Massachusetts Pro-Lifers Urge Gov Charlie Baker to Veto Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 23, 2020   |   11:46AM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts pro-life leaders are urging people to call Gov. Charlie Baker and ask him to veto legislation that would legalize the killing of unborn babies up to birth.

The pro-abortion amendment to the state budget passed the Massachusetts House and the Senate earlier this month. Among other things, it would expand late-term abortions, weaken protections from infanticide and allow young girls to abort their unborn babies with their parents’ knowledge or consent.

Michael King of the Massachusetts Family Institute told OneNewsNow that Baker can line-item veto Amendment 759 and stop the radical pro-abortion expansion in their state.

“The state Senate had passed it 33-7, and the House passed it 108-49,” he said. “So in both the House and the Senate, this absolutely horrific expansion of abortion has been passed by over two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate.”

King said if Baker vetoes the amendment, the state legislature still could attempt to override it. He urged Massachusetts residents to call Baker as well as their elected officials and tell them to protect unborn babies and mothers, according to the report.

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 last week. “And it’s pretty hard to argue that this isn’t a major policy initiative that is now in the budget.”

Massachusetts Citizens for Life also is asking people to contact Baker and state lawmakers to voice their opposition.

ACTION ALERT: Contact Gov. Charlie Baker at 617-725-4005 or email him to ask him to veto the pro-abortion amendment.

They asked people to call with the message: “Look me in the eye … and tell us it’s okay for people other than doctors to perform abortions. Tell us it is okay for babies old enough to feel pain to be surgically aborted. Tell us THAT is good for our people and our state.”

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.

It also would weaken a state law that protects babies who survive abortions from infanticide, and lower the parental consent age from 18 to 16. Additionally, the amendment would allow non-doctors to abort unborn babies.

Democrat leaders argued that immediate action is necessary after pro-life Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. They fear the high court could restore protections for unborn babies by overturning Roe v. Wade.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the American Civil Liberties Union support the pro-abortion amendment.

However, 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.”

Massachusetts Catholic leaders also criticized the anti-life legislation in a statement last week, according to the Catholic News Service.

“We are concerned that the amendment, if enacted, would expand abortion access in the Commonwealth well beyond what is currently in state law,” said Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, Worcester Bishop Robert McManus and Fall River Bishop Edgar da Cunha in a statement. “Abortion at any time, from the moment of conception to birth, is in direct conflict with Catholic teaching and must be opposed.”

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. Charlie Baker at 617-725-4005 or email him to ask him to veto the pro-abortion amendment.