Public Policy Question to Regulate Unlicensed Abortion Facilities
A message from MCFL President Anne Fox:
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires all non-hospital facilities performing more than 10 abortions a year to be licensed as “clinics” and to be inspected at least every two years by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health?
If you live in one of the State Representative districts we are targeting this fall, you will get to vote on that public policy question! In working to protect all innocent life, we identify, educate, and activate. This policy question will help tremendously!
In 1972, the other side had been getting nowhere in the legislature so they decided to go the public policy question route in the ten most pro-abortion districts in the state. It gave their views good publicity, mobilized their people, and started the ball rolling for them.
The conviction of Kermit Gosnell a year ago made the general public more aware of the problems inherent in the abortion industry. Congress questioned every State Department of Public Health. Information became somewhat less difficult to obtain.
One thing that was obvious from the information made public was that most abortion facilities in Massachusetts are not licensed. According the the Guttmacher Institute, which is considered the most accurate, Massachusetts has twenty-two non-hospital abortion facilities. According to the Department of Public Health, only six of those are licensed. That means there are sixteen abortion facilities in the state that are not licensed! Think of the implications!
It was in one of these unlicensed facilities that Laura Hope Smith suffered a fatal abortion in 2007. Investigation showed that the facility had no basic medical equipment and no staff training.
Here is a perfect topic for a public policy question. It will identify people who are concerned, educate the general public, and encourage people to be active in their own communities where the issue will be on the ballot in November. The first step is to obtain 200 signatures of registered voters in each of the targeted districts. We are working on that now.
This is a very sensible way for us to go. When parties are involved, people often vote the party. The public policy question, not being political, allows people to vote the issue. We have chosen State Representative districts which we know have high percentages of pro-life voters. The questions are not expensive to advocate because they are local. We are organized state-wide, so we have people to work in any district in the state. These questions are non-binding but will have a significant impact.
I have listed the districts where we are working to gather signatures. If you live in one of them, please get in contact immediately. If you do not live in one of the districts, we’ll need your help in another district. We hope to have everyone involved in one way or another.
GREATER FALL RIVER
Third Bristol, Shaunna O’Connell
Sixth Bristol, Carole Fiola
Seventh Bristol, Alan Silvia
Eighth Bristol, Paul Schmidt
Ninth Bristol, Christopher Markey
Eleventh Bristol, Robert Koczera
Thirteenth Bristol, Antonio Cabral
Sixteenth Essex, Marcos Devers
Seventeenth Essex, Frank Moran
Fifth Hampton (Holyoke), Aaron Vega
Sixth Hampden (West Springfield), Michael Finn
Eighth Hampden, Joseph Wagner
Ninth Hampden, Sean Curran
Tenth Hampden, Cheryl Coakley-Rivera
Eleventh Hampden, Benjamin Swan
Twelfth Hampden, Angelo Puppolo
Twenty Eighth Middlesex, Wayne Matewsky
Thirty Third Middlesex, Christopher Fallon
Thirty Fifth Middlesex, Paul Donato
BRAINTREE / WEYMOUTH
Third Norfolk, Ronald Mariano
Fourth Norfolk (Hingham, Weymouth), James Murphy
Fifth Norfolk, Mark Cusack
Seventh Norfolk, Walter Timilty
Twelfth Norfolk, John Rogers
Fifth Plymouth, Rhonda Nyman
Seventh Plymouth, Geoff Diehl
Eighth Plymouth, Angelo D’Emilia
Ninth Plymouth, Michael Brady
Tenth Plymouth, Christine Canavan
Eleventh Plymouth, Claire Cronin
Fourteenth Suffolk, Angelo Scaccia
Third Worcester, Steven DiNatale
Fourth Worcester, Dennis Rosa
Sixth Worcester, Peter Durant
CITY OF WORCESTER
Seventh Worcester, Paul Frost
Fourteenth Worcester, James O’Day
Fifteenth Worcester, Mary Keefe
Sixteenth, Dan Donahue
Seventeenth Worcester, John Binienda