By C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Gov. Charlie Baker, despite being no great advocate for the vulnerable in Massachusetts when it comes to abortion, is taking the common sense approach to the grotesque proposed bill, S.1209.
“I do not support late term abortions,” said Baker, a Republican, when asked for comment outside the State House. “I support current law in Massachusetts. It’s worked well for decades for women and families here in Massachusetts, and that’s what we support.”
The remark, far from supporting human rights for people still in the womb, makes it very clear that S.1209 is so inhumane and extreme, even a politician who wants expanded abortions can’t get behind it.
Currently, our state law allows for abortion after 24 weeks, but with restrictions (for the life of the mother). S.1209 wipes those regulations out, endangering women, and states that mothers can submit to an abortion after 24 weeks in cases of so-called lethal fetal anomaly, where the infant is not expected to survive past birth.
The bill also removes a requirement that any abortion after 24 weeks take place in a hospital, rather than a clinic, making these 3 day labor-and-delivery of a dead child much more dangerous for the woman.
Additionally, it nixes a requirement that a 12 or 15 year old girl seeking an abortion get permission from a parent or a judge.
Constitutional law scholar, Erika Bachiochi, when asked for comment, said:
“I am sure that the good and reasonable people of the Commonwealth are going to see [s.1209] for what it is: a deregulating measure so extreme that it would erase not only reasonable regulations that ought to accompany any medical procedure, but the very parties to the procedure itself. When the law can no longer name the nascent and vulnerable “unborn child” who is the object of an abortion — or even the “woman” who seeks one out, referring only to her “uterus” – we have empowered not pregnant women in trying circumstances, but the abortion industry, which like every other profit-hungry industry, seeks to become more and more unaccountable to the law.”
This bill is one in a strew of proposed laws presented in wake of fears that current administration will overturn Roe v. Wade.
But when the extremely pro-abortion governor nixes it, you know you have a killer.
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Though the Gov. Baker may be taking the common sense road, his veto can be overidden.
Two-thirds of members present in both chambers must vote to override a veto. If all members are in attendance, this is 107 of the 160 members in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and 27 of the 40 members in the Massachusetts State Senate. Massachusetts is one of 36 states that requires a two-thirds vote from both of its legislative chambers to override a veto.