Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, Inc.

                                                             NEWS AND EVENTS


2017 CENTURY DINNER

PLLDF held its annual Century Dinner on Friday, April 28th at the Boston-Newton Marriott.  It was a huge success!  
Co-directors of the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund, Dorinda Bordlee and Nikolas Nikas, were presented 
with the prestigious Thomas Moore award.  The dinner was a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the pro-life 
community over the past year and reflect on the work that still needs to be done.  Below are some photos of the great 
event.
BIOETHICS DEFENSE FUND PRESENTATION 

Co-founders Dorinda Bordlee and Nikolas Nikas of the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) gave a 
free presentation on Friday, April 28th, prior to the annual PLLDF Century Dinner.  PLLDF is happy to report that 
over 40 people attended this inspiring, educational event.  Attorneys Bordlee and Nikas presented on the critical 
and timely issues of "Natural aw: Cloning, Chimeras, Animal-Human Hybrids, 3-Parents Embryos: What 
Everyone Should Know About The Brave New World."  PLLDF is honored that BDF enlightened us at this event.  
We are continually grateful for the critical work that BDF, and pro-life organizations, contribute on a daily basis. 
FREE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION BY THE BIOETHICS DEFENSE FUND: LEARN ABOUT CLONING,  
3-PARENT EMBRYOS, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE BRAVE NEW WORLD
asasaaJoin the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.
Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.

Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.
Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.
Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.
Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.
Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.

Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org

Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, 

from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally 

renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas 

Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on 

these life-threatening critical issues. The Bioethics Defense Fund is a 

well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization 

that works throughout the United States and abroad.  Reservation 

recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org

Join the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (on Friday April 28th, from 5:30-6:30 at the Boston Newton Marriott) to hear the nationally renowned Bioethics Defense Fund's Co-Founders, Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, deliver an enlightening presentation on these life-threatening critical issues.  The Bioethics Defense Fund is a well-known, pro-life public-interest legal and education organization that works throughout the United States and abroad.
Reservation recommended: (617) 969-8383 or info@plldf.org
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PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE 2017 CENTURY DINNER ON FRIDAY, APRIL 28th

 

On Friday, April 28th, PLLDF will present its prestigious Thomas More Award to the co-founders of the Bioethics Defense Fund, 

Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee. The Bioethics Defense Fund is an internationally acclaimed pro-life public-interest 

legal and educational organization which advocates for the restoration of the fundamental human right to life through litigation, 

model legislation, education and media. Please see the promotional flyer, letter/invitation and reply card below. We hope you will

 join us on April 28th.


2017 Century Dinner Flyer


2017 Century Dinner Letter


2017 Century Dinner Invitation


2017 Century Dinner Reply Card

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RADIO COR MARIAE HOST CATHERINE JENKINS INTERVIEWS PLLDF PRESIDENT BOB JOYCE


This unedited 36-minute interview includes an overview of PLLDF, with a description of some of its recent accomplishments and 
current projects. We hope you will find it informative and inspiring.

Listen here.
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THE HUMAN LIFE REVIEW BLOG ARTICLE ON PHYSICIAN-PRESCRIBED SUICIDE IN MASSACHUSETTS


An article titled Battling Phyisican-prescribed Suicide in Massachusetts, co-authored by Lori Brannigan Kelly and PLLDF Board Member 
Robert W. Joyce, was recently published on the Human Life Review Blog.

Read more on the Human Life Review Blog here.
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COME VIEW A PRE-DISTRIBUTION SHOWING OF THE GOSNELL MOVIE WHICH WILL BE COMING TO THEATERS IN 2017


There will be a special pre-distribution FREE showing of the Gosnell movie which will be coming to theaters in 2017. Dr. Kermit 
Gosnell, who ran an abortion facility in Philadephia, is serving three life sentences for his horrific actions. This film illustrates how
 he was brought to justice despite resistance from the political establishment.

When: Thursday, November 10th
Time: Meet & Greet 6:00 PM  Showing of Film at 7:00 PM
Location: Devlin Hall, Room 008, Boston College

(The Commonwealth Avenue entrance to Boston College is the most convenient for Devlin Hall.)

For information, call 617-969-8383 or email info@plldf.org



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NATURAL LAW: CLONING, CHIMERAS, ANIMAL-HUMAN HYBRIDS, 3-PARENT EMBRYOS: WHAT EVERY 
LAWYER AND LAW STUDENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BRAVE NEW WORLD

There is another opportunity for lawyers and law students to hear Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) Co-Founder and 
President, Attorney Nikolas Nikas, deliver this enlightening presentation on life-threatening critical and current issues. 
BDF is a prominent, pro-life public-interest legal and educational organization that has opposed threats to life 
throughout the United States and abroad for over 20 years.

In addition to the event on Saturday morning, October 8th, Attorney Nikas will present at Harvard Law School on 
Thursday, October 6th, at noon, in the Wasserstein Classroom Building, Room 1010. Attorneys and Law Students are 
welcome. 
SEE FLYER BELOW. 

The threats to unborn human life are real and proximate! For example, the National Institute of Health recently 
announced that it soon expects to lift a moratorium on funding for controversial experiments that add human 
stem cells to animal embryos, creating an organism that is part animal and part human (i.e., a chimera). 

The Saturday morning event will be held at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree MA 02184, on October 
8th from 10 AM to noon. This event is published in the October 3rd Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Calendar section. 
SEE NOTICE AND FLYER BELOW. 

During his visit to Boston, Attorney Nikas will make two other presentations. One will deal with similar cloning and 
embryo issues, and is designed for undergraduates; this will be held at Boston College on Friday, October 7th at 4:15 PM,
 in Gasson Hall, Room 305. The other is titled "Dying with True Dignity: What Every Catholic Should Know about 
Making Moral Decisions at the End of Life;" it will be held in the Pavilion of St. Theresa of Avila Church, 2078 Centre St., 
West Roxbury, MA 02132 on Thursday, October 6th at 7 PM. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact PLLDF at 617-969-8383 or info@plldf.org.
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PLLDF FILES U.S. SUPREME COURT AMICI CURIAE BRIEF IN LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR CASE

PLLDF board members Dwight Duncan and Colbe Mazzarella filed a brief on behalf of Amici Curiae residents and 
families of residents at homes of the Little Sisters of the Poor in the case of Zubik, et. al. v. Burwell. They acknowledged 
gratitude for PLLDF's law student support. 

The Little Sisters of the Poor joined several other petitioners challenging the government's so-called "accommodation" to 
the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate. Regulations promulgated under the ACA require the Little 
Sisters' health plan to cover contraceptives, including those which act as abortifacients, in violation of their deeply held 
religious beliefs and vows. See PLLDF's brief in the hyperlink below.   
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE 2016 CENTURY DINNER ON APRIL 22nd

On April 22nd, Roy Scarpato, one of PLLDF's founders and a Massachusetts pro-life icon who has devoted more 
than 
40 years of faithful advocacy for innocent life, will be honored with the Thomas More Award. Please see the 
promotional flyer, invitation and reply card below. We look forward to seeing you on April 22nd.

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PLLDF'S EFFORTS TO HELP THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

Here is a NewBostonPost article about the efforts of PLLDF volunteers to help the Little Sisters of the Poor by submitting 
an amicus brief in their challenge to offensive provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The case will be argued before the 
United States Supreme Court this spring. Compliments to Prof. Dwight Duncan, Board Member Colbe Mazzarella, and 
Boston College Law School student Larissa Warren for their excellent work on the brief.

Read more here.

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                                                              CONTEMPORARY LEGAL LIFE ISSUES SEMINAR

Watch top-notch attorneys, and a pro-life legislator, explain current and critical pro-life issues in this 1 hour and 10 
minute seminar presented in 2015. Professor Dwight Duncan, Attorney Michael DePrimo, Attorney Patricia Stewart, 
and Rep. Jim Lyons explain complicated pro-life and constitutional issues in an understandable fashion.

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ACTION OPPORTUNITY:
YOU CAN BE A PART OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROMOTING LIFE


The Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortion (“Alliance”) needs volunteers to gather signatures for 
an important proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Massachusetts legislature to promote life through restricting the public funding of abortion.

The Secretary of State’s Office has produced petition sheets allowing the Alliance to gather signatures in support of an 
amendment to add the following language to the Massachusetts Constitution:


The amendment would lay the groundwork so that in the future the legislature could vote to stop that funding.

For the amendment to proceed, 64,750 signatures must be collected and submitted to local registrars for certification by 
November 18, 2015.

This is a big, and immediate, challenge … and a great opportunity for pro-lifers to advance the pro-life cause in a significant
 about how you can help.  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

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PLLDF TESTIFIES AT THE STATE HOUSE REGARDING PHYSICIAN-PRESCRIBED SUICIDE
The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health held a public hearing on October 27, 2015 regarding HB No. 1991, 
the so-called Massachusetts Compassionate Care for the Terminally Ill Act. PLLDF submitted oral and written testimony 

before attentive members of the committee. Here is PLLDF's oral testimony:

Mr. Senate Chair, Madam House Chair, Honorable Members: 

Thank you for the opportunity to address you today. The oral testimony is limited to three minutes. More expanded written testimony has been filed with this committee today.

My name is Robert Joyce. I testify as President of the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, which has provided pro bono legal 
services protecting human life for over 40 years.

I oppose House Bill 1991 for a constitutional reason, and because of the effects it would have on the human rights of 
terminally ill patients in Massachusetts – and on our institutions.

First, the constitutional problem:

 Provisions, in this bill, constitutionally analogous to the statutory burdens restrained by the Supreme Court in the challenge of the Little Sisters of the Poor to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, impermissibly burden faith-based health care providers 
which refuse to participate, requiring them to refer patients to others who will provide lethal doses, and even requiring them to pay for the transfers.

Next, the effects on the human rights of terminally ill patients in Massachusetts.

Freedom from abuse is a human right. Reported cases of elder abuse in Massachusetts grew 33% in four years – to 21,300 in 
2013 – and there was an 8% increase in confirmed cases from 2012 to 2013.

Elder abuse includes financial exploitation. The poor witnessing provisions of the bill, at the times of request and 
administration, invite financial exploitation. Reasonable safeguards are not provided at the request, and no witnesses are 
required at administration. If undue pressure occurs then, who would even know?

And subtle financial exploitation is also a risk at the institutional level. On two occasions, PLLDF has stopped the 
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from withholding resuscitation and lifesaving treatment from patients who just 
wanted to live. Our request whether payments for medical care had been suspended, or threatened, went unanswered. We 
still don’t know – and neither do you. The bill would exaggerate this problem. This issue requires transparency, and PLLDF recommends that you investigate.

The high costs of end-of-life care, increasing premiums, the demands on taxpayer resources, and the potential erosion of inheritances – all from those who have a compelling financial interest in a patient’s premature death – can threaten the 
human rights of elderly and/or disabled persons.

Furthermore, patients in Massachusetts are already under substantial pressure to acquiesce on life-sustaining care. For 
example, MGH has a so-called “Optimum Care Committee” (OCC) which reportedly denied resuscitation and/or life 
sustaining care, on a unilateral basis, in 147 cases since 2006. Shockingly, 41% of those reported cases had been for other than end stage situations (i.e. for cases deemed “potentially reversible”). The bill, which allows completion of the process in just one 
day would exaggerate this problem. This matter also requires transparency, and PLLDF recommends that you investigate.

In truth, there are simply not enough courts, not enough social workers, and not enough lawyers to meet the abuse challenges this bill presents. And it would be particularly harsh for elders who do not have loving families, or who have lost their circle of 
friends, or who have no one to advocate for them, or who cannot finance a legal battle.

The only way to effectively prevent this foreseeable increase in elder abuse in Massachusetts is to refuse to empower it.

I urge the Honorable Members of this committee to consider these points, and having done so, to report this Bill “Ought 
Not to Pass,” and I offer PLLDF’s free participation to any of you during your considerations.
            
Robert W. Joyce, President
Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, Inc.


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2015 CENTURY DINNER - A SUCCESS!


100 guests enjoyed an evening of pro-life socializing, education and merriment at PLLDF’s 2015 Century Dinner on 

April 25th. Master of Ceremonies Tom Harvey again entertained the gathering with song.


Attorney Michael J. DePrimo, who received the 2015 Thomas More Award, inspired guests with an insightful summary of 

the development of a critical component of constitutional law in the United States. The journey he outlined, from colonial 

times to the present, traced the legal evolution from state-supported churches to current laws effecting religious liberty. 

The link below, showing Attorney DePrimo’s speech notes, outlines how judicial law-making has put religious freedom on 

a collision course with other constitutional rights.

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CONTEMPORARY LEGAL LIFE ISSUES SEMINAR - A SUCCESS!


On Saturday, April 25, 2015, lawyers, law professors, students and supporters came together for PLLDF’s first seminar
 on Contemporary Legal Life Issues.


Professor Dwight G. Duncan explained Massachusetts abortion law peculiarities, including public funding for abortions for indigents under the state constitution and the history of the parental consent/judicial bypass for minors.


Michael J. DePrimo, Esq. explained how First Amendment protections apply to different types of forums (public, limited 

public, non-public), the tests applied in each forum, abortion-specific speech, and abortion clinic buffer zones (including 

fall-out from the Supreme Court's ruling in McCullen v. Coakley).


Patricia D. Stewart, Esq. explained how Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) forms, now the law in Massachusetts, are deceptively simple and anti-life, and how to avoid the risks they pose to an unsuspecting public.


Representative James J. Lyons explained some of the important “life” bills being considered in the Massachusetts 

Legislature.


PLLDF has prepared a DVD of the seminar. Please contact us if you would like to receive a DVD.


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                                             PLLDF Publishes 2014 Newsletter

PLLDF invites you to read and share our exciting Winter 2014 Newsletter. It can be found in the Newsletter Archives, 
on our Facebook page or at the link below. 
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PLLDF Responds to New Law Restricting Pro-Life Speech


"...the crippling criminal and civil penalties imposed by the new law will prevent our sidewalks from being public 

forums where truth can be safely pursued."

 

Read more here.
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McCullen Attorney: Backdoor Buffer Zone Bill Chills Free Speech


July 29, 2014. Boston, Massachusetts. Michael DePrimo, an attorney for Eleanor McCullen, the lead plaintiff in the 9-0 

decision in McCullen v. Coakley, issued a statement regarding the passage of the new buffer zone law.


Read more here.

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"On the last day of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down
 its decision in the case of Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human 
Services, v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the religious-freedom challenge
to the requirement that employers provide free coverage for
 contraceptives that can cause abortion by preventing the 
implantation of a human embryo into the wall of the mother’s womb. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, both closely-held 
family-run businesses, objected to cooperating with the free 
provision of only those 4 out of 20 HHS-mandated contraceptives, 
because of the families’ religiously based conscientious objection to abortion."

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McCullen v. Coakley: Big Win For Pro-Life at United States Supreme Court (6/26/14)
Unanimous SCOTUS decision in favor of the McCullen Petitioners.
"The Supreme Court of the United States announced a unanimous 
decision today declaring the Massachusetts buffer zone law unconstitutional. This is an enormous victory for pro-life free speech, and a tribute to the endurance of the McCullen petitioners, their counsel, 
and all of their supporters!..."



2013 and 2014 have been very good years for the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund (PLLDF).

2013 witnessed the U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in the case of McCullen, et al v. Coakley, et al, the constitutional challenge to the Massachusetts law expanding the buffer zone around abortion clinics to 35 feet. Present and former 
PLLDF Board Members, Philip D. Moran, Esq. and Mark Rienzi, Esq., are counsel of record in that case which was 
argued before SCOTUS on January 15, 2014.

 

Additionally, PLLDF board members (a) appeared in the Trial Court of Massachusetts to defend end-of-life interests, (b) advocated pro-life causes on media outlets, and (c) lectured interested law students on pro-life issues.

 

With PLLDF’s encouragement, a Boston College Law School student has revived the pro-life group, Lex Vitae, and its 
members are eager to provide services to the legal community on a pro bono basis. Also, young Massachusetts pro-life 
attorneys are networking, as a result of PLLDF’s efforts, and they are eager to work with their more seasoned colleagues.
                                                                                  UPCOMING EVENTS

Please check this page from time to time for upcoming events. 

If you would like PLLDF to participate in any upcoming event, please email us with the details. Additionally, if you would like information about any PLLDF event, please email info@plldf.org