Massachusetts passed a radical pro-abortion law Tuesday to legalize abortions up to birth and allow young girls to abort their unborn babies without a parent’s knowledge or consent.
The state Senate voted 32-8 to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of the ROE Act following the House vote Monday, MassLive reports. The law goes into effect immediately.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life slammed the vote as an “elitist gesture” that ignored tens of thousands of constituents’ wishes and capitulated to the abortion lobby.
“Almost as disheartening as this new law is the fact that legislators rammed this damaging bill through during Covid, inserting it into the state budget, knowing our opposition could not fight it in person due to quarantine restrictions,” said Myrna Maloney Flynn, president of the pro-life organization.
Flynn said pro-lifers worked for two years to stop the pro-abortion bill, and they will not give up the fight for unborn babies, despite the new setback.
The legislation codifies Roe v. Wade into state law so that abortions will remain legal in Massachusetts if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the infamous case. It allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth, ends parental consent for girls as young as 16 seeking abortions, weakens the state anti-infanticide law, and allows non-doctors to abort unborn babies.
Baker, a pro-abortion Republican, vetoed the legislation on Christmas Eve, saying he opposed ending parental consent for underage girls. The governor also wanted more limits on late-term abortions.
“I strongly support a woman’s right to access reproductive health care, and many provisions of this bill,” Baker said. “However I cannot support the sections of this proposal that expand the availability of later-term abortions and permit minors age 16 and 17 to get an abortion without the consent of the parent or guardian.”
But abortion activists insisted that the changes were necessary because of the new conservative-majority Supreme Court.
After the final vote Tuesday, pro-abortion lawmakers celebrated how the law will allow more unborn babies to be aborted in their state.
“Beginning today, pregnant people who once faced near-insurmountable barriers accessing abortion care can now seize the right to control their own bodies,” said state Sen. Harriette Chandler, a lead sponsor of the law.
The law passed despite the governor’s veto and strong public opposition to it. The Massachusetts House and Senate both have strong Democrat majorities, though more than a dozen Democrat lawmakers did join Republicans in voting against the abortion expansion.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said the new law is another example of how extreme the Democratic Party has become on abortion.
“The actions taken by Democrats to ram through this legislation are a reflection of just how extreme the party has become on abortion,” she said. “Led by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats’ agenda for the entire nation is reflected in this bill: abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth.”
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.
Tens of thousands of people spoke out for unborn babies this winter and urged lawmakers to reject the abortion expansion, including hundreds of pastors and pro-life and conservative organizations. And Flynn said their work for life will continue.
“We know the lives we work to protect are worth every minute of our time in this life,” she said. “We know without a doubt that our supporters, by their advocacy over the last 24 months, changed minds and opened hearts, even our governor’s. And we look forward to continuing our work alongside the citizens of Massachusetts, who already know the value of human life and are eager to educate and support others and to ultimately illuminate the inherent right to life of the unborn.”
According to the Christian Post, 13 other states have similar laws in place that establish a “right” to abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. They are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
New Jersey is considering a similar bill this winter.