Massachusetts Gov. Baker approves State Budget but line-vetoes abortion section (ROE ACT)

By Dave Andrusko

On Friday afternoon, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker approved the state budget bill for Fiscal Year 2021“but line-vetoed segments of Section 40 which contained egregious provisions expanding abortion,” Massachusetts Citizens for Life reported.

“He retained the section permitting abortion at and after 24 weeks in cases of so-called ‘fatal fetal abnormalities,’ even though that term is ambiguous and not defined in the bill and opens the door to fatal error,” writes C.J. Williams.  “Hope Dupell, who just celebrated her first birthday, was diagnosed with a lethal condition while in the womb. Fortunately, she thrives today as a living example of a life that a deadly mistake under this provision would have extinguished.”

MCFL Executive Director, Patricia Stewart said, “Although there remains much in this bill with which to take issue, we thank Governor Baker for the common sense recommendation to raise the age for consent to abortion to 18.” 

Massachusetts Citizens for Life rallied pro-lifers around the state to contact Gov. Baker “to reject amendment #759 and veto the budget if it includes the ‘R.O.E’ Act’s abortion expansion. ”

NRLC’s state affiliate  provided factsheets and in-depth legal analyses laying out how genuinely radical The R.O.E. Act actually  is.

The Boston Herald reported that Gov. Baker opposed lowering the age teenage girls could obtain abortions without consent:

 “I cannot support the other ways that this section expands the availability of late-term abortions and permits minors age 16 and 17 to get an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian,” Baker wrote.

Baker accepted some abortion-related provisions, rejected others, and offered alternative language to still other.

“Lawmakers can agree to Baker’s proposed changes, amend them further, or double down on the proposal they originally passed and send that back to the governor,” reported Chris Lisinski for State House News. 

It takes a two-thirds vote in both houses to override the governor’s veto. The vote in the House is expected to be very close.