Abortion Debate Heats up in Massachusetts

On Monday, June 17, hundreds gathered outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts, for a rally to protest the so called "ROE Act," which proposes to expand late-term abortion across the Commonwealth for virtually any reason.

The Legislation
Father Chris Alar, MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers, along with the Marian Fathers, and several Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy traveled across the state to attend a hearing in the Statehouse about the proposed legislation, which resembles legislation passed earlier this year in New York and Vermont.

The full name of the proposed legislation in Massachusetts is "An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access" (S. 1209 or H 3320). This legislation would no longer require a physician to preserve the life of a child who survives an abortion. It also would no longer require a minor seeking an abortion to have parental consent for the procedure. Finally, the legislation also expands taxpayer funding of abortions.

"Our culture has rejected faith, and now we're rejecting reason," said Fr. Chris during his homily at the Marian Helpers Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, before heading out to Boston. "As advanced as we are technologically and scientifically, there's a vast portion of our society that ignores the fact that life begins at conception."

Taking Sides
After the rally, both opponents and supporters of the proposed legislation were present at the hearing. Pro-life citizens donned red shirts with the words "Choose life, oppose infanticide." Abortion advocates wore pink shirts reading, "I support the ROE act."

The pro-life crowd present at the hearing was substantial, considering that Massachusetts is a historically progressive state.

During the hearing, on the one side, pro-choice legislators insisted that state law should give women free license to do whatever they want, whenever they want when it comes to the treatment of unborn children. "It's a decision between a patient and her doctor. It should not be made by a politician," said Senate President Harriette Chandler.

On the other side, Jim Lyons chairman of the Massachusetts Republicans, said in a statement that this legislation "opens the way to born-alive victims suffering painful post-abortion deaths - something that until recently was universally condemned as infanticide."

It's unclear when the Massachusetts House and Senate will vote on their respective bills.

"We have to pray for these Massachusetts lawmakers to vote 'no' on the ROE Act," Fr. Chris said. "If you live in Massachusetts, contact your representatives. We have to stand up for the most vulnerable. We have to stand up for life."

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