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Doctors In Massachusetts Now Required To Offer End-Of-Life Counseling

Martha Bebinger / WNPR News / Friday, December 19, 2014

“We know that the vast majority of doctors want to help their patients die a natural and dignified death, not to include this ethical Pandora’s Box of assisted suicide,” Beckwith said.

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One News Now2

Court: No taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery for inmate

Charlie Butts / OneNewsNow.com / Thursday, December 18, 2014

“Robert Kosilek, 65, is serving a life term for killing his wife more than two decades ago. He had been using the courts to force the state to provide sex-change surgery because he wants to live as a woman. Andrew Beckwith, an attorney who heads Massachusetts Family Institute, tells OneNewsNow that Kosilek is a very troubled man.”

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Court denies inmate’s sex-change surgery: Reverses ruling in 2012 Kosilek case; Sex-change surgery funding is at issue

John R. Ellement and Travis Andersen / The Boston Globe / Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, a conservative advocacy group that opposed Kosilek’s request, welcomed the ruling. ‘We hope that public officials will follow the court’s lead, recognizing it is not necessary to provide special accommodations for those with gender identity issues,’ said Andrew Beckwith, its president.”

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lowell sun

Andrew Beckwith: Fighting poverty begins at home

Andrew Beckwith / Lowell Sun / Monday, December 08, 2014

“Sometimes the best solution to a problem is the simplest and most obvious.

Amidst the clamor over many of the pressing social issues of our day — rising income inequality, disparity of educational opportunity, youth violence and access to health care — one simple, obvious causal factor is often overlooked: the state of the American family.

Nowhere is this correlation seen more clearly than in our recently published report “Fatherlessness in Massachusetts — the Economic and Social Costs to Our Commonwealth.” Based on the latest census and social science data, the report documents the social and economic costs of family decline in Massachusetts.”

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SouthCoast Today

Your View: Fighting poverty begins at home

Andrew Beckwith / SouthCoast Today / Friday, December 03, 2014

“Sometimes the best solution to a problem is the simplest and most obvious.

Amidst the clamor over many of the pressing social issues of our day — rising income inequality, disparity of educational opportunity, youth violence and access to health care — one simple, obvious causal factor is often overlooked: the state of the American family.

Nowhere is this correlation seen more clearly than in our recently published report “Fatherlessness in Massachusetts — the Economic and Social Costs to Our Commonwealth.” Based on the latest census and social science data, the report documents the social and economic costs of family decline in Massachusetts.”

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Taunton Daily Gazette

Guest Opinion: Fighting poverty begins with two-parent homes

Andrew Beckwith / Taunton Daily Gazette / Wednesday, December 03, 2014

“Sometimes the best solution to a problem is the simplest and most obvious.

Amidst the clamor over many of the pressing social issues of our day — rising income inequality, disparity of educational opportunity, youth violence and access to health care — one simple, obvious causal factor is often overlooked: the state of the American family.

Nowhere is this correlation seen more clearly than in our recently published report “Fatherlessness in Massachusetts — the Economic and Social Costs to Our Commonwealth.” Based on the latest census and social science data, the report documents the social and economic costs of family decline in Massachusetts.”

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lowell sun

Report: Single-parent homes riskier for kids

Matt Murphy / State House News / Tuesday, December 02, 2014

“Children who grow up in single-parent homes are at greater risk of falling into a life of poverty, struggling in school and being exposed to violence, according to a new report from a conservative Bay State group that promotes traditional family values.

With marriage rates on the decline in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Family Institute, based in Woburn, published a report warning of deep social and economic costs associated with the increasing number of children growing up in households without a father.”

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Stowe Family Law

Children of single parent homes more likely to struggle, report claims

Marilyn Stowe / Stowe Family Law blog / Tuesday, December 02, 2014

“Children who grow up in single parent homes are more likely to struggle in later life, and experience both poverty and violence, a US think tank has claimed.

More than 30 cent of children in the northeastern state of Massachusetts now live in single parent homes, the report, from the Massachusetts Family Institute, claims. This is equivalent to around 435,000 children: an increase of ten per cent over the last 45 years.”

“Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said: ‘It’s no wonder that marriage is increasingly being recognized as a uniquely powerfully tool for fighting poverty and improving the lives of children.’

Read the report, entitled Fatherlessness in Massachusetts, here.”

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Sentinel & Enterprise

Report points out ‘epidemic of fatherlessness’ in Bay State

Matt Murphy / State House News / Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Children who grow up in single-parent homes are at greater risk of falling into a life of poverty, struggling in school and being exposed to violence, according to a new report from a conservative Bay State group that promotes traditional family values.

With marriage rates on the decline in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Family Institute, based in Woburn, published a report warning of deep social and economic costs associated with the increasing number of children growing up in households without a father.

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The Patriot Post

As Two-Parent Families Decline, Income Inequality Grows

Jeff Jacoby / The Patriot Post / Monday, December 01, 2014

“In recent decades, the fraction of Bay State children in single-parent homes has risen to more than one in three. While the state’s marriage rate has plummeted – there were 49,000 Bay State marriages in 1980 vs. fewer than 36,000 in 2011 – the rate of out-of-wedlock births has soared. The Massachusetts Family Institute, in a report replete with just-the-facts-ma’am statistics, lays out the economic and social costs.

‘The increase in fatherless families is a significant contributor to income inequality,’ it notes. In 2013, the median Massachusetts income for married-couple households with children was $114,376. For households headed by single mothers, it was just $26,999. Citing data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, the report observes that only 6 percent of children in married-couple homes have no parent who works full-time. For kids being raised by never-married single mothers, the comparable figure is 46 percent.

There is no finger-wagging or blame in these reports, just the numbers – and compassion.  The child poverty rate is so much steeper in single-parent homes than in two-parent homes, and it is heartbreaking that so many raised in fatherless families will have such trouble climbing out of poverty as they grow older.”

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Report: Children in single-parent homes face greater risks

Matt Murphy / Statehouse News / Monday, December 01, 2014

“Children who grow up in single-parent homes are at greater risk of falling into a life of poverty, struggling in school and being exposed to violence, according to a new report from a conservative Bay State group that promotes traditional family values.

With marriage rates on the decline in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Family Institute, based in Woburn, published a report warning of deep social and economic costs associated with the increasing number of children growing up in households without a father.”

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Number of two-parent families drops, and economic inequality grows

Jeff Jacoby / The Boston Globe / Sunday, November 30, 2014

“In recent decades, the fraction of Bay State children in single-parent homes has risen to more than one in three. While the state’s marriage rate has plummeted — there were 49,000 Bay State marriages in 1980 vs. fewer than 36,000 in 2011 — the rate of out-of-wedlock births has soared. The Massachusetts Family Institute, in a report replete with just-the-facts-ma’am statistics, lays out the economic and social costs.

‘The increase in fatherless families is a significant contributor to income inequality,’ it notes. In 2013, the median Massachusetts income for married-couple households with children was $114,376. For households headed by single mothers, it was just $26,999. Citing data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, the report observes that only 6 percent of children in married-couple homes have no parent who works full-time. For kids being raised by never-married single mothers, the comparable figure is 46 percent.

There is no finger-wagging in these reports, just compassion. The child poverty rate is so much steeper in single-parent homes than in two-parent homes, and it is heartbreaking that so many raised in fatherless families will have such trouble climbing out of poverty as they grow older.”

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One News Now2

Christian college, under pressure over gays, feeling push from students, faculty

Bob Kellogg / OneNewsNow.com / Friday, October 17, 2014

“Andrew Beckwith with the Massachusetts Family Institute says the school’s traditional position is nothing new.

‘But this media blitz and activist push, an attempt to get them to change or to cave somehow, is sort of what’s new,’ Beckwith, a Gordon graduate, tells OneNewsNow.”

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Mass. advocates hail Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

 / The Boston Globe / Monday, October 06, 2014

“Although lauded by gay-rights activists, the high court’s action drew sharp criticism from opponents of same-sex marriage. The legal milestones that began 11 years ago in Massachusetts, they said, have emboldened federal courts to ‘silence the elected representatives of the people, and the people themselves,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute.

‘The Supreme Court decision to not take up these rulings on the question of marriage continues to allow courts, even individual judges, to undermine natural marriage and the rule of law,’ Beckwith said.

C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic League of Massachusetts, echoed that view.

‘This means that the ability of the unelected branch of government to reverse public and legislative majorities will go unimpeded in this case,’ Doyle said.

However, Beckwith found some good news in the high court’s decision not to rule on same-sex marriage.

‘The court’s decision ensures that the debate over natural marriage will continue, and we believe that time is not on the side of those who want to redefine natural marriage,’ Beckwith said.”

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Appeals rejected, way cleared for wider same-sex marriage: Court action likely to affect 11 more states

Jessica Meyers / The Boston Globe / Monday, October 06, 2014

“’I hope when they get to this decision — it’s not if, it’s when — they’ll make the right one,’ said Andrew Beckwith, president of Woburn-based Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage.”

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NECN

Supreme Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Appeals: The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in 11 states and rejected appeals from 5 states

Jim Braude / NECN / Monday, October 06, 2014

“The people have decided the issue… Over the past 15 years you’ve had more than 40 million Americans in more than 30 states vote to affirm that the definition is between one man and one woman.”

“The debate on marriage is still very much alive… People are beginning to see the consequences to religious liberty and freedom that seem to come on the coat-tales of same-sex marriage.”

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CitizenLink

Gordon College Accreditation Safe… For Now

CitizenLink / Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, is an alumnus of Gordon.

‘The real discrimination at play here is when government agencies and quasi-regulatory entities like NEASC take or threaten retaliatory action against Gordon, not for anything the school has done, but specifically for what it believes,’ he explained. ‘The true lack of respect in this situation is when these same groups claim they have the authority to hold timeless biblical standards subject to their own progressive accreditation standards.'”

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One News Now2

Men aren’t allowed at exclusive all-women’s college…but ‘other’ has a shot

Bob Kellog / OneNewsNow.com / Tuesday, September 09, 2014

“Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute says gains made by the transgender movement in Massachusetts will come at a cost for women and girls in the state. He points out that restrooms and dorm rooms are created to protect women but says those ‘natural walls of safety’ are being ‘battered down in the name of political correctness.’

The school’s website lists a new wide range of allowances at Mount Holyoke, including men who identify as “other,” if that “other” includes woman. The only students who are not allowed to attend, the website states, are men who identify as a man.

Beckwith suggests that students attending Mount Holyoke who are unhappy about the new policy are not likely to complain.

‘Because there is a real fear of being harassed as ‘transphobic,’ bigoted or closed-minded,’ he says.”

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