Massachusetts Measure Would Weaken Laws Protecting Babies From Infanticide

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 17, 2020   |   2:07PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

A Massachusetts law that protects newborn babies from infanticide would be greatly weakened if a pro-abortion budget amendment passes the state legislature.

The Massachusetts House passed Amendment 759 last week, voting to expand late-term abortions and allow young girls to abort their unborn babies without a parent’s knowledge or consent.

Now, a leading state pro-life group is warning that the amendment also would weaken a state law that protects babies who survive abortions from being neglected or killed.

“Amendment #759 to H5150 would eliminate current laws requiring that physicians ‘take all reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the aborted child,’” Massachusetts Citizens for Life said in a statement.

“The new language states only that there must be ‘life-supporting equipment’ present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it,” the pro-life organization continued.

Amendment 759, sponsored by state Rep. Claire Cronin, D-Easton, is similar to the ROE Act, radical pro-abortion legislation that has languished in committee for more than a year. Cronin’s amendment is not quite as extreme as the bill, but it still would expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions in multiple ways.

Currently, Massachusetts prohibits abortions after 24 weeks except if the mother’s life is at risk. The amendment would expand these exceptions, allowing viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted if they are diagnosed with a fatal anomaly or “to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health” – a definition that can be widely interpreted.

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Babies born at 24 weeks of pregnancy have a more than 50-percent survival rate, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The pro-abortion research group Guttmacher Institute also has acknowledged “that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

The amendment also would allow non-doctors to abort unborn babies and lower the parental consent requirement from age 18 to 16. Additionally, it would allow abortionists to waive the requirement for parental consent for girls of any age who believe they may be pregnant, according to Massachusetts Citizens for Life.

The pro-abortion amendment now is before the state Senate, which Democrats control.

Pro-life leaders are urging people to call their state senators and Gov. Charlie Baker, a pro-abortion Republican, and ask them to oppose the radical pro-abortion measure.

Baker previously said he would veto the ROE Act, but he is facing intense pressure from abortion activists to support the pro-abortion amendment. According to the Boston Globe, Baker said he is “unhappy” about the amendment, but he did commit to vetoing it.

“I do share some of the unhappiness that was raised by a number of members of the Republican Party – that putting policy in the budget was something that both leaders in the House and Senate said they would not do,” Baker said Friday. “And it’s pretty hard to argue that this isn’t a major policy initiative that is now in the budget.”

Meanwhile, outrage is growing. Earlier this month, more than 300 pastors in the state sent a letter to Baker urging him to veto the bill.

“In 2019 alone, there were 18,593 abortions performed in the Bay State. How much more ‘accessible’ does the murder of unborn children need to be?” they asked. “Abortion ends the life of a human child and puts the physical, mental and emotional health of women, most especially young women, at risk.”

The amendment appears to be strategic, a way Democrat politicians hope to pass the legislation quickly through the budget to appease pro-abortion lobbying groups before too many unhappy voters find out.

“It’s an underhanded way of pushing it on their constituents who continually oppose it,” C.J. Williams, director of community engagement at Massachusetts Citizens for Life, told the Daily Free Press.

A recent poll by Susan B. Anthony List found strong opposition to the Massachusetts 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 supports the current state law requiring parental consent before a girl under 18 has an abortion.

Similar legislation passed in New York, Illinois, Vermont and Rhode Island last year, prompting massive outrage. Another pro-abortion bill narrowly failed in New Mexico because of strong public opposition.

ACTION ALERT: Contact Gov. Baker’s Office at (617) 725-4005 to ask him to reject amendment 759 and veto the budget if it includes the ROE Act abortion expansion. Contact Massachusetts state senators.