A new bill, called “An Act to remove obstacles and expand abortion access”, is moving along in the Massachusetts Senate. If it passes it would remove the current requirement that girls under the age of 18 have to get permission from their parents before having an abortion.
The bill, which was introduced by Democrat State Senator Harriette Chandler in January 2019, also allows for anyone to get an abortion if they are over 24 weeks pregnant if it’s “necessary to protect the patient’s life or physical or mental health, or in cases of lethal fetal anomalies, or where the fetus is incompatible with sustained life outside the uterus.”
The bill wants to make it a state right to get an abortion, which means that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, women in Massachusetts wouldn’t be affected.
Opponents of the bill are currently fighting to make sure it doesn’t become law. Public meetings are scheduled for later this month.
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