Massachusetts pro-life advocates are working to restore protections for babies who survive abortions after state lawmakers repealed a law last year that protected newborns from infanticide.
Patricia Stewart of Massachusetts Citizens for Life told One News Now that they plan to begin a petition in the fall that would allow voters to restore the life-saving protections.
“We have engaged in an initiative to send around a petition in the fall to change that law back to one that would mandate life-saving care for every child born alive in Massachusetts,” Stewart said.
The Massachusetts legislature stripped away protections for newborns who survive abortions when they passed a radical pro-abortion bill over the Christmas holiday in 2020. Along with eliminating basically all regulations and restrictions on abortion in Massachusetts, the law got rid of a requirement that babies who are born alive after a botched abortion be provided basic medical care, according to Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
Stewart said they need volunteers to help collect signatures and restore the common-sense protections.
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“We’re going to need over 80,000 signatures. This is based on a requirement to obtain 3 percent of the total number of registered voters in the last gubernatorial election,” she told the news outlet. “The procedure to obtain the signatures will be to circulate petitions in the fall between September 10 and November 2.”
Babies do survive abortions, and strong evidence suggests most late-term abortions are done on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies. State health data from just three states showed that at least 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2016 and 2018. However, most states do not keep track of abortion survivors.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, also provide evidence that babies survive abortions. According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there may be more.
Research by the American Center for Law and Justice estimated the number is much higher, at least 362 between 2001 and 2010.