Pro-life groups in liberal Massachusetts remain steadfast in their opposition to a pro-abortion legislature.
Massachusetts State Senator Harriett Chandler has introduced a bill to improve abortion access but Anne Fox of Massachusetts Citizens for Life says the legislation would erase pro-life restrictions, such as parent consent, and age restrictions, in the state.
It goes without saying, she says, that parents are involved in medical procedures on their own children.
"If a girl goes and has an abortion, and anything comes up afterwards, who's there to pick up the pieces?" she asks.
Current state law requires that abortions beyond 18 weeks must be done in hospitals because of the obvious danger of second and third trimester procedures, but the submitted measure would strike down that law to benefit outpatient abortion facilities.
"Planned Parenthood does two-thirds of the abortions in Massachusetts," Fox says. "If you are an abortion provider, you're not making any money on abortions done in a hospital, so if abortions are no longer required in the hospital, that helps your bottom line a bit."
The bottom line for the pro-life movement, she says, is the bill open doors for abortion and Massachusetts Citizens for Life will be at the state capitol to fight passage.