Heard on Beacon Hill

“We do not suggest the government take away health care from needy women. We simply ask that the funding be re-directed so our taxes are not used to prop up an organization currently facing enormous legal challenges for ethically questionable and illegal activities.” – Massachusetts Family Institute‘s letter supporting the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

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Abortion foes protest Baker over Planned Parenthood support

“The group — led by Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith and conservative activist and former Republican National Committee member Chanel Prunier — hoped to confront Baker as he left to urge him to divert all public dollars to women’s health clinics that do not provide abortions.

Many of the activists were already at the Statehouse for a lobby day with MFI, Catholic Citizenship and the Renew Massachusetts Coalition. When Baker left the press conference from a different exit, avoiding any confrontation, the group delivered letters to his office.

‘We’re asking him to stop giving what amounts to corporate welfare to the largest abortion provider in the country that’s under federal and state investigation. There are over 270 federally qualified health centers in Massachusetts that don’t do abortions, that haven’t been caught on tape selling baby body parts and taking money to abort minority babies,’ Beckwith said.”

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Anti-abortion activists assemble in Massachusetts State House on International Women’s Day

Andrew Beckwith, conservative and President of the Massachusetts Family Institute, led the group, according to the News Service. Some protesters spilled over from a lobby day with Beckwith’s group, Catholic Citizenship and the Renew Massachusetts Coalition.

The push to defund Planned Parenthood, a clinic that offers reproductive healthcare like cancer screenings and contraception to 31,000 patients in Massachusetts, stems from its ability to offer abortions. Though no federal funding can be used for abortion under law, activists like those at the State House on Wednesday believe public funds should not go toward any other health services at places that allow abortions.”

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Abortion foes protest Baker over Planned Parenthood support

“BOSTON — With Congress talking about blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood and Gov. Charlie Baker vowing to use state dollars to plug any holes, anti-abortion activists tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to confront the Republican governor over his support for the women’s health organization.

Carrying signs that read ‘#DEFUNDPP,’  over 100 anti-abortion activists assembled outside the first-floor press room in the Statehouse while Baker was holding a press conference on water quality legislation he intended to file.

The group — led by Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith and conservative activist and former Republican National Committee member Chanel Prunier — hoped to confront Baker as he left to urge him to divert all public dollars to women’s health clinics that do not provide abortions.

Many of the activists were already at the Statehouse for a lobby day with MFI, Catholic Citizenship and the Renew Massachusetts Coalition. When Baker left the press conference from a different exit, avoiding any confrontation, the group delivered letters to his office.

‘We’re asking him to stop giving what amounts to corporate welfare to the largest abortion provider in the country that’s under federal and state investigation. There are over 270 federally qualified health centers in Massachusetts that don’t do abortions, that haven’t been caught on tape selling baby body parts and taking money to abort minority babies,’ Beckwith told the News Service. ‘Women’s health doesn’t need to suffer, just redirect the funds away from Planned Parenthood and all their problems.'”

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No-Go for Pro-Homosexuality Advocates in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, expressed support for parade organizers.

‘They have a Supreme Court decision that specifically upholds their right to keep the parade about St Patrick and not to have it high-jacked by a sexually oriented agenda,’ Beckwith said in an email message.”

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Pro-Life Activists Demand Meeting With Gov. Baker, You’ll Never Guess What Happened

“More than 100 pro-life activists looked to confront Governor Charlie Baker following his Wednesday morning press conference to ask about his promise to reimburse the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics should federal dollars be siphoned away from the abortion provider.

In the end, however, the crowd had to settle for leaving their stack of petitions with Baker’s constituent services director, after Baker elected to use a different door to exit the press room at the State House.

‘We’ve given your letters to the governor’s staff, we’ve included all of the tough questions you guys have asked him on this issue,’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told the crowd of activists that had assembled outside Baker’s office. ‘He’s in a meeting right now, but the media saw that you’re here and that story is now going to get out.'”

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Massachusetts GOP Governor Vows to Increase Planned Parenthood’s State Subsidy If Federal Funding Is Cut

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, observed Baker is ‘fixated’ on the abortion chain’s funding when there are 270 federally qualified clinics in the state that do not perform abortions. He pointed out, as well, that congressional committees have referred Planned Parenthood for potential criminal prosecution after allegations that the organization sold the harvested body parts of aborted babies for a profit emerged.”

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Massachusetts GOP governor vows to cover Planned Parenthood funding if organization is defunded

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institutetold the Boston Herald that he is disappointed Baker seems “fixated” on protecting funding for Planned Parenthood when there are over 200 federally qualified community health centers clinics that — unlike Planned Parenthood — don’t perform abortions and have not been accused of trafficking aborted fetal body parts.”

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Gov: Mass. will cover Planned Parenthood cuts

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Woburn-based Massachusetts Family Institute, said he was disappointed Baker is ‘fixated’ on funding Planned Parenthood when there are 270 federally qualified clinics that, unlike Planned Parenthood, don’t provide abortions and have not been investigated by Congress over the disposition of fetal tissue.”

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Charlie To Planned Parenthood:  I’ve Got Your Back

“An opponent of Planned Parenthood challenged the logic of funding Planned Parenthood.

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, noted that the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House criticized Planned Parenthood heavily in reports issued after the fetal-parts scandal came to light. He questioned the need to give the organization government money.

‘Why should any taxpayer dollars go to Planned Parenthood when there are 270 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Massachusetts that can provide women access to health care and which are not under federal investigation?’ Beckwith said in an email message.”

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Baker promises funding to offset any Planned Parenthood cuts

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes abortion, said the governor should direct money to other health care facilities instead, noting that Planned Parenthood was investigated by Congress over its practices for the disposition of fetal tissue. 

‘We certainly object to giving the money to Planned Parenthood when there are hundreds of other facilities that do health care services,’ Beckwith said.

The investigation came after videos released by an antiabortion group in 2015 claimed to show Planned Parenthood officials profiting from the sales of fetal tissue for medical research, but Planned Parenthood denied the allegations and no wrongdoing was proved.”

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Split reaction on transgender rights

“‘This is a victory for common sense and for the privacy and safety of every student in America,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. ‘Local schools know best how to implement compassionate and practical solutions to these sensitive issues. No girl should be forced to change in front of, or shower with, a boy, as the Obama policy required.'”

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Mass. Officials Decry Transgender Rule Rollback

“Meanwhile, opponents of Obama’s transgender law, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, have collected enough voter signatures to put a measure on the 2018 ballot to repeal the law.”

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Mass. advocates reassure trangender students: You are protected here

“The group Keep MA Safe is pushing to repeal the 2016 public accommodations law, collecting enough signatures to place a question on the November 2018 ballot. That law is separate from the one that took effect in 2012 relative to public schools.

‘We see this as a victory for common sense as well as for the privacy and safety of every student in America,’ Andrew Beckwith, chief counsel for Keep MA Safe, said about the Trump administration’s action this week.

Beckwith argued the state law extending protections to transgender students in public schools didn’t explicitly require those students be allowed access to restrooms and locker rooms of their choice.”

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Massachusetts officials decry Trump transgender rollback

“Not everyone in Massachusetts supports the state’s transgender rights law.

Opponents, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, have collected enough voter signatures to put a measure on the 2018 ballot to repeal the law.

Backers of the repeal effort say they’re defending the fundamental rights to privacy and safety, particularly for women and children.”

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Repeal of fed transgender policy stokes local fears

“However, an organization called Keep Massachusetts Safe is trying to change that.

The Woburn-based organization was formed shortly after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Public Accommodations bill into law. The group collected more than 50,000 signatures in 45 days to get a referendum on the November 2018 ballot that seeks to repeal the Public Accommodations law. Andrew D. Beckwith, chief legal counsel for Keep Massachusetts Safe and president of Massachusetts Family Institute, said this will be the first repeal referendum on the state ballot in two decades. He said he and others in the organization are delighted about the Trump administration’s action.

‘We did see it as a victory for common sense and for the privacy and safety of every student in America,’ he said.”

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Impact of Donald Trump’s Transgender Guideline Revisions

Alison King / NBC Boston/ Thursday, February 23, 2017

MFI’s President Emeritus Kris Mineau is interviewed.

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Federal Rollback of Transgender Protections Prompts Concern- But no Change- in Mass

“Activist and attorney Andrew Beckwith remembered Chester’s 2013 guidance as ‘outrageous,’ and said he’s pleased its federal equivalent has been rolled back.

Beckwith is the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a conservative group that opposes same-sex marriage and works toward ‘strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which it is based.'”

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Mass. transgender advocates criticize Trump’s gender ID policy

“But Andrew Beckwith, chief legal counsel for Keep MA Safe, said he is pleased by the federal decision. The transgender bathroom guidelines, and the Massachusetts law, violate privacy and put the safety of residents at risk, he said. ‘It puts the gender identity agenda ahead of the safety and privacy of all women and children in particular,’ he said. ‘Even if someone has no intention of doing something wrong, just the fact the law is now going to force women to disrobe in the same room as anatomical men, regardless of how they identify, is a real blow to women’s privacy and their right to have a private space.’ ‘As a husband and a father,’ he added, ‘that concerns me.’ Keep MA Safe, a group working to repeal the state law, has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the November 2018 ballot. The federal decision could boost chances of a repeal, Beckwith said. ‘It’s definitely encouraging,’ he said. ‘I think it’s a breath of sanity on this issue that has been kind of run away as of late.'”

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Defund Planned Parenthood Rally: Boston

“Andrew Beckwith (ABOVE), President of Mass. Family Institute, addresses the crowd at the Defund Planned Parenthood Rally. A second speaker was Attorney Tom Harvey, who informed the crowd of another effort that will be soon underway to take away state funding of abortion in Massachusetts. This time, RenewMACoalition.org will be joining the effort, which should insure a plentiful supply of foot soldiers to gather signatures.”

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“Repealing the Bathroom Bill, defunding Planned Parenthood, fighting assisted suicide, and dealing with the state’s new marijuana law are among the issues a pro-family organization is seeking volunteers to help fight for on Beacon Hill. Massachusetts Family Institute is planning to host training sessions in February in anticipation of lobbying efforts at the State House. Among the topics to be covered are efforts in the state Legislature to lower the age of consent for abortions from 18 to 16 and negate parental consent for girls seeking abortions; and how local churches can keep marijuana stores out of their town or city. Founded in 1991, Massachusetts Family Institute is a nonpartisan public policy organization that is dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming Judeo-Christian values. The Massachusetts Family Institute’s Lobby Day at the State House is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8. Fifteen regional advocacy training sessions are scheduled at sites in eastern and central Massachusetts during February. For more information about the pre-Lobby Day training sessions, go to www.mafamily.org/prelobbyday/.”

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The 2 Sides of Neil Gorsuch

Sue O’Connell / NECN/ Thursday, February 02, 2017

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute, who supports Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, and Janson Wu of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, who opposes him, debate the merits of Neil Gorsuch.”

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High School Choir Forced to Cancel Performance at Church in Italy Amid Threat of Lawsuit

“CBS Boston also reported that members of the chamber chorus were upset over the change of schedule, stating that ‘they believe it has nothing to do with religion’ and that ‘they had performed at churches before and no one complained.’ Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, is another critic of the school district’s decision. He told CP that his organization had been contact by a concerned parent, but that it was after ‘the school administration had already caved.’ ‘While I understand the concern over a potentially lengthy and expensive lawsuit, what message does it send when the school’s leadership refuses to fight for their students’ rights?’ said Beckwith. ‘This is another sad example of common sense being sacrificed to a radical agenda of hostility and intolerance toward expressions of faith in the public square.'”

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Hillbillies ‘R Us

“President Barack Obama addressed the theme of fatherlessness in a speech in 2008 before he was president, saying, ‘We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty…’ Here in the Commonwealth, according to a report by Massachusetts Family Institute, married-couple families had a median annual income in 2013 of more than $114,376, while income for female-headed households with children was more than 75 percent lower at $26,999. Education is another way to break out of the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Those who drop out of high school, which happens so frequently in the hillbilly culture, have little chance for economic success. And the data unfortunately demonstrates that students from fatherless families in Massachusetts have twice the risk of dropping out of high school as students from married-couple households.”

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Senate Spotlight on Trump’s AG Nominee

Sue O’Connell / NECN/ Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“The case for and against Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General. Sue’s guests are Andrew Beckwith of Massachusetts Family Institute and Massachusetts ACLU Racial Justice Director Rahsaan Hall.”

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