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Massachusetts legislature passes abortion until birth amendment to 2021 fiscal year budget

by | Nov 25, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

We’ve posted explanations and factsheets and critiques from our affiliate, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, of the latest over-the-top pro-abortion proposal–abortion up until birth and the removal of protection for abortion survivors, for starters.

But all that our affiliate did, along with the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, did not prevent the legislature from passing Amendment 759 (in the House) and Amendment 180 (in the Senate) to the proposed fiscal year 2021 state budget.

As the Boston Pilot explained

Legislators had inserted amendments into house and senate budget bills that would effectively implement the “ROE Act,” a bill proposed in 2019 to legalize abortion in the state in the event Roe v. Wade were overturned by the Supreme Court.

The pro-abortion Gov. Charlie Baker will eventually decide whether to veto. At one point he said he has “concerns about eliminating the parental-notification requirement” and about “changing the terms and conditions associated with late-term abortions in Massachusetts.”

Moreover, according to Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review Online,

Earlier this month, Baker said of the Democratic attempt to include abortion in the budget, “I do share some of the unhappiness that was raised by a number of members of the Republican Party — that putting policy in the budget was something that both leaders in the House and Senate said they would not do. And it’s pretty hard to argue that this isn’t a major policy initiative that is now in the budget.”

But the margins were veto-proof. Unless some legislators in the House change their minds, the amendments will be part of the next fiscal year budget.

According to the Boston Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston

The amendments would allow for abortions up until the point of birth in the event of a lethal fetal anomaly. They would also allow for minors as young as 16 years old to have an abortion without parental consent.

In addition, the bill calls for life-saving equipment to be in the room when a doctor performs a legal late-term abortion, but only says the equipment is to “enable” the doctor to save the life of a baby surviving an abortion. Pro-life groups have warned that the language amounts to “passive infanticide” by not specifically requiring a doctor to save the infant’s life.

More specifically, Massachusetts Citizens for Life explained “Amendment #789/180 would eliminate current laws requiring that physicians  The current law is clear: 

Section 12P. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.

But “the new language states only that there must be ‘life-supporting equipment’ present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it.”

It would be difficult to imagine a more awful proposal. But if pro-abortion Democrats win control of the United States Senate (they already control the House) and if Joe Biden is declared President, it would likely be a foreshadowing of what a party saturated in death would propose.

Categories: Legislation