Media Advisory: Today: Pro-life Leaders Rally as MA Lawmakers Consider Extreme Abortion Expansion Bill

June 17, 2019
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Charlotte Lozier Institute Experts Will Testify on Harmful Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Today Massachusetts Family Institute, Renew Massachusetts Coalition, Massachusetts Citizens for Life and other local pro-life leaders will hold a rally and press conference at 11:00 a.m. at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts in opposition to the “Roe Act” (SB 1209 and HB 3320) ahead of a hearing on the legislation by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Associate Scholars with Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), will provide expert testimony on the extremism of the “Roe Act,” which would expand late-term abortion on demand through birth, eliminate Massachusetts’ existing parental consent law, and remove protections for babies born alive in failed abortions.

“As a female board-certified Ob/Gyn, who used to perform late term abortions, it is my professional opinion that this legislation would cause harm to women and their babies by removing important safeguards in current Massachusetts law,” said CLI Associate Scholar Dr. Kathi Aultman. “It would exempt abortionists and their clinics from the oversight required of all other medical providers. It puts total control in the hands of those who profit from abortion—those who would be the most motivated to skimp on safety measures. I cannot believe that the people and legislators of Massachusetts have completely lost their moral compass. I have faith that they will have more concern for the safety and welfare of women and their babies than they do for a radical feminist agenda, and defeat this legislation.”

“Massachusetts has been a leader in enacting legislation to protect teen girls and their unborn children,” said Dr. Michael New, a CLI associate scholar, visiting assistant professor of political science and social research at The Catholic University of America and former adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts – Boston. “A 1986 American Journal of Public Health study that specifically analyzed the Massachusetts parental involvement law found that in the 20 months after the law took effect, abortions performed on minors in Massachusetts fell by over 179 per month. At the same time the number of Massachusetts minors who obtained abortions in neighboring states increased by 65 per month. This law saved 114 lives per month or over 1,300 lives per year.”

WHAT:          Pre-hearing pro-life rally and press conference 

WHO:             Dr. Kathi Aultman, former abortionist and Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar

                        Dr. Michael New, associate scholar, Charlotte Lozier Institute

 Andrew Beckwith, president, Massachusetts Family Institute

 Chanel Prunier, executive director, Renew Massachusetts Coalition

 Myrna Maloney Flynn, vice president, Massachusetts Citizens for Life

 Dr. Kerry Pound, M.D.

 Dr. Mark Rollo, M.D., Massachusetts Citizens for Life

 Abigail Young, New England regional coordinator, Students for Life of America

 Jonathan Alexandre, Esq., Boston native and senior counsel at Liberty Counsel

WHEN:          Monday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m.

  Additional press availability: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Members’ Lounge, 3rd floor

WHERE:        Massachusetts State House

  24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

SBA List’s State Policy Director Sue Liebel spoke at a pro-life rally in Boston earlier this month to oppose the legislation, at which point she announced the findings of an SBA List poll:

  • Sixty-two percent of Massachusetts voters – including 49 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Independents, and 44 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – oppose allowing more late-term abortions (only 38 percent support).
  • Three in four voters (74 percent) – including 74 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of women, and 77 percent of pro-choice voters – support existing law that requires late-term abortions after 24 weeks to be performed in hospitals (only 26 percent oppose).
  • 62 percent of voters – including 55 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of women, and 52 percent of pro-choice voters – support Massachusetts’ existing law that requires parental consent before a minor girl can get an abortion (only 38 percent oppose).

SBA List is a network of more than 787,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.

Charlotte Lozier Institute was launched in 2011 as the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List. CLI is a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world. The Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women. 


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