Massachusetts State Representative Claire Cronin has filed an amendment to the state budget that would enshrine as law the ability to abort a full-term fetus up until the moment of birth. Cronin and her fellow Democrats, who hold staggering majorities in both the State House of Representatives (127-31) and State Senate (36-4), are attempting to pass the controversial legislation after seeing Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court in October.
The pro-life Massachusetts Citizens for Life objects to the parliamentary move to shortchange the legislative process and enact such a provocative law.
"[T]he bill would enable girls as young as 12 to obtain abortions without any adult, except the abortionist, knowing about it," the group said, as well as "remove life-saving medical equipment from rooms where abortions are performed, risking the lives of babies, Massachusetts citizens, who survive the procedure."
Despite overwhelming support by Democrat lawmakers, a poll conducted by the Susan B. Anthony List in 2019 revealed that 62% of Massachusetts citizens opposed legalizing late-term abortions.
Should lawmakers pass the amendment as expected, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has indicated he might veto it as unnecessary.
"Baker has said he supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, but doesn't necessarily see a need to change the current abortion laws in Massachusetts," according to the State House News Service.
Nine other states currently have laws that would allow abortion up until the moment of birth, including New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Alaska.