New Massachusetts bill would allow abortion up until moment of birth

by Adam Ford · Jan 4th, 2020 10:49 am

Last Updated Jan 4th, 2020 at 11:15 am

A new bill in the Massachusetts state legislature would permit women to obtain an abortion up until the moment of birth if a doctor determines that it is "necessary to protect the patient's life or physical or mental health."

According to the National Review:

The bill, called the "Roe Act," defines "mental health" in the exact same expansive language that the Supreme Court used in the Roe v. Wade companion case Doe v. Bolton: "all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the person's age—relevant to the well-being of the patient." This lenient definition essentially allows for abortion on demand up until the moment of birth.

? Abortion is currently legal in Massachusetts for any reason before 24 weeks' gestation.


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