[If] you do not speak up to warn the wicked about their ways, they shall die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their blood. –Ezekiel 33:8
Massachusetts General Law defines abortion as “the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child.” Further, it defines an “unborn child” as “the individual human life in existence and developing from implantation of the embryo in the uterus until birth.” Now, we can argue about whether that individual human life began at implantation or at conception, but Massachusetts law is clear that the unborn child is a life and not just a “blob of tissue.” Unfortunately, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Moe vs Secretary of Administration and Finance (1981) decided that taxpayer funds must be used to kill that life if its mother so wishes.
Prior to Moe, the state operated under the Doyle-Flynn Amendment – the state-level equivalent of the federal Hyde Amendment, which has been upheld repeatedly by the US Supreme Court – which prohibited taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions. But in 1981, the SJC took it upon itself to go beyond the federal Roe v. Wade decision and decreed that taxpayer funds must indeed be used to pay for abortions for poor women under the guise of “equal protection.” Why the legally-recognized life in the womb is not also due equal protection of the laws is not clear, but the SJC ruled that since state Medicaid funds were used to pay for legitimate maternity care and other health care for indigent women, Medicaid must also pay for abortions.
As did Roe v. Wade, this decision clearly overstepped the judicial role of interpreting the Massachusetts Constitution and enshrined a policy decision with the weight of a constitutional amendment, thus prohibiting the legislature from even debating the issue. Legally, the only proper response is an actual constitutional amendment that the SJC cannot misinterpret to its own ends. The Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion has taken up the challenge and is currently gathering signatures with the hope of bringing this question to Bay State voters in November 2020.
The amendment as proposed reads “Nothing in this Constitution shall require taxpayer funding for abortions.” Note that it does not make abortion illegal in MA. It only permits the legislature to debate whether taxpayer funds should be used to pay for them.
The amendment process in Massachusetts is extraordinarily difficult. The first step is to gather 64,750 signatures by November, 2017. In actuality, this means we need to gather close to 100,000 signatures because it seems like the Secretary of State’s office looks for any excuse to reject valid signatures. If there is a stray pen mark on a sheet with 25 valid signatures, the entire sheet may be thrown out. So, volunteers – including my wife and I – are being very careful with the signed sheets.
Assuming we get the required signatures, the motion must be approved by 50 members of the state legislature in two consecutive sessions in order to be put on the ballot in 2020 to allow citizens to vote on the amendment. Assuming it passes, Massachusetts will be in line with the federal government and the legislative history of the state in letting the legislature decide whether taxpayer funds will be used to pay to knowingly destroy the life of an unborn child.
There are many ways you can help. Of course, you can volunteer, or donate to the Alliance, and if you’re a registered Massachusetts voter, please sign a petition. And please keep our efforts in your prayers.
Update: Stacy McCain talks about this (and a few other things) here.
Not in the coming-out-of-the-closet figurative way: I actually was lying on a down comforter on top of a foam pad with two pillows while hurricane Irma pounded away outdoors. I’m fortunate to have a closet large enough to sleep in, and it was the quietest place to be. I played my old Gregorian Chant by the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos CD that I had uploaded into the iPod years ago, and dozed on and off.
By 5:00am or so the wind had died down enough that I went back to my bed. Power was cut off at 5:45am with a “pop!”
Living through Irma in Central Florida was as frightening as when I spent hurricane Sandy in the family room of my Princeton house in 2012. I would have much preferred to have been dining with Pete and Stacy instead.
However, the amount of damage where I live was minimal. No flooding, a few tree limbs down, no electricity, but the house was completely intact, and we had natural gas and running water. We were under tropical storm warning until 4pm on Monday and it remained cloudy, but the strong breeze helped to dissipate the humidity and cool the house.
This is the view from the back porch at 10am Monday,
My sister in Miami, who had fifteen (!) people staying at her house, also had no damage to her property – and neither did any of her guests.
We are grateful beyond measure.
The local FM radio station has been covering live on talk radio since before the storm, and they have done a great service to the entire area with very informative updates and a great amount of emotional support to all the callers. Local officials, utility company spokespersons, rescue personnel, owners of private businesses, all regularly call in with updates.
Electricity was restored yesterday, much to our delight. The food in the freezer didn’t thaw.
Parts of Florida are greatly affected, but every person and organization (private and public) in the state is working towards restoring normality. The coordination between public and private is extraordinary. I have never experienced anything like it.
If you are traveling to Florida, make sure to check your route/airport in advance. For instance, Miami International airport is still under limited schedule.
Since Robert Stacy McCain’s arrival circumstances and sleep patterns had not made daily mass possible but when I woke up around 7:45 AM still a tad groggy and worrying about the potential lack of a projector I decided if there was ever a day I wanted to make daily mass it was this one, so I threw on the nearest clothes I had and rushed down to the church in hopes of making the 8 AM daily mass.
After a blessing from father post mass I decided that while we had plan B in place it would be a good idea to do what I could to guarantee plan A. I hit the road taking advantage of the time to squeeze in as many of my sixty daily decades of the Rosary as I could before I was too occupied to pray. My first stop was WalMart which had several such projectors for sale online at a very good price but when I got there I discovered (not to my surprise btw) that while I could order one and have it in the story by Tuesday they didn’t carry them in stock. I then hit three other rental places none of which carried laptop projector when a glimmer of an idea hit me, at Rent a Center they rented monster flat screens at $49 a month. After talking to the manager and telling him my situation he made me a deal, if I called him before noon he could have one delivered to Tang Dynasty for 1 PM so that Stacy’s Slide show could be seen. This gave me a Plan C to go along with my plan B so when I got home I knew that at least one potential fire was out and I informed Stacy who was now awake of same.
Grabbing a quick shower and changing into my suit I headed down to Tang around 10:30 AM not only finding Mike Rogers of Granite Grok and Matt O’Brien of the Worcester Tea Party already there but discovering that all the worries about projectors had been for naught as Skip was able to get all the equipment including a projector to Mike before he left.
Going inside I found there had been one change, the Buffet area was set up next to the check-in table rather than at the Sushi bar, it turned out to be a wise move for easy access and I discovered that our lack of a projector was replaced with a different issue, the lack of a screen. Our plan A was to use the reverse of the Worcester Tea Party banner when it hit me that back in the house somewhere my old DaTechGuy on DaRadio banner was bopping around. After being sure that all was proceeding smoothly at the venue I headed back home able to tell Stacy the projector problem was solved.
Now the only problem was herding Stacy out on time something that anyone familiar with the erstwhile Mr. McCain knows is not as easy as it sounds and the fact that I managed to catch my suit paints on something and rip a huge gash in them and had to affect a quick change didn’t speed things up but by 11:45 Robert Stacy McCain, my youngest son and myself pulled in to see his name in lights. The Worcester Tea Party’s resident radio talk host Christopher Maider had arrived with the promised electric sign and Pat Humpheries of the Boston Tea Party had brought a projector screen so the last of the roadblocks had been overcome.
But as anyone could tell you who has put on such an event, road blocks continues to crop up, there was a delay in both the food and some delay in the equipment setup however that not only allowed additional people to get to the event without missing the meal but it gave people a chance to schmooze a bit both with Stacy McCain and each other. Of particular interest was Dianne Ploss of Act For America who had been a late addition to the program due to the cancellation of Act’s nationwide events and proved particularly popular with the assembled guests. It was during these moments that Matt O’Brien’s expertise in this kind of thing
really paid dividends. By 12:35 the majority of the Buffet was laid out (and the sushi nearly so) and I was able to announce to the assembled guests that food was served.
The response to the food was incredible. People simply gushed over both the variety of the food (fifteen different items not counting variations in sushi were offered from the standard boneless spareribs, chicken fingers, wings and General Cho’s chicken to the Curry , Dumplings and the house specialty coconut shrimp) the quality which was to be expected by anyone familiar with Tang Dynasty, and the quantity as they were informed that the buffet was not only all you could eat but would refilled and available throughout the program if anyone wanted just one more bite. The real lesson here was the hidden advantage of an all you can eat buffet served at the start of an event which is if technical/setup issues crop up it give the crew a chance to iron them out and Mike and Chris used said advantage to its fullest extent of this before joining the end of the line to eat so that when Stacy was ready to go, so was were they.
Around 1:15 or 1:30 it was time to being and Emcee John Weston came to the front and the meat of the event began. Both the Worcester Tea Party and Granite Grok were filming, the Worcester tea Party to the left of the table and the Groksters who also livestreamed the event as it happened for those who did not live close enough to come, on the right. It is the Grok video that I link here.
While other feminists (notably Adrienne Rich) made interesting arguments about the social pressures that led lesbians into such shams as Millett’s marriage (her husband, Fumio Yoshimura, was a Japanese avant-garde sculptor), this wasn’t mentioned in the book that made Millett famous, nor did she disclose her lesbianism to Time magazine or in any of the other press coverage that accompanied publication of Sexual Politics. Millett’s anti-male arguments, which had been presented to the mainstream press as being made by a heterosexual woman with a husband, took on a whole new meaning in light of the revelation of her lesbianism. It was somewhat like the discovery that Rev. Ted Haggard was hooking up with rentboys….People who are successful and happy with their lives, or who at least are able to cope with their disappointments, do not write radical manifestos denouncing “society,” nor do they join movements dedicated to revolutionary agendas.
This was the real issue with Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics — it was a lesbian’s indictment of heterosexuality, written from within the closet.
But the for me the real story of his presentation was this. The audience was an educated and politically informed one, far more informed than the public in general, yet to this audience Robert Stacy McCain’s revelations of what feminist authors were actually saying in their own words directed quoted from his huge collection of books and textbooks that he personally owned (including at least a dozen that he had brought with him) were a complete surprise. Some were open jawed, some were disgusted, at least one thought they were ridiculous to the point of hilarity but whatever their varied reactions the fact that these people had absolutely no idea of what was actually read, said and taught by feminists to students who are taking such courses vs the false harmless image of simply “equality” that feminists and their accomplices in the media thrust forward to an unsuspecting public is a testament to the success of their desired deception.
When Stacy had finished the plan had been a strait Q & A but I had given the Emcee John Weston wide discretion and he used that, combined with the presence of Dianna Ploss and my suggestion that she be given a little extra time compared to the rest of the panel to make a change. He invited Dianne to the presentation area with Stacy and allowed her to conduct an impromptu interview Q & A.
It was a brilliant move. John was very familiar with Dianne and she perfectly complemented Stacy on the stage. It was a great presentation.
When they were done it was time it was 3 pm and we took a break as the panel started to assemble. At this point I took the time to go to the owners to pay the food bill. The owners were delighted, with the buffet already out and it a communal area, other customers who came in saw it and while this was not the initial plan, offered it to those customers who very wisely took advantage of it. That had increased increased their bottom line beyond their expectations and they showed their gratitude when the bill was presented to me.
By this time the panel was seated and John again made an adjustment, rather than Emcee the panel he handed the mic to me and had me do the topics / Q & A. I though it worked pretty well but I’ll let you decide for yourself
In terms of time this was the longest portion of the event. Given the number of people on the panel, Myself, John Weston, Matt O’Brien of the Worcester Tea Party, Dianne Ploss, Stacy McCain, Mike Rogers of Granite Grok and Patrick Humphreys of the Worcester Tea Party. even if each person only 5 minutes on a question it would mean each topic would take a minimum of a half hour but I found the various takes so fascinating that the time seemed to be going by very fast and it was with regret that seeing the time I brought the proceedings to a close.
Dianne was gracious enough to give me a few minutes before she left to speak of the event and her impressions of it:
At this point she had to run as I did to get a couple of the attendees home taking advantage of this to get their thoughts on the event. They were impressed both by Stacy’s presentation and the folks on the panel, and it was a source of pride to have gotten a call the next day from an attendee who wished to complement me on the same.
By the time I got back the equipment was all packed up and we checked the figures, there had been a few no shows whose tickets had been paid for and the competing pro-life event and speech running at the same time doubtlessly cost us a few bodies, but as the person who was on the financial hook if we failed to meet expenses from Stacy’s Travel to the guaranteed money for both him and the restaurant the fact that there was was still cash in my pocket when all the bills were paid was not only a source of relief, but a friendly harbinger of events that we hoped would follow.
But even with this positive knowledge when Stacy and I left stopping for another meal of Mexican food which is apparently his favorite and relaxed for a moment as we talked about how things went, we knew that this was only a pause. Our lack of sleep, very long and busy day didn’t remove our obligation to get our posts up, or mine to get a podcast and radio show recorded or to get ready for tomorrow’s coverage of the EWTN event in Worcester and it certainly didn’t remove my Sunday Mass obligation. There is only so much time to take stock of the last story before you begin writing the next one.
Robert Stacy McCain in Massachusetts the Story so far
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