Hundreds of Pro-Lifers Rally Against Massachusetts Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 20, 2019   |   3:56PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

Hundreds of pro-life advocates rallied Wednesday in Massachusetts against a radical pro-abortion bill that would allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.

Many wore red as they called on lawmakers to protect unborn babies and stop the pro-abortion bill before it becomes law, the New Boston Post reports. The Massachusetts Family Institute organized the event.

“This is some of the most extreme pro-abortion legislation in the world,” said Christopher Jay, policy analyst for the pro-life organization.

ROE Act (SD 109), similar to a radical pro-abortion law passed in New York in January, would allow viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for any loosely defined “health” reason. It also would repeal the requirement that girls under 18 to obtain a parent’s consent before an abortion.

A second bill, state Senate Bill 587, would require all health insurance plans to cover abortions, according to the Post. Taxpayer-funded abortions already are allowed in Massachusetts through its state Medicaid program.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life Chairman J. David Franks said the bill is even more radical than the one that passed in New York.

“We need a massive mobilization to defeat the extremism of the abortion industry,” Franks said in an email to supporters. “Working together, we can be the instruments of a miracle.”

However, pro-lifers are facing threats for defending unborn babies. Franks said a suspicious package was sent to their office in Boston this week, causing the whole Shrafft Center to be evacuated while police investigated. He said the package contained a strange-smelling voodoo doll.

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Across the country, pro-abortion Democrats are pushing these bills based on fears that the new U.S. Supreme Court justices may overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to begin protecting unborn babies’ lives again. Similar bills are being considered in Vermont and Rhode Island. Two other pro-abortion bills were defeated this year in Virginia and New Mexico.

Massachusetts state Sen. Harriette Chandler, who sponsored the bill, told the Examiner that she wants to ensure women will be able to continue to access abortion in her state.

“The ROE Act breaks down barriers to ensure that women are able to receive appropriate medical care, according to a physician’s best judgment, in tragic circumstances when there are lethal abnormalities or a risk to the woman’s life during the course of a pregnancy,” Chandler said. “The law should reflect that these are very difficult decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.”

Unlike some other state bills, the Massachusetts legislation clearly states how widely the “health” exception may be interpreted to allow late-term abortions.

“Medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the person’s age—relevant to the well-being of the patient,” the bill states.

Under these terms, healthy, viable unborn babies may be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.

Pro-abortion groups backing the bill include NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Massachusetts Family Planning Association.

Despite lawmakers’ growing push for these bills, polls consistent show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions.

According to a recent national poll by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

A May 2018 Gallup poll similarly found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

Action: Contact Massachusetts state lawmakers to oppose the bill.