400 Massachusetts pastors call on Gov. Baker to veto budget bill with amendment that removes virtually all limitations on abortion up until birth

By Dave Andrusko

Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker said this week that he will “be done with”—make a decision whether to veto—a budget bill that includes an amendment that would legalize abortion on demand throughout pregnancy for all practical purposes and make treatment for abortion survivors optional. 

Baker said his decision on Amendment 3320 (in the House) and Amendment 1209 (in the Senate) to the proposed fiscal year 2021 state budget would come “within the 10-day window afforded to him to sign, veto or send the bills back to the Legislature with amendments,” according to  Erin Tiernan of the Boston Herald. That deadline is this Friday. 

Meanwhile Tiernan reported that 400 pastors sent a letter to the governor Wednesday stating that “The ROE Act” represents a “shocking and callous disregard for human life and the importance of parental involvement in the lives of children.”

Massachusetts Citizens for Life is calling on supporters to 

Contact Gov. Baker’s Office at (617) 725-4005  to ask him to reject amendment #759 and veto the budget if it includes the “R.O.E” Act’s abortion expansion. 

NRLC’s state affiliate has provided factsheets and analyses laying out how genuinely radical The ROE Act actually is:

*This amendment would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that it only be deemed “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health.” 

The amendment to the budget would allow 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.”

*Children born after the 24-week mark, ​according to the New England Journal of Medicine,​ if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent — a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks. 

The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, has acknowledged​ “that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.” 

There is a dramatic change in the way abortion survivors would be treated.

*Amendment #789 to H5150 would eliminate current laws requiring that physicians “take all reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the aborted child” — The following language in the current law is clear in its requirement to preserve the life of the child: 

Section 12P. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.

The new language states only that there must be “life-supporting equipment” present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it.

These provisions are so over-the-top that little attention is paid to the repeal of the parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 16 and 17.

*This amendment expands who can perform an abortion to now include a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife.

As noted above, Massachusetts Citizens for Life is asking pro-lifers to

Contact Gov. Baker’s Office at (617) 725-4005  to ask him to reject amendment #759 and veto the budget if it includes the “R.O.E” Act’s abortion expansion.