Massachusetts Bill Would Legalize Abortions Up to Birth, Allow Infanticide

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 30, 2019   |   11:32AM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts abortion activists upped the pressure this week on state lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

Masquerading their deadly agenda as a fight for women’s health care, state Attorney General Maura Healey, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and city councilors Michelle Wu and Lydia Edwards launched a social media campaign Monday to support the bill, The Boston Globe reports.

Dubbed the Roe Act, the bill would eliminate basically all regulations and restrictions on abortion in Massachusetts. It would allow abortions up to birth, even if there is no physical threat to the mother’s life, and could put young sexual abuse victims at greater risk by eliminating the state parental consent requirement.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life said the bill allows for “passive infanticide” as well by not requiring medical care for a baby born alive after an abortion.

The pro-abortion campaign, paid for by NARAL Massachusetts, attempts to hide the bill’s extremism in a series of videos and ads. They are running this week on Politico, Facebook, YouTube and MASSterlist, according to Boston Magazine.

“Massachusetts, we have to do better,” state Attorney General Maura Healey said in one video. “Healthcare decisions should be made between a patient and her doctor. Anything medical should never be political.”

Another video features Kate Carson, a middle school teacher from Boston, who traveled out of state for a late-term abortion, according to the magazine.

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“I grew up in this state really feeling like I could always get the medical care I needed, and I always felt so secure in that,” Carson said. “And then my baby was sick, and they just said, ‘I’m sorry but you have to go somewhere else.’”

Carson was not referring to medical care for her baby, though. She chose to “go somewhere else” for a late-term abortion. But abortion is not health care, nor is it necessary in such circumstances. Many hospitals now provide prenatal palliative care and hospice for unborn babies diagnosed with fatal illnesses. These programs treat the mother and unborn baby with the dignity and care that they deserve, allowing the family to cherish their short time together, providing resources to help manage the pain, and planning for their baby’s care and death.

Abortion activists are trying sell the bill to the public as a reform “ensuring that anyone, regardless of age, income, or insurance, can access safe, legal abortion,” the magazine reports.

But pro-life advocates are pushing back with strong concerns for the protection of mothers as well as babies. Without a parental consent law, young girls could be put at greater risk of coercion and abuse.

“We need to ensure that children have a responsible adult consenting to serious medical procedures — as parents are required to sign consents to administer Tylenol in school, or have tonsils removed or ears pierced,” said Kerry Pound, a doctor and the vice president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, according to the Globe.

The pro-life organization posed the scenario of a pregnant 13-year-old who could be abandoned to her sexual abuser and forced into an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Parental consent laws help protect young girls from abuse and help ensure that they make an informed decision before ending their baby’s life.

Pro-life organizations also warned taxpayers that the legislation allocates money through the “Healthy Start” program to pay for abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. It also would require that all taxpayer-funded health plans cover abortions.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the Massachusetts Family Institute and other pro-life organizations plan to hold a press conference in the State House to oppose the Roe Act and affirm the need for pro-life options for women and children.

The bill is similar to legislation that passed earlier this year in New York, Vermont, Rhode Island and Illinois.

A recent poll by Susan B. Anthony List found strong opposition to the legislation. According to the poll, 62 percent of Massachusetts voters oppose late-term abortions, including 49 percent of Democrat and 66 percent of independent voters. The same number, 62 percent, also support the current state law requiring parental consent before a girl under 18 has an abortion, the poll found.

ACTION: Contact Massachusetts state lawmakers to oppose the bill.