WELCOME TO PLLDF'S WEBSITE!
PLLDF welcomes you
to its website. We hope that this website, PLLDF's Newsletters, and
Facebook page make us more accessible to the community and our
supporters. These efforts are part of PLLDF's goal to build a broad and
unified community of pro-life attorneys, students and other supporters
It can sometimes appear that there is little
interest in the pro-life cause within the Massachusetts legal community.
PLLDF believes, however, that there is more concern for pro-life issues
among attorneys than many might believe. We are eager to develop that
concern by creating a greater network of pro-life attorneys who are
comfortable expressing pro-life beliefs.
We welcome your comments or suggestions.
PLLDF DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER ROY SCARPATO GIVES INTERVIEW ON LIFE MATTERS
PLLDF Director and Founder Roy Scarpato was interviewed by Brendan O'Connell on the cable television show titled Life Matters. For an interesting review of the history of the pro-life movement in Massachusetts from Roe v. Wade onward, we invite you to watch the 30-minute interview presented in the following two parts.
Life Matters - Roy Scarpato - Part 1
Life Matters - Roy Scarpato - Part 2
PLLDF FILES U.S. SUPREME COURT AMICI CURIAE BRIEF IN LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR CASE
PLLDF board members Dwight Duncan and Colbe Mazzarella filed a brief on behalf of Amici Curiae residents and families of residents at homes of the Little Sisters of the Poor in the case of Zubik, et. al. v. Burwell. They acknowledged gratitude for PLLDF's law student support.
The Little Sisters of the Poor joined several other petitioners challenging the government's so-called "accommodation" to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate. Regulations promulgated under the ACA require the Little Sisters' health plan to cover contraceptives, including those which act as abortifacients, in violation of their deeply held religious beliefs and vows. See PLLDF's brief in the hyperlink below.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE 2016 CENTURY DINNER ON APRIL 22nd
On April 22nd, Roy Scarpato, one of PLLDF's founders and a Massachusetts pro-life icon who has devoted more than 40 years of faithful advocacy for innocent life, will be honored with the Thomas More Award. Please see the promotional flyer, invitation and reply card below. We look forward to seeing you on April 22nd.
PLLDF'S EFFORTS TO HELP THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
Here is a NewBostonPost article about the efforts of PLLDF volunteers to help the Little Sisters of the Poor by submitting an amicus brief in their challenge to offensive provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The case will be argued before the United States Supreme Court this spring. Compliments to Prof. Dwight Duncan, Board Member Colbe Mazzarella, and Boston College Law School student Larissa Warren for their excellent work on the brief.
Read more here.
WINTER 2015 NEWSLETTER
PLLDF has published its Winter 2015 Newsletter. We think you'll find it informative and encouraging. We sure hope so. We also hope that you are encouraged, as we are, by the involvement of youthful pro-life advocates.
Click here to read.
CONTEMPORARY LEGAL LIFE ISSUES SEMINAR
Watch top-notch attorneys, and a pro-life legislator, explain current and critical pro-life issues in this 1 hour and 10 minute seminar presented in 2015. Professor Dwight Duncan, Attorney Michael DePrimo, Attorney Patricia Stewart, and Rep. Jim Lyons explain complicated pro-life and constitutional issues in an understandable fashion.
Click here to watch.
INTERVIEW REGARDING PLLDF - THEN AND NOW
On September 3, 2015, PLLDF President Bob Joyce was interviewed by Brendan O'Connell on the cable television show titled Life Matters. For an interesting review of PLLDF's history and our current efforts, we invite you to watch the 25-minute interview presented in the following two parts.
Click Here to Watch.
Fifth Entry to Professors' Corner:
President John Garvey of The Catholic University of America has provided a fifth entry to Professors' Corner explaining how James Madison's sage advice regarding the right of every man to exercise religion might impact the SCOTUS decision in the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor and others.
"On Friday, November 6 the Supreme Courted granted cert. in seven cases about the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Petitioners include the Little Sisters of the Poor..."