s videoed many of his enthusiastic greetings and turned them into an adorable and heartwarming compilation. We should all aspire to experience such excitement every time we see a loved one!
Jessica posted her video on Twitter and create a viral sensation, including many others who posted videos of the special love they share with family members who have Down syndrome.
for anyone who is having a bad day: here is a video of my little brother's reaction every time i come home and surprise him😍😭 pic.twitter.com/6HDxLC3CpM— jess (@thejessevans) August 15, 2017
We have such limited understandings of what “perfection” is and what it means to be a “burden.” While special needs children and adults indeed need special help with many parts of life—although who doesn’t really?—they also bring a capacity for love and joy as well that can’t be overlooked.
By Nancy Valko
Yesterday (as this is written), we learned that Baby Charlie Gard is expected to die soon as his heartbroken parents have decided to remove his life support because a US doctor had told them it was now too late to give Charlie nucleoside therapy. According to a BBC article, “US neurologist Dr Michio Hirano had said he was no longer willing to offer the baby experimental therapy after he saw the results of a new MRI scan last week.” Baby Charlie’s parents are now asking the court to allow them to take Charlie home to die.
We have learned much from Baby Charlie’s tragedy, not only about the perils of government deciding who should live and who should die, but also about the love and commitment of his dedicated parents and the importance of the worldwide support they received.
Now we know there is more hope for babies born with conditions like Baby Charlie’s because of the publicity and probably more parents will try to find alternatives when they are given a poor or fatal prognosis.
Here are two cases where the parents did just that and saved their children.Read more
We received the following letter from Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Fall River, thanking us for attending their 1st Women’s and Men’s Conference and letting us know how important our presence and witness was to the cause of life.
It is with deep gratitude that I write this letter thanking you for your presence with us at the 1st Women and Men's Conference in the Diocese of Fall River, held at Stonehill College on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
I do hope that it was worth your while to have been a vendor at the conference. Hopefully, with over 800 people participating in the day, you had many who stopped by to see your display and the many items you had to offer.
At conferences, such as this one, it is always good to have materials and information available on various products and programs to enhance one's prayer life, spiritual formation and participation in the church. As I walked through the sports complex and visited the vendors I am truly grateful that you could join us. Thank you for offering resources to those who attended the conference. Your presence was important to the success of the event.
Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your intentions.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V
Bishop of Fall River
This letter should be addressed to all of you, our members and supporters, because you make this work possible. Through your membership and donations of both time and money, we can be present at events like this where we can help spread the message of LIFE and offer our resources to those who take them to the front line in the battle for the hearts and minds of Massachusetts. So Thank You for supporting Massachusetts Citizens for Life.