Aug 18 Sat 8AM Mass to "save babies through prayer" in the Problem Pregnancy Chapel, celebrated by Fr. Adam Reid, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Webster. Prayer vigil protest on 470 Pleasant St. in front of Planned Parenthood in Worcester follows.
Aug 18 Sat 8AM Mass and Rosary to end abortion at Framingham Union Hospital, St. Stephen's Church.
Aug 25 Sat 10am Mass at Problem Pregnancy Chapel with Fr. Cardinale. Prayer Vigil protest on Pleasant.
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The Council of the District of Columbia, employing authority delegated by Congress, repealed the entire D.C. abortion law.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
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
We just learned that the Judiciary Committee will hear the Bill, which is the same as the ballot question on doctor prescribed suicide, H3884, on March 6th at 1:00pm. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. We will need a major presence. The legislature could pass H3884 and it would be all over.
I listed the wrong date for the lawyer's meeting with Jennifer Popik. The actual date is Thur, Feb 16th at 6:00pm at the MCFL office.
We are changing the date for the nurses' meeting so that you nurses will have more time to reach out before the hearings. There will be another nurses' meeting in the western part of the state later.
Also, because the hearings are close, we invite all pharmacists to attend the nurses' meeting. The process for developing Nurses Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide and the information members need will be the same for the Pharmacists.
All the correct information is now listed below. The actual fight is beginning. We are ready. We need to get moving.
If you are a doctor, please visit www.doctorsagainstsuicide.com. Drs. John Howland, Mark Rollo, and many others are doing a stellar job of identifying doctors in the state who are opposed to DPS. I know you will want to work with them.
If you are a lawyer or law student, you are invited to the MCFL office at the Schrafft Center in Charlestown at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 16th for a special evening. Jennifer Popik, JD, from the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics in DC, is coming to give a legal analysis of the proposed law in Massachusetts. Jennifer and the Center have been involved in all the other states where DPS has come up. She will go into many interesting aspects of the proposal. I hope this will help prepare you to speak out and write Letters to the Editor. Please reply to this email or call 617-242-4199, X 230 to let us know you are coming because we will provide a light supper.
If you are a nurse or a pharmacist or a student in either area, you are invited to the MCFL office at the Schrafft Center in Charlestown from 9:30am to 11:30 am on Saturday, February 18th. We will talk about the petition, it implications for you and what you can do as an individual and as part of a nurses' or pharmacists' group. Please note that retired professionals are every bit as necessary as those still in the field.
There is no protection to keep pharmacists from being required to fill those deadly prescriptions!
Please pass this along to all doctors, lawyers, nurses, and pharmacists whom you know and anyone else who might want to testify. Thanks! Anne
The MCFL Caucus was amazing! At one point I had to ask some people to move out to the foyer because I was concerned about fire laws.
It is wonderful to see the number of young people, but I also saw many who have come every year since the 70's.
I will be sharing with you information from all our wonderful speakers. Prof New closed the caucus with his usual great analysis of state laws. She told us that planned parenthood has announced that 2011 was their worst year ever! Twenty-Four states passed 92 pro-life laws. Prof New's figures along with those reported by Texas at the NRLC Board meeting, indicate that states have defunded PP by more than $120 million.
A local radio station is broadcasting live.
Congressmen are lined up to speak. The drizzle is very heavy as we set off.
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
After hearing the local church bell toll for someone who had passed-on, I got to thinking:
I understand wanting to honor the person, but it seems out of balance, only hearing a bell for death.
Wouldn't it be just awesome, if there were a similar (nowadays digital) bell sound, that could ring out from atop the hospitals when someone enters this life? It should be a lighter tone, not so ominous sounding, if you know what I mean. But I for one would get a kick out of hearing it each time. It's hopeful.
Janet tells me that many buses are full but she can still fit in a few more people. The Braintree bus definitely has a few spaces. Sign up ASAP so that we can get your MCFL knitted cap to your bus captain. http://www.masscitizensforlife...
We have some delightful news about the Caucus. The link is a press release telling about a wonderful new program we have just started, which will be included at the Caucus. Michael will address Caucus-goers. http://massprolife.com/compone...
We just received news that the 2013 March for Life will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013! It will be the 40th Anniversary and we will have come off a winning election. Now that it will be Friday, we can all go. Looking forward to seeing you in DC and/or the Assembly on the 29th! Anne
As you are marking your new 2012 Calendar, please note these important dates:
Jan 14: Open House for anyone who is thinking of speaking on the life issues. You are invited to the MCFL Office to hear current speakers present what they say and what it is like to be an MCFL Speaker. All are welcome, 9:30 am - noon. Please call 617-242-4199 X 230 to register.
Jan 23: Massachusetts Caucus, Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Builiding, Washinton DC, 9:30 am - 11:30 am. We will hear from Hadley Arkes, Dwight Duncan, Karen Cross, Jennifer Popik, Dan Avila, Thea Rossi-Barron, Michael New, and Michael Pakaluk. They are experts in areas affecting us - like the Scott Brown election and the Doctor Prescribed Suicide petition. Coffee and pastries provided
Jan 29: Assembly for Life, Faneuil Hall, 2pm - 4pm. Nationally known Wayne Cockfield, USMCR, who lost both legs and partial use of his hands on active duty, will speak about the dangers of the Doctor Prescribed Suicide petition. The Treblemakers from The Montrose School were so popular last year. They have agreed to sing again.
Feb 21: Student Lobby Day at the State House: meet legislators, learn the process, have a private tour.
Dec 31, 2011: Last day for matching gift challenge. I am so grateful to all who have given. If you have not yet supported our life-saving efforts, please help right now, http://www.masscitizensforlife... Thank you all! Anne
I think everyone is behind schedule because of the delightful weather we have been having. Jan 22nd is fast approaching! The March for Life and Massachusetts Caucus will be Monday, Jan. 23rd
Bus Captains are already hard at work making arrangements for you and Janet is doing her usual outstanding job of coordinating. The Year 2012 is going to be huge for us, so start it off with a bang!
I hope every one of us can get to the March! Anne
39th Annual March for Life
Buses with one or two overnight stays
Departs from: Burlington Mall
Departure Date & Time: Sat. Jan. 21st at 10:00 PM
One-night (Sun.) stay at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel
Return home at 5:00 PM after the March arriving home around 2:00 AM
Cost: $196 per person, double occupancy (other rates available)
Contact: Theresa Gorey at 978-475-6673; Cell 978-886-2911;
email email@example.com or Jane Finn at 978-658-6115; Cell 978-618-5005
Departs from: Immaculate Conception in Malden
with second pick-up at St. Margaret's in Burlington
Departure Date & Time: Sun., Jan. 22nd at 7:30 AM
Two-night (Sun. & Mon.) stay at Holiday Inn, College Park, MD
Return home on Tues., Jan. 24th arriving home around 8:00 PM
Cost: $210 per person, double occupancy; $315 single (other rates available)
Contact: Janet Callahan at 781-324-3564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Departs from: St. Anne's in Salem
Departure Date & Time: Sun., Jan. 22nd at 6:00 AM
Two-night (Sun. & Mon.) stay at hotel along the Capitol Beltway in MD
Return home Tuesday, Jan. 24th
Cost: $165 per person, double occupancy
Contact: Bill Kirby at 978-821-2556
Departs from the following locations: Orleans, E. Sandwich, Wareham
and another location to be determined (possibly New Bedford)
Departure Date and Time: Early Sun., Jan. 22nd
Two-night (Sun. & Mon.) stay at Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
Return home Tuesday, Jan. 24th
Cost: $230 per person, double occupancy
Contact: Kevin Ward at 508-291-0949 or email@example.com
For information on "Red-eye" buses contact Janet Callahan at 617-242-4199 ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U. S. Senate is expected to vote as soon as Thursday, but more likely next week, on the second omnibus bill that contains the State/Foreign Operations, Energy and Water, and Financial Services appropriations measures. Four amendments are expected which will help deter the federal government from financing abortions and the abortion industry.
1) Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah, will offer a pro-life amendment to strike language in the bill sponsored by Sen. Lautenberg, N. J., that prohibits any future presidential administration from reinstituting the Mexico City Policy that Obama removed by executive order during his first week in office. Support Hatch Amendment to remove Lautenberg language.
2) Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska is floating an amendment to negate language in the minibus bill that would remove the current Dornan Amendment - the D.C. Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia. Support Johanns Amendment to restore Dornan Amendment.
3) Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi, has an amendment to totally de-fund the UNFPA via the omnibus bill. The House had cut funding from Obama's $55 million to $40 million. Support Wicker Amendment.
4) Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, is sponsoring an amendment which would restore the ban on coverage of elective abortions in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Support Coburn Amendment.
CALL SEN. BROWN, 202-224-4543. URGE HIM TO VOTE PRO-LIFE. TELL HIM TO VOTE AGAINST THE ENTIRE MINIBUS BILL IF THE AMENDMANTS ARE NOT APPROVED.
When you call, you are asking for the four items in bold. National Right to Life called the current Senate version a "cluster bomb of pro-abortion provisions" (see MCFL email of Nov 2). I want to thank our friend, Steve Ertelt at Life News for the recent analysis.
Physician Assisted Suicide/ Doctor Prescribed Suicide
"WORDS THAT WORK"
Sunday, Nov. 13, Assumption College, Worcester, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, La Maison Francaise Building. This year's Chapter Leadership Conference is different from those in the past. Pro-lifers and anyone who wants to be prepared for this battle are urged to attend.
Monday, Nov 14, St John's Seminary, Brighton, 12 noon - 2:30pm. Lunch in the Refectory. Presentation in the Medeiros Classroom. Clergy and pro-lifers.
Wednesday, Nov 16, St. Stanislaus Hall, Main Street, West Warren, 12 noon to 2:30pm. Clergy and pro-lifers.
NB. All presentations include lunch, so please register at 617-242-4199 X 230 or reply to this email with your name, address and phone number. Be sure to register by three days before the event you plan to attend.
When this issue heats up and your friends are falling for the death arguments, you will be so grateful you had the chance to learn from Rita! Find out more about Rita at http://www.patientsrightscounc...
Yesterday afternoon, HR 2354 was proposed. National Right to Life calls it a "cluster-bomb of pro-abortion provisions". When you read their information below, you will see how dangerous this legislation would be. Please call Sen. Brown immediately - 202-224-4543 - Urge him to oppose HR 2354. This is top priority. Thank you! Anne
HR 2354 would repeal or weaken pro-life policies:
1. The "Lautenberg Amendment," on pp. 479-80, added by the Appropriations Committee, would prohibit any future president from diverting U.S. population assistance funds away from overseas groups that perform and actively promote abortion.
2. Language (on page 225) would effectively repeal the "D.C. Hyde Amendment," which was restored as part of the negotiated FY 2011 continuing resolution, replacing it with the previous meaningless language that guarantees a resumption of government-funded abortion on demand in the Federal District.
3. The bill omits (and would therefore repeal) the ban on coverage of elective abortion in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. This pro-life policy has been in effect, with one brief interruption, for over 25 years. The result of the minibus language would be direct federal funding of health plans that cover abortion on demand for millions of federal employees and their dependants, including Members of Congress and congressional staff.
4. Language that weakens the longstanding restriction on funding of abortions by the Peace Corps (page 265).
In addition, the bill contains these additional objectionable and/or questionable elements:
5. It sets funding for population assistance at "not less than $700 million" (p. 391). while the House bill provides for not more than $461 million. The Obama Administration has turned this program into an engine for promotion of abortion.
6. Report language on one of the component committee-reported bills, S. 1601, specifies that the UNFPA shall receive $40 million; the House bill would defund UNFPA. As you know, the UNFPA is deeply involved in China's coercive population control program, which relies heavily on government-coerced abortions. NRLC opposes funding for the UNFPA.
7. The bill would make changes to the longstanding abortion-related restrictions sometimes referred to loosely as the "Helms language." It does not appear that these changes are of great consequence, but we see no need for them and the reasoning behind them is unclear.
The hardest changes come from within, changing lifestyles. As America has grown richer, we have gotten more accustomed to long hours, quicker meals and lazier entertainment. Instead of complicated storylines, it's a half hour sitcom. Instead of highbrow humor, it's hucksters and slapstick. If we want a different culture, though, we have to start within ourselves. If we want to form a society that makes the most of every potential, we should stop squandering our own in front of a television which so routinely lies to us.
To list out the many shortcomings of the television would be a waste because in one's mind those things would be weighed against the instant gratification of watching a show. And this argument is not about the trade-off in intelligence, or the emotional stunting television causes children and even adults, because you could easily say "well, that happens to other people, not to me..."
This is about the choices you make with your time and how you want to live. Living as a receiver for Manhattan advertising is not actualizing our full potential, it's relegating ourselves, it's a demonstration of a lack of self-respect, of the innate power, beauty and untapped potential within each of us and within each group or family.
Mass for Miscarried and Still Born Children, Saturday Nov 5th at 9:30 AM
St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA 01810
St. Augustine's in Andover is hosting a Mass of Remembrance for all babies who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth or in early childhood. All are welcome, especially mothers, fathers and families who want to honor their children and heal from the tremendous pain of their passing. Those attending the Mass will have the opportunity to present cards with the name of their children written on them to the presiding priest during the service. All children's cards presented during the Mass of Remembrance will be placed in a basket. After the service, the basket will be brought to the Monastery of Saint Clare in Andover. During the month of November, the Nuns will pray for all those children whose names have been placed in it. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Sexton at 978-258-0433 or email@example.com
I am forwarding this along to you for your information, for those of you who would like to attend.
Join us for 1 hour to save a lifetime! The Longmeadow Chapter of Mass Citizens for Life and the Knights of Columbus Council #5406 will hold their annual Life Chain on Saturday October 15, 2011 from 11AM-12 Noon on Route 5, Longmeadow St., in Longmeadow. If you would like to attend, please meet at St. Mary's Church parking lot, 519 Longmeadow St. in Longmeadow to pick up signs at 10:30AM. For more information, please call Marilyn at 413-567-6085.
When there are large numbers of families, young people with their friends, old faithful pro-lifers, amazing musicians, and inspiring speakers all gathered together to help the groups who help women and children, there is a highly successful Walk to Aid Mothers and Children. Yesterday was one of the best!
I want to thank the committee, Helen Cross, Nicholi McLaughlin, Connie and Cathleen Murphy, Elinor Rafferty, June Newman, Steve Fielding, and Ed Long and all his South Boston helpers.
Led by the master, Master of Ceremonies, Edward F. King, the speakers were wonderful! Sincerest thanks to Cardinal Sean, Marianne Luthin, David Franks, and Sean Harrington. And, of course, Charlie, the Walk Baby came. He is the hit of the show where ever he goes.
Lift Ministries is an extremely talented group of young musicians. It was such a pleasure to be welcomed by their joyful music as I came across the Common. The singing of the students from Immaculate Heart of Mary, Still River, was delightful.
We were very fortunate to have Jane Cogliano arrange for public service announcements last week on 96.9 WTKK.
Most of all, hugest thanks to every one of you who walked or sponsored a walker. After all, support for the helping organizations is the goal.
Yes, you say, but I want to see the pictures. So do I and I'll send them along as soon as they are ready.
Again, thanks to everybody who made it a great day for life! Anne