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.
A SHOWING OF HUSH AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
PLLDF's Director Hanford Chiu joined representatives of the Harvard Law Students for Life and the (undergraduate) Harvard Right to Life organizations for a showing of HUSH at Harvard University.
Here's what some of the students had to say about HUSH:
"I have always been pro-life and I have always held the belief that to be pro-life is to be pro-woman, but the information provided in Hush regarding abortion's medical risks blew my mind. Hush was a refreshing, non-partisan approach to seeking Truth for Truth's, and for one another's sake; the issue of abortion took a step back from the highly politicized realm in which it currently dwells. This documentary is a must-see for people, pro-choice and pro-life alike." (Meredith Jones, President, Harvard Right to Life)
"The HUSH film does an excellent job of bringing to light the substantial evidence that abortion harms women's health. A frank discussion of abortion's full effects reveals that abortion not only ends the lives of children, but physically and psychologically damages women as well." (Josiah Kollmeyer, Harvard Law Students for Life)
FABULOUS, EASILY AVAILABLE, REAL LIFE IMAGERY OF UNBORN HUMAN LIFE
The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated that the free pregnancy apps available for the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android tablet offer "no better or easier way to help your patients and their families appreciate the incredible miracle of the life developing inside of them and to educate those around them...".
The simplest way to get the apps is to visit www.ehd.org/apps with your mobile device and Wi-Fi connection. This page provides the app names along with direct links to Apple’s App Stores and Google’s Play Stores around the world.
The video clip shown below reveals a real human, beating heart 6.5 weeks since the last menstrual period and 4.5 weeks since fertilization. This is a phenomenal tool for pro-life advocacy.
Please consider visiting the website for the Endowment for Human Development, and sharing the free apps described above.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE 2017 CENTURY DINNER ON FRIDAY, APRIL 28th
On Friday, April 28th, PLLDF will present its prestigious Thomas More Award to the co-founders of the Bioethics Defense Fund, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee. The Bioethics Defense Fund is an internationally acclaimed pro-life public-interest legal and educational organization which advocates for the restoration of the fundamental human right to life through litigation, model legislation, education and media. Please see the promotional flyer, letter/invitation and reply card below. We hope you will join us on April 28th.
2017 Century Dinner Flyer
2017 Century Dinner Letter
2017 Century Dinner Invitation
2017 Century Dinner Reply Card
RADIO COR MARIAE HOST CATHERINE JENKINS INTERVIEWS PLLDF PRESIDENT BOB JOYCEThis unedited 36-minute interview includes an overview of PLLDF, with a description of some of its recent accomplishments and current projects. We hope you will find it informative and inspiring. Listen here.
THE HUMAN LIFE REVIEW BLOG ARTICLE ON PHYSICIAN-PRESCRIBED SUICIDE IN MASSACHUSETTS
An article titled Battling Phyisican-prescribed Suicide in Massachusetts, co-authored by Lori Brannigan Kelly and PLLDF Board Member Robert W. Joyce, was recently published on the Human Life Review Blog.
Read more on the Human Life Review Blog here.
COME VIEW A PRE-DISTRIBUTION SHOWING OF THE GOSNELL MOVIE WHICH WILL BE COMING TO THEATERS IN 2017
There will be a special pre-distribution FREE showing of the Gosnell movie which will be coming to theaters in 2017. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who ran an abortion facility in Philadephia, is serving three life sentences for his horrific actions. This film illustrates how he was brought to justice despite resistance from the political establishment.
When: Thursday, November 10th
Time: Meet & Greet 6:00 PM Showing of Film at 7:00 PM
Location: Devlin Hall, Room 008, Boston College
(The Commonwealth Avenue entrance to Boston College is the most convenient for Devlin Hall.)
For information, call 617-969-8383 or email email@example.com
NATURAL LAW: CLONING, CHIMERAS, ANIMAL-HUMAN HYBRIDS, 3-PARENT EMBRYOS: WHAT EVERY LAWYER AND LAW STUDENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BRAVE NEW WORLD
There is another opportunity for lawyers and law students to hear Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) Co-Founder and President, Attorney Nikolas Nikas, deliver this enlightening presentation on life-threatening critical and current issues. BDF is a prominent, pro-life public-interest legal and educational organization that has opposed threats to life throughout the United States and abroad for over 20 years.
In addition to the event on Saturday morning, October 8th, Attorney Nikas will present at Harvard Law School on Thursday, October 6th, at noon, in the Wasserstein Classroom Building, Room 1010. Attorneys and Law Students are welcome. SEE FLYER BELOW.
The threats to unborn human life are real and proximate! For example, the National Institute of Health recently announced that it soon expects to lift a moratorium on funding for controversial experiments that add human stem cells to animal embryos, creating an organism that is part animal and part human (i.e., a chimera).
The Saturday morning event will be held at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree MA 02184, on October 8th from 10 AM to noon. This event is published in the October 3rd Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Calendar section. SEE NOTICE AND FLYER BELOW.
During his visit to Boston, Attorney Nikas will make two other presentations. One will deal with similar cloning and embryo issues, and is designed for undergraduates; this will be held at Boston College on Friday, October 7th at 4:15 PM, in Gasson Hall, Room 305. The other is titled "Dying with True Dignity: What Every Catholic Should Know about Making Moral Decisions at the End of Life;" it will be held in the Pavilion of St. Theresa of Avila Church, 2078 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132 on Thursday, October 6th at 7 PM. All are welcome.
For more information, please contact PLLDF at 617-969-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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..."