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Babies saved at Boston-area abortion clinics:
For 2018:  4   2017:  38   2016:  34   2015:  25 

2014: 60,  2013: 61,  2012: 74,  2011: 119,  2010: 74,  2009: 99,  2008: 85, 2007: 90,  2006: 80,  2005: 64,  2004: 65,  2003: 60

40 Days for Life, Boston

Daily through March 25
Come and give witness to life!  We will be keeping a daily vigil at Planned Parenthood from 7 am to 7 pm through March 25th.

We have added a Witness for Life initiative, asking parishes and religious communities to commit to having a Holy Mass and/or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for an end to abortion and the success of the 40 Days for Life Campaign.   We have had a wonderful response.  Each week, I will list what communities are praying for us!  We will be accepting new prayer pledges throughout the campaign.  Has YOUR parish signed on to be a prayer partner?


SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (NUMBER 4): We had several groups join us in prayer on Saturday. The morning began with Pastor David Hill of Abundant Grace Church leading a group of young adults in prayer. Following them were Boston Pro-Life Future, a cluster of seminarians from Saint John’s Seminary (the other half of the seminarians were at Harvard Street), 40 Days for Life Spanish Vigil, and the noontime America Needs Fatima Rosary for marriage.

    It was around noontime that the day reached its climax. Richard, a pro-lifer at the marriage vigil reported:
    As I was praying the rosary with a small group out in front of the entrance to PP, a woman came out of PP, walked over to me and asked for some rosary beads, saying that she was Catholic.  She was beaming, radiant with joy, and just had to share her good news that she was keeping her child and not going to have an abortion!

    I was next to Camille who was even more thrilled at this sudden, unexpected occurrence than I was; both of us were delightfully surprised.

    Sorry not to have gotten the woman’s name. I was just there to receive her good news and share in her delight.  I immediately gave her my own rosary beads upon her initial request.  She thanked Camille and me profusely and wanted us all to know that she was keeping her child; and that she was grateful to all of us for being there! After stepping into a car that pulled up to the curb, she actually rolled her car window down so she could keep thanking us as she left!

     I am trying to describe this to give you a sense of her joy.  I do think her decision to keep her child was in some very real way an answer to all of our prayers and prayerful presence.

     Thank God for such a beautiful light to shine amidst the present darkness!

FRIDAY, MARCH 2: Sidewalk counselors Susan and Kimberly spoke with a young pregnant woman outside of Planned Parenthood, who accepted their offer to avail herself of the crisis pregnancy center.

        She was counseled at the center for two hours and the situation looks optimistic; but there are serious obstacles. Please pray for this woman who has made a courageous choice! This is NUMBER 3!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31: Howard (above, file photo) was sidewalk counseling at Harvard Street this morning with Ruth. A man came out of the facility—smiling—and told them that his wife decided that “She just couldn’t do it.” They had been inside only 30 minutes. That is #2 for this year.

Why Doesn’t Liberation Theology Apply to the People of Iran?


Liberation theology, which was out of favor under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, seems to have made a comeback under Pope Francis. Francis has rehabilitated several liberation theologians and even appointed some to advisory positions.

One would be mistaken, however, to think that this concern applies to all oppressed peoples. How many Church leaders are calling for Muslims to be liberated from the oppressive rule of Islam in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia, and elsewhere?

With a few exceptions, the bishops have adopted a shockingly naïve view of Islam. Take this excerpt from the 2016 Joint Declaration between the USCCB and the Qom Seminary Scholars of Iran.

Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.

That’s typical of numerous Pollyannaish statements about Islam issued by Catholic bishops over the last five decades. It’s the kind of boilerplate generated by people who are vastly more interested in issuing declarations and arriving at agreements than in getting at the truth of things.

Read complete article in Crisis Magazine.

George Washington
at Valley Forge . . .”

DECEMBER 28 — Julie (ABOVE, to the right of Bill) reminded us of General Washington as we began our morning of sidewalk counseling outside of Women’s Health Services on that Thursday. It was a bitterly cold day; the kind that melts fortitude as quickly as it freezes water.

And there are more to come!

In facing such circumstances, we are indeed well advised to remember our heritage of heroic sacrifices. Saints urge us to especially meditate on the Passion of Christ.

While Saint Paul wrote to the Colossians, Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth (Col. 3:2); he also implored them to Remember my chains (Col. 4:18).

Such remembrance engages not only the intellect, but also the will. As he wrote to the Philipians, [M]ost of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear (Phil. 1:14).


DECEMBER 19 — It was a Tuesday, and two women who came out of Planned Parenthood confirmed to Mary, a sidewalk counselor, that there had been a change of mind! That brings the 2017 total to 38.

ABOVE: Margery Eagan and Father James Martin, S.J. at Saint Ignatius parish, November 20. Photo: Catherine Walsh.

Saint Ignatius parish in Newton hosts speech and book signing by pro–“gay” Father James Martin, S.J.

NOVEMBER 25 — Globe columnist Margery Eagan rejoiced over Father James Martin, S.J., who attributes the tolerance of his pro-LGBTQ campaign to the “Pope Francis effect.”
      At his November 12 speech in Newton, a near-capacity crowd gave him a standing ovation!

Read Margery Eagan’s full article in The Boston Globe.

Anthony Esolen offers a scathing perspective, asking Father Martin to open his eyes.

Scranton, PA Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is defending Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s speaking engagement at Misericordia University’s winter commencement on December 17, saying that the priest’s latest book condoning homosexuality was “written with the full consent of his religious superiors and in conformity with Catholic Church publishing guidelines.”

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 — Mary and Carmel several minutes after a couple exited Planned Parenthood Tuesday morning, and announced that they changed their mind about the abortion! A nice counter to the damp chill! (#34)

ABOVE: Kimberly (kneeling on left), Lorraine (white sweater), and Lisa (right, in black, across the street) at Planned Parenthood Friday.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 — Lorraine emailed the following: “Jill” and “Joe” chose life for their baby this morning at PP. After already entering the facility, Joe needed to get something out of his car. We then had the opportunity to talk with him and give him some information. He agreed to go into the facility and talk to Jill about not having the abortion. Shortly after, they both came out with tears in their eyes, and Jill said she couldn’t do it. They hugged us and we said a prayer. Thank You, Jesus! (#33)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: Mary walked down Alcorn Street, adjacent to Planned Parenthood, and spoke to a young woman who had just exited a vehicle. They walked together toward the front door of the abortion facility. Mary had offered her help and pro-life information, but the woman went into Planned Parenthood anyway.

About 15 minutes later, the woman came out and asked for Mary. They talked briefly and then she left. Mary recounted her words: “I changed my mind.” (#32)

Islam: A Giant Step Backwards for Humanity

by William Kilpatrick 

One of the big mysteries of our day is how so many supposedly enlightened Catholics have managed to get it so wrong about Islam for so long. It’s understandable that in the 1960s, when the Islamic world was relatively quiescent, Catholics might entertain the high hopes for Islamic-Catholic relations expressed in Nostra Aetate. But this is 2017 and in the intervening half century a lot of water has passed under the bridge.

It’s not just that many clergy and lay Catholic leaders fail to appreciate the deep differences in theology between Islam and Christianity, they fail to grasp the deep cultural and human differences that flow from the theological differences. To put the matter bluntly, Christianity is a humanizing religion and Islam is not.

Click here for entire Crisis Magazine article.

On WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, Anne — who is just venturing into sidewalk counseling after attending Eleanor’s October 4 talk at Saint Mary’s in Dedham — spoke to a couple Wednesday morning at a meter behind Star Market.

The man had just loaded up the meter with coins. Anne was parked behind them and felt moved to speak with them. So, she summoned the courage and talked to the woman briefly, who answered, “No” to the question about being pregnant.

After she received Eleanor’s card from Anne, the woman and her boyfriend talked for a little while — and then drove off! Meaning what?

Answer: we didn’t know.

But that afternoon, Eleanor got a call from the woman, who conceded that she is pregnant and had an abortion scheduled! But she was moved by what Anne said to her.

Say some thank yous to God! (#30)

SEPTEMBER 27 — This morning, a woman with an abortion appointment approached Planned Parenthood accompanied by a reluctant man. After speaking to a sidewalk counselor, they went in. Later they came out, but went back in again. The man (ABOVE), shown talking to sidewalk counselors Carolyn and Mary, told them he did not want this abortion. Carolyn talked to him and then, placing her hand on his shoulder, prayed with him.

What happened in the unseen world, we do not know, but in this world the woman came out and said there will be no abortion! (#29)

SEPTEMBER 12 — A tearful young woman and her mother exited Planned Parenthood holding a printout of the ultrasound picture of her baby. Mary, a sidewalk counselor, spoke to her; the woman responded, “I’m due in February. I didn’t do it (abort the baby).” (#28) Eleanor came across the street and, after a brief exchange, they went off to Pregnancy Help.

AUGUST 18 — Baby saved (#27) at Planned Parenthood today (Friday)! Thanks to Jane, Theresa, and John who were there. The young pregnant woman affirmed to Theresa that she is definitely going to keep her baby!

AUGUST 13: FOUR MORE CHILDREN SAVED FROM ABORTION! The latest (#26) was at Harvard Street (Women’s Health) on Wednesday, August 9. Howard, a sidewalk counselor, spoke to a mother and daughter as they drove out of the lot. Unprompted, the mother said, “She changed her mind!”

THE OTHER THREE were on Saturday, August 5, also at WHS — a couple exited early and confirmed a changed mind — and Friday, August 4 at Planned Parenthood, which ultrasound revealed to be twins. Thanks be to God and to all who pray and work for Life!

JULY 10 — Baby #22 was saved on Saturday, July 8 at Women’s Health Services in Brookline. Jean (on left in background, with white dress) talked to a couple, who agreed to accompany her to Dunkin’ Donuts. Eleanor joined the conversation by phone, and this week they have an appointment at a crisis pregnancy center for an ultrasound and follow-up. Steve (foreground) was also at WHS that day.

Defund Planned Parenthood Battle Continues

SATURDAY, MARCH 4: While abortion fanatics gathered on Boston Common Saturday morning, pro-lifers were at Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility (ABOVE), continuing their observance of 40 Days for Life.

A Channel 5 crew came to Planned Parenthood Saturday, and Ruth, one of our sidewalk counselors, was interviewed, which was aired.

Judy, a sidewalk counselor, offers pro-life information to a passer-by.


Mayor Marty Walsh, Joe Kennedy III, and several other of the usual suspects gathered on the Boston Common Saturday, with a crowd of a few hundred, to demand your money to pay for abortions. Link to Boston Herald article.

Jim Lyons weighs in on Baker’s proposed state funding of Planned Parenthood

State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover), shown here with his wife, Bernadette, a sidewalk counselor, wrote a column that appeared in the Sunday, March 5 Boston Herald. Here is the text:

As the nation’s leading abortion proponent and provider, Planned Parenthood benefits greatly from the media-friendly phrase “pro-choice.” Of course, the phrase “pro-choice.” has become little more than a market-tested euphemism for the widespread availability of abortion.

Obviously, Planned Parenthood has a range of offerings that extend beyond abortion. Yet, its extreme advocacy of abortion makes the private organization unacceptable to countless taxpaying Americans. In fact, Planned Parenthood has gone so far as to come under media scrutiny and government investigation for the repulsive activity of negotiating to sell the body parts of unborn babies. No wonder so many taxpayers rebel at the idea of paying for Planned Parenthood.

When it comes to taxpayer choice, however, Planned Parenthood flips completely. Taxpayers deserve no choices, no reprieve from the forced funding of an organization whose most egregious procedure many regard as ill-advised, repugnant, and the taking of a human life.

In a rare example of Washington wisdom, the politicians on Capitol Hill are planning to end public funding of Planned Parenthood, granting taxpayers the choice of deciding whether they wish to add their voluntary contributions. Those who choose to do so will remain at complete liberty to contribute as much as they desire; persons who object will no longer be mandated to subsidize any of its operations. One might think of it as the Taxpayer Liberation Act. What could be more “pro-choice”?

Apparently, Beacon Hill politicians, joined by their Planned Parenthood sponsors, oppose granting this choice to taxpayers. Seemingly, the only choice that matters belongs to a well-funded Planned Parenthood, so long as taxpayers pick up the tab.

And Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts is certainly not lacking in means. It rewards its president with a salary exceeding $287,000. Its top five executives tally well in excess of six figures and more than double the Massachusetts median household income of around $70,000. The vast majority of taxpayers will never see an annual salary approaching those figures.

Unfortunately, Gov. Charlie Baker has joined with many Democrats in promising to force state taxpayers to pony up for any slackening in federal largess for Planned Parenthood. They are punting an opportunity to demonstrate the meaning of choice. In this case, all persons should retain the right to choose whether or not to pay for Planned Parenthood.

DECEMBER 14: NUMBER 33 — Bill was at Women’s Health Services in Brookline Tuesday, December 13, with Mary Anne and Sean. A couple exited the facility in less than an hour — not enough time for an abortion — and the woman confirmed that she had changed her mind.

LGBT cancer in the federal bureaucracy
by Austin Ruse

As Donald Trump begins to staff his administration, his appointees should understand how deeply the ideologically-driven LGBTs have burrowed into permanent jobs in the permanent bureaucracy and how dangerous they are.

The new political appointees should also understand how this group and their allies have driven those who may disagree with their agenda either underground or from the federal bureaucracy altogether, and some even to jail.

And they should understand that this group is entrenched and determined not to give an inch in the territory they have gained under the incredibly radical Obama administration.

Link to complete article in Crisis Magazine.

Tyranny: the inevitable result of our society’s descent into moral chaos — Anthony Esolen

Hadley Arkes on Hobby Lobby

What do abortion, gay “marriage” and government-sanctioned illegal immigration have in common?  — Anthony Esolen

Contraception is a threat to national security!
Demographic bankruptcy leads to financial bankruptcy, and financial bankruptcy heightens the risk of political collapse. And a bankrupt nation is at the mercy of its creditors and of opportunistic neighbors. So European society today is in grave danger. Click for the full column by Phil Lawler

Axis of Evil IV by Ray Neary (Renew America) — Planned Parenthood is the perfect example of a living lie. The organization derives millions of dollars annually, not from planning parenthood, but by assisting a mother to de-parent and doing the same to the father of a new member of our human family.

THU, NOV 25, 2010 —  Check out this revealing portrait of late-term abortionist Warren Hern and his Boulder Abortion Clinic from Esquire. It's a wonder it made it to print and that it is still online!

TUE, NOV 4, 2008 — “I doubt that he is the long-prophesied ruler of the world, but I also believe that he is a carrier of a deadly moral virus, indeed a kind of anti-apostle spreading concepts and agendas that are not only anti-Christ but anti-human as well.” —  Michael O'Brien on Barack: the Antichrist?

THU, FEB 17, 2005 -- Research vindicates Catholic teaching on marriage and contraception (Touchstone)

Why are things the way they are in the Boston archdiocese? One must be careful not to over-generalize, but we still believe there is a lot of insight  in Professor James Hitchcock's article, "Conservative Bishops, Liberal Results"

Sign our petition
to Cardinal O’Malley:

  • To publicly adhere to and immediately enforce the principle stated in Catholics in Political Life, which says, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
Click here to read and sign.
What happened to Catholic Health Care in Boston?

The Coalition to Save Catholic Health Care - a summary of their efforts by Chairman Ray Neary, assisted by John O'Gorman.

Sites of interest

Too few witnesses

BLOODMONEY, The Business of Abortion -- a documentary film that exposes the truth behind the Abortion Industry from the Pro-Life perspective.
     This film will examine the history of abortion in America, from the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe v. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, to the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women that have had them.


Life Matters is televised live from the Boston Neighborhood Network studios in downtown Boston.  They have produced over 288 different half-hour shows, including many guests who are nationally renowned in the right-to-life community.  Life Matters is currently airing in over 124 Massachusetts cities and towns, and have over 30 shows on Youtube.com & blip.tv. LINK: http://www.lifematterstv.org/

New web site! http://www.numberofabortions.com/
This a page of real-time “abortion counters” intended to heighten awareness of the reality & magnitude of the Abortion Holocaust. This site is unique in having many different abortion counters on one page. There are other sites with a single counter and a number of those use out of date statistics.

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