MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons calls on lawmakers to review analysis of new abortion legislation

July 2, 2019

BOSTON — Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons is calling on lawmakers to read a detailed third-party analysis of legislation that would allow for abortions after 24 weeks.

A brief produced by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, titled Sweeping Away Commonsense Protections for Women and Children, exposes several of the latest proposal’s dangerous provisions.

The bill would repeal meaningful state protections for unborn children and pregnant women considering abortion and would eliminate explicit protections for children born alive during abortions,” writes the institute’s Mary E. Harned.

The analysis breaks down piece-by-piece the specifics of what the proposal, HB 3320 in the Houseand S 1209 in the Senate, would do to current state law.

“Every member of the state Legislature needs to read this analysis,” Lyons said. “Every member of the state Legislature should know the facts before even considering voting in support of this dangerous proposal.”

During the bill’s formal hearing last month, the vice president of the Massachusetts Medical Society was apparently unaware that Section 12P would be removed from current state law regulating abortion. Specifically, 12P requires doctors to “take all reasonable steps” to “preserve the life and health of the aborted child” in the event of a failed abortion.

“That was a dangerous example of ignorance,” Lyons said. “The fact that the Massachusetts Medical Society was somehow unaware of the most radical provision tucked inside of this bill underscores the need for this in-depth analysis.”

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