Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, Pro-Lifers Urge Baker Veto

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 23, 2020   |   10:34AM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts legislature rammed through a radical pro-abortion bill Christmas week to legalize abortions up to birth and allow young girls to get abortions without a parent’s knowledge or consent.

Boston Herald reports the state House and Senate sent the bill back to Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, rejecting the changes he made earlier this month. Baker, a pro-abortion Republican, amended the bill to limit its expansion of late-term abortions and to require parental consent before underage girls get abortions.

The vote to reject Baker’s changes in the state House was 107-50, and the vote in the state Senate was an uncounted voice vote, according to the report.

Without Baker’s amendments, the bill, named the ROE Act by supporters, would would allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth, end parental consent for young girls seeking abortions, weaken the state anti-infanticide law, and allow non-doctors to abort unborn babies.

If Baker vetoes the bill, the state legislature may vote to override his veto. Doing so requires a two-thirds majority vote in both the state House and Senate.

Pro-life leaders are urging people to contact Baker and ask him to veto the bill.

ACTION ALERT: Call Gov. Charlie Baker at (617) 725-4005 or send an email here and urge him to veto the abortion bill.

“MA legislators passed Roe Act … allowing girls ages 16-17 to get abortions WITHOUT parent’s knowledge or consent. This sets them up to be coerced and manipulated,” the Massachusetts Family Institute responded on Twitter. “Call @MassGovernor, 617-725-4005. Urge him to veto!”

Both Democrats and Republicans have been speaking out against the pro-abortion bill, and several Democrat lawmakers joined Republicans in voting against it this month. Their votes represent the views of most Americans.

Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions and support parental consent for minors. 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.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life said pro-lifers want to protect women’s health, but expanding the killing of unborn babies in abortions is not the way to do it.

“Massachusetts State Senate, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, to all of our representatives and senators — will you #LookMeInTheEye and say THIS is what you mean when you support the #roeact?” the pro-life organization wrote online. “Our common ground is a wholehearted dedication to protecting our women’s health. But this is not health. Let’s create laws that support our daughters, our children, and our women with solutions based in care, not violence.”

Earlier this month, more than 400 pastors across the state wrote to Baker slamming the bill as a “shocking and callous disregard for human life and the importance of parental involvement in the lives of children.”

Pro-abortion lawmakers and abortion advocacy groups contend that the legislation is necessary to keep abortions legal because the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade.

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: Call Gov. Charlie Baker at (617) 725-4005 or send an email here and urge him to veto the abortion bill.