Abortion activists renewed their push Tuesday to pass a radical pro-abortion bill in Massachusetts that would legalize abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.
In a virtual rally, pro-abortion groups and Democrat lawmakers demanded that state lawmakers pass the ROE Act (House Bill 3320/Senate Bill 1209) before the legislative session ends on July 31, The New Boston Post reports.
U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who spoke at the rally, described the killing of unborn babies as “racial justice” and “abortion care,” according to the report.
“If we really care about black and brown lives, then we have to care about housing justice, and economic justice, and health care and reproductive justice,” Pressley said. “As we advocate for racial justice policies like the ROE Act, recognize that it is vitally important what is in this debate and movement of racial justice.”
But if the bill passes, it could put many lives – born and unborn – in jeopardy.
The legislation would eliminate basically all regulations and restrictions on abortion in Massachusetts and allow abortions up to birth, even if there is no physical threat to the mother’s life. It also would put young sexual abuse victims at greater risk by eliminating the state parental consent requirement.
“This would mean teens could obtain an abortion behind their parent’s backs without even having to secure a judicial bypass from a judge. An abuser or pimp could take an underage girl to get an abortion and NO caring, or even impartial, adult would be involved to stop it,” said Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute.
There were 18,256 abortions in the state in 2018, he wrote in an email to supporters. “How much more ‘accessible’ does the murder of unborn children need to be?”
Apparently, it’s not enough for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who also spoke at the pro-abortion rally Tuesday.
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According to the Post:
Healey said that passing the ROE Act bill would help more minorities and poor people get late-term abortions and that it’s a vital piece of legislation for the state.
She added that the current paradigm is unacceptable.
“They are forced to either carry their pregnancy to term or to fly elsewhere,” Healey said of pregnant women carrying late-term fetuses.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life and other pro-life groups are urging people to call their state lawmakers and tell them to oppose the pro-abortion bill. It currently is in the Judiciary Committee.
“There is no justification for this type of legislation,” the pro-life organization said. “It is a horrific piece of legislation that threatens the lives of young girls, it is a setback for women and society, and it further threatens the lives of society’s most vulnerable.”
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,” according to Boston Magazine.
But if it passes, abortions would be legal through all nine months of pregnancy, long past the point when unborn babies are viable. Girls under 18 could get abortions – or be forced into them – without their parents knowledge or consent. And viable babies who are born alive during abortions could be denied life-saving medical care and left to die.
A recent poll by Susan B. Anthony List found strong opposition to the legislation. According to the poll, 62% of Massachusetts voters oppose late-term abortions, including 49% of Democrat and 66% of independent voters. The same number, 62%, also support the current state law requiring parental consent before a girl under 18 has an abortion, the poll found.
ACTION: Call the Committee on the Judiciary Offices at (617) 722-2396. Find state lawmakers at https://masscitizensforlife.org/find-my-legislator-ma.