From Father Steven - August 22, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I have asked Deacon Chuck to help our much needed Pro-Life ministry to get restarted. This week he is sharing with us an important way in which we can help protect lives. Soon there will be more initiatives to help the cause.
Campaign to Reverse The Roe Act
Greetings, sisters and brothers of our Immaculate Conception Parish community! Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature enacted a pro-death abortion law (the Roe Act) which is one of the most radical in the country. In addition to other horrific provisions, this law removed the legal protection that had been provided for babies that were born alive despite having been targeted for death in abortion.
Our goal is to enact a new law to restore the protection for babies born alive. This will require the statewide collection of 80,239 signatures on a petition in the fall of 2021 and then letting the people vote on it in the fall of 2022.
The MA Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions is teaming up with other organizations such as Massachusetts Citizens for Life, ReNew MA Coalition, MA Family Institute, and the MA GOP in order to successfully conduct this signature drive campaign. The name for this combination of groups is the Massachusetts Newborn Protection Coalition. Its volunteers will be here to collect signatures on this pro-life petition. The petition states: “Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, if a child is born alive, all reasonable steps, in keeping with good medical practice, shall be taken to preserve the life of the child born alive.”
Per the requirements of the state constitution, the actual signature drive can only take place beginning on or about September 10 and will end on November 17. You are urged to sign this petition. We’ll arrange to have tables for signing set up at the entrance of the church to facilitate this process. And please consider volunteering to help in the signature gathering effort. In this regard, see Deacon Chuck (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) or send an email to Tom Harvey, Chairman - MA Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions, at: email@example.com
You’ll hear more about this important initiative as we approach the campaign date. Stay tuned for these updates, and thank you immensely for your support!
Trusting in Jesus always –
Dcn Chuck Rossignol
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Father Steven Clemence