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
-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 email@example.com or by phone (617)242-4199
~Meet and hear pro-life legislators
~Learn about pro-life 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (617)242-4199
Or use our easy registration application on the MCFL website (CLICK HERE)
We've emailed before about the National Right to Life Academy and hope you or any college students you know have been interested. Well, time is running out. There is a March 1 application deadline so if you know your plans and are interested in attending-ACT NOW!
How the cost of tuition helps drive Abortion Rates Affordability is a pro-life issue
By Gianna Rose
Abortion comes from a woman cornered into a bad decision, a woman feeling forced. It's the exertion of pressure on her that pushes her into the waiting arms of a heartless abortionist who tells her that ending her pregnancy, killing her child, solves her problems. She's able to go back to her life, freed from those pressures, if the child is removed.
Abortion is a choice for many women because they feel they lack other choices. Instead of being able to embrace motherhood, they feel financial pressures, as well as social pressures to abort a child instead of raising the child. Over half of abortions are performed on college-aged women, 18-24 years old. Over half of women reported in a study done and reported in Frederica Mathews-Green's "Real Choices" that they felt forced into choosing abortion, that they couldn't choose life.
The social and economic environment of these women help drive their choices, they make it easier to choose death and harder to choose life. To the extent that college tuition and its continually escalating cost reinforces bad choices, it should be changed.
Ten Ways to be an action-oriented college pro-lifer
#1 Successfully lobby the school to have resources for pregnant and parenting students (day care, housing, financial aid, extension of college health care, etc.)
#2 Sidewalk counseling
#3 Volunteering on a pro-life campaign or going to the State House (or Congress) for a pro-life lobby day
#4 Handing out the MCFL News
#5 Doing literature drops around campus
#6 Bringing in a pro-life speaker like Rebecca Kiessling or Linda Thayer
#7 Host a pro-life forum/debate on campus
#8 An editorial in the campus newspaper about the lack of pregnant and parenting students on campus, how there isn't a choice, how women have to choose between their babies and education, etc.
#9 Make unconventional (and pro-woman) pro-life arguments in class, to friends, all around
#10 Get a pro-life class, or an abortion controversy class, or do a pro-life research paper for class (embryonic stem cell research! the economic harm from abortion! bad environmental effects of abortion!)
You can contact Anthony at: ametrano-at-massprolife-dot-org
1.) Who did you vote for? and why? I voted for John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election. I consider myself a strong conservative and a staunch Roman Catholic, and, even though I did not particularly like John McCain, I thought that he would do much better things with my beloved country than Barack Obama. Since he was elected, President Obama has shown me that I was right all along.
2.) What do you think is the worst pro-life argument you hear? Is there one argument you find totally ineffective? I have heard many pro-life arguments, and I must admit that I find some degree of truth in all of them. To be honest, I think that all pro-life arguments are good ones. I was conceived while my mother and father were in college in 1988. Had my mother opted for an abortion, I would not be here today, and every pro-life argument, good or bad, at least makes some sort of progress toward protection of the unborn.
3.) What made you choose to go to Holy Cross? I chose to go to Holy Cross because of its nationally acclaimed science program and rigorous academic curriculum. When I entered Holy Cross in 2007, the College had ranked 19th in the country for liberal arts education, and it was in the top ten for science education in the Northeast.
4.) What religion do you identify with? I am proud to be a traditional Roman Catholic. I attend mass almost every Sunday, and I am a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus (Holy Cross Crusader Council #2706).
5.) How does that impact and effect your pro-life principles? Do you think you'd be pro-life without your faith? I would definitely be pro-life without my faith based on my own personal history. I was conceived while my parents were in college, and, as such, I could have easily been aborted had my mother and father not been so honorable to sacrifice their educations and give me the wonderful life that I have. While my faith is not the origin of my pro-life stance, it does serve to strengthen it and give me an outlet for making my voice heard, especially through the Knights of Columbus. The origin of my pro-life stance comes from my personal gratitude to my parents for making the honorable decision, even though it was the more difficult route. Besides, being pro-life is the only moral decision in my opinion. One cannot be pro-choice and consider him/herself a moral and virtuous person.
6.) What's your favorite part of Holy Cross? I love everything about Holy Cross, from the incredibly difficult education to the parties on weekends. Particularly, I love my studies in the Chemistry and Biology Departments.
7.) Do you volunteer or do any pro-life activities? I founded and participate in a mentoring program for biology majors. It is called Bio Buddies, and it seeks to help underclassman biology majors with their academic endeavors in the department. I also do a lot of volunteer activities with the Knights of Columbus. I have participated in Worcester's pro-life mass for two years now, and now that I have my Fourth Degree, I will be able to participate in the ceremony as a K of C Color Corps.
8.) What's the best place to eat around campus? In my opinion, the best place to eat in Worcester is Via Italian Table on Shrewsbury Street. My girlfriend, Danielle, and I go there at least once a month. It is a delicious and affordable Italian restaurant that specializes in Tuscan cuisine.
9.) Are you familiar with the scandal at Holy Cross a few years ago when they allowed Planned Parenthood facility space at Holy Cross? What's your opinion of what happened? I am very familiar with the Planned Parenthood scandal at Holy Cross. This scandal was the only thing about Holy Cross that I have ever been ashamed of. I could not believe that a Catholic school would ever condone such a thing. The Jesuits were founded during the Enlightenment to reassert the influence of the Papacy in the world in a time of declining faith. Though not all of the Holy Cross Jesuits were responsible for this embarrassment, the ones that were responsible have fallen very far from their original roles as guardians of the faith. In fact, I would go so far as to say that they could not have made a worse decision, morally and practically. How in my right mind should I feel comfortable confessing to these people, who obviously need to confess their own sins first? Like I said, there are many wonderful Jesuits at Holy Cross. However, the ones who permitted this outrage to occur should be very ashamed of themselves. I am also ashamed of the students who allowed this to happen.
10.) What are your classes like? I am a chemistry and biology double major, and as such I have a rather rigorous academic schedule. This semester, I am taking Biochemistry II, Modern Physical Chemistry, and General Physics II. Furthermore, I do research in the chemistry department. My research involves the development of organic scaffolds that will catalyze chemical reactions.