Since votes in 2002, Sen. Brown has put conscience at the top of his list, according to the today's Globe. You will see, from this video and his open letter, that he continues in the U. S. Senate.
There will be nasty columns in the Globe and the Herald. They are going to be trashing him unmercifully for sticking up for us and our rights! Please get on the blogs under the articles and fight back. He deserves our support! Good blogging, Anne
One of our most fundamental rights as a people is the freedom of religion. It was right here in Plymouth, Massachusetts that pilgrims from Europe established a colony because of religious persecution at home.
Now, it is Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren who has assumed the mantle of oppressor. She and her allies on the left are dictating to Catholics and other people of faith that they must do as they are told when it comes to health care or face the consequences, regardless of their personal religious beliefs.
That's not the America our Founding Fathers envisioned, and it's just one of the unhealthy side effects of Obamacare, which seeks to impose a one-size-fits-all, government-knows-best health care program on the whole country.
Obamacare is bad law and needs to be repealed. Until that day arrives, it's important we fight to protect the public from some of its worst aspects.
I support a conscience exemption in health care for Catholics and other people of faith. That's why I signed on to Senator Roy Blunt's bill to restore the conscience protections in the law that existed prior to the passage of Obamacare.
Professor Warren is opposed to providing a conscience exemption. Her view is that government can mandate religious people and organizations to act in ways that are contrary to their most deeply-held principles. This type of thinking strikes at the very heart of the religious freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.
My last opponent, Martha Coakley, took the same position and said Catholics who work in emergency rooms should find a new line of work. This attitude is highly offensive to all Americans, not just people of faith.
Religious liberty is at the core of our nation's founding, and we in Massachusetts know that better than anyone. It is has helped make us a strong and diverse nation. We must continue to cherish it and fight back against those who would chip away at it.
Sunday: 39 years and 55 million dead babies. Who knows how many damaged women.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston and others who are interested can join the Marchers in prayer as they journey to DC on Sunday at a local church at 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm. http://www.bostoncatholic.org/...
For Sunday also, we have joined Jill Stanek who says. "This Sunday, January 22, pro-life bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, commenters, debaters, apologists, and rabble-rousers will band together to counter NARAL's Blog for Choice Day by asking them everywhere they can, "What do you mean by that word, 'choice'"?
"The pro-life bloggers and their contributors are using the same day to ask them: 'exactly what do they mean by CHOICE'? Feel free to join the party. If you tweet, add #tweet4choice to your effort. Use your facebook or similar accounts too! It's good clean fun, and will drive NARAL nutz."
If you can't make the assembly on the 29th, you can still hear Wayne Cockfield.
"The Dangers of Doctor Prescribed Suicide - to You and to Society"
Wayne Cockfield, USMCRet, nationally known pro-life speaker who lost both his legs and partial use of one hand in battle, will speak about the dangers of the Doctor Prescribed Suicide petition, which will be on the Massachusetts ballot. Phelan Center, Blessed Sacrament Parish, 555 Pleasant Street, Worcester, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
Sunday ushers in the 40th post-Roe year. When the cause is life we will never give up. For those of us in Massachusetts, it will be the most challenging year we have ever had. With that in mind, we have chosen a more active, forceful logo for these emails. I hope you like it.
I leave at the crack of dawn Saturday morning for the National Right to Life Board meeting in DC. I'll let you know what is happening there. Anne
Brent Rooney of Justice for Kids, which looks at the connection between previous abortions and problems in subsequent children, brought to our attention this recent study from Harvard. It is so powerful that I sent his press release to all the media outlets in Massachusetts. Take a look at their website, http://www.justiceforkids.webs... It has intuitive but still-amazing information like the fact that the incidence of cerebral palsy went down by 71% in Poland when abortion was made illegal. You and Mother Nature have been right all along!
Following the press release, I have the link to a study showing that some stem cells of unborn babies stay with their mothers and protect them for a life-time! Not bad!
Harvard Study Links Autism to Prior Abortions
9 January 2012
Press Release: Third Study Links Autism Risk to Prior Abortions
Source: Brent Rooney (MSc; Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition)
In 2011 Harvard University researchers led by Kristen Lyall
reported that women with prior IAs (Induced Abortions) elevate
their relative odds of delivering a newborn later diagnosed with
Autism by a significant 26%.[1, Lyall] This makes at least the
third published study finding that prior IAs significantly raise
Autism risk in a newborn baby. In 2002 Ball State University
researchers led by Diana Wilkerson reported significantly
higher Autism risk for women with prior abortion surgery, a
finding that was NOT mentioned in the abstract (i.e. summary)
section of their study.[2, Wilkerson]. In 1999 Professor Larry Burd
and colleagues found that women with prior IAs tripled their odds
of having newborns later diagnosed with Autism.[3, Burd]
The total lifetime cost ( medical + non-medical + lost income )
for a U.S. citizen with Autism was estimated by Harvard U. Professor
Michael Ganz to be $3.2 million.[6, Ganz]
During the 1800's abortion was despairingly common. The abortion rate in the US was the highest in the world. Abortion was used almost exclusively by upper class, urban, married women for the usual reasons: they had vacations planned, wanted to wear their fashionable clothes, etc. Abortionists and abortifacients were openly advertized in the newspapers.
The abortion rate in Boston was twice that of New York City, which was 10 times the national average.
Is it any wonder, then, that the doctors at Harvard Medical School were among the pioneers of the pro-life movement? As early as 1805 they were talking about human life beginning at conception. In the 1860's they were talking about fetal pain at 15 weeks.
I was reminded today - on the Feast of the Holy Innocents - that their papers at both the Mass. Medical Society and Harvard Medical School quote these doctors calling abortionists "Herods".
We reviewed Frederick Dyer's books about Horatio Storer and these other courageous physicians in a recent MCFL News (reprinted below). You can read more from Dr Dyer. Dr Dyer has donated both books to the MCFL Library. You may borrow either book by calling the MCFL office. They are thick but so quotable!
For those of us who get a real satisfaction from proof that we are right all along, The Physicians' Crusade Against Abortion and its companion, Champion of Women and the Unborn, by Frederick Dyer, are must reads. Horatio Robinson Storer, Harvard Medical School, 1853, was probably the most powerful anti-abortion crusader ever.
In the 19th century abortion drugs and devices, as well the actual procedure, were openly advertized in leading newspapers. The abortion rates were very high - mostly among privileged, married women. The US had the highest abortion rate in the world and Boston's abortion rate was twenty times that of the rest of the country!
Doctors at the time noted that the Catholic women were not aborting. The doctors, who were the pro-life leaders, bemoaned the lack of clergy instruction from the pulpit. They felt it was the priests speaking in the confessional that kept the Catholic abortion rate nil. Dyer stresses, that, if the reader has Protestant ancestors in the US in the 19th century, that reader is very lucky to exist.
Dyer used Storer family papers, which he then donated to the Mass. Medical Society and HMS. Remember Justice Blackmun's claims in Roe v Wade that 19th century anti-abortion laws were all for the health of the mother? As early as 1805, doctors talked about the humanity of the unborn baby from the moment of conception. In the 1860's doctors were talking about fetal pain at 15 weeks. Doctors consistently referred to abortionists as "Herods". Just the direct quotes about the humanity of the unborn from conception, and the absolute evil of those who would destroy them, would make a power point presentation at least two hours long. This meticulously documented analysis exposes the tendentious character of the arguments in Roe v Wade.
The nation's Catholic bishops have elected Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, as the new chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Pro-life Activities. In Massachusetts, we have always valued Cardinal Sean's strong commitment to life. We at MCFL wish him every success in this most-important role.
People who have heard Rita Marker speak are raving about her presentation. You may still hear her on Wednesday in Warren from noon to 2:30, lunch included, at St. Stanislaus Hall, 2270 Main Street.
Rita will also speak in Quincy on Thursday night at the Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum Street, at 7:00pm. Sponsored by the Quincy Department of Elder Services.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments next March about Obamacare. This allows plenty of time for a decision in late June, just four months before Election Day.
The justices announced they will hear an extraordinary five-and-a-half hours of arguments from lawyers on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
In addition to deciding whether the law's central mandate is constitutional, the justices will also determine whether the rest of the law can take effect even if that central mandate is held unconstitutional. You will remember that the Democratic leadership wouldn't allow the law to go through the proper conference process after Scott Brown was elected. This means there is no severability clause. If the individual mandate is unconstitutional, then, the whole law should be.
Justice Elena Kagan served as solicitor general in the Obama administration when the law was being formulated. She should, therefore, recuse herself.
Again, best wishes to Cardinal Sean and please try to hear Rita. Anne
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There has been a small kurfluffle about Herman Cain's position on life. National Right to Life issued this statement. I notice that, as most commentators are checking the facts, they are coming to National's position:
National Right to Life: Herman Cain is Fully Pro-Life
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/21/11 5:22 PM
The National Right to Life Committee is today vouching for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's bona fides, saying the businessman who is considered by many to be the current GOP frontrunner is pro-life.
NRLC's comments come after a 48-hour period during which Cain has confused pro-life voters where he stands - by first using seemingly pro-abortion language saying government should have no involvement before finally clarifying he is pro-life and saying he wants abortions illegal.
"Herman Cain's pro-life," David O'Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, told National Review. "He addressed our convention last June. We are quite confident in his pro-life position. When he ran in the primary for senate some years back ... he ran as a pro-life candidate then in Georgia. We've known of him for a number of years, and he's always taken a pro-life position."
At that event, Cain, the former businessman and candidate, said the "Founding fathers got it right" including the right to life from conception.
"Don't infringe on the rights of somebody else and that includes the unborn," Cain said of what the Constitution requires.
Cain spent most of his time talking about the moral crisis and lack of God in the cultural conversations in America, saying, "We've got a moral crisis in this nation. One of the reasons we have this moral crisis today is because too many people are trying to take God out of our culture, little by little."
"Those that believe taking the life of the unborn is a choice has gotten away from the Godly principles," he said. "The way we're going to protect the unborn in this nation is to work on the right problem, get God back in our culture."
Hope to see you on the road sporting your "Choose Life" plate! Anne
The Medical Ethics Faculty Seminar "Care at the End of Life: Empowering Terminally Ill Patients with Information and Choices"
Friday, October 21 12:30 - 2:00 PM Countway Library Ballard Room, 5th Floor 10 Shattuck Street, Boston Kathryn L. Tucker, JD, Director of Legal Affairs, Compassion & Choices. Sponsored by the Division of Medical Ethics. RSVP to DME@hms.harvard.edu.
I hope you can make it - and share your reaction! Thanks, Anne
Other articles on the Oregon and WA pages of www.choiceillusion.org
Assisted suicide is currently legal in two states- Oregon and Washington-and may have some legal protection in the state of Montana, due to a 2010 court decision. While doctor-prescribed death is legal in only these two Northwest states, assisted suicide advocates have announced they plan on getting a foothold in the Northeast: in Vermont and Massachusetts. Should they succeed, momentum could leave many other New England states vulnerable.
The most serious and imminent threat is in the form of a ballot initiative in Massachusetts. Compassion and Choices, operating under the campaign name "Dignity 2012," must collect almost 70,000 signatures of registered voters before the petition can be presented to the legislature. Lawmakers could either adopt it as a law or let voters decide in the November 2012 general election.
Saturday, October 15 was a day of "supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings" at Planned Parenthood in Boston. Pastor David Hill of Abundant Grace Church was present as usual, leading a small group in prayer and song, this being the third Saturday of the month.
About 25 seminarians from Saint John's Seminary arrived around 9:00 AM and separated into smaller prayer groups. [A second contingent of seminarians went to Women's Health in Brookline.] Students from BC and BU and other pro-life people joined the prayer.
And then, one woman came out, then another, another, and another. "Did you change your mind?" "Yes." One came responded to text messages from her brother, still outside. Aside from the four women, another one is still wavering, but said she would go with Judy, a sidewalk counselor, to A Woman's Concern next week. So, for now, that's five (#88-92).
We are getting such good reports back about the Walk! So many people contributed to its success - notably you who attended! I want to especially thank these people: Brother Peter from St. Benedict's Center/Immaculate Heart of Mary School, who did a lovely job leading us in prayer, David Cross, Ken Evans, Ed Nazzaro, Janet Callahan, and Andrew McLaughlin, who were the people behind the scenes, without whom nothing could happen. Ed Boylan is the official MCFL photographer. His pictures always tell the story of the event. They are posted along with others people have sent. http://masscitizensforlife.org...
Yesterday, pro-lifers from across the state attended Judiciary Committee hearings to testify in favor of a state Partial Birth Abortion Ban. For more than five hours we listened to testimony about bills on animal protection. People talked about morality, cruelty, judging us by how we treat animals, about giving animals a chance, etc. We thought how well they expressed our case against Partial Birth Abortion. Finally, into the evening, Marie O'Donnell was able to testify. She pointed out that, every twenty seconds in this country, we treat an unborn baby worse than these animals are treated.
It is necessary for those of you who were there and everyone else who couldn't be there to email testimony. If you want, you can reply to this email and Eva will take it to the Judiciary Committee or you can email directly to the Chair, Rep Eugene O'Flaherty, Gene.OFlaherty@mahouse.gov and ask him to share with members of the Committee. We suggest that you include the diagram and description, http://massprolife.com/attachm...
Keiko Orrall, who was backed by the MCFL State PAC, won the special election for State Representative. The seat had been held by the opposition party for 30 years and her opponent had strong union backing.
Madeline McComish reports that the PAC made 800 phone calls and mailed to 800 plus households. She asked me to thank all of you who voted and those who contacted people in the district. The difference was less than 300 votes! Keiko will be another State House vote to protect life.
I thought you might enjoy the report from the State House News. Anne
GOP'S ORRALL TAKES HOUSE SEAT LONG HELD BY DEMOCRATS
By Kyle Cheney
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 21, 2011.....Buoyed by strong turnout in her hometown of Lakeville, Keiko Orrall, a Republican and former member of the community's finance committee, won a special election to the Massachusetts House, flipping the 12th Bristol seat from Democratic control for the first time in more than 30 years.
Orrall defeated Roger Brunelle, a Middleborough Democrat with strong labor backing, capturing an estimated 54 percent of the vote in a special election to fill the 12th Bristol seat vacated in June by Stephen Canessa, a New Bedford Democrat who left to take a post at Southcoast Health Systems.
Voters in Lakeville, a community of about 10,000 residents, turned out in greater numbers than nearby New Bedford precincts, choosing Orrall by a three-to-one margin. Brunelle won New Bedford handily but the small turnout, less than 11 percent, helped propel Orrall to victory. In addition to New Bedford and Lakeville, the district includes portions of Freetown, Taunton and Middleborough.
Overall Orrall won 2,135 votes to Brunelle's 1,761, according to unofficial returns. Sen. Scott Brown endorsed her candidacy during the campaign.
Then the students were privileged to hear Becky Miller, Director of Education for Rhode Island Right to Life, speak about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. She was excellent! Her personal experience about the availability of suicide is powerful! I asked Becky to recommend materials for the students and for the rest of us who must consistently fight Assisted Suicide - Doctor Prescribed Suicide - for the next many months. This is what Becky replied:
Anne, thanks for having me. I really enjoyed the time with your students.
The two best books I've read on euthanasia are:
"Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder" by Wesley J. Smith
"Death as a Salesman: What's Wrong with Assisted Suicide" by Brian P. Johnston (This one is VERY easy and quick to read and understand)
For on-line students and all of you who are interested, here is Week Four of the Summer Academy. Dr Micheline Matthews-Roth speaks on stem cells. Matt Hanafin, member of the MCFL Board, and William Keough speak about distortion of language. http://massprolife.com/videos....
We are most grateful to all of them! Anne
In case you missed any of weeks one through three, here they are.
Week 1: David Franks, PhD., Chair MCFL Board speaks about "Anthropology, Ethics, and Human Rights" and Tom Day, Esq., Regional Coordinator, Pioneer Valley Region and member of the MCFL Board, talks about Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton, their antecedents and progeny, were extremely informative and very well-received. http://massprolife.com/index.p...
Week 2: Linda Thayer not only gives her excellent presentation on pre-natal development but also gives the students tips on how they can present to information to others. http://massprolife.com/videos....
Week 3: Chris, Elaine, and Corinne, counselors at Problem Pregnancy in Worcester and Cori, who had an abortion years ago, share experiences with the students. http://massprolife.com/videos....
Counselors from Problem Pregnancy in Worcester shared their experiences. Chris, Elaine, and Corinn told the students about women who come to them who are determined to have abortions, others who are undecided, and some who want to give birth to their babies but need help - which Problem Pregnancy provides with usual pro-life generosity.
MCFL is planning to list all the Crisis Pregnancy Centers in the state on our web site. We have found 72 centers. We are calling each to check on the services they offer.* We always hear there are more CPC's in the country than abortuaries, but this is amazing!
Cori had an abortion on October 7th, 1983. Her Patrick would turn 28 this fall. For years she lived with the awful consequences. Recently, thanks to Project Rachel, Cori has been healing and is able to share her story. The students now have a real person with real experiences to reference in talking to other young people.
It was a blessed evening! I want you to know that Worcester is hotter than most of the rest of the state. The Burncoat Baptist church is beautiful but our part is not air-conditioned. Our students are real troopers whose commitment has certainly been proved.
MCFL Summer Academy previewed in Worcester on Wednesday. We had sixteen impressive high school students from almost that many towns, some adults, and a young friend from New Jersey. The students are the kind who look you right in the eye, put back the chairs without being asked, and ask thoughtful questions.
We heard this back from an older brother who had brought a van full of boys, "I know they all plan to come to all of the sessions now (some were originally unsure) so that speaks well of Prof. Franks and Mr. Day's presentations."
Yes. David Franks, Chair MCFL Board, who talked about "Anthropology, Ethics, and Human Rights" and Tom Day, Regional Coordinator, Pioneer Valley Region, who talked about Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton, their antecedentnts and progeny, were extremely informative and very well-received. See them here. We are fortunate enough to be hosted by the Burncoat Baptist Church on Burncoat Street. The facilities are lovely and convenient, and the staff is a delight to work with.
CHARLESTOWN: Because the program in Boston starts a week later, students can still hear David and Tom at Boston's first week, the 13th. Linda Thayer will speak in Worcester next week and Boston the week after. The six weeks continue in that manner.
Operation Rescue: Boston
News Saturday, June 25
More babies saved! Total now 53!!
One from last week that we just heard about this week. That's # 51. A young woman came out of Planned Parenthood on Thursday, June 16 and told Clare that she changed her mind.
This week saw two more at Planned Parenthood. One (# 52) was Thursday morning. A girl who looked about 16 went in with her parents. When Janet appealed to the girl's mother that she was making a huge mistake by agreeing to this abortion, the mother replied [in the presence of her daughter], "The only mistake I made was that 16 years ago I didn't abort her!" Later, after the father had left in his separate truck, a pleasant surprise [in the words of Janet]:
By a holy miracle, out comes the mother and child, and this little kid had cried her eyes out; they were as pink as the shirt she was wearing. And I said, "Thanks be to God. You came out." And the mother said, "NOOO, we are going back in." I walked with them to the car, and said, "But you can't! She doesn't want this! You can't force someone against their own will to do something you want done!" I told the 16-year old that I loved her, and the mother that I would adopt her child. After a good 20 minutes of the Mom and daughter sitting in the car with the motor running, they finally left! We waved goodbye. I had walked by the car just before they left and the Mom and daughter were finally talking and working on their phones. No more tears at this point.
This morning, another baby (# 53) was saved. A Muslim girl with two women -- opposed to the abortion -- and a man -- for the abortion -- went into Planned Parenthood. After several conversations with the man and / or women, the girl finally came out just before noon. "A definite save," said Judy, our counselor.
Well, it has been three weeks today since MCFL sent our letter to Gov Patrick expressing serious concerns with Maria Talks and urging that it be shut down and de-funded. Since we have heard nothing back, we have sent another letter to him and a press release. You may also receive a call asking you to call his office. This email is much longer than usual, so I'll list the items. I hope you will definitely call the Governor and read what you can. Thanks! Anne
1) Governor Patrick's phone number: 617-725-4005
2) Press Release which went to more than 800 media outlets across the state
3) Copy of the text of our letter to the Governor
4) Copy of Linda Thayer's testimony. This is the best piece in the email! She is arguing against some of the programs the state wants to put in our schools. She knows these programs will enshrine the MT agenda and points out, very cleverly, the faults with MT.
For immediate release contact: Anne Fox, 781-449-1774
Linda Thayer, 781-834-9855
Boston: Massachusetts Citizens for Life calls on Governor Duval Patrick to reply to their letter of April 21, 2011 and to immediately shut down the state-funded website "Maria Talks" pending an investigation into its funding and approval.
We expect Committee hearings on our bills to be announced any minute.
Our five bills have been referred to three committees: Judiciary (Laura's Law, Sex selection, PBA), Public Health (fetal pain), and Revenue (Taxpayer option).
We are especially grateful to the following legislators who sponsored all five of our bills: Rep. Elizabeth Poirier, Rep. Nicholas Collins, Rep. James Lyons, Rep. John Rogers, and Sen, Richard Ross.
We are also looking at a fetal homicide bill sponsored by Rep. Bradley Jones, strengthening of the Baby Safe Haven Law by Rep. Steven Levy, and fetal anesthesia bill by Rep. Vincent deMacedo.
MCFL will be opposing the Health Care Frameworks which mandate offensive sex ed including teaching children how to obtain abortions without their parents' knowledge or consent. We will also oppose a proposed Doctor Prescribed Suicide bill.
Special election primaries for state representative in the Sixth Worcester District and state representative in the Tenth Middlesex District are next Tuesday, April 12th. The general special election is May 10th. We have candidates in both races!
Tenth Middlesex: Jim Dixon (R) is pro-life, actually a former member of the MCFL Board. None of the other candidates has returned our Questionnaire.
Sixth Worcester: Peter Durant ( R) is pro-life
Joanne Powell (D) is pro-life
Geraldo Alicea (D) takes a 100% pro-abortion position.
Madeline McComish, Chairman of the MCFL State PAC tells me the PAC has done phone calls
and mailings into the Worcester District for the primary and will be working in both districts for the special election.
The 2009 Back to School issue of the MCFL News featured an analysis of the "Get Real" curriculum designed by Planned Parenthood. We featured the story to warn people that PP was marketing the program to most of the towns in the state. Since then, Haverhill pro-lifers were able to keep out this highly offensive program, which tells children how to get abortions and advocates illegal activity, out of their schools, but many school departments bought it (literally) and are starting to implement. Groups of parents, such as those in Needham, www.needhamsense.org. are working to keep out these programs. Other groups are forming.
When the MCFL News came out, many people checked to see what was going on locally. It is time to check again to see if any new "Wellness" programs are planned in your town.
This is another way you can defund Planned Parenthood by cutting into their business! Anne