Pro-lifers have succeeded in getting the public policy question, which instructs local State Representatives to vote for a bill requiring abortion facilities in the state to be licensed and inspected, onto the November 2014 ballot in the following districts: 6th, 7th, 8th Bristol (Fall River, Freetown), 12th Hampden (Wilbraham, Springfield), 4th, 5th, 12th Norfolk (Braintree, Weymouth, Norwood), 5th Plymouth (Rockland, Norwell, Hanover), 3rd, 4th, 16th Worcester (Fitchburg, Leominster, City of Worcester). MCFL will also be filing the bill in the legislature in January. When I dropped off the papers to the Secretary of State, the folks there were very impressed with the geographical spread of our districts – from Springfield to Fitchburg to Weymouth and Fall River , etc.
It is really exciting to think the we were able to get so many districts certified! Braintree got the most signatures – almost 600 in one weekend. Some people had disappointing things happen. I think the worst was Lawrence where more than 100 people who live in the district but are not registered, signed. The fellow at the Secretary of State’s office said those people agreed with us and didn’t want to admit they weren’t registered. We knew split cities would be tough. They were tougher then tough. The Fall River people did an amazing job getting all their districts qualified. The Springfield and Worcester people each got one district qualified – real victories for them..
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading source of abortion statistics, there are forty abortion facilities in the state. This includes eighteen hospitals and six licensed clinics, leaving sixteen facilities that are not licensed or inspected. Laura Hope Smith died during an abortion at one of these unlicensed, uninspected facilities in 2007.
We are concerned that abortions not take any more victims than they already do. More importantly, having to be inspected will be a disincentive to remaining open for many facilities.
Local members of Mass Citizens will continue working through the November elections to educate people in their districts and bring them to the polls. We expect to win overwhelmingly.
The following are some of the many, many people who did yeoman’s work in getting the signatures:
Jim Drummey, Sally Healy, Jean Healey, Pat Stewart, Linda and Jack Kinsey, Rosemary Reynolds, Sandra Krucharski, Mark Carron, Jamie Brunault, Peggy Bradford, Bill Allen, Bill Kelly, Deacon Tim Meagher, Eileen Dunn, Monica Silvey, Mike Cunningham, Frank Ardinger, Dave Constantine, John Martin, Mike Manze, Bill Schneelock, Tom Gaudet, Earl Sholley, Martha Donovan, Anne Hilbert, Merle Webber, Charlene Langenfield, Gail Ashey, Nancy Clark, Dennis Finn, Maryanna Heister, Eileen Krupinski, Julie Krupinski, Carol Johnston, Jackie Langloi, Pauline Morris, Marylou Petty, Julie Koss-Stephany, Chris Toloczko, Cindy Trainque, Susan Arraje, Myra Doran, Teresa Vermette.
Bea Martins says, “Mary Leite is the lady who collected 105 Without her numbers we would not have been able to turn in the number we did”
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to these people for the huge job they accomplished!
Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street
Boston Massachusetts 02129