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Extremist pro-abortion measure becomes law in Massachusetts

by | Dec 29, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Last week when we wrote about Massachusetts over-the-top abortion proposal, the two-part question was whether pro-choice Gov. Charlie Baker would veto H. 5179, and, if so, would the House and Senate override his veto.

On Saturday—the day after Christmas–Baker vetoed H.5179. However, on Monday–three days after Christmas–the House overrode the veto on a vote of 107-46, followed by the Senate which did likewise today by a vote of 32 to 8.

Dubbed “the ROE Act,” [it is actually an amendment to the Fiscal 2021 budget], it allows for abortions at and after a 24-week period, if merely deemed “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health,” replacing the current more stringent standard that requires that “continuation of the pregnancy will impose on [the mother] a substantial risk of grave impairment to her” physical or mental health.

“In addition, abortions at and after 24 weeks are allowed if there is a ‘lethal fetal anomaly,’ or if the fetus is incompatible with sustained life outside the uterus,” said Patricia Stewart, Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. “However, “ she continued, “the term ‘lethal fetal anomaly’ is ambiguous and not defined, opening the door to massive abuse.”

Moreover, prior to the bill, the age at which teenage girls could obtain abortions without parental consent was 18. It is now 16.

Then there is the situation when babies survive an abortion. In those instances, “the bill provides only that there must be ‘life-supporting equipment’ present in the room; it does not require the abortionist to actually use it,” Stewart added. “Without mandated use, infanticide becomes a legal option for the disposal of abortion survivors, like so much medical waste.”

The proposal passed by large measures in both the House and Senate. “The House and Senate sent the bill back to Baker after they rejected several of his proposed amendments including raising the age of consent back to 18,” Bob Katzen reported. Baker then “vetoed the entire bill,” which the legislature overrode today.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life  President Myrna Maloney Flynn told NRL News Today

While we pause today to grieve for the many lives that will be severely damaged and lost as a result of the “ROE” Act, we anticipate, much as abolitionists did, the inevitability of a brighter tomorrow. 

Pro-lifers know setbacks. What we don’t know how to do is give up, to look the other way. 

We know the truth is worth pursuing! We know without a doubt that our supporters, by their advocacy over the last 24 months, changed minds and opened hearts, even our governor’s. And we look forward to continuing our work alongside the citizens of Massachusetts, who already know the value of human life and are eager to educate and support others and to ultimately illuminate the inherent right to life of the unborn. 

As we have done since January 23, 1973, Massachusetts Citizens for Life will work tirelessly to make abortion not only illegal, but unthinkable. And we will prevail.

Categories: Legislation