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Somerville Finally Allows Church To Open New School

SOMERVILLE SCHOOL COMMITTEE GRANTS PERMISSION FOR LOCAL CHURCH TO OPEN A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL AFTER MONTHS OF OPPOSITION. “If we didn’t vote to approve, we’d be sued and we would lose.” The showdown in Somerville has ended with a victory for

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Defending Parental Rights in Ludlow, MA

Last week, I filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of two families against public school officials in Ludlow, MA. The families are suing for violations of their parental rights stemming from a district policy prohibiting school staff from

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What is A Woman?

If you haven’t seen this short video from yesterday’s Supreme Court nomination hearings, you need to. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refuses to give a definition for the word “woman.”  Just a few hours after this exchange, I asked author Ryan

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Uncle Becky and the Priestesses of Abortion

Planned Parenthood and NARAL activists are now disguising themselves as clergy in an effort to dictate what our children are taught about sex in public schools. In a webinar last week billed as “A Faith Perspective on the Healthy Youth

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When Harry Became Sally

Recently we wrote about the transgender pandemic targeting our children. At MFI, we’re helping educate parents on the truth about transgenderism, and letting them know they are not alone in trying to protect their children from it. That’s why we

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Weeping For Our Children

“Herod… killed all the male children in Bethlehem… Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they

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Boston: Christians and the Unvaccinated are Second Class Citizens

Tomorrow, our commonwealth’s capital implements its vaccine “passport” mandate. Restaurants, event venues and fitness centers must begin requiring their guests show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Unless, of course, they are a “professional athlete” or a “performing artist,” or “accompanying a

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This Pandemic Targets Children

Transgenderism is a communicable disease, and it is raging like wildfire through our children – especially young girls.  I recently spoke with a parent in MA whose teenage daughter identified as “trans,” and now the state Department of Children and

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Support MFI Tomorrow on #Giving Tuesday

All over the country on November 30th Americans participate in #GivingTuesday. This online celebration provides an opportunity to give back to local non-profits who are making a difference in the community. For 30 years, MFI has been on the front

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Continued Success in Worcester!

We are confident that concerned parents in Worcester will accomplish this year the most effective OPT OUT of Sex Education movement we have ever seen in Massachusetts!  Watch out Planned Parenthood!  You’ve more than met your match with Worcester parents!

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MA Outbreak: It was what you thought it was.

As you may have seen this week, the CDC has issued new guidelines recommending all students K-12 start masking again this fall. These guidelines, that include wearing a mask indoors whether vaccinated or not, were triggered in part by a

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Sex Ed Mandate On The Move

Get ready. Unfortunately, it is once again time to fight against the Sex Ed bills. Last week, the Sex Ed Mandate bills were voted out of their original committee and sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Typically, this

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Vaccine Mandate Hearing Runs Over 15 Hours!

In recent months, I’ve heard from many of you with concerns about COVID-19 vaccines, especially being mandated for children and college students.  Vaccine issues are new to MFI, but when they intersect with religious liberty and parental rights, we are

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They ARE “coming for your children!”

When I debated a lesbian activist on the Dan Rea Show and claimed (correctly, as it turns out – see Somerville and Cambridge) that legal affirmation of same-sex “marriage” would lead to polygamy, I was accused of “fear-mongering,” among other

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30th Anniversary Fundraising Banquet

Like many of you, my wife and I are making plans for the 4th of July weekend.  Independence Day is an important holiday that our family celebrates with pride and enthusiasm.  This year we are also celebrating being able to cross state

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Tomorrow: Sex Ed Mandate Hearing!

The Joint Committee on Education announced a hearing on HB 673 and SB 318 “An Act Relative to Healthy Youth,” a euphemism for the Sex Ed Mandate. The virtual hearing will be tomorrow, Thursday, May 20th at 12:00 PM. Click

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Church Takes Baker to Court!

As you know, MFI has been closely tracking the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on churches over the past year. In May of 2020, we helped a pastor in Worcester bring a lawsuit in federal court to avoid jail time for keeping

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MFI’s Mary Ellen is ‘on call’ for MA families

Because of Covid-related school closures, parents have had a unique opportunity to observe and critique what is being taught to their children. One area of particular concern MFI is addressing is the curricula being used in the various school districts’

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When the “Epidemic Intelligence Unit” Calls

I’m sure you’ve heard that beginning tomorrow, Governor Baker has declared we can now forego wearing masks outside.  I’m looking forward to watching soccer games this weekend where I can actually see my children’s faces, and we can all give

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Exposing the Lies

For those of you who weren’t able to join us live on Tuesday night, we had the author of the MFI Book Club selection Live Not By Lies, Rod Dreher, join us for the whole 90 minute session to answer

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The Lie of “Safety”

In case you missed it, Tuesday’s second installment of the MFI Book Club on Live Not By Lies is up online now.  I think you’ll especially like hearing from the young people who joined us and shared what their families

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ICYMI: MFI Book Club Session 1

In case you missed it, or weren’t able to attend live, we have week one’s recording of our Live Not By Lies book club up online now.  You can watch it below in preparation for this Tuesday’s session (7-8:30pm).  I’m

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Babies For Those Who Won’t Make Them

Over the last week, I have sent you a couple of emails with the headline “Think This World Has Gone Mad?!” and encouraged you to join our virtual book club that will discuss Live Not by Lies, A Manual for Christian

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Starting Soon: the MFI Book Club

Over the weekend, author Ryan T. Anderson became the latest victim in big tech’s purge of conservative voices.  Anderson, who currently serves as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, wrote the bestselling “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to

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Are We Next?

In our thirty years of fighting for family values in the Commonwealth, MFI has consistently defended the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman – and we always will.  For the past decade, however, we’ve increasingly had

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Attend the March for Life

Update: the March for Life is now a virtual event. Learn more here. This month marks 47 years of legalized abortion in the United States. Over 61 million babies have been killed in our country through this great evil.  With

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Defend Life in 2021

Tragically, nearly 1 million babies are aborted every year in the United States. Most years in Massachusetts over 18,000 babies lose their life through abortion. As you know, the ROE (Infanticide) Act expanding abortion here in the Commonwealth was passed

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Infanticide Becomes Law

On Monday, December 28th, the MA House of Representatives voted 107 to 46 to override Governor Baker’s veto of the ROE (“Infanticide”) Act. The 28th is also the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the day in the church calendar when

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Christmas Eve Miracle Stops Infanticide?

At 1:35pm this past Thursday, as many of us were preparing for Christmas Eve church services or celebrations with friends and family, Governor Baker quietly vetoed the Infanticide Act.  (You can read his letter explaining why here.)  Speaker of the

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Kill The Bill, Not The Baby

On Friday, the MA State Senate doubled-down on the Infanticide Act, by a vote of 32 to 8. (You can see how your senator voted here).  The MA House had already done the same on Wednesday.  (Vote tallies here). This

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Supreme Court Win Helping Churches In MA

I imagine you’ve heard by now about the Supreme Court’s strong defense of religious liberty last week.  In a decision issued the day before Thanksgiving, the Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s discriminatory COVID-19 restrictions on churches and synagogues.

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Join Me In Prayer This Weekend

In the coming days, the Infanticide Act will be sent to Governor Baker as part of the 2021 state budget.  He can use his line item veto to block this extreme abortion expansion, but he will need the support of

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MA Senate Embraces Infanticide

Yesterday, the MA State Senate passed its version of the Infanticide Act.  As in the House, this was done as a “budget amendment.”  When the state legislature took the extraordinary step of extending its legislative session from July 31st all

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Infanticide Act Being Debated Today!

The Infanticide Act is being debated on Beacon Hill TODAY!  Yesterday, less than a week after the election, radical pro-abortionists announced that they would be inserting a new version of the ROE Act (which has been deemed the “Infanticide Act”)

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MFI Helps Parents Protect Their Kids

Listen to this MA mother explain how MFI helped her make a difference in her school district. After discovering highly inappropriate books containing explicit sexual content, violence, and profuse profanity in her daughter’s middle school library, Joanna reached out to

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The Chicken Is On Us!

Have you signed up yet for the MFI Fundraising Celebration on Friday, October 16th?  While we normally have 500 people join us for our banquet at the Marriott, this year’s event will be hosted at a local church with a

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2 Weeks To Go!

Tune in two weeks from tonight to join MFI’s celebration of 400 years of Faith, Family and Freedom in Massachusetts!  You’ll also hear about the current fight for the lives of the unborn (and now newborns!) as we seek to

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MFI – Helping The Next Generation

Please take a minute to hear from Chloe, one of MFI’s youngest supporters.  She’s a full time college student and a small business owner, but she has already made significant contributions to our mission through generous stewardship of her talent

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Why Pastors Support MFI

In May of 2020, MFI was able to effectively bring together almost 400 pastors from all across Massachusetts to sign a Letter to the Governor, establishing the essential mission of the local church and pushing for reopening in Phase 1. 

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Whose “Legacy” Will We Honor?

I’m sure you’ve all seen the news over the weekend about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.  Sadly, radical abortion activists in MA immediately sought to exploit her death by “calling on the state legislature to

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How MFI Helped Nan and Her Daughter

Our theme for this year’s fundraising celebration is “400 Years of Faith, Family and Freedom.”  Your gift or pledge today helps MFI continue to support families in MA who often don’t know where else to turn.  As you can see in the

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MFI’s Annual Fundraising Celebration

Over the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several different churches on Sunday mornings, from a nondenominational Evangelical church to a Russian Orthodox congregation. I was even blessed to preach at a Ugandan Pentecostal church. The fact that we

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Celebrate 400 Years of Faith, Family and Freedom

Registration is now open for MFI’s 29th Annual Fundraising Celebration! Will you join us on Friday, October 16th at 7pm for a celebration of MFI’s work over the past year?  We are hosting a hybrid experience, with limited in-person attendance at a

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MA Vaccine Mandate

A number of you reached out to me this morning concerned about a new vaccine mandate for children going back to school in MA.  This issue intersects with important questions of parental rights and religious liberty, so I am sharing

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Protect Your Children In Education

We had a great response to our Options for School webinar last Sunday evening! 2100 clicked on our webinar link! It was an information-packed event addressing concerns over both COVID guidelines for reopening schools and graphic sex education curricula. Several

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Big Win For Religious Schools

Good news for religious freedom and Christian education from the Supreme Court yesterday!  In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the court ruled that religious employers, in this case two religious schools, have a clear First Amendment right to make employment

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Reopening Of The Church – Phase III Guidance

On July 6th, Massachusetts entered Phase III, Step 1 of the reopening process.  Specific guidelines for churches and other “places worship” can be found at the mass.gov site here. The biggest update in the Phase III guidelines is that churches

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Gorsuch Gaslights America

With everything else going on right now, you may have missed Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that “sex” discrimination includes “sexual orientation” and “transgenderism.”  As bad as that is (and I’ll get into the specifics below) the most disheartening aspect of

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Somerville Mayor Keeps Churches Closed

One month ago, MFI worked with nearly 500 pastors to send a strong message to our Governor to reopen the churches.  Their voices were heard, and on Monday, May 18th, Governor Baker’s Phase 1 included specific provisions for churches to

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Reopening of the Church Webinar Follow Up

Yesterday we held a webinar to help pastors and church leaders understand more about the process of reopening the church here in the Commonwealth.  We had over 170 pastors log on to this live event and would like to make

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Persistent Threats to Parents and Church Reopening Update

Yesterday, I had the privilege of joining several distinguished speakers at the webinar entitled, “Who Owns Our Children? Home Education in an Authoritarian Age.” This event was organized by Thomas More College in response to an anti-homeschooling summit scheduled to

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Learn What’s Being Sent To Your Kids’ Inbox

During this time of national crisis, MFI has not wavered in our commitment to identify and defend against persisting threats to faith, family, and freedom.  In our latest video, MFI’s Director of Communications and Research, Mary Ellen Siegler, continues to

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Defending Faith Family and Freedom During COVID-19

Support Religious Schools At MFI, we strive to support the ability of all parents to educate their children as they deem best.  That’s why we fight hard against anti-parent state mandates like the Sex Ed bill and encouraged families to

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Corona Effect On Churches

As the Corona virus shut-down drags on, the threats to our religious liberties have increased alarmingly.  On Easter, multiple MA churches were told they could not hold even “drive in” services.  A number of local churches, on the other hand,

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Docs Weigh In, Trans-sports, Aid To Churches

Assisted Suicide and Corona healthcare rationing  Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with two veteran Massachusetts doctors about the Assisted Suicide legislation pending on Beacon Hill.  Dr. Thomas Sullivan, former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, explained that the

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Church and Abortion in The Age of Corona

A week ago, MA schools closed. As of noon yesterday, the vast majority of businesses in the Commonwealth were ordered to shut their doors as well. This is a journey into uncharted waters for all of us, but it has

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How To Homeschool When You’re Not A Homeschooler

As of this morning, nearly one million Massachusetts children found themselves effectively ‘homeschoolers.’ Governor Baker’s order closing all public and private K-12 schools from now until April 7th will hopefully help stop the spread of Covid-19, but it is also requiring

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Flawed Study Used by Sex Ed Mandate Supporters

The recent passage of the Sex-Ed Mandate in the MA State Senate has renewed concerns over graphic sex ed curriculum already being taught in classrooms across the state. This legislation, if passed by the House and signed into law by

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Bibles vs. Voodoo Dolls in MA Schools

One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is assisting parents who contact the MFI office for help.  Often, they call because their son or daughter came home from school and they can’t believe what their child saw or

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MFI Responds to Christianity Today Article

For nearly 30 years, Massachusetts Family Institute has worked for you, defending your family values in the Commonwealth. I’m grateful to have been with MFI for just a portion of its strong legacy. This past year in particular, however, we

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Nativity at the State House – You’re Invited!

As people of faith, we should always be asking the Spirit to guide us along that fine line of sharing truth with others while also demonstrating love and compassion for our neighbors. Christmas season provides a great opportunity to share

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MFI Informs Stoneham Parents About Pornographic Sex Ed

Is it age-appropriate to introduce twelve-year old children to anal sex? Is it medically accurate to encourage students to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by using non-microwaveable Saran Wrap as a prophylactic for oral sex? Planned Parenthood thinks so,

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#GivingTuesday

After enjoying a time of thanks last week, today Americans all over the country are participating in #GivingTuesday. This online celebration is an opportunity for members of the community to give back to local non-profits in charitable, end-of-the-year giving. MFI

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3 Things to be Thankful for

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday yesterday, full of fellowship and delicious food. In this season of thanksgiving, we often take time to reflect on what has happened this past year. MFI’s staff sat together before the Thanksgiving break,

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Last Call to Help Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion

For the past few months, volunteers from across the state worked hard to collect signatures that will put ending taxpayer funding abortions on the 2020 ballot. The necessary 80,239 signatures, however, have a submission deadline: November 20, 2019. That’s only

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Newburyport Votes to Ban Retail Marijuana

It was election day this week across the country. At MFI, we believe that participating in elections is an important part of being “citizens of the kingdom.” As people of faith, we are called to be involved in our government,

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#GenderSnowperson?

One story garnering a lot of attention this week is the Gender Snowperson that’s being taught to 4th graders in Lexington public schools. Yes. You read that right. The Gender Snowperson is a tool used to teach 9 and 10-year-olds to

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MFI 2019 Fundraising Banquet – Videos

As promised, for those of you who couldn’t attend our annual banquet last week (or for those who just want to re-watch the event – there’s some pretty great stuff in there), here are the videos of that evening. Thank

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MFI to Co-host Celebration of Life Day at State House

MFI cordially invites you to the Celebration of Life Day at Beacon Hill! This coming Wednesday, October 30th, MFI is co-hosting the annual event to showcase the wonderful and vital work of pregnancy care centers from across the Commonwealth. Representatives

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Father Fights to Save 7-year-old-son

Many of you contacted me this week expressing concern about a national news story out of Texas. For those of you who aren’t aware, 7-year-old James Younger has found himself amid an ugly custody dispute that may be a tipping

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2019 Banquet was a Major Success!

Thank you to all who joined us for our 28th Annual Fundraising Banquet. It was a huge success; thanks to your generosity, we set a record for money raised! We are forever grateful to all of you who continue to

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Summit on the Sexualization of Children

This week, MFI was at our nation’s capital, hearing from experts on issues related to life, liberty, and religious freedom. We were joined by our fellow Family Policy Councils from across the country. On Wednesday, the Heritage Foundation, a national

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MFI Joins Hundreds at Lowell Peace March

This past Saturday, MFI staffers participated in a Peace March in Lowell. Hundreds of Lowell residents joined together to protest the recreational pot shops that have seeded themselves in that community. Our Community Alliances Director, Mike King, was invited to

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Bring Your Bible to School Day!

Can my kids really bring their Bible to school? Yes! And they should. Thursday, October 3rd, is Bring Your Bible to School Day. This nationwide event is put on every year by our national partner Focus on the Family. We’re joining

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Victories!

The past two weeks have seen many blessings for pro-family advocates across the country and right here in Massachusetts! We hope you feel encouraged by these major victories. Arizona Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win for Religious Freedom Two young women,

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An Easy Way to Help

This summer, MFI partnered with Renew Massachusetts Coalition, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, and the MA Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion to successfully launch a ballot initiative to stop our tax dollars from going to abortion in the Commonwealth. The

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Sex vs Gender: Confusing? They Shouldn’t Be

While Beacon Hill legislators debated adding a gender “X” designation to state IDs this week, it became clear that no one was actually looking at the state-issued documents that are at the center of this legislation.  Proponents of the bill

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Business Owner? Entrepreneur? Grow with us!

Every year, over 500 guests from around the Bay State join together at MFI’s Annual Fundraising Banquet to hear from a dynamic pro-family speaker and to celebrate our shared family values. As many from our network of family advocates gather

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What Would You Say?

A year and a half ago, Joe Backholm, the former President of our sister organization the Family Policy Institute of Washington, shared with me his vision for equipping the church with good answers to tough questions – make short videos.

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Planned Parenthood forgoes $60 million in tax dollars

Midnight on Monday this week was the deadline for healthcare providers receiving federal funds to demonstrate they would commit to no longer providing abortions. This requirement stems from the Department of Health and Human Services’ new Title X standard, the

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Don’t Leave the Room

For those of us with kids in school, especially those involved in youth sports, this time of year often includes a visit to the pediatrician’s office for an annual physical.  A number of parents have contacted me over the years

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Vaping no, Marijuana yes?

Our lawmakers have been busy this summer working on a new legislative initiative affecting youth, one that many of us would likely support. In response to the rapid rise of tobacco addiction in teens, Beacon Hill is seeking to ban

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Peak Transgender-ism Waxes Ugly

Dear Friend of the Family, A few weeks ago, MFI wrote on highschool girls in Connecticut who are fighting back against the transgender movement’s aggressive attack on women’s sports. While we received tons of positive feedback from that post, a

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Planned Parenthood fires CEO

If you haven’t heard, Planned Parenthood just fired their President and CEO, Dr. Leana Wen, because Wen wanted to focus primarily on “health care” issues rather than political advocacy. Dr. Wen wrote in her statement that the “board leadership has determined that the

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The Girls Finally Fight Back

From the threat of infanticide to assisted-suicide, the fight for life currently dominates conversation among pro-family activists in the Commonwealth. With our attention rightly fixated on pro-life issues, however, some may have missed an important new development in the effort

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A Win for Life at the Infanticide Hearing

Dear Friend of the Family, Monday’s Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Infanticide Bill was a win for life. Over 700 pro-life advocates flooded the State House, many of whom testified before the committee, sharing the truth about abortion. This was

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