Abortion. The mere word sends shivers up the spines of every American with conservative values. Those who believe life begins at inception remain aghast at liberals who have no concept of, or interest in, protecting the unborn.
Liberals are sneaky little critters. Attached as an amendment to a budget bill, Democrats in the Massachusetts state House of Representatives quietly added a bill that would allow 16 and 17-year-old girls to abort their unwanted fetuses right up until the time of birth in the case of a known birth defect. “This one’s broke. Get rid of it.” To top it off, parental consent is not required.
The state did this only amid fears of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett throwing a wrench in the spokes by overturning Roe v. Wade. As one might expect, every level-headed parent in the state is up in arms. If they have their way the proposal will never see daylight again.
A similar bill called the Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access Act, or the ROE Act for short, that called for legalized abortion up until the time of birth for reasons cited as “necessary to protect the patient’s life or physical or mental health,” was previously shot down for very good reasons. It would have provided legal abortion access to girls as young as 12, once again, without parental consent.
Under current Massachusetts laws, minors requiring abortions for the sole purpose of saving the mother’s life are legal, but only if both parents or guardians sign a series of authorization forms. The new proposed bill calling for the elimination of required parental consent is where the real issue lies. Abortion is not a form of birth control, especially for teenaged girls.
Democrat Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, proud of what he and his fellow Dems are attempting to accomplish, made the following statement after a vote to move the bill along. “In the wake of the threat to reproductive rights for women on the national level, I’m proud of the House vote to remove barriers to women’s reproductive health options and protect the concepts enshrined in Roe v. Wade.”
The Democrats are conveniently forgetting one very important stumbling block. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is a conservative Republican, and he isn’t real keen on the amendment being snuck into the budget bill. Or for that matter, the proposal itself.
“I do share some of the unhappiness that was raised by a number of members of the Republican Party — that putting a policy in the budget was something that both leaders in the House and Senate said they would not do,” the governor said in a news conference. Without mincing words, they lied.
In fact, Baker had already told his party of how he was certain the Democrats would not try to slide anything in with the budget bill. But when their proposed ROE Act met so much resistance, they were forced to stoop to their usual level of “by hook or by crook.”
Massachusetts has a reputation for being somewhat liberal, except in the case of abortion where they have always toed a strict line. In 1974 a parental involvement bill was passed which required parental consent for minors in need of a life-threatening abortion.
“A 1986 study in the American Journal of Public Health found strong statistical evidence that this parental-involvement law reduced the abortion rate among minors in Massachusetts,” as Michael J. New with the National Review pointed out.
“The study did find that some Massachusetts minors obtained abortions in neighboring states after the law took effect, but the in-state decline clearly exceeded the out-of-state increase,” he went on to state.
“A 2003 study in the Journal of Health Economics found that parental involvement laws reduce pregnancy rates among girls ages 15 to 17,” New wrote. “A 2008 study in the Journal of Law Economics and Organization found that parental involvement laws lower gonorrhea rates for females under 20. Finally, a 2012 study in Economic Inquiry found that parental involvement laws reduce the incidence of suicides for females between the ages of 15 and 17.”
There is only one way to summarize the Democrat’s despicable move to sneak something as hideous as this abortion act into a budget bill. It ain’t happening!