2017-2018 Legislative Agenda
For the 190th Session of the General Court of Massachusetts MCFL is once again offering a full pro-life legislative agenda. The bills are geared toward reducing abortions, protecting the unborn and infants and educating and informing the public about the value of life and the horror of anti-life policy.
This page is regularly updated throughout the legislative session. Check back for updates and changes.
Bills Written by MCFL:
Laura’s Law/A Woman’s Right to Know Act
Primary Sponsor: TBD
Committee Assignment: TBD
Summary: The informed consent bill called “Laura’s Law,” honors Laura Hope Smith, a young woman who died during an abortion at a substandard facility on Cape Cod. This law would require abortion facilities to inform clients about the specifics of the abortion procedure, the possible immediate and longterm risks to the mother, and to offer the mother the opportunity to see her baby on ultrasound. A 24-hour waiting period would be imposed to ensure considered decisions were made.
Bill Status: TBD
- CLICK HERE for a fact sheet and list of sponsors (for the 2015 version; 2016 version will replace this).
- CLICK HERE for 2015 bill text
Protect Women from Coercion
MCFL will file a bill which would protect mothers who are being coerced to end a pregnancy. As many as 62% of post-abortive women report that they felt forced into making the abortion decision.
Teach Science of Fetal Development
MCFL will introduce a bill requiring 8th or 9th grade students to be taught the correct scientific facts about human prenatal development. This information helps young people to recognize the humanity of the unborn child.
Require Licensing and Inspection of Abortion Facilities A bill requiring that all non-hospital facilities performing 10 or more abortions per year be licensed and inspected. This is similar to the Texas law which was struck down because it would limit access. Fortunately, no woman in Massachusetts is more than an hour away from a facility, so this ruling should not apply.
Unborn Victims of Violence Act In the case of an unborn baby dying because of violence toward her mother, she would be considered the second victim.
Massachusetts is one of the few states that do not already have this law.
MCFL will be encouraging all members to testify at hearings and to lobby their legislators for these common-sense bills.
Bills Opposed by MCFL:
Another major focus of MCFL’s legislative efforts in the 190th Session of the General Court is defeating another certain to be filed doctor-prescribed suicide bill. If passed, this bill would place the elderly, infirm, sick, disabled, and vulnerable at grave risk and radically change the nature of our healthcare system. The bill’s sponsor, Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society), recently moved Massachusetts to the top of its priority list.
For more information on Doctor-Prescribed Suicide and its dangers and effects.