Massachusetts Lowers Age of Consent to Obtain Abortions Without Parental Permission
The state's Democrat-controlled Senate and House voted 32-8 and 107-46
The Massachusetts legislature has reduced the age to legally obtain an abortion to 16 years of age, bypassing parental consent.
The state legislature overrode Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of the ROE Act, which looked to codify the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
Baker vetoed the bill over its plan to lower the age to get an abortion without parental consent to 16.
Baker said in a statement about his veto:
"I cannot support the sections of this proposal that expand the availability of late-term abortions and permit minors age 16 and 17 to get an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian."
The state's Democrat-controlled Senate and House voted 32-8 and 107-46 respectively to override the veto, Fox News reported.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser issued a brutal statement on the matter.
"This dangerous new law allows for late-term abortion-on-demand across Massachusetts, and secret abortions for minor girls as young as 16," the pro-life organization wrote.
"Governor Baker is pro-choice, but this legislation was too much for him to stomach."
"His veto exemplifies just how extreme it is."
"The actions taken by Democrats to ram through this legislation are a reflection of just how extreme the party has become on abortion."
"Led by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats' agenda for the entire nation is reflected in this bill: abortion-on-demand, up until the moment of birth."
The legislation was praised by Democratic state Sen. Harriette Chandler.
In a tweet, Chandler wrote:
"Pregnant people who once faced near-insurmountable barriers accessing abortion care can now seize the right to control their own bodies."
Pregnant people who once faced near-insurmountable barriers accessing abortion care can now seize the right to control their own bodies.— Harriette Chandler (@Sen_Chandler) December 29, 2020
I am so proud of the policies included in the #ROEAct and of the @MA_Senate for our commitment to reproductive freedom. #mapoli pic.twitter.com/pRBKmbAQLB
"I am so proud of the policies included in the #ROEAct and of the @MA_Senate for our commitment to reproductive freedom."
The bill "expands women's legal authority to get an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy if doctors say the baby will not survive after birth," The Daily Wire reported.
The bill also removed a mandate which required a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion.