While we always revising the specific features of our legislative agenda to fit current political circumstances there are a few relatively short-term policy goals on which we are working:
Laura’s Law (A Woman’s Right to Know Act): Named for Laura Hope Smith, who died as a result of a surgical abortion performed by an incompetent physician, this bill would require that women seeking to procure an abortion be clearly and accurately informed of the many serious risks to their life and health, as well as of the alternative courses open to them.
The Massachusetts Partial Birth Abortion Ban: This bill would end the barbarous and utterly gratuitous practice of partial birth abortion in the Commonwealth. The 2003 federal ban, upheld by the 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decision, may or may not be enforced by federal prosecutors, who are often more involved in other issues such as drug trafficking, tax fraud, etc. A state ban would ensure that offenders can and will be prosecuted in Massachusetts.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: A bill of this type, based on extensive research indicating that unborn children endure excruciating pain during the abortion procedure, which ultimately results in their death, would extend legal protections to children older than 20 gestational weeks.