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.
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.
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
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Chesterton was a delight. He had heard that we have the Doctor Prescribed Death ballot question coming. He shared these insights with us.
Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. His act is worse (symbolically considered) than any rape or dynamite outrage. For it destroys all buildings: it insults all women. The thief is satisfied with diamonds; but the suicide is not: that is his crime. He cannot be bribed, even by the blazing stones of the Celestial City. The thief compliments the things he steals, if not the owner of them. But the suicide insults everything on earth by not stealing it. He defiles every flower by refusing to live for its sake. There is not a tiny creature in the cosmos at whom his death is not a sneer. When a man hangs himself on a tree, the leaves might fall off in anger and the birds fly away in fury: for each has received a personal affront. Of course there may be pathetic emotional excuses for the act. There often are for rape, and there almost always are for dynamite. But if it comes to clear ideas and the intelligent meaning of things, then there is much more rational and philosophic truth in the burial at the cross-roads and the stake driven through the body, than in Mr. Archer's suicidal automatic machines. There is a meaning in burying the suicide apart. The man's crime is different from other crimes -- for it makes even crimes impossible.
John Triolo is working on the video so everyone can see Mr. Chesterton's presentation.
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
CareNet of Fitchburg has invited us to hear Catherine Adair share her story - from prochoice feminist and abortion clinic worker to a committed Catholic working to end abortion. She will share the truth about what goes on behind the doors of the abortion clinic and what you can do to stop it. This looks amazing! I certainly hope to make it! Anne
Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 P.M.
St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall 63 Sheridan St. Fitchburg
Of course, the MCFL Walk to Aid Mothers and Children is coming next Sunday. MCFL is so proud to be able to provide this opportunity to help groups to raise money for their wonderful work. If you do not have your pledge sheet, check the Walk appeal, the MCFL News, print it, http://massprolife.com/attachm... or call the office, 617-242-4199.
MAIM, Massachusetts Against Individual Mandate: signature collecting is going great guns across the state. If you would like to help, please reply. And check out the very informative web-site.
Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Michigan just passed overwhelmingly! The federal ban is great, but each state needs to pass its own. Hearings are Oct 5th at the State House at 1:00pm. Please plan to attend and testify.
Linda Thayer, our ace education person, says the best way to educate legislators is pictures. We will have information about the procedure. We would like to show pictures of premature babies who would have been at risk for PBA. If you have pictures of a child, grandchild, etc, would you press reply and send along, please? They will help legislators to see what is happening. PAB Ban is the only law that actually outlaws abortions!
40 DAYS FOR LIFE starts this week. There are already many gracers occurring. Please check the email I sent last week for locations and contacts.
THE BIG E. Our wonderful people in the Pioneer Valley have a fabulous MCFL booth and a billboard by the entrance which will be seen by, literally, millions of people. You can still visit this week.
Free FAMILY MEMEBERSHIP TO MCFL. If you get your first Choose Life plate this month or next and are not currently a member, just send a picture of your new plate or a copy of registration and $40 membership is yours.
I know this is a long email, but there are so many things going on. I am preparing a separate email to update you on PAS/DPD. Please watch for it. Anne
I know you have heard about the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE efforts. You probably heard David Bereit speak about 40 DAYS at the MCFL Walk a couple of years ago. If you have read Abby Johnson's Unplanned, you know the power of this prayer effort.
People across Massachusetts are about to start a 40 day vigil. You will see the locations are such that one of them will be convenient for you to participate. I hope you will be able to join. This state certainly needs the prayers. Blessings on you and all those working on this fine effort! Anne
I am forwarding the attached information about an upcoming Pro-Life Mass and March in Springfield for your information. Please feel free to call me at 413-583-5034 or email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or need any additional information. Thanks!
Jul 1 Fri 8PM First Friday Mass, all night Eucharistic Adoration. Scheduled Adorers (Let me know if you cannot make it) 8:30 PM - Nina T. 9PM - Chris T. Dave G. 10PM - Julie S - Paul T. 11PM - Eileen D, 12 AM midnight - Shawn S. 1AM - Jim R 2AM - Fran W 3AM - Jay G 4PM - Jay G. 5AM - Fred M - Bob D 6:00 AM - Mike and Chris 7:00 AM. All hours could use backup.
Jul 2 Sat 8AM Mass Problem Pregnancy Chapel, 495 Pleasant St. Worc.
Jul 8 Sat 8AM Prayer Vigil Protest in front of Planned Parenthood on Pleasant St. Park on Dewey or Hudson St., or Blessed Sacrament Church
Jul 15 Sat 8AM Mass with Fr. Adam Reid followed by Prayer Vigil Protest in front of Planned Parenthood on Pleasant St. Park on Dewey or Hudson St., or Blessed Sacrament Church
Da Tech Guy on Da Radio, WCRN 8:30AM - interview of Pro-life guest Jeff Quentin, blogger at Americans United for Life. http://datechguyblog.com/
Sept28-Nov6 Fall 40 Days for Life. 714 babies saved during Spring campaign. If you can volunteer to help please contact Lee Crowley, Sandra Kucharski or Pauline Morris.