Monday, November 5, 2012

VOTE NO ON QUESTION 2!

Attention, Massachusetts voters!  Please vote no tomorrow on Question 2, the Doctor Proscribed Suicide Act.  It goes too far and it's out of control!  It's poorly written and poorly flawed.  We should concentrate on better hospice and pallative care for terminally ill patients.  Also, many patients are living longer lives and can be treated, and possibly cured, of their illness.
Please Vote No On Question 2 when you go to the polls tomorrow!

Monday, September 24, 2012

A PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT'S CHALLENGE!

To all you Democrats and Republicans(and others) running for public office this fall, I offer you a challenge!

As a Democrat who's pro-life, I cannot elect candidates that claim to be for working families and the poor, yet will not protect the traditional values of our country-the defense of the right to life, the traditional meaning of marriage between one man and one woman, and the trampling of personal liberty.  I cannot also morally justify electing Republicans who say they're pro-life, yet cut programs for the poor and the disabled.

My Uncle talked to me once about the need for social justice.  These Republicans claim to be pro-life, yet they cut spending on programs that aid poor families and give tax breaks to the wealthy, while Democrats have passed legislation to help the poor and the working class; yet they won't protect most fundamental right of all-the right to life.  I'm supposed to look at the "seamless garment" of social justice, yet I believe that this issue is #1.  Without it, you can help fix up housing, education, jobs or health care.

You know, Senator Edward Kennedy said that "Health care is the right of every American."  I agree, but not  if it subsidizes abortion and artificial birth control against my will, and the will of millions of Americans.  And I can't stand it if it's going to wreck the elderly and disabled, especially here in Massachusetts, if ballot question 2, the one allowing doctor assisted suicide passes this November(I'm planning to vote no, and I urge everyone else to do the same).

And by the way, how can the Republicans be pro-life if they won't do anything to overturn Roe Vs. Wade?  

This is a dilemma that faces me every two years when the elections come around, especially when a Democrat buys the dictum that being pro-life is a liability to being elected.  It's not a liability; it's an asset!

So here's my challenge to all the Republican candidates, especially you, Mr. Romney & Mr. Brown.

If you claim to be pro-life, then act it.  Start raising taxes for the wealthy. Cut taxes for the poor and middle class.  Stop accepting money from oil companies and tell them to clean up their act!  Don't cut programs that help poor mothers and their children.  Keep funding Medicare and Medicaid for elderly and disabled people.  Increase fuel assistance for the poor and those who are facing family crises.  Start walking the talk by embracing the middle class and start helping them out.


And to you Democrats, especially you, Mr. Obama and Ms. Warren.

Stop supporting Planned Parenthood and help find alternatives to abortion.  Stop compromising your personal beliefs for the sake of political expediency.  Overturn this Obamacare crap and start putting together healthcare that's ethical, moral and affordable for all.  After all, healthcare is the right of every American, as Senator Kennedy said.  Start increasing aid for Seniors and disabled people.  Stand up for God's definition of marriage: One man and one woman.  Protect the conscience rights of those who refuse to participate in anything that involves terminating the life of the unborn or an elderly or disabled person.

And to both Democrats and Republicans, help to abolish capital punishment.  Support medical research that doesn't involve embryonic stem cells or cloning.  Help stimulate job growth and restart manufacturing industries.  Develop new sources for energy that involve the wind, the sun and the sea.  Help finance reforms in education and housing.  Pass laws that guarantee equal pay for equal work for every man and woman in this land, regardless of race, creed, color, age, national origin, political persuasion, physical or mental handicap or religious belief. Make corporate retailers close on Sundays and all major holidays so that their workers can spend quality time with their families(essential businesses and services such as drug stores and convenience stores can stay open)..  Fund programs for developing science and technology for all students.  And work to give first class citizenship to all.

And if you can possibly do so, please help overturn Roe Vs. Wade and protect the life of the unborn.  End same sex marriage and promote the values of the traditional family.  And protect our religious freedom.

Please accept the challenge and help turn this country around so we can once again be, as the Pledge of Allegiance says, "one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all."  I thank you.

P.S. One last thing, let's allow prayer in schools again and allow Christians to celebrate their respective holidays without any interference from political correctness groups like the ACLU.
 
I've given you the challenge.  Are you ready to accept it?

And one more thing, folks.  If you are a resident of Massachusetts, remember that Question 2, the Assisted Suicide Bill, is a flawed and poorly written idea.  If this passes, we shall have a Pandora's box open like the one they've got in Oregon.  Life is not to be destroyed, but cherished.  Please join me in voting No on election day.

Giod bless and thank you.

Monday, June 4, 2012

STAND UP FOR FREEDOM!

This Friday, June 8th., protesters in over 150 cities across the land will be involved in rallies protesting the HHS Mandate that religious companies fund abortion and birth control medicines to stop pregnancies.  This is one issue that I will not let happen, since the Obama Administration is preparing an all out assault on religious freedom and conscience rights.  I'm urging everyone to show up at your local rally this Friday.  Please call your local church, synagogue or pro-life organization for details!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

HERE'S SOMETHING YOU'LL FIND SHOCKING!

The pro-choice movement says that they are trying to address their views, but they are very intolerant to those who believe in the Gospel of Life.  Please take a look at this video and see if you agree!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0pvcV13qI8&feature=related

Also, to all you Democrats and Republicans who are pro-life...how many of you are for the death penalty?  My sister and her husband asked me if I knew if any pro-life politicians are also favoring capital punishment.  I didn't know how many there were, but she asked me if I was for the death penalty.  I said no.  Because you can't be pro-life and favor capital punishment.  Not to mention euthanasia, same-sex marriage, cloning and embryonic stem cell research.

And one more thing before I let you all go...Massachusetts is trying to pass a "death with dignity" law, making us the 3rd. state in the country to favor physician assisted suicide.  We must stand up to this issue by voting no. To find out why, and how you can help, please visit http://www.suicideisalwaysatragedy.org today.

Thanks and God bless.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!

MASS. CITIZENS FOR LIFE has sent me the following email announcing the desire of several doctors wanting to bring physician assisted suicide to the Bay State!

Massachusetts has been targeted! We must prepare! This will be a huge job! We are working on setting up a committee to fight this horrendous petition.


Each of us individually needs must talk to as many people as possible. When you do, you will find that people are not well-informed. They do not realize that doctors can control pain, that most people who consider suicide are depressed and need help for that, and they do not realize the extent of elder abuse. Please talk to people. That will help you become more persuasive. These web sites will help you to answer the questions you are hearing.:

1) http://www.capwiz.com/media-action/mail/compose/?type=ME&alertid=&mediaid=2866&mediaid=2860

2) http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=cagoterminal&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Government&L2=Initiatives+%26+Other+Ballot+Questions&sid=Cago&b=terminalcontent&f=government_memopetitions&csid=Cago

We were checking MCFL News archives and found this article by Dr. Stanton who was among the first to recognize the dangers in euthanasia and assisted suicide. http://massprolife.com/euthanasia/43-reflective-articles/193-dr-joseph-stanton-against-doctor-prescribed-death.html

Please bookmark these websites and consult them regularly. We can do this! Anne

Massachusetts

Background

In Massachusetts, more people die annually from suicide than from motor vehicle accidents. [CDC National Vital Statistics Reports, Apr. 24, 2008] In 2007, the state's suicide rate (8.0 per 100,000 people) was almost three times higher than the homicide rate (2.9 per 100,000 people).

According to Elder Abuse Daily, more than 1 in 10 Massachusetts elders are victims of abuse.

Current law regarding assisted suicide

Assisted suicide, including doctor-prescribed suicide, is a common law crime in Massachusetts.

Attempts to permit doctor-prescribed suicide

Bills were proposed in:

1995 (H 3173)

1997 (H 1543)

2009 (H 1468)

2011 (H 2233)

On August 2, 2011, supporters of doctor-prescribed suicide filed a petition seeking to put a measure called the Massachusetts "Death With Dignity Act" on the 2012 ballot. The proposal is virtually identical to their previous legislative attempts and mirrors the Oregon and Washington laws by the same name. The process for the measure actually reaching the voters requires several steps:

• The legal language on the petition must be approved by Attorney General Martha Coakley.

• The signatures of at least 68,911 registered voters must be obtained by mid-November.

• If the signature drive is successful, lawmakers have until May 2012 to either back the proposal, offer an alternative proposal, or permit the measure to go onto the November 2012 ballot.

• If the measure gets the go ahead to be placed on the November 2012 ballot, an addition 11,485 signatures must be collected.

Articles

"Drive begins to put assisted suicide law on the ballot next year"

(Boston Globe - August 4, 2011)

Backer of assisted suicide for certain terminally ill patients filed paperwork yesterday with Attorney General Martha Coakley to begin the process of bringing their plan, dubbed the Death with Dignity Act to the 2012 ballot.

"Backers of assisted suicide want 2012 ballot question in Mass."

(Milford Daily News - August 4, 2011)

A ballot question that would pave the way for assisted suicide for some terminally ill patients in Massachusetts could land in front of voters next year. Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Stoughton, who filed a bill earlier this year that resembles the assisted suicide ballot proposal, said the ballot initiative could draw more attention to the issue.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street

Boston Massachusetts 02129

United States

We must stand up to this outrageous legislation!  This must not even get onto the ballet in 2012, because if it does, we'll be legalizing euthanasia in this State!  Let's say no to this issue, people, because if we don't say no, it will be as good as saying yes.




Monday, August 8, 2011

REPEALING ROMNEYCARE!

Did you know that the Obama health plan is based on the plan passed by Governor Romney a few years back?  Here's the second Mass. Citizens for Life letter, this one dealing with repealing it.

I want to share with you the reasons MCFL decided to initiate efforts to repeal Romneycare the answers to questions that have come up. The actual wording of the petition is at the end. I hope you are interested and will be able to take the time to read through it. -Anne




WHY HAS MCFL DECIDED TO LAUNCH THIS INITIATIVE PETITION DRIVE?

Our biggest budget item in 2009 and 2010 was fighting O-care before and after passage.

We still want to fight it. At first glance, it seems re-electing Sen. Brown is the only thing we can do. With the same philosophy of keeping the pot boiling that caused us to run so many ads, we realized there is something else we can do to keep the pot boiling - something that will also benefit us once O-care is repealed.

The purpose of the petition is to:

1) draw attention to the fact that MA, the prototype for O-care, is not happy with R-care.

2) make health care an issue in both state and federal 2012 elections, when the petition will be on the ballot.

3) get the repeal R-care process started. Once O-care is repealed, Massachusetts will still have our current care.

PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THE WHOLE LAW REPEALED. WHY HAVE YOU GONE WITH REPEALING JUST THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE?

Currently health care is much more imbedded in state law than federal. We can not just repeal the whole law the way the US House did, so we are repealing the individual mandate, which we feel will be the start of bringing down the whole law.

WHAT IS THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE?

Right now everyone in the state is required to buy health insurance or to pay a penalty.



WHAT IS THE REPEAL PROCESS?

The Attorney General has until the middle of September to approve the language of the Petition. We have until the middle of November to gather 68,000 signatures. In the spring of 2012, the legislature could pass it. If not, we gather 11,000 more signatures to put it on the ballot in November. If it wins, it automatically becomes law on Jan. 1, 2013. The legislature can not hinder with that because no appropriations are involved.

THIS PROCESS SOUNDS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE DID IN 1986

Yes, when MCFL put the abortion funding question on the ballot in 1986, it was a Constitutional Amendment. That meant the legislature had to approve it in two different sessions, which it did.

TO WHAT DO WE OBJECT?

The New York Times started reporting in 2009 that Massachusetts would have to ration health care. Almost everyone has had a problem because of this. A friend who is unemployed was forced by the state to buy expensive insurance instead of the more affordable one she wanted, young people are being offered part-time work instead of full-time because employers cannot afford their health insurance, 22,000 seniors lost their coverage, we have the highest premiums in the country, the longest waits for doctors, etc. This all leads to rationing and denial of care.

WE ARE A PRO-LIFE GROUP, WHY ARE WE TALKING ALL THIS FINANCIAL STUFF?

Prior to 2009, when the problems with these universal government health plans became obvious, our only financial interest had been abortion funding. When a program runs out of money, or imposes price controls, as Gov Patrick did, rationing occurs. O-care is intentionally designed to cut funding and impose rationing. In Massachusetts rationing is the unintended consequence of funding with general revenue. Burke Balch explained this when he spoke at the MCFL Convention in 2009 - "Why Americans Can Afford Unrationed Health Care". Finances, or the lack thereof, have become a pro-life concern.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SAYING THAT MASSACHUSETTS' PROBLEMS ARE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES?

When this legislation was proposed and passed in 2005-2006, people thought they would pay a little more in taxes and that would be used to buy insurance for people who couldn't afford to buy their own. Governor Romney, who proposed the plan designed by the Heritage Foundation, and the legislature all had the best of intentions. It has not worked out as planned. We still want quality health care for all so it is time to learn from our mistakes and move on.

THE PRESS WANTS TO KNOW WHY MCFL IS CONCERNED ABOUT RATIONING.

The press would like to pigeon-hole us solely as "anti-abortion". In fact, our Mission Statement charges us with defending life at all stages of development "through comprehensive educational, legislative, political, and charitable activities". This includes, as well as unborn babies, people with disabilities, people who are terminally ill, people who are elderly - all those on the fringes of life. They are the victims of rationing and denial of care.

WHY ARE YOU NOT STRESSING ABORTION FUNDING?

Prior to O-care, the federal government was pretty much out of the abortion funding business. No so in Massachusetts.

Congressman Henry Hyde announced in the summer of 1976, in Faneuil Hall that he was going to file his bill. Shortly, State Reps Charlie Doyle and Ray Flynn filed their bill in Massachusetts to prohibit state funds for abortion. Hearings were held in the summer of 1977, and Gov. Ed King signed the bill into law in June of 1979.

It was immediately challenged and, in 1981, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned it with a most peculiar ruling. The ruling completely ignored the arguments, which had been presented to the Court, in finding a constitutional right to have one's abortion paid for with state money. They used the term "medically necessary". Post Roe v Wade, that, of course, means "all".

Massachusetts has paid for Medicaid abortions since 1973 - covering 100% of the cost since passage of the Hyde Amendment.

For insured people, there were a very few private insurance programs which did not pay for abortion, but under O-care, those "designer" programs have been put out of business. That means the premiums you pay to your private insurer pay for abortions. Right now, the state of Massachusetts is, essentially, paying the premiums to insurance companies which pay for abortions - like the rest of us, unfortunately.

WHAT DOES THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE HAVE TO DO WITH RATIONING?

We are not saying the individual mandate, in and of itself, causes rationing. We are saying that the whole law causes rationing and repealing the individual mandate is the best way to start to repeal the whole law.

WHAT DOES THE PETITION ACTUALLY SAY?

An Initiative Petition to Repeal the Individual Mandate in the Act Providing Access To Affordable, Quality Health Care



Pursuant to the provisions of Article forty-eight of the Amendments of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the undersigned qualified voters of the Commonwealth, being ten in number at least, petition for an initiative law to repeal the individual mandate, which requires residents of Massachusetts to obtain health care coverage or be subjected to a penalty or sanction for failure to do so.



Section 1. Notwithstanding any provisions of any general or specific law to the contrary, M.G.L. 111M, "Individual Health Coverage," will be stricken in its entirety, so that no individual shall be required to purchase health insurance or be subjected to any penalty or sanction for declining to do so.



Section 2. Notwithstanding any general or specific law to the contrary, Chapter 58, 830 CRM 111M.2.1 will be stricken in its entirety.



Section 3. The effective date of this act is January 1, 2013.



Massachusetts Citizens for Life

The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street

Boston Massachusetts 02129

United States

If you are interested in helping to repeal the RomneyCare nightmare, please visit http://www.masscitizensforlife.org/ today.  And remember, defending life is a part of Catholic social justice.  Without it, you and I won't be able to take care of the other issues.  God bless and thank you.