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MCFL-- Today at 5:00 and Other Important Dates This Week

by: MCFL Press Release

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 11:14:57 AM EDT

Today at 5:00pm the Boston Bar Association hosts a panel discussion on the New Buffer Zone.  It appears that they lined up a half dozen BZ supporters and finally decided maybe they should have someone opposed to the BZ.  They were lucky to get Phil Moran, one of the counsels in McCullen vs Coakley, who has already called the New BZ "draconian."  Of course Phil is going to clean their plates because he has the Constitution on his side and knows much more about the whole thing than the half-dozen  Boston Bar Association supporters, 16 Beacon Street (right across from the State House) at 5:00.

Thursday, Oct 2nd at 7:00 pm there will be an information session at the Braintree Library about Public Policy Question #5 which will appear on the ballot in Braintree and Weymouth.  This will instruct the legislature to vote to require abortion facilities to be licensed and inspected.  Right now there are sixteen unlicensed facilities in the Commonwealth.

Thursday, Oct 2nd, Morality in Media Dinner, Bear Hill Golf Club, Stoneham, Features Patrick Trueman, well-known pro-lifer,  http://www.moralmedia.net/acti...

Saturday, Oct 4th, 9:00am - noon, Assumption College, Worcester, Death with Real Dignity  Speakers:  Deacon Peter J. Gummere, John Kelly, and Marie Romagnano, all people you have been wanting to hear!  http://masscitizensforlife.org...

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MCFL-- Door knocking: Paid and Volunteer. Kudos to Springfield-Area Members

by: MCFL Press Release

Mon Sep 29, 2014 at 17:24:56 PM EDT

Earl Sholley is looking for people to door-knock for pay.  If you are interested, please call Earl, 508-699-3334.

The MCFL State PAC is looking for volunteers to door-knock in Boston.  Please call 617-388-4582.

Yesterday I worked at the MCFL "booth" at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E).  Really, it is not a booth but a huge corner area in line of sight of a busy entrance filled with the fetal models, video, large pictures of the baby at each month of development, and hand-outs galore.  More than 1.5 million people attend.  Yesterday every pregnant lady in the place found us.  It was really fun!  The people in the Springfield area do a fabulous job every year.  Monica Butler fills 102 volunteer slots of four hours each, Suzie Lopes and her crew move the massive display from the MCFL Ludlow office on her flatbed truck, set it up at the Big E, and reverse the project.  A lot more people are now thinking about that unborn baby.  Thanks, guys!

Anne

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MCFL-- Something beautiful on the 25th - just heard.

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 16:22:43 PM EDT

CLICK HERE for a PDF copy of the flier.  

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MCFL-- MCFL Gala Banquet, 4 Weeks From Today!

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 13:00:48 PM EDT

Dear Friends, if you have not yet checked out Ryan Bomberger, you will be amazed.  I think you will join me in wanting to hear him speak at the Banquet.

I know four weeks seems like a long time but last year we were sold out by the last week.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Banquet!

Anne

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MCFL-- 40 Days for Life starts today!

by: MCFL Press Release

Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

40 Days for Life started this morning at 7:00 am.  I know Jackie, who is 79 years old, was there.  40 Days does such a wonderful job!  The prayers outside the clinics are so powerful  We are very lucky to have all these prayer warriors - which brings me to you.  When you go to pray at one of these abortion facilities (no, they are not all clinics), you also benefit personally.

Mass Citizens is so grateful for the work that 40 Days does that we are honoring all the volunteers at the MCFL Banquet on October 23rd.  http://masscitizensforlife.org...

Please check out the closest 40 Days location and sign up for a few times.  Try it, you'll like it...and, you'll do so much good!  Thanks to all those who are and will be praying.  Anne

http://40daysforlife.com/local...
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MCFL-- Where is our Abortion Restriction Ballot Question in the Secretary of State Voter Guide?

by: MCFL Press Release

Tue Sep 23, 2014 at 12:38:36 PM EDT

When you read the Voter Guide mailed by the Secretary of State, you may have noticed that our ballot question is not listed.  That is because the Guide lists only the four questions that are on every ballot statewide.  That is why we are number 5 in most places - we come right after the statewide questions in those places.  Where we are #6 or #7 it is because there is a local question on the ballot - like Needham, which was a dry town, always had questions about expanding the sale of liquor.

The pro-lifers working in the districts listed have already done a huge job qualifying for the ballot!  Now they are setting up meetings in each district to explain the Public Policy Question in their communities - they are also educating local organizations, and appearing on local TV and radio.

In order to educate voters and get them to vote, we must print literature and signs, mail, and make phone calls.  We have chosen districts that are heavily pro-life but people will not vote "Yes on 5" unless they know about it.  The Question may not be on your ballot, but you can still help.  We need to pay for the cards, the signs, the postage, and the calls.  Please donate now!  Election Day, Nov. 4th is six weeks from today!

Just think how it will feel on Nov 5th and every day after that to be able to tell the press and legislators that the people want to place restrictions on abortion facilities!

Thanks for whatever help you can provide!

Anne

PS: Please be sure to check the list to see if you or friends or relatives live in one of the districts - and then donate!  Thanks again.

Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires all non-hospital facilities performing more than 10 abortions a year to be licensed as "clinics" and to be inspected at least every two years by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health?  THIS SAME WORDING APPEARS ON BALLOTS IN LOCATIONS BELOW NUMBERED EITHER 5, 6, OR 7.

QUESTION # 5
BRAINTREE
EAST LONGMEADOW, pct 1,
FALL RIVER,  Wd 1, pcts A, B, C; Wds 2, 3, 4; Wd 5, pcts A, B, B1, C; Wd 6, pcts A, B, CC, C1; Wds 7,8,9
FREETOWN, pcts 1, 2, 3
HANOVER
LEOMINSTER
NORWELL
NORWOOD
ROCKLAND
SPRINGFIELD, Wd 6, pcts C,D,G,H, Wd 7, pcts, B-E, G
WEYMOUTH
WORCESTER,  Wd 5, pcts 1,2,4,5; Wd 6; Wd 8, pcts 1,5

QUESTION # 6
FITCHBURG
HOLBROOK, Pct 1
LUNENBURG, Pct B
NEW BEDFORD, Wd. 1, pcts D,E,F
WALPOLE, Pcts 1, 2, 6, 7

QUESTION # 7
WILBRAHAM

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MCFL-- Ezekiel Emanuel Didn't Really Say He Would Kill You at Age 75...

by: MCFL Press Release

Tue Sep 23, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Ezekiel Emanuel, the architect of O-care, has published an article in The Atlantic saying he does not want to live past age 75.  He says he would not kill you or me at 75, just that he, personally, wants to go then.  The reasons he gives are scary - people accomplish the most in middle age and then slow down, life is not worth living when one is not healthy, productive etc.  The hubris of the man is only trumped by his arrogance.  He personally would refuse treatment, etc.

This is dangerous because of his utilitarian view of what makes people important - what they do not who they are.  Also, he has opened the door to insurance and government refusing treatment to those over age 75 - and he has the credibility.

One of the mothers at the 2014 Summer Academy told the story of her elderly aunt who was talked out of getting a pace maker.  With no pace maker, she had irregular heartbeats which led to a stroke.  Now she is living with the results of the stroke - she cannot speak, etc.  I think this is a good example of the folly of not treating - unless you plan to do away with the patient.

http://www.theatlantic.com/fea...

http://www.americanthinker.com...

PRAYERS ARE NEEDED FOR SANDRA CANO!  Sandra is in the hospital critically ill.  She never wanted an abortion but her situation was used by the pro-abs to win Doe v Bolton, the Roe v Wade companion case which is responsible for abortion being legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy.  She has worked hard over the years to try to overturn Doe v Bolton.   http://www.lifenews.com/2014/0...

Thanks for all you do!

Anne

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MCFL-- States Bribed to Increase Health-Care Rationing, O-care Does Pay for Abortions, Senior Panel

by: MCFL Press Release

Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

You don't really need to read these articles because you could have written them any time during the last five years.  Yes, it was August of 2009 that we intensified our activity against the proposal that became O-care!  Remember we said, on radio and other media that broke our budget, that O-care would 1) pay for abortions, 2) cause rationing, 3) cause denial of care, and 4) slash conscience rights of medical professionals.

Please at least peek at the last link.  I remember years ago going to an exhibit at the MFA of life size "Terracotta Warriors" and horses recently excavated in China.  They were displayed on gray carpet-covered ramps in a bare, well-lighted room and were striking.  They were so appealing that I have a chess set in the same style.  This new exhibit in NY uses the same style to make an emphatically pro-life point.

We have been working very hard on the candidate information, the abortion restriction ballot question, and other ambitious programs.  Please consider a sacrificial donation to keep these pro-life efforts going.

Thank you!

Anne

State offered bribes to ration health care:
http://www.nationalrighttolife...

Expert panel on end of life has a lot of good suggestions mixed in.  When the premise, however, is "The ____system is broken" and the suggestions have to do with the government fixing it, the chances are ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09...

All of a sudden it is in the news because the Government Accounting Office has realized that O-care funds abortion!  Some of the groups objecting are just those who claimed our assertions were incorrect.
http://www.americanthinker.com...

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/0...

http://www.nationalreview.com/...

EXHIBIT
http://www.nationalrighttolife...

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MCFL-- Two beautiful Stories, An Important Scientific Advance, and National Day of Remembrance

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Sep 12, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Violet, http://www.lifenews.com/2014/0...

Gianna, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ne...

Better adult stem cells, http://news.yahoo.com/scientis...

The second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children will take place Saturday, September 13, 2014 with solemn prayer vigils across the United States at gravesites where aborted babies have been buried, as well as other dedicated to the memory of aborted children.  Below are ceremonies planned in Massachusetts.

Remember that information on Joe Reilly's arrangements is on our web site, http://masscitizensforlife.org/

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anne

Memorial for the Unborn
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Beaver Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 following 8:00 a.m. Mass

Memorial for the Unborn
St. Camillus Parish
333 Mechanic Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 12:00 noon
Special Guests: His Excellency Bishop Robert McManus, Allison LeDoux
Other Info: Memorial service will begin in the church (which is handicap accessible), followed by Rosary procession to the Memorial site

Memorial to the Unborn
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
2282 US 6
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Memorial to the Unborn
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish
68 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Other Info: Memorial service will include a Eucharistic procession

LaSalette Shrine
947 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m.

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MCFL-- Election Results for the State and Pro-Life Rankings for Nov. 4th Election

by: MCFL Press Release

Thu Sep 11, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Thanks to Janet, who stayed up most of the night, and John, who got all the State Senate and State Representative information onto the website, you can see what happened in your district and across the state.  You can see who the State PAC will be supporting in November and why.  Since we are still hearing from candidates, that will be constantly updated. We were fortunate in our losses.  In many cases, the winner also takes a pro-life position.
http://masscitizensforlife.org...

As you know, Mark Fisher lost the nomination for Governor but his showing will tell Charlie Baker that he needs the pro-life vote in order to beat Martha Coakley.  Marilyn Devaney won the nomination for Governor's Council in the Third District with no further opposition.  Patricia Saint Aubin and David D'Arcangelo won the Republican nominations for Auditor and Secretary of State. D'Arcangelo will challenge pro-life incumbent Secretary of State, Bill Galvin.

Jack Rowe, Chair of the MCFL Federal PAC tells me the PAC is looking at a couple of Congressional races and may have an announcement soon.

To all the people who worked in campaigns and are gearing up for Nov. - thanks for your work!

Anne

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MCFL-- Joe Reilly, RIP

by: MCFL Press Release

Wed Sep 10, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to tell you that, last night, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Joe Reilly was called home to his father. Joe was a pro-life warrior even before Roe v Wade when, as Executive Director of the Mass. Catholic Conference, he helped to defeat pro-abortion legislation.  Joe served Mass. Citizens for Life as President, Executive Director, and long-time Board member.  The story of Joe besting Senator Edward Kennedy at a large meeting at the latter's office is a classic still shared among right-to-lifers.

The Board of Directors and the Staff join me in extending our deepest sympathy to Joe's valiant wife and our dear friend, Evelyn, and to his wonderful children and grandchildren.  "Well done, good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

As soon as we know the arrangements, we'll post them on the home page of the MCFL website.

Anne  

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MCFL-- Tomorrow is Primary Day: Information You Need!

by: MCFL Press Release

Mon Sep 08, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

This is a very important Primary.  Turnout will be low, so your vote will really make a difference!  Here are some last-minute reminders from the MCFL State PAC.

The PAC has endorsed Mark Fisher (R) for Governor.  Mark is a long-time member of Mass. Citizens and, as Governor, will make restoring protection for life important.

The PAC has endorsed for Governor's Council: Oliver Cipollini in the First District and Marilyn Devaney in the Third District.

All candidates for State Representative and State Senate, with their positions and endorsements, if any, are listed in the easy-to-use chart on the MCFL website. For State Senate Candidates, click here.    

For State Representative Candidates, click here.

If you do not know your district, please click here.

Madeline McComish, Chair State PAC asked me to remind you that, if you are Unenrolled (Independent), you can have the most impact taking a Republican ballot and voting for Mark Fisher for Governor, unless you have a significant pro-life Democratic race in your district.

Please be sure to vote and to encourage other pro-life people to vote.

Thanks,

Anne

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MCFL-- Baby Lachlan, 7 Weeks, Gets Hearing Aids - Delightful Video

by: MCFL Press Release

Sat Sep 06, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Lachlan was born with severe hearing loss - gee, he could have been aborted for that.  At seven weeks, he receives hearing aids.  I don't usually watch videos but this is just wonderful!

Enjoy,

Anne

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/0...

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MCFL-- More State PAC Endorsements for 9/9 Primary

by: MCFL Press Release

Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Madeline McComish, Chair of the MCFL State PAC, has announced two endorsements for Governor's Council.  According to Madeline, "The Governor's Council is very important from a pro-life perspective.  It is the body which approves judicial appointments.  You know the influence these judges have on the life issues.  In Massachusetts, our tax money pays for abortions in spite of legislation to the contrary because the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that the State Constitution requires us to fund abortion.  We are very pleased to endorse Oliver Cipollini in the First Council District and Marilyn Devaney in the Third Council District "

Governor Council Districts can be confusing, so I have listed them.  Also, please be sure to refer to the MCFL rankings of all the candidates for State Senate and House and the endorsement of Mark Fisher for Governor, http://masscitizensforlife.org...   It is complete, concise and easy to manage.  You can take it to the polls with you.  Be sure the 9th is on your calendar!

Anne

Oliver P. Cipollini, Jr. _ District 1
All of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, and Nantucket counties plus
Bridgewater
Carver
Kingston
Lakeville
Marion
Mattapoisett
Middleborough
Pembroke
Plymouth
Rochester
Wareham

Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney - District 3
(Cities are capitalized)
Acton
Arlington
Ayer
Bedford
Billerica
Belmont
BOSTON
Wd. 4, Pcts. 2, 5-10;
Wd. 5, Pcts. 2, 6-10;
Wd. 21, Pcts. 1-3, 5, 8-16;
Wd. 22, Pcts. 3, 4, 6-13
Boxborough
Brookline
Burlington
Carlisle
Chelmsford
Concord
Harvard
Hudson
Lexington
Lincoln
Littleton
MARLBOROUGH
Maynard
NEWTON
Northborough - Pct. 3
Shirley
Southborough
Stow
Sudbury
WALTHAM
Watertown
Wellesley - Pcts. A, C, D, E, H
Westborough
Weston
Woburn

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MCFL-- Save the Date: October 23, 2014

by: MCFL Press Release

Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Massachusetts Citizens For Life is gearing up for its annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, October 23, 2014
at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA. We are excited to have Ryan Bomberger, a rising star in the pro-life movement, as our keynote speaker this year.

You may have seen or heard Ryan on countless news or radio programs, but one in particular always stands out. Ryan was interviewed by MSNBC following the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C. When the reporter tried to give unreliable and biased data to state that a majority of Americans were "pro-choice," Ryan - without missing a beat - exposed the flaws in the report and gave the statistics that more accurately show a majority or Americans favor a pro-life position. You can see Ryan's fantastic performance by clicking here.

Tickets for this year's event are $60 each, or you can purchase a table of ten for $500, or a table of 12 for $600. Checks should be made out to MCFL-Charitable Trust. They can be mailed to MCFL, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M9, Boston, MA 02129. Tickets can also be purchased on our website by clicking here.

If you have any questions, or you would like more information on the event, please contact me at 617-242-4199 ext. 221. You can also email me at MHanafin@MassCitizensForLife.org.

For LIFE,

Matt Hanafin
Fundraising Banquet Committee Chair

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MCFL-- Contacting PBS About "After Tiller"

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Some people have asked how to contact PBS to demand that they pull the After Tiller movie from their Monday night schedule.  Here are the contact forms for the two stations in Massachusetts.

Good luck!

Anne

Boston: http://www.wgbh.org/about/cont...
Springfield: http://connectingpoint.wgby.or...

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MCFL-- After Tiller: PBS Pro-Abortion "Documentary"

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Even on Labor Day you won't be left in peace by the pro-abs!  PBS is going to air "After Tiller."

Washington Post,  "It goes without saying that the procedure at the heart of "After Tiller" - wherein pregnancies are terminated in their third trimester, resulting in what is essentially the stillbirth of a premature infant - is at the center of a noisy, fast-moving national debate. But rather than focus on the shouting, filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson bring their cameras into the clinics themselves, where they intimately record medical professionals and their patients reaching agonizing decisions regarding the health and welfare of their would-be children, their families and themselves."

Judie Brown, American Life League, "Why are pro-life tax dollars being used to paint a sympathetic picture of abortionists who stab babies in the base of their skulls just moments before they are born?  Where is the sympathy for the babies, whose brains are being sucked out by vacuum machines by these abortionists?"

Dave Andrusko, Editor, National Right to Life News,  "The initial round of comments to the press release posted at PBS.org were almost uniformly negative. No doubt the late-term abortion apologists will rally their supporters to flood the response line.  None of that will change the ugly truth. That the lives of huge babies who are way, way past the [initial] point of being able to feel pain, are being brutally snuffed out. And that PBS is willing to give a platform to a film that glorifies the killing."

Anne Fox,  "When the media panders to pro-abortion rhetoric and the big money all goes to pro-abortion forces and their propaganda, thank goodness we have Massachusetts Citizens for Life fighting for life.  Please consider the odds and make a sacrificial investment in our life saving work right now.  Thank you in advance!"

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MCFL-- Big Brother of an Aborted Baby

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

Recently I sent an email about siblings of aborted children.  Pat replied.  There is nothing I can add except prayers.

Anne

Hi Anne - this really touches me.  I was a special education teacher and one day they gave me a depressed, sad little boy who was refusing to eat.  He was not quite seven years old and up to about six months previous, he had been pretty outgoing and 'normal.'

It took me two more months to sufficiently gain his trust and confidence and one day we sat having lunch (I used to take turns having one-on-one time with my kids at lunch and we often ate outdoors at school at a picnic table).    He finally opened up and confided that his mother had had an abortion because she and his father could not afford another child.   He decided he would not eat much because he feared she might abort him.

How about that?  How many more kids are depressed or have other strong reactions to learning their mother had "gotten rid" of an unwanted child?

Makes me cry.

Love,

Pat

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Why Do We Need a Well Set Table?

by: Teresa Blackman

Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT


by T. Blackman

As a kid, my ideal sleepovers were at the houses where the moms made the best pallets and fried up bacon in the mornings.

It wasn't so much that I liked these friends any better, but that these little added niceties made a difference. Most people, like me, appreciate this difference-it's why they pay more for first class and enjoy the mints on their pillows.

These kind acts fall under hospitality.  Increasingly necessary today, hospitality caters to individuals by surpassing mere necessity through adding kindness to even the simplest experiences.

Unlike other virtues, hospitality directly affects people as individuals. Prudence, courage, and other such virtues can affect an aggregate; and virtues like temperance often directly affect the actor, not outsiders. Even if one is hospitable to a large group, though, acts of hospitality are meant for each person, not any people as a whole. It's this very focus -- the focus on individuals -- that fosters a culture of life.

Paradoxically, though it can seem superfluous, hospitality relates to basic human needs. Everyone needs food, water and shelter to survive. The "hospitality industry" revolves around giving these.

The difference, though, is that hospitality surpasses necessity, providing a more enjoyable experience, even if it is just a night in a hotel.

American journalist and social activist Dorothy Day understood this well in her charity work. One Christmas dinner, she gave the homeless fine meat rather than mere cheap sustenance. In World War II, the "Candy Bomber" also acted hospitably as he dropped chocolate for the children of Berlin. These people not only met the basic needs of others, but did so with a full heart, holding nothing back -- even if it seemed less practical.

Hospitality often involves making someone else more comfortable. This extends into friendships and conversation. Everyone gets into the awkward situation with someone new, where both would rather be talking than silent, but still no one talks! People who make conversation, despite the awkward tension, stand out. These rare people sacrifice their own comfort for the comfort of others.

Besides the lucky, outgoing people who are marvelous at making small talk, starting a conversation -- especially with a stranger -- is difficult. As in this example, though, the first step to hospitality may be the sacrifice of your own comfort, whether as a host or simply in relationships.

Beyond being a kind host, one must remember to be a gracious recipient, that is, one cannot ignore the kindness of others or reject their efforts.

Gratitude is a virtue, too. Receiving compliments blatantly exemplifies this. Often, when complimented, the immediate reply is to blow off the compliment by saying the shirt really isn't too nice or the painting didn't really take any work.

A mere "thank you" would suffice. While dismissing a compliment seems may seem humble, it actually dismisses the other's opinion. The same principle applies to accepting hospitality when at parties, as a guest, or in any situation when receiving hospitality.

As technology increases its reach, hospitality increases in importance.  More than ever before, machines, companies, and apps do the work for us. Sliding doors rob us from holding the door open for someone, hotels steal a possible guest from our house - there are so many services available, we have no one left to serve. Modern conveniences are wonderful for making life easier and more efficient, but with all good things come a price.

What is the price here? With less opportunity for hospitality, there are less opportunities to cultivate the virtue, so it is vital to actively pursue a hospitable attitude. Starting a conversation becomes harder when an iPhone seems like the easier alternative, and restaurant is far more convenient than a home dinner party - but we can't forget the virtue in these small goods.

When acting hospitably, with kindness and attentiveness to the needs of others, one seeks to make the necessities of life a little better. A well-set table can make all the difference. Often the gap between everyday actions and hospitable actions is only a few minutes or a little extra attention. By simply taking a small extra step to making others feel welcomed in our lives, we can help to focus on caring for individual persons and building a culture of life.  

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MCFL-- If it Comes Out of the White House on Friday Afternoon, WATCH OUT!

by: MCFL Press Release

Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

The Obama administration has put out many versions of the HHS mandate, which requires employers to pay for medical insurance that covers abortion.  Each time they assure us that they have accommodated our beliefs.  This latest, in response to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, appears to be as unsatisfactory as the others.

Another case (like the New Buffer Zone) of the government not "getting it" when SCOTUS rules...?

See what you think.

Anne

By JOSH LEDERMAN - Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

Even so, the accommodations may not fully satisfy religious groups who oppose any system that makes them complicit in providing coverage they believe is immoral.

Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government - rather than their insurers - that they object to birth control on religious grounds.

A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to avoid paying for birth control by sending their insurers a document called Form 700, which transfers responsibility for paying for birth control from the employer to the insurer. But Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil.

In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can't force companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost.

The dual decisions mark the Obama administration's latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups. The dispute has sparked dozens of legal challenges, fueling an election-year debate about whether religious liberty should trump a woman's access to health care options.

"Today's announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by nonprofit organizations and closely held for-profit companies," said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans - one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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MCFL-- ALS bucket challenge raises questions about embryonic stem cell research

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 16:01:31 PM EDT

We have all seen pictures of famous people dumping buckets of ice over their heads to raise money for ALS research ($5.5 million since the end of July) and then nominating other people to do the same.  Before you take the challenge, please be aware that one of the main beneficiaries is the ALS Association.  If you check the MCFL website,  http://masscitizensforlife.org... for organizations that fund embryonic stem cell research, you will find that ALS Association certainly does.

According to their website, ALSA.org: "Adult stem cell research is important and should be done alongside embryonic stem cell research as both will provide valuable insights. Only through exploration of all types of stem cell research will scientists find the most efficient and effective ways to treat diseases."

Project ALS, another major beneficiary, is also on our web site for funding ESCR.

John Triolo did some research to see if there are ALS organizations that do not fund ESCR.

Here is what he found:

"I called the ALS Therapy Development Institute (here:http://www.als.net/), to check on this issue and they said they do not do any research with embryonic stem cells because they think induced pluripotent adult stem cells are the best avenue to a cure.  They do not have a principled objection to using embryonic stem cells but said they understand the gravity of the issue and would be very public if they change their position so donors and potential donors would be aware.

Compassionate Care ALS (here: http://www.ccals.org/home.php) confirmed by phone that they only do care and treatment for people living with ALS, rather than research."

If you have questions about whether an organization funds ESCR, please always check http://masscitizensforlife.org...

Thanks to John and to you!  Anne

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MCFL-- Alert: MCFL State PAC endorsements for 9/9 Primary!

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 15:24:22 PM EDT

As usual, Mass Citizens has polled and ranked incumbents and other candidates for the legislature and state offices.  The results are posted on the Mass Citizens website (CLICK HERE).  Using these results, the MCFL State PAC has endorsed/recommended many candidates.

Check the endorsements/recommendations, http://masscitizensforlife.org... and share the information with others in your district.

The FedPAC has not made any endorsements for 2014 because there are not any Massachusetts races for Congress or the US Senate which can help the cause of life..

Some of the state races are very important to restoring respect for human life.  We need to elect people who will vote pro-lfe.  Please go immediately to http://masscitizensforlife.org... to find the pro-life candidates in your districts.

Doctor Prescribed Suicide, licensing abortion facilities, and  women's right to know are among the bills which will be coming up next session.  We must elect our people!  Anne

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From the Mouths of Babes

by: Teresa Blackman

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT


by T. Blackman

There is a saying that goes, "If a man says you're ugly, he's just rude. If a woman says you're ugly, she's jealous. But if a kid says you're ugly, then you're ugly!" While this may not be true, it highlights a fact about children: They don't lie, and they don't hide what they are thinking. Children keenly pick up conversations, so you must speak with great care when teaching children the intricacies of life. But, how then, do you teach them about more difficult subjects -- like abortion? Children need tenderness, consistency, and respect in order to understand and love the truth, especially concerning abortion.

The sensitivity of children necessitates conscientious speech. For example, you do not want to scar a child or give him nightmares by disclosing the gory details of abortion. Keep the message positive. Kindness should radiate through your speech and body language. Often, kids will gain more from your manner than your words.

Listen to children. No one, whether 3 or 93, respects a fellow conversant in a one-sided conversation-it must be two-sided. Beyond earning respect, listening also improves your ability to gage what the child wants to know, why he asked or how much he can understand.  Chances are, there's a reason a child is asking about abortion, and you need to know why to answer considering that context.  

Be gentle, but always speak the truth. Softening harsh facts or using child-appropriate euphemisms differs greatly from telling pleasant lies. Truth is true in both simple sentences and long dissertations. With children, one uses simple sentence, but it is still truth. When a child is taught truth -- even from a young age -- as he learns more, he will discover the fullness of that truth and how all truths cohere with each other. If you lie, even to protect him, he will lose the joy of discovering corresponding truths. Children, as do we all, love this coherence-it's like finishing a grand book where all the questions and plots fit perfectly by the end.

Truth is the avenue to understanding, which is the hopeful outcome of any explanatory conversation. If you speak to a child honestly and gently, but he fails to understand, you, as speaker, have also failed. To gage a child's understanding, you must listen to his questions, answering until you know he understands, not just assuming your explanation was sufficient.  To aid understanding, use familiar terms and comparisons that the child understands.

For example, to a child, the idea of abortion is absurd, and the hardest part of a conversation may be explaining why someone would think it is not.  Ask the child if he can see a pregnant mother's baby, which, of course, he can't. Relate this to how some moms don't know it's a baby since they can't see it yet. It's true, and it is in terms a child can comprehend.  Also, this explanation does not victimize abortive mothers, which would be a dangerous thing to teach a child.

A child must understand the truth to love the truth. We are passionate and sentimental creatures. In order to live something and spread it, we must be compelled and inspired to do so.

Excite children about how beautiful life is! If they know on all levels - logical, emotional, and personal - they will forever believe it, and will spread this truth to others.

Kids know what's up, if you're ugly, they'll tell you. With abortion, the tragedy of this action is often readily apparent to children. This -- and an understanding of the honest nature and curiosity of childhood -- increases the importance of sharing, in an appropriate manner, the truth of abortion, but also of the beauty and goodness of life!

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Why Do We Need a Well Set Table?

by: Teresa Blackman

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT


by T. Blackman

As a kid, my ideal sleepovers were at the houses where the moms made the best pallets and fried up bacon in the mornings.

It wasn't so much that I liked these friends any better, but that these little added niceties made a difference. Most people, like me, appreciate this difference-it's why they pay more for first class and enjoy the mints on their pillows.

These kind acts fall under hospitality.  Increasingly necessary today, hospitality caters to individuals by surpassing mere necessity through adding kindness to even the simplest experiences.

Unlike other virtues, hospitality directly affects people as individuals. Prudence, courage, and other such virtues can affect an aggregate; and virtues like temperance often directly affect the actor, not outsiders. Even if one is hospitable to a large group, though, acts of hospitality are meant for each person, not any people as a whole. It's this very focus -- the focus on individuals -- that fosters a culture of life.

Paradoxically, though it can seem superfluous, hospitality relates to basic human needs. Everyone needs food, water and shelter to survive. The "hospitality industry" revolves around giving these.

The difference, though, is that hospitality surpasses necessity, providing a more enjoyable experience, even if it is just a night in a hotel.

American journalist and social activist Dorothy Day understood this well in her charity work. One Christmas dinner, she gave the homeless fine meat rather than mere cheap sustenance. In World War II, the "Candy Bomber" also acted hospitably as he dropped chocolate for the children of Berlin. These people not only met the basic needs of others, but did so with a full heart, holding nothing back -- even if it seemed less practical.

Hospitality often involves making someone else more comfortable. This extends into friendships and conversation. Everyone gets into the awkward situation with someone new, where both would rather be talking than silent, but still no one talks! People who make conversation, despite the awkward tension, stand out. These rare people sacrifice their own comfort for the comfort of others.

Besides the lucky, outgoing people who are marvelous at making small talk, starting a conversation -- especially with a stranger -- is difficult. As in this example, though, the first step to hospitality may be the sacrifice of your own comfort, whether as a host or simply in relationships.

Beyond being a kind host, one must remember to be a gracious recipient, that is, one cannot ignore the kindness of others or reject their efforts.

Gratitude is a virtue, too. Receiving compliments blatantly exemplifies this. Often, when complimented, the immediate reply is to blow off the compliment by saying the shirt really isn't too nice or the painting didn't really take any work.

A mere "thank you" would suffice. While dismissing a compliment seems may seem humble, it actually dismisses the other's opinion. The same principle applies to accepting hospitality when at parties, as a guest, or in any situation when receiving hospitality.

As technology increases its reach, hospitality increases in importance.  More than ever before, machines, companies, and apps do the work for us. Sliding doors rob us from holding the door open for someone, hotels steal a possible guest from our house - there are so many services available, we have no one left to serve. Modern conveniences are wonderful for making life easier and more efficient, but with all good things come a price.

What is the price here? With less opportunity for hospitality, there are less opportunities to cultivate the virtue, so it is vital to actively pursue a hospitable attitude. Starting a conversation becomes harder when an iPhone seems like the easier alternative, and restaurant is far more convenient than a home dinner party - but we can't forget the virtue in these small goods.

When acting hospitably, with kindness and attentiveness to the needs of others, one seeks to make the necessities of life a little better. A well-set table can make all the difference. Often the gap between everyday actions and hospitable actions is only a few minutes or a little extra attention. By simply taking a small extra step to making others feel welcomed in our lives, we can help to focus on caring for individual persons and building a culture of life.  

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This is My Baby Now

by: Teresa Blackman

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT


by T. Blackman

If you've flipped through any fashion magazines recently, you've probably seen the birth control ads proclaiming, "This is my baby now." It's the caption on a picture of a woman at a playground, ready to catch a cello or swing a camera - instead of a baby. Aside from the off-putting nature of seeing an inanimate object where a child should be - the ad is powerful. It makes you pause, even just to process the odd combination. But this ad sends the wrong message: Babies and hobbies are the same. The ad isn't fair to these women, and it certainly isn't fair to babies.

Have babies become a commodity? A New York Times article a few years ago described the inconsistency of a baby being "a clump of cells" during an abortion but a highly sought child when an infertile couple demands the right to a baby.  A baby should never be a clump of cells or a demanded right; a baby is a gift - not a good to be bought and sold.  

The birth-control ad suggests that babies are choices we can put off for now, but still have years down the road. It gives the impression that women are entitled to have what they want, when they want. This equalizes a baby with another hobby or career a woman might pursue. Unlike other careers, though, having a baby immediately involves another person, who cannot be ignored once career paths change or goals in life are reoriented. We cannot compare motherhood to anything else, and we certainly cannot trivialize it by comparison to someone's temporary hobby. While other activities often involve what you can get, being a mother centers on what you give.

I have spent the summer "interning for my MRS degree," as my brother calls my nannying job. While the expression is meant only as a joke, I have learned about just some of what motherhood requires: planning daily activities, making meals, keeping the house clean, and still maintaining my own schedule. It has been no easy summer, but it has given me a glimpse into the sacrifices and joys of motherhood. Realizing the mere slice I have had to do this summer, and seeing my own and other mothers, I can only imagine the love and sacrifice they give. A recent video showed the interview process for a job in which applicants were told they would work 24/7 with high stamina, using many different skills, and not be paid. The job? Being a mom. Motherhood is no 9-5 job, and it definitely isn't just a hobby.

Not only does the ad seem to place motherhood as a hobby designated for a certain time of life, it seems to suggest that babies inhibit women from living their lives fully. Who says a woman can't be a photographer or cellist and a mother? That attitude sells women short of their full potential. Furthermore, by equating the pursuit of another track to "being the baby now," the ad suggests women need a "baby."

While women have a nurturing spirit, this does not need to manifest itself in literal motherhood. Women are called to serve the world in many different capacities, and may never have a baby, and that is okay! If she serves the world as a photographer, that is wonderful, but photography doesn't become her "baby."

Among all the amazing gifts of women, though, motherhood holds a special place by its character as a uniquely female vocation. Advertising birth control, which allows women to have a different "baby", really does nothing for women. When we see a woman pushing a camera in a swing, we are unsettled for a good reason- because it is unsettling! Showing inanimate objects from hobbies as equivalent to babies sells short the value of women, of mothers, and, particularly, of babies themselves.  

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MCFL-- How Do Children Feel When They Find Their Siblings Have Been Aborted?

by: MCFL Press Release

Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

There have been been more than 55 million abortions since Roe v Wade.  Almost half of them are the woman's second or more abortion..  Probably, then, about 42 million women are post-abortive  That means abortion in 42 million families.

We have been told that the siblings of aborted babies - the survivors - may feel guilty to have survived or scared of what might happen to them, but there is really very little out their which addresses the huge situation.  This article from the National Right to Life News is a start.  It certainly made me think!

Anne

http://www.nationalrighttolife...

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Don't Think of an Elephant!

by: Teresa Blackman

Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT


by T. Blackman

Don't think of an elephant! You're thinking about an elephant now, aren't you? This is how George Lakoff gets the title for his book, "Don't think of An Elephant!"  In the book, he teaches progressives to know their values and frame the debate.  He starts with simple principles, such as, that if you tell someone not to think of an elephant, they inevitably will.  While the book targets progressives, it has many principles that someone of any political ideology could adopt.  Besides the value of learning how liberals think, pro-life activists could learn from Lakoff's discussion of marriage, language, values, and advice on changing the world.  

The book encourages liberals to take back the language and debate in political realms. According to Lakoff, this begins with understanding "framing."  Frames shape the way we see the world, though unconsciously.  Language activates these frames, as words evoke certain images and connotations.  According to Lakoff, often, whether or not something is rational matters less than if it fits pre-established frames. In order to discuss issues successfully, we must learn to operate within people's frames.  

While we must understand the frames of others, we can also create our own successful frames.  Lakoff discusses the importance of establishing frames in peoples' minds so that what you need to say does not simply bounce off but can reach them.  The words we use evoke certain frames and can completely change the impression the listener receives.  

Another key part of successful language is to use positives. Every word evokes a "frame." When we speak in negatives, we only evoke what the word negates, rather than the positive of what we are trying to communicate.  The elephant example proves this.

Pro-life activists can learn also from Lakoff's discussion of values and how they influence the way people vote.  The political realm constitutes an important part of pro-life work and understanding how this realm works is critical to the success of the pro-life movement.  Lakoff knows that people don't always vote with their self-interest, but with values.  He shows that in order to convince people, you need to show them how your view coincides with their values or lifestyle.  

Lakoff devotes an entire chapter to marriage, a hot topic between many conservatives and liberals.  While not directly related to the pro-life movement, this topic affects the culture, which, in turn, affects how the pro-life movement will succeed.  Lakoff's discussion of marriage reminds us how much conservatives and liberals have in common.  Like many conservatives, Lakoff recognizes that "marriage is central to family life."  While some would prefer to leave a discussion of marriage outside the political realm, he reminds us of the importance of marriage to society especially because of its profound cultural meaning.  

Differences in the discussion of marriage undeniably exist, but Lakoff shows that we liberals and conservatives have a starting point from which to discuss the topic.

Lastly, Lakoff beckons us, like Gandhi said, to "be the change we want to see in the world."  Lakoff quotes Gandhi in relation to the United State's reaction to 9/11 by going to war.  By killing innocent people in war, Lakoff believes America failed to be the change it wanted to see in the world.  Whether or not you agree with Lakoff's analysis, the point is clear-in order to convince others and move an culture, hypocrisy cannot be tolerated.  If we want to create a pro-life culture, we must be pro-life in all our actions.  

While Lakoff writes with a very liberal agenda, some of his ideas apply to all those trying to change the world. As someone who leans conservatively, the insight into progressive thought is valuable, and one must only ignore a little negativity to conservatives, to realize the message that we really have more in common that we think-and if we can capitalize on our similarities, both sides will be more effective.

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MCFL-- Wait 'Til You See the Dateline!

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

MCFL is working to require all abortion facilities in the state to be licensed.  Unfortunately horrible things can go on even in licensed facilities!
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/0...  

When he was in school, one of our sons had the thrill of interviewing Robin Williams.  Of course everyone is saddened by his suicide, or any suicide.  Why is it that suicide is so awful and needs to be prevented (true) except when a person has a terminal illness or a disability?  Such discrimination!  Wesley Smith addresses this, http://www.lifenews.com/2014/0...

Slippery slope is not supposed to be a good argument but it certainly rears it ugly head in both of these stories.

The last couple of days I have run into three of my friends who have new grandchildren.  They are just head-over-heels.  There are such good people in the world.

Blessings,

Anne

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MCFL-- MCFL abortion restrictions make ballot in many districts!

by: MCFL Press Release

Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:03:17 PM EDT

Pro-lifers have succeeded in getting the public policy question, which instructs local State Representatives to vote for a bill requiring abortion facilities in the state to be licensed and inspected, onto the November 2014 ballot in the following districts: 6th, 7th, 8th Bristol (Fall River, Freetown), 12th Hampden (Wilbraham, Springfield), 4th, 5th, 12th Norfolk (Braintree, Weymouth, Norwood), 5th Plymouth (Rockland, Norwell, Hanover), 3rd, 4th, 16th Worcester (Fitchburg, Leominster, City of Worcester). MCFL will also be filing the bill in the legislature in January.  When I dropped off the papers to the Secretary of State, the folks there were very impressed with the geographical spread of our districts - from Springfield to Fitchburg to Weymouth and Fall River , etc.

It is really exciting to think the we were able to get so many districts certified!  Braintree got the most signatures - almost 600 in one weekend.  Some people had disappointing things happen.  I think the worst was Lawrence where more than 100 people who live in the district but are not registered, signed.  The fellow at the Secretary of State's office said those people agreed with us and didn't want to admit they weren't registered.  We knew split cities would be tough.  They were tougher then tough.  The Fall River people did an amazing job getting all their districts qualified.  The Springfield and Worcester people each got one district qualified - real victories for them..

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading source of abortion statistics, there are forty abortion facilities in the state. This includes eighteen hospitals and six licensed clinics, leaving sixteen facilities that are not licensed or inspected. Laura Hope Smith died during an abortion at one of these unlicensed, uninspected facilities in 2007.

We are concerned that abortions not take any more victims than they already do. More importantly, having to be inspected will be a disincentive to remaining open for many facilities.

Local members of Mass Citizens will continue working through the November elections to educate people in their districts and bring them to the polls. We expect to win overwhelmingly.

The following are some of the many, many people who did yeoman's work in getting the signatures:

Jim Drummey, Sally Healy, Jean Healey, Pat Stewart, Linda and Jack Kinsey, Rosemary Reynolds, Sandra Krucharski, Mark Carron, Jamie Brunault, Peggy Bradford, Bill Allen, Bill Kelly, Deacon Tim Meagher, Eileen Dunn, Monica Silvey, Mike Cunningham, Frank Ardinger, Dave Constantine, John Martin, Mike Manze, Bill Schneelock, Tom Gaudet, Earl Sholley, Martha Donovan, Anne Hilbert, Merle Webber, Charlene Langenfield, Gail Ashey, Nancy Clark, Dennis Finn, Maryanna Heister, Eileen Krupinski, Julie Krupinski, Carol Johnston, Jackie Langloi, Pauline Morris, Marylou Petty, Julie Koss-Stephany, Chris Toloczko, Cindy Trainque, Susan Arraje, Myra Doran, Teresa Vermette.

Bea Martins says, "Mary Leite is the lady who collected 105  Without her numbers we would not have been able to turn in the number we did"

I cannot begin to express my gratitude to these people for the huge job they accomplished!
Anne  

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MCFL-- Jail for Pro-lifers? Still time to fight.

by: MCFL Press Release

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 17:11:35 PM EDT

Dear Pro-life Friend,

It's not too late!

As you know from the message I sent on Tuesday Governor Deval Patrick and his cronies have passed a New Buffer Zone Law which they want to use to silence sidewalk counselors and other pro-lifers.  Governor Patrick, a former member of Planned Parenthood's board, will do anything to protect the profits of abortion clinics-even trample on our constitutionally protected rights.

He doesn't want pro-lifers to offer our message of hope, help, and love to women in crisis.

Even though the Supreme Court overturned the last Buffer Zone law 9-0, radical pro-abortion activists have passed one that's even worse.

Under the new law, pro-lifers who "impede" people trying to enter an abortion clinic can get 5 years in jail and up to $50,000 in fines.  Worse yet, it is abortion clinic workers who will get to determine if pro-lifers are violating the law.

We need to fight back!

In my last message on this subject I asked you for a gift of $10, $20, or $30 to help fund our efforts to fight the New Buffer Zone in the public square, in the legislature, and in the courts.  Your help is vital and there is still time to give.

Please, if you have not yet given CLICK HERE to contribute and stand up for the rights of the unborn and pro-lifers.

I know I can count on you.

Thank you for all you do for Life.

Anne

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