One small step for life

Monday, September 9, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

cash 100-dollar billThe Bay State has taken another step closer to voters getting decide the issue of tax-funded abortions.

Pro-life organizations have formed a coalition called Renew Massachusetts for a third attempt to gather enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

"At the federal level, because of the Hyde Amendment, as a general rule, abortions are not publicly funded," explains Thomas Harvey of the Mass Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions. "But in Massachusetts, under Medicaid, which is a joint federal/state program, Massachusetts tax dollars are paying for abortion and have been since 1981."

That is when the state Supreme Court found a right to an abortion in the state Constitution and ruled that taxpayers had to pick up the tab for terminating the preborn babies of poverty-stricken women. Since then, there have been two failed attempts to get enough signatures to place the issue on an election ballot, but Attorney General Maura Healey has given pro-lifers hope by certifying their proposed ballot question that would make it possible to stop state funding for abortion.

"All the attorney general did was … say nothing in this Constitution requires the public funding of abortion," Harvey relays.

The amendment and its description must now be approved, then well over 80,000 petition signatures will have to be obtained, and approval of a fourth of the legislators in two successive legislative sessions will have to approve it before it can go on the ballot. So that is expected to happen in 2022. 

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