The Best Way to Raise Children

“By now, almost everyone who studies income inequality in the United States knows that one only has to do three things in America to escape poverty:  finish high school, get a job, and get married (and stay married). In Massachusetts, finishing high school is especially important, as the economy here requires educational achievement to get a good job. Those who drop out of high school have little chance for economic success. A recent publication from Massachusetts Family Institute provided data that showed that students from fatherlessness families have twice the risk of becoming high school dropouts as students from married-couple households. And the percentage of fatherless families in major cities in Massachusetts runs from 45 percent to 65 percent.”

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The Difference A Dad Makes

“This Father’s Day Weekend, I happen to be turning 40. Fortunately, with a wife and four young children, there will be precious little time to worry about any looming mid-life crisis. The emphasis will remain, full speed ahead, on fatherhood. But it’s worth taking a moment amidst the chaos of youth soccer carpools and stepping on Legos to reflect on how important the calling of fatherhood is.  As the recent study published by Massachusetts Family Institute titled Fatherlessness: The Economic and Social Costs to Our Commonwealth points out, the makeup of families in the Bay State has changed a great deal since my first birthday…”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Christians Fight Massachusetts Counselor Coercion Bill

“Last week, hearings were held in Boston regarding the Counselor Coercion Bill that is under consideration in the State of Massachusetts. Our friends and allies at Massachusetts Family Institute are leading the Bay State opposition. (As many readers will recall, the Counselor Coercion Bill is an LGBT-agenda priority that would make it unlawful for licensed mental health professionals to assist minor clients in overcoming same-sex attractions in New York. The Massachusetts version of this wrong-headed proposal goes even further than the New York version does, because it also bans efforts to assist young people in overcoming gender dysphoria and claiming their true, God-given gender identities.) NYCF is pleased to report that Christian therapist David Pickup and other believers testified against the Massachusetts legislation. In addition, Walt Heyer, a man who underwent ‘sex change’ surgery before becoming a Christian and reclaiming his male identity, came to Massachusetts to express support for efforts to help individuals overcome gender dysphoria. NYCF hopes that Members of the Massachusetts Legislature will take heed to their words.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Trans Activists Push MA Bill Banning Mental Health Treatment for Gender-Confused Children

Andrew Beckwith, the president of Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), testified Tuesday against the bill, asserting it would ‘remove the ability of children and their parents to receive desired counseling from licensed mental health professions to help address unwanted sexual attractions and gender confusion.’ Beckwith added the legislation places mental health professionals in precarious ethical dilemmas because they would be ‘forced to choose between violating the law and violating their ethical obligations for client treatment.'”

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Conversion therapy opponents recount experiences

“In a Massachusetts Family Institute statement, marriage and family therapist David Pickup said the bill ‘is in fact child abuse’ and that it would violate the rights of heterosexual youth who wish to address unwanted homosexual feelings. Pickup, who has offices in Texas and California, told the committee he practices “authentic reparative therapy,” which he distinguished from the ‘horrible’ treatments described by supporters of the ban. ‘We only do therapy for clients, a lot of which are in Massachusetts, who believe that for them, homosexual feelings arise because of emotional wounding, sometimes sexual abuse,’ he said. ‘We don’t treat people who are born that way.’ He said he fears the committee is missing other evidence and urged them to ‘give a voice to people whose voices are now being covered up.'”

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Your Child Is Confused About Sexuality: Who Knows Best? You? Or the State?

“As Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, pointed out during the hearing, the bill currently before the Legislature would ban ‘talk therapy.’ Another way of putting it is that it would limit what therapists and patients are allowed to talk about. Presumably if a patient expresses an interest in altering feelings about sexual attraction or gender identity, the therapist is either supposed to censor the patient’s sentiments or sit there mute. How is that serving the patient? Consider the example of Walt Heyer, a biological male who at age 42 had a sex change operation. He lived as a woman for eight years, but eventually determined that he had always been a man and should live like one, so he transitioned back.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Ban Conversion Therapy? Supporters Say It’s Child Abuse; Opponents Say Banning It Is Child Abuse

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, testified in opposition to the bill, telling committee members that the measure would ‘remove the ability of children and their parents to seek desired counsel from licensed mental health professionals to help address unwanted sexual attraction and gender confusion.’ Beckwith also recalled earlier testimony from those who had been subjected to traumatic treatments such as shock therapy and nausea-inducing drugs. ‘I would ask the authors of this bill if that’s what they want to prevent, then write a bill that mentions those techniques instead of one that is so broad and covers everything, including talk therapy,’ he said. Beckwith later mentioned the bill’s chief sponsor, state Representative Kay Khan (D-Newton), who on Monday saw a different committee hold hearings on another bill of hers that would give doctors more influence in determining a patient’s needs for mental health services, stripping some authority away from insurance companies. ‘That bill says — and I quote — ‘medically necessary services for mental health treatment shall be determined by physicians in consultation with patients’ — and I would say that’s what we’re asking for on this bill,’ Beckwith said. ‘Allow patients and therapists to determine what works for them.’

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Mass. house bill banning conversion therapy for children to be presented Tuesday

“LGBT activists have made these bills a national priority and they are using them to do real damage to parental rights, free speech, and religious liberty. If you or anyone you know (maybe through your church) either counsels youth struggling with gender identity, or is himself someone who has received counseling for these issues, please email Andrew Beckwith who is with the Massachusetts Family Institute.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Mass. house bill banning conversion therapy for children to be presented Tuesday

“‘It’s a real attack on parental rights, freedom of speech, religious liberty,’ said Andrew Beckwith, President of the Massachusetts Family Institute. Beckwith said one of the issues with this bill, unlike others that have passed nationwide, is that it would classify conversion therapy as child abuse. He cites an example of a gender confused girl. ‘If this law were to pass, if that same young woman was counseled to literally feel comfortable in her own skin that would be labeled child abuse and she could be taken out of the home,’ he said.”

(CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW)

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History Unerased aims to cast light on gay Americans in schools

“The group may face an uphill battle in getting school districts across the nation to incorporate its materials into existing literature, history and science classes because some social conservatives have expressed outrage at the idea of introducing LGBT topics to young students. Such issues remain highly controversial, as evidenced by Republican President Donald Trump’s revocation of Democratic predecessor Barack Obama’s guidance to public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. ‘Teaching quality history, literature, math and any other curriculum does not warrant discussion by kindergartners about a person’s sexual conduct or preferences,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said. ‘It concerns me that these ideas would be included in classrooms with children as young as 6 years old,’ said Beckwith, whose organization had long fought gay marriage. Besides producing materials for lessons, History Unerased has run training sessions for about 400 teachers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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History Unerased aims to cast light on gay Americans in schools

“The group may face an uphill battle in getting school districts across the nation to incorporate its materials into existing literature, history and science classes because some social conservatives have expressed outrage at the idea of introducing LGBT topics to young students. Such issues remain highly controversial, as evidenced by Republican President Donald Trump’s revocation of Democratic predecessor Barack Obama’s guidance to public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. ‘Teaching quality history, literature, math and any other curriculum does not warrant discussion by kindergartners about a person’s sexual conduct or preferences,’ Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said. ‘It concerns me that these ideas would be included in classrooms with children as young as 6 years old,’ said Beckwith, whose organization had long fought gay marriage. Besides producing materials for lessons, History Unerased has run training sessions for about 400 teachers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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‘Healthy’ sex-ed really not, says group

“Parents and family groups in Massachusetts are fighting hard to stop a Planned Parenthood-backed sex-ed mandate in the state’s schools.

Despite the name, ‘An Act Relative to Healthy Children’ before the Massachusetts legislature (S. 234 / H. 2053) spells out a radical sex-education curriculum in public schools. Proponents promise that the lessons are ‘age appropriate’ – such as the one that encourages seventh-graders to use “non-microwavable saran wrap” as a prophylactic for certain non-reproductive sex acts.

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute says students as young as 12 will be confronted with complex, graphic sexual acts and subjects better left to adults.

‘For example, it lists abortion as an ‘option for pregnancy’ – and so that has to be taught,’ he explains. ‘It also says that teachers ‘shall give affirmative representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, relationships, and families.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Rick Wiles: Global Brain or the Mind of Christ?

“Fior Hernandez speaks with Andrew Beckwith, the President of Massachusetts Family Institute, about a new Sex-Ed Bill that is really overstepping on the rights of Christian parents.” (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN)

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For trans children and their families, a time of growing uncertainty

“Similar concerns have surfaced in liberal areas as the transgender community has become more prominent. These range from a group of swim moms in New York’s Upper West Side who voiced concerns after their daughters reported seeing a ‘bearded individual’ in the women’s changing room, to a leader of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, who quit the organization over its support for transgender people seeking to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. Thus, some state gender nondiscrimination laws are facing legal challenges. The Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) and a coalition of other groups last year successfully proposed a ballot measure, to be voted on November 2018, to repeal the state’s law, enacted last year, banning discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of gender identity. On its website, the MFI says it is ‘dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which it is based.’ And for Andrew Beckwith, the group’s president, the transgender bathroom issue has become ‘a zero-sum game.’ ‘Not everyone can have what they want in this case, so what is the most reasonable accommodation?’ he asks. ‘There is no great solution, but the best, most common-sense solution that protects the most rights, that does the best good for the most people, is reasonable accommodations like they had [for] Gavin Grimm.’ That Grimm challenged the Gloucester County school board’s decision requiring him to use a gender neutral bathroom ‘shows an unwillingness to be reasonable on this issue,’ he adds.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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No Surrender To Marijuana

“It may be too late to make marijuana illegal again, but it’s not too late to accomplish something worth doing. There is still time to submit letters to the legislature’s Joint Hearing on Pot Shops, which could influence how legislators implement the new law. There is also time to stop marijuana sales in your town or city, through an opt-out provision. Massachusetts Family Institute is ready and waiting to assist you in that.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Sexual health education bill has supporters, detractors

“Opponents of the bill raised concerns that it would take control away from parents. ‘Instead of parents and educators in their local communities deciding what’s appropriate for their children, it’s bureaucrats at the Department of Education getting to decide what’s age-appropriate,’ said Andrew Beckwith, the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. As an example of content that he considered inappropriate, Beckwith read aloud a section of a middle-school workbook that discussed oral and anal sex. The Massachusetts Family Institute later sent out a press release highlighting that the hearing was held during Holy Week. Parents who testified said reviewing the curriculum would pose a burden as it can be difficult for them to access classroom materials that are not sent home. Sheeba Arnold, a Burlington mother of boys in the first and third grade, said she tries to keep up with what her children are learning but has never seen any of their textbooks. ‘On a day-to-day basis, what’s going on and what is taught to them, I have no control over,’ she said.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Saran Wrap Sex-Ed Bill Will Help Teens Make Healthy Choices, Supporters Say

“Foes of the bill, dubbed An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, had an opportunity to share their concerns during a public hearing Thursday morning. Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute, wasted no time in getting his point across to the Joint Committee on Education, as he began his testimony by doling out boxes of Saran Wrap to panel members — a reference to the curriculum created by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts that would enter the classroom should the bill pass. The curriculum textbook, titled Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works, features a section aimed at 12-year-olds detailing how Saran Wrap can be used as a substitute for a condom in non-reproductive sex acts, or as a hygienic barrier during various oral sex acts. ‘We ordered the curriculum online so we could look at it first,’ Beckwith told the committee. “Let me assure you, it does ‘get real’ pretty quickly.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Sex Ed Bill Encourages Frank Discussions of Non-Reproductive Acts

Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told New Boston Post earlier this week that he was ‘outraged’ when he reviewed the material. An example that caught Beckwith’s attention is material deemed ‘age appropriate’ for seventh-graders that explains how to use plastic ‘non-microwavable Saran Wrap’ as a substitute for a condom when engaging in non-reproductive sex acts. An additional example involves details teaching seventh graders on ‘proper condom usage’ when engaging in vaginal or anal sex. ‘Is it age-appropriate to introduce 12-year-old children to anal sex?’ Beckwith pondered in a recent interview. Beckwith pointed out that Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is one of the bill’s biggest backers and will be providing the bulk of the coursework, if the bill is enacted.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Teen births dip but still high locally

Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, opposes the measure because it strips local control from school districts and promotes the use of contraception and other standards that some parents might find inappropriate. ‘The bottom line is it takes away local control from school committees and parents and puts it in the hands of state bureaucrats,’ he said. Beckwith said he wants provisions added to the bill that require parents to be notified about sex-ed classes and require them to ‘opt in’ for their children to participate.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Teen births drop, but prevention efforts persist

“The Massachusetts Family Institute opposes a bill to set statewide sexual education curriculum guidelines, objecting to some particular sex acts described in certain state curricula. The group wants local control over health education to ensure parents are involved and comfortable with what their children are learning.

‘It’s far healthier for parents and kids to talk about this together,’ Andrew Beckwith, the institute’s president, said.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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The Anti-Transgender “Free Speech Bus” Is Coming to Boston

“‘I think the statement is a pretty straightforward one I think most people, even in Massachusetts, would agree with,’ says Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. Beckwith’s group has been vocal in opposing the state’s new transgender rights protections, which, among other things, let people use bathrooms based on their gender identity. MFI is part of Keep MA Safe, a movement supporting a question on the ballot in 2018 to repeal the bill. He and his group have not yet decided if they will go see the bus. But, he says, ‘they certainly have a right to promote that message.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW)

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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.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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/.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.” (CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW)

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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.'”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)

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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.” (CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW)