Massachusetts Pro-Lifers Want to Close Four Clinics Doing Illegal Late-Term Abortions

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 10, 2014   |   1:39PM    Boston, MA

Four abortion clinics in the state of Massachusetts are apparently violating state law by doing late-term abortions later than are allowed at freestanding abortion clinics that are not hospitals.

masslogo2Massachusetts Citizens for Life sent a letter to Secretary John Polanowicz, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, on March 31, 2014 calling on the state to close four abortion facilities because of the illegal abortions performed in those facilities.

The pro-life group tells LifeNews the law in Massachusetts mandates that after the eighteenth week of pregnancy an abortion must be performed in a hospital licensed to provide medical/surgical services. None of these facilities is a hospital.

MCFL says four abortion clinics are doing abortions up to 20 weeks, including: Four Women, Attleboro; Merrimack Valley Women’s Health, Haverhill; North Shore Women’s Health, Lynn;  and Metro West Women’s Health, Natick) and “up to 23 weeks” (Women’s Health Services, Brookline.

In her letter, Anne Fox, President, Mass. Citizens for Life, stated, “Consider the outcry which would occur if a store advertised that it sells cigarettes to 10-year olds. These clinics’ flagrant violations of Massachusetts law pose an imminent threat to the safety and proper health care of pregnant women who are clinic patients… To safeguard the health and safety of pregnant women using the services of these clinics I urge you to exercise your authority under 105 CMR 140.130 to suspend the licenses or the parts of licenses covering abortion services in these facilities and end the illegal practice of abortion beyond the eighteenth week of pregnancy.”

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As of today, Massachusetts Citizens for Life has not heard from Secretary Polanowicz.  A copy of the letter is available on the organization’s website, https://masscitizensforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/scan-letter-to-public-health0001.pdf

ACTION: Contact your state officials and state legislators and urge them to press for action.