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Saving on the Sidewalk

by: Teresa Blackman

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 02:30:09 AM EDT

By T. Blackman

Having spent last fall abroad, I learned to love the life of the downtown.  Without a car or home, for every trip, I had to stay in the heart of the city.   Every place seemed different.  Paris breathed beauty and art on every street corner, and Krakow's building told the stories of the city's deep history.  As I travelled from city to city, I marveled at how different these places seemed from home, with new foods, new shops, new people.  Now that I am home, I realize that while the cities are indeed different, European cities bear more similarity to American ones.  Each downtown has staples-public transportation, busy workers, people selling food and wares-an array of splendors to busy all the senses.  This morning, I ventured downtown for the first time in a long while, but after the familiar business of a city greeted me, an imposing building reminded me of another downtown staple-the abortion clinic.

The tower didn't look like an abortion facility, and I probably would've passed ignorantly, had I not been going to observe a sidewalk counselor.  My friend and  I visited a woman standing at a street corner with her bag of pamphlets.  She came over excitedly once she saw us, and readily began to tell us about a save!  While the young woman had already decided not to abort her child, the counselor had lovingly told her about many places that could help her pay rent, on which she was behind, and support her after she had the child. We had started the morning on a joyous note!  Being a sidewalk counselor, while joyous and rewarding, requires a great deal of virtue. As I observed her work, I realized the calling involves three main virtues: hard work, dedication, and hope.

Sidewalk counseling is nothing to scoff at.  I assumed the hardest part would be talking to strangers, but quickly learned I was mistaken.  Hard work sets the foundation of this calling.  This counselor had been waiting on the sidewalk since 6:45 a.m. (it was then 10:00).  How did she arrive so early? Not in an air-conditioned, comfortable car, but by bike.  She biked to fill a job where she would then stand for hours. Embarrassingly, I was tired after only having to stand outside in the heat for an hour.  This lady, though, had been standing for hours, talking to others, enduring the heat, and continuing to walk with us to our car after her day was done.  Needless to say, she impressed me.  Such hard work though, requires inspiration, a reason to work with such intensity.

Dedication is the second virtue a sidewalk counselor must develop.  This woman had been sidewalk counseling for over twenty years.  She spend almost the entirety of her adulthood working as a sidewalk counselor.  Not only has she worked this long, but she also became bilingual to do a better job.  Realizing the benefit speaking Spanish would have in her position, she began to learn the language.  She tried high school classes, and dissatisfied there, tried other methods, before ultimately learning the language.  Now, as I witnessed, she is fluent and can hold conversations with the women on the sidewalk.  Dedicated and passionate, she used her talents, and even developed more, to complete her job in the best possible way.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a sidewalk counselor needs hope.  We were lucky to witness a save, for some, even as sidewalk counselors never see a baby saved.  While sometimes there is no tangible evidence of the fruits of the labor, a sidewalk counselor cannot give up.  The work is both necessary and worthwhile.  We do of many lives that were saved, and imagine the lives that were saved with no sidewalk counselor knowing the effect he or she had.  The sidewalk counselor we shadowed spoke of the blessing it was in her life to have witnessed the fruits of her work.  In completely coincidental situations, she has met four of the children she helped to save.  The mothers expressed gratitude and she was able to see the fruits of her labor, giving her future hope to continue such an important ministry.  She has even kept in contact with mothers.  Even without such a wonderful connection to remind one of the life-saving value of his work, a sidewalk counselor must remain hopeful of the good of his beautiful service.      

Like most downtowns, this one was busy when I came.  Like most downtowns, this one had stores and buses.  Unlike most, this one had a lifesaving sidewalk counselor on the corner.  She literally brings life to the downtown. As we work to make our downtowns, our world, free of abortion facilities, may those working as dedicated sidewalk counselors, become a staple in the downtown, saving lives person by person in the heart of the city.  

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Finding the Ethics of Life while Biking

by: Teresa Blackman

Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

by Teresa Blackman

  Living in the north, the long-awaited sun brings us from hibernating indoors to finally enjoying the outdoor sunshine.  For me, this change means taking my transportation from four wheels to two.  I started to bike not only to enjoy the sun, but to take advantage of the many trails around my home and perhaps save some gas.  Little did I know the many things biking would change. Physically, biking has already given me a sore bottom and sunburnt arms. Not only, though, has the sun colored my Irish skin, but it has started to color the way I see the world.  I know it seems wild that pedaling around town could do anything to change my perspective, but the slow pedaling has slowed my thoughts.  While my initial reasons to bike centered on relatively shallow goals, I began to realize there were much better reasons to bike.  In biking, we encounter people more, we slow down, and we share in a journey-actions that call us to focus on the person, the dignified individual, which we are pedaling past.
  It seems silly, at first, to imagine "traffic" on bike trails, but I have recently learned that this phenomenon does in fact exist. At "rush hour," rules on speed and merging arise and the oft-ignored stop signs must now be heeded.  While this traffic bears some similarity to the nearby highway, there is one key difference: you look at the other commuters.  The traffic occurs between people, not minivans and trucks. While, of course, there are people inside these metal boxes, seldom when cursing the car that cuts us off, do we think of that driver.  With biking, you cannot avoid it. With each passing traveler, you must exchange at least a glance.  While this seems perhaps a trivial difference in my commute versus that of the crowded car-I consider it to be of great importance.  The importance lies in that this traffic calls us to remember the person, not the car.  When focusing on the person, we lean less to rudeness, and instead act in kindness and consideration.  Biking forces this attention, but we must remember the persons throughout our days, always acting with kindness.  With the speeding internet and interstates, any attention to the person, not the car or twitter handle, is beneficial.  This personal attention reinforces the dignity of the person.  It is far easier to slander another from behind a computer screen or windshield than when passing on a bicycle.  Focus on the person is central to a culture of life. When building a culture of life, we must respect life from conception to natural death-remembering life at the entirety of stages in between-from the slow tricycle rider to the whizzing racer to old man on his recumbent bicycle.
  Biking also slows me down-the ten-minute drive turns into a half hour bike ride. By taking time, I notice the flowers, the clouds, the crunching leaves-- I must involve myself in the environment, with those around me. As a teacher of mine would say, I try to become,  "someone on whom nothing is lost."  When biking, we have the time to notice everything around, to soak in beauty we might otherwise speed past. With nothing lost on us, we live life more fully, realizing more the value of each moment.  Not only does biking connect us more intimately with the environment, but biking connects us to other people.
  Each driver has his own radio, his own temperature, but bikers share the same sounds, the same air, and the same trail.  With much today that can isolate (phones, cars, cubicles, etc.), bike trails unite.  The shared trail reminds us of our shared nature. This solidarity forces us to realize our similarities and the dignity that we know each of us to possess.
  Through focusing on this shared nature and attending to the individual person, biking helps to create a culture of life, which is essential to the pro-life movement.  Mother Teresa said, "We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love."  The pro-life movement centers on small things of great love, from kindly letting someone pass on a bike trail to the gentle words of a sidewalk counselor to the pro-life med student studying during finals week.   Big or small, all our actions either work for or against a culture of life.  Through small acts of love, we can create a culture of life, in our homes, at work, and on the bike trails.

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Happy Mother's Day

by: MCFL Press Release

Sun May 12, 2013 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

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Pro-Abortion false arguments: reducing the baby to a single cell

by: massprolife

Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 18:49:57 PM EST

As a pro-lifer, when conversing with friends or even pro-abortion family members, a common tactic is for the pro-abortion side to say, "but it's just a clump of cells" or to try and reduce the baby, to dehumanize the little boy or girl, down to a single cell.

The image above is a visual representation of that simple idea.

It's not a life, look at it!

But that's, of course, yet another pro-abortion lie.

A chicken egg unfertilized won't grow to be a chicken. Since people eat food, it would be just as logical to take a picture of a dinner plate and say it won't grow into a human either. The basic raw materials of human beings don't make for a human life, for the definition of human dignity.

But a fertilized child, at no matter the age, is a separate and unique human being. Immediately their DNA is set. They begin the process of becoming a separate and unique human being.

Just because something is small does not make it unworthy of respect. Short people are not less human than tall people. Skinny people aren't half the human being of an obese person.

Tiny isn't a reason to deny human life.

The image below well illustrates that point, and uses the pro-abortion image as a framework for debunking these silly myths.

Always engage pro-aborts in conversation. As long as they keep saying these kind of non-sensical things, those around them won't be persuaded by them. It's very difficult to rationalize abortion, and forcing people to do so in polite conversation helps to affect those listening.

And you never know the intellectual and rhetorical seeds you plant within people. As a child is sometimes born after 7 months in the womb, and others 10 months. Sometimes pro-life logic doesn't set in for months or even years later. Many prominent pro-abortion leaders have become pro-life leaders later, once those good arguments finally made sense.

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Image: Shocking pro-abortion lies

by: massprolife

Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 17:59:06 PM EDT

Top Abortion Lies:
1. It's not a baby, it's a "fetus" (fetus is Latin for baby)
2. Babies being aborted don't feel pain (research says they do)
3. There are no health consequences from abortion (not true, cancer, depression, infertility, among other things are in much higher amounts among post-abortive women)
4. Women never regret their abortions (yes, they do)
5. Being a feminist means you must be pro-abortion (most of the early feminists were pro-life)
6. There are too many people already (our several articles on overpopulation myths)
7. Young women are pro-abortion (there are plenty of pro-life young people, over a majority)
8. It's "just a clump of cells" (not at all, it has unique DNA, a heartbeat, brain waves and more from very early in the pregnancy)
9. Many women died from illegal abortions (NARAL founder Bernard Nathanson later admitted making up all those numbers)
10. Abortion is a constitutional right (no, it was a poorly decided case not based on logic or the law, but on achieving a result. If it was about law, it would have worked with existing law, not upending all state restrictions on abortions)

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College Bulletin Board: Partisan Attacks about Abortion

by: massprolife

Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 02:37:25 AM EDT

Recently posted on a college campus near you. Is this fair? accurate? unfair? inaccurate? you tell us.

update: we received this rebuttal from our email tipline. We're posting it, but feel free to tell us your opinion: tips@massprolife.org



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MCFL-- The Baby Killer Bailout

by: MCFL Press Release

Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:17:00 PM EDT

Everyone who has seen this has wanted to share.  It is worth a read.  Anne

The Baby Killer Bailout
URL: http://www.markcrutcherblog.co...

In the first few years after its legalization, studies were taken to determine the cost of an abortion. The findings were that the price of a first-trimester procedure was generally around $350. The interesting thing is, that figure has changed little since then. To put this in perspective, even if we ignore the fact that prices have probably risen faster in medicine than in any other area of the economy, applying the basic rate of inflation shows that an item purchased for $350 in 1973 costs almost $2,000 today.

So the question is, with no competition and a seemingly reliable demand, why has the abortion industry not been able to raise prices in almost 40 years?

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MCFL-- Abortion Legal Until Birth in DC - U.S. House Votes July 31 to Overturn

by: MCFL Press Release

Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 12:05:00 PM EDT

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, on legislation that will end the current legal policy allowing abortion, for any reason, until the moment of birth in our nation's capital.

The Council of the District of Columbia, employing authority delegated by Congress, repealed the entire D.C. abortion law.  Thus, in the nation's capital, abortion is currently legal for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.

MCFL strongly supports the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act , H.R. 3803 because:

1) The U. S. constitution stipulates that Congress is supposed to vote on all legislation for DC

2)  H. R. 3803 has 223 House cosponsors

3)  According to June, 2012 poll, American adults would be more likely to vite for lawmakers who support this legislation by 58-27%, women more likely by 62-27%, men by 53-27%
Respondents favored, 63-21%, a policy of not permitting abortion anywhere "after the point where substantial medical evidence says that the unborn child can feel pain," unless it is "necessary to save a mother's life."  Women said "should not be permitted" by a margin of 70-18% percent.  Men said "should not be permitted" by a margin of 55-25%.

Doug Johnson, NRLC Legislative Director, says, "This roll call will be a landmark - the House has never before voted on the question of whether to endorse legal abortion for any reason until birth.  Under the Constitution, members of Congress and the President are ultimately accountable for the current abortion-until-birth policy.  Any lawmaker who votes against this bill is voting to ratify the extreme policy currently in effect in the nation's capital, where abortion is perfectly legal for any reason until the moment of birth."

Call your Congressman today or before 11am on Tuesday!  Thanks! Anne

Congressman John W. Olver , 202-225-5335
Congressman Richard E. Neal, 202-225-5601
Congressman James P. McGovern, 202-225-6101
Congressman Barney Frank, 202-225-5931
Congressman Niki Tsongas, 202-225-3411
Congressman John F. Tierney, 202-225-8020
Congressman Edward J. Markey, 202-225-2836
Congressman Michael Capuano, 202-225-5111
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, 202-225-8273
Congressman William D. Keating, 202-225-3111

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Happy Mother's Day

by: MCFL Press Release

Sun May 13, 2012 at 00:00:00 AM EDT

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MCFL-- ORATORY CONTEST, WIN TRIP TO DC, CASH PRIZES

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 20:10:17 PM EDT

ORATORY CONTEST FINALS

WHAT: The Dr. Mildred F Jefferson Oratory Contest for High School Juniors and Seniors, sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens for Life

WHO: Winners from Regional Contests. If there was not a contest in your region, you may participate in the finals anyway.

WHERE: St. Sebastian's School, Saturday, May 12, 2012, 9:30 am - Noon    

HOW to register.

TOPICS:   Each students will research, write and deliver a pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or stem cell research. Further instructions.

PRIZES:  

First: The winner will go with a parent or guardian to Washington DC to attend the National Right to Life Convention and compete against the Oratory winners from other states.

Second: $300

Third: $100

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California-- Midwives might be doing abortions

by: massprolife

Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 12:28:26 PM EDT

If you know pro-lifers in California, please pass this story and link along to them.

http://timmerie.com/2012/04/mi...

Tuesday the California Senate's Economic Development Committee intends to vote on SB 1338 which, if passed, would allow midwives, nurses, and physician assistants to perform first trimester abortions.

Midwives who help bring life into the world would be the same women who could keep a child from taking its first breath.

The California legislature has been attempting to legalize non-doctor, midlevel practitioners' ability to perform abortions for many years. If SB 1338 were legalized this would create a mass abortion expansion that would allow abortions to be performed in places that otherwise did not have an abortionist available for the procedure. Planned Parenthood, other abortion clinics, and many more hospitals would be able to further put women at risk by exposing them to the risky surgical procedure without the supervision of a doctor.

Read the rest here:
http://timmerie.com/2012/04/mi...

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MCFL: Damning statistical analysis of Planned Parenthood's business

by: MCFL Press Release

Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 13:11:37 PM EST

This is the most amazing piece of analysis. I couldn't wait to share it with you! Anne

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An intriguing analysis, by Keith Riler, of Planned Parenthood's business model was recently published by a UK-based magazine.  Planned Parenthood's years of operating history provided the basis for a thorough statistical analysis, providing useful clarity in this highly politicized time.  The analysis concludes that:

   A 99% positive correlation between Planned Parenthood's government support and its abortions;
   This 99% statistic contradicts often-heard suggestions of there being no connection between public funding and abortions, and suggests that future Obamacare support of Planned Parenthood will only lead to more abortions;
   For every $1MM of taxpayer money, Planned Parenthood consistently delivers 949 abortions;
   An 81-87% positive correlation between Planned Parenthood's contraception distribution and its abortions;
   This 81-87% statistic directly contradicts Secretary Sebilius' assertion of a negative correlation between contraception and unintended pregnancies and suggests that more Obamacare-supported contraception will lead to more abortions;
   Planned Parenthood's contraception distribution creates an annual abortion demand backlog equal to 60-70% of its annual abortions;
   Planned Parenthood's major business lines are abortion/emergency contraception, sexually transmitted diseases/HIV and contraception distribution;
   Planned Parenthood is not health care in the sense of an annual well woman exam, but more akin to a lifestyle business with an annual customer repeat rate of 4x per year and a frequent flyer programs that offer discounts to return customers (40% discount to returning HIV testers);
   Planned Parenthood does target children through its push to offer Plan B contraception to sub-17 year olds, through its own admission of targeting adolescents, and, yes, by soliciting the Girl Scouts; and,
   The Planned Parenthood business model has a precedent; that being a drug dealer who offers freebies early in hopes of higher ticket sales when the customer is desperate. It is a "no choice" business model.

The article, by Keith Riler, can be found here in the March-April issue of Faith Magazine.  The complete magazine download offers a more readable article than clicking on the individual article.

Page Printed from: http://www.americanthinker.com... at March 08, 2012 - 11:24:12 AM CST

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Federal Courts Upholding Freedoms While Conscience Laws Come Under Attack

by: hhcross

Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 12:02:12 PM EST

While the furor continues over the Health and Human Services "compromise" mandate that insurers pay for contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization, recent cases in the federal courts have been decided in favor of religious freedom and conscience rights of health care workers. "Last week, the Supreme Court spanked the Obama administration over its overly restrictive understanding of religious freedom," Law Professor Dwight Duncan told the audience at the MCFL Washington, D.C. caucus on Jan. 23.

   "In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court decided that the case of a Lutheran school teacher fell within a constitutionally mandated religious minister exemption from government anti-discrimination laws," said Duncan, referring to a case where a replaced teacher threatened to sue if she didn't get her job back. "The Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar suits brought on behalf of ministers against their churches, claiming termination in violation of employment discrimination laws. Otherwise we would be in a situation where government agencies could decide who could teach a particular religion, rather than a religion itself."

   Explained Duncan, "The case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church vs the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is evidence that the Obama administration is adopting an extreme and marginal understanding of religious freedom, mere freedom to worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience."

  A federal court also upheld the conscience rights of nurses to refuse to participate in abortions in a decision on Dec. 23. The nurses filed a suit after the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey threatened them with losing their jobs after a policy change required them to participate in abortions regardless of their religious or moral objections, a clear violation of both state and federal laws.

  Federal law prohibits hospitals that receive federal funds from forcing employees to participate in abortions. New Jersey state law also protects the conscience rights of persons not to be involved in abortion or sterilization.

  These decisions could be pivotal if lawsuits against the mandate make it into the federal courts. A joint letter sent to Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by attorney generals in thirteen states  promised action in court should, "This unconstitutional mandate be promulgated." The letter continued, "The mandate represents an impermissible violation of the Constitution's First Amendment virtually unparalleled in American history."

  Belmont Abbey College and Colorado Christian College have also both filed suit against Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. protesting the mandatory contraception and sterilization coverage in Obama care. Both colleges are being represented  by the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, the same group which won the Hosanna-Tabor decision.

 National Right to Life Legislative Director Douglas Johnson highlighted the dangers of applying the "compromise" mandate to Obama care. "The same twisted logic will be applied; by ordering health plans to cover elective abortion, health plans would save the much higher costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and care for the baby. If a procedure saves money, then that means that you're not really paying for it when the government mandates it."

   "This could also be applied to other 'cost-cutting' mandates," Johnson continued. "Perhaps every health plan will be mandated to cover physician-assisted suicide, in states in which assisted suicide is legal. After all, each suicide would result in a net savings to the plan, and under the Obama scam, that means it is really free and nobody really pays for it.

 "The law prevents the Secretary of Health and Human Services from including abortion in a list of federally mandated 'essential health benefits.' But the birth control mandate is based on an entirely different provision of the law, which allows the Secretary to mandate that all health plans cover any service that the Secretary places on a list of 'preventive' services. There is nothing in the law to prevent the Secretary from placing abortion, assisted suicide, or any other additional services on the preventive services list."

  "This proves that Massachusetts Citizens for Life has been right all along in warning about the inherent dangers of Obama care," said President Anne Fox. "While many were solely concerned about the funding of abortion, our objections included the larger package of abortion funding, rationing, denial of care, and slashing of conscience rights."

   Senator Scott Brown was also vocal in his support of conscience rights and his criticism of Obama care saying, "this is just one of the unhealthy side effects of Obama care, which seeks to impose a one-size-fits-all, government-knows-best health care program on the whole country. It's bad law and needs to be repealed."

   Brown signed onto a bill sponsored by Senator Roy Blunt to restore conscience protections to what they were prior to the passage of Obama care.
 Concluded Duncan, "The mandate rides roughshod over the conscientious moral and religious beliefs of Catholics and others who are opposed to abortion." While the regulation is scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 23, 2012, compliance by church related organizations is deferred to 2013, after the Presidential election.

 He quoted New York's Archbishop Dolan, "In effect, the President is saying that we have a year in which to figure out how to violate our consciences."

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MCFL Washington, D.C. Caucus Draws Standing-Room Only Crowd

by: hhcross

Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 11:48:28 AM EST

    At 9:30 am, Monday, Jan. 23, the Kennedy Caucus Room in Russell Senate Office Building was filling fast. With still a full half hour to spare before the start of the MCFL Caucus, people who had traveled all night in buses, cars and trains were eagerly awaiting the latest from an array of pro-life all-stars.

   The experts tackled a variety of themes: the meanings of dignity and equality, the protections of the law imperiled by abortion and euthanasia, assisted-suicide, conscience rights and pro-life progress for 2011.

   Law Professor Dwight Duncan opened the Caucus by reading a section from "The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God," a book based on the letters and speeches of Ruth Pakaluk, a former MCFL President who died of breast cancer in 1998. The book recounts Pakaluk's odyssey from pro-choice feminist to pro-life advocate. Duncan read a selection where Pakaluk was thinking of the words she would use to inspire young people into taking the arduous, all-night bus trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. "What unites all the hundreds of thousands of people there to attend the March?" Pakaluk wondered. "There are two diametrically opposed value systems in conflict in the US today trying to win your hearts and minds. The culture of life and the culture of death.

  "What is the pro-life position? I think it's pretty obvious. No, it's not obvious. The  media portrays us as religious fanatics against equal rights for women. We are motivated by the simple fact that we really do believe that all human beings are equal. What could that possibly mean? We are not all equally smart, equally athletic, equally nice. We are not equal in any of those categories. But we are equal in  our essential dignity as human beings. And that means everybody. If you are human, then you have this basic equality."

  Said Duncan, "This is the credo that lies at the heart of the pro-life movement, but even more importantly, at the heart of our country. Inscribed on the pediment of the Supreme Court building are the words 'Equal Justice Under Law.' That's the basic premise of human equality promised to us in the 14th amendment, 'No state shall deny any person equal protection of the law.'

  Duncan went on to link the notion of basic human equality that girds the pro-life position to opposition to the legalization of assisted-suicide. "Doctor-Prescribed Suicide undermines the principle that Ruth Pakaluk talked about: basic human equality. It says that for a certain category of people, who because of their age, illness or disability, who have only six months or less to live, it's going to be okay for doctors to prescribe poison. In a fundamental way this means that the protections of law for those people are less than they are for you and me."

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MCFL-- DPS first skirmish: Life 1-0

by: MCFL Press Release

Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 15:20:50 PM EST

Yesterday's hearings at the State House were impressive.

Representative Eugene O'Flaherty, House Chair of the Judiciary Committee, ran the hearings very efficiently. More than 50 people testified in opposition to Doctor Prescribed Suicide. They covered the range of reasons to oppose the bills. Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide taped the hearings. I understand MAADPS will have those and the written testimony on their web site momentarily, http://stopassistedsuicide-ma....

There were only a hand-full of proponents. Apparently, since they know the petition will be on the ballot, they decided to keep their powder dry. There was an interesting contrast. The proponents spoke emotionally about people in difficult situations which, they claim, necessitates changing the law. Opponents talked about what we can do for people in difficult situations and about all the specific problems with the bill.

Rep. John Rogers of Norwood stated, "I think we as a society, the commonwealth of Massachusetts, using our intellect and our ingenuity and combined energies, we define ourselves not by allowing our citizens to die with dignity but by empowering our citizens to live with dignity while they're dying, And in that distinction, we define ourselves as a great, humane society."

Rep Keiko Orrall, Lakeville, reminded the Committee that this is an issue of life, which is precious.

The disability community, lead by John Kelly and Karen Schneiderman, fielded a number of panels. They covered all aspects of the issue, showing the dangers to vulnerable people - the disabled, the elderly, the ill. They pointed out that a life lived with dignity is what allows a person to die with dignity. John said the law is unnecessary because patients already have control over their destiny with the ability to refuse any life-saving treatments and through advanced directives.

John Norton shared that he had been diagnosed with ALS 58 years ago, pointing out that a prognosis can be wrong.

Maggie Murphy of the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts, reported that the state's 59 licensed hospices served more than 21,000 terminally ill patients in 2011, and eight hospices served about 235 children.  

Laura Tuttle, RN, a hospice nurse who has ALS, spoke beautifully, saying, "I will most likely die from respiratory failure within the next few years. But I am not afraid of dying because I know all of my needs will be taken care of by hospice professionals."  

Lynda Young, MD, Barbara Rocket, MD, Leonard Morse, MD, and Henry Dorkin, MD spoke on behalf of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Young, President of the MMS reported, "At the Medical Society's most recent House of Delegates meeting, which is the Society's policy making body, there was overwhelming support to reaffirm the Medical Society's long standing policy of opposition to physician-assisted suicide. As the American Medical Association's Code of Medical Ethics states, 'It is understandable although tragic, that some patients in extreme duress...may come to decide that death is preferable to life.  However, allowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good. Physician assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer.'"

Another panel of doctors was also very impressive: Helen Jackson, MD, Gil Lavoie, MD, Mark Rollo, MD, and Alexandra Cist,MD, who pointed out that one result of the legislation would be to drive people away from palliative care by making them afraid to use it.

Among the others who testified and made points about the glaring shortcomings in the wording of the petition, and about the lack of respect for human life which would result were Hope Hallett, RN, Deb O'Hara-Rusckowski, RN, Elaine Luzzetti, RN, Michelina DiMartino, a licensed pharmacist, Mary Roque, Esq, Pat Stewart, Esq, Bob Joyce, Esq, and Andrew Beckwith, Esq. Margaret Dore, Esq, flew in from Washington State and presented a detailed legal analysis of the bill. Nancy Elliott, former New Hampshire State Rep, who has been through the battle, came for moral support.

Jim Dixon, Christine LeBlanc, Marie O'Donnell, Kris Mineau, Ed Shanahan, and I also testified. Jim made the point that this petition would be death to dignity and reminded committee members about the loved ones left behind. Many other people whom I did not know spoke and many, many of you submitted written testimony.
As usual, you all came through amazingly! It is such a pleasure to work with people who care about life and are willing to do the work to protect life. Anne    

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MCFL: Press release critical of "Buffer Zone" decision

by: MCFL Press Release

Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 17:39:47 PM EST

February 23, 2012, Boston: Massachusetts Citizens for Life today criticized the opinion upholding the so-called "Buffer Zone" law rendered by a federal judge.

According to MCFL President, Anne Fox, "Unfortunately, it has become common in this country for laws to apply differently when they have to do with abortion. The idea that people cannot express their views within a 35 foot radius - ie a circle with a 70 foot diameter - of an abortion facility is un-American. It is also ludicrous. Given the huge size of the zone, people have been approached by the police for engaging in activities on their own properties, which happen to be next door to abortion facilities. This happened recently in Worcester.

Courts have struck down less onerous laws in other states because they infringe on the First Amendment rights of U. S. citizens. We feel certain that higher courts will strike down the Massachusetts 'Buffer Zone'"

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MCFL: Were they wearing brown shirts?

by: MCFL Press Release

Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 22:56:51 PM EST

It is getting vicious out there. "It's time for Senator Brown to admit to a Mistake"

http://boston.com/community/bl...  

Here is very good explanation of the Blunt Amendment by National Right to Life, http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/cal...  

NRLC urges you to call your Senators to ask them to support the Amendment. We have not been calling Sen. Brown because he co-sponsored the Amendment as soon as Sen. Blunt filed it. Even as a State Rep and Senator, Brown had filed conscience legislation.

We are getting calls from the media that have two themes: (1)how could Brown be so stupid to back something no one likes and (2)he is doing this for political gain. The press doesn't see the inconsistency.

They also don't remember Martha Coakley's "Shannon O'Brien moment". O'Brien lost the governor's race to Mitt Romney when she announced hours before the election that 16 year old girls should be allowed to obtain abortions without their parents knowing.

Coakley repeated the mistake when she opined that Catholics should not be allowed to work in emergency rooms. Which brings us back to religious freedom.  

So 50 people were at Sen. Brown's office abusing him for supporting our right of conscience.

Please call Sen. Brown's office right now to thank him profusely for co-sponsoring the Blunt Amendment. 202-224-4543

Those of you who are Steve Lynch's constituents will be sick and want to call him, http://www.dotnews.com/litdrop...

http://www.dotnews.com/litdrop...  

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MCFL: Student Lobby Day Huge Success! Thanks to Reps. Harrington and Beaton

by: MCFL Press Release

Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 11:55:46 AM EST

They say the performance of the stock market in January predicts the rest of the year. If attendance at Student Lobby Day predicts how our pro-life work will go for 2012, things will be very good! The youngsters kept coming and coming and coming - from as far as the First Congressional District to as close as Brighton. Attendance was four to five times that of last year, which was our first year. We could not have dealt with a bigger crowd and given them the tour and visits. We are considering offering field trips during school next year as well.

We are most grateful to Reps. Sheila Harrington, Groton, and Matthew Beaton, Shrewsbury, who each spent a great deal of time with the youngsters and shared with them the pro-life way they look at legislation and procedures. Also, Eva Murphy did an excellent job coordinating and making it all run smoothly. And I enjoy very much touring our beautiful State House with the youngsters. A good day was had by all and we look forward to expanding next year. I'll let you know when pictures are posted in the MCFL website. Anne

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MCFL: Student Lobby Day: four spots left

by: MCFL Press Release

Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 22:48:13 PM EST

STUDENT LOBBY DAY

STATE HOUSE

Tuesday, February 21,2012, 10:00am - 2:00pm

   -Meet and hear prolife legislators
   -Learn about prolife legislation
   -Learn dangers of Doctor Prescribed Suicide Bill.
   -Find out how to lobby
   -Take a tour of the State House
   -Enjoy a complimentary lunch
   -Visit the offices of your State Representative and Senator.

Meet in Room 437

RSVP to action@masscitizensforlife.org or by phone (617)242-4199

Or use our easy registration application on the MCFL website (CLICK HERE)  

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MCFL: Sen. Scott Brown Calls For Protection Of Religious Liberty

by: MCFL Press Release

Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 22:45:10 PM EST

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2012

CONTACT: John Donnelly
202-224-4543

Brown Calls For Protection Of Religious Liberty

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services mandate under the 2010 health care law that religious organizations either participate in health care plans that violate their religious beliefs or face punitive fines:

"One of our most cherished liberties is freedom of religion. Like Ted Kennedy before me, I support a conscience exemption for religious organizations in health care. No one should be forced by government to violate the teachings of their faith. I encourage President Obama to re-examine his health care law and make sure no one is being forced to do something that is contrary to their religious beliefs."

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