By Bridget Fay, Board of DirectorsTwo weeks ago, Georgia passed a landmark "Heartbeat Bill." The law provides that an unborn child is a person once a heartbeat can be detected; in the words of the law, "[i]t shall be the policy of the State of Georgia to recognize unborn children as natural persons," and " [u]nborn child' means a member of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the womb." Such a person, therefore, is protected by the laws of Georgia. The law requires that a physician who is performing an abortion must first check for a fetal heartbeat; if such a heartbeat exists, the abortion cannot be performed absent a medical emergency, threat to the health of the mother, or rape.
Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey assert that a state does not have an interest in protecting unborn children before viability. Georgia's law challenges Roe by providing an alternate point at which the state can protect preborn babies (i.e. the detection of a human heartbeat), which has the merits of being a clear indicator of human life, and being far more objective than the amorphous "viability" standard. Roe's companion case, Doe v. Bolton, establishes a "health exception" for abortion, and absurdly broad contours for such an exception. According to Doe, risks to both mental and physical health, even undiagnosable risks to mental health, are a justification for abortion. The result is that the "exception" overrides any limits a state may put on abortion. The Heartbeat Bill squarely attacks that intellectual dishonesty: it limits such an exception to the "substantial and irreversible physical impairment" of a pregnant woman's body. That exception is clear, objective, and designed to balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of their preborn children - exactly what Doe purports to do but obviously does not.
The Georgia law is revolutionary in both its recognition of unborn children as human beings and its confrontation of the culture of abortion. It is not just a law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected; it is a law that expands child support to pregnant mothers. It revises the child homicide laws so that parents may recover for the death of a reborn child, not just a child who has already been born. It even changes the way Georgia handles taxes: expectant parents may list their preborn baby as a dependent minor. The law provides protections for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who treat pregnant women for unrelated medical problems, if such treatment inadvertently causes a miscarriage.
When pro-lifers talk about creating a "culture of life," we mean an overhaul of the thousands of ways that our culture and laws assume that preborn children aren't people, expectant mothers aren't quite yet mothers, and women will solve their problems via abortion. Georgia's comprehensive attack on the evils of abortion is something that other states can emulate, and its comprehensive reformation of its laws highlight how pervasive abortion has become.
SENATE BILL 1209 / HOUSE BILL 3320
ENDANGERS 12 AND 13 YEAR OLD GIRLS.
S.1209/H.3320 REMOVES ADULT SUPERVISION by striking out section 12L (chp.122) in our General Law. This leaves our children prey to sexual predators, and sex trafficking. SEE S.1209 SECTION 12L.
(for further background, see the undercover journalistic investigations of abortion facilities refusing to report sex crimes: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10156350513198728)
RISKS WOMEN’S LIVES.
S.1209/H.3320 STRIKES MEDICAL REGULATIONS THAT ENSURE THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF WOMEN SUBMITTING TO LATE-TERM ABORTIONS by removing section 12M (chp.112) in our General Law. A woman’s health is now less important -- and protected -- than the law’s commitment to promoting abortion at any time, for any reason. A procedure that is more likely to kill her (abortion) can be recommended before she is given prenatal care. SEE SECTION 12M in CURRENT LAW
S.1209/H.3320 STRIKES OUT REQUIREMENTS THAT DOCTORS PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT TO BORN INFANTS by striking section 12P (chp.112) in our General Law: “[a physician must take] reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child” if that child is born alive during the procedure.” SEE SECTION 12P IN CURRENT LAW.
*(for research proving that babies without this protection are routinely killed, Canada’s CIHI provided a statistics sheet in reply to our query regarding their similar law & infants born alive during abortion procedures:: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QtC0BXfavgyg1KKX1Fb2qGevdcKmDDBp/view)
This week, we celebrated The Day of the Birth Mom. It is vitally important that we highlight the courage of these unsung heroes. When you place a baby with another woman, I hear it breaks your heart. I also hear that it fills it like nothing else.
A girl we know recently described her decision to place her baby for adoption as, "The most amazing, heart-shattering gift I ever gave, and ever got."
But if she had called Planned Parenthood to ask for resources, all she would have received was a pitch for why her career in the military would be ruined by her unplanned child. Instead, she spoke with C.J., who affirmed her strength & referred her to adoption counselors.
Each mom demonstrates heroic courage. We all know at least one woman whose strength is inspiring.
But today, we're highlighting that unique courage of a mother who knows mothering her child means letting another woman raise her baby.
So today, and the remainder of this month, put your pro-life commitment into action, and put love in action by taking a moment to thank a birth-mother. Maybe the mom is yours. Maybe it's a mother you've read about on social media, like the girl above. But in a world that denies women's strength, & aggressively promotes killing their children before offering them the opportunity to give the gift of motherhood to another woman...just saying "You were a hero" will celebrate her heroism, and show other women the strength they have to make the same heroic decision.
Or maybe give a gift in her name today and support our outreach to those of real-life superheroes, the ones we don't see on the silver screen: Birth Moms.
Another amazing woman we've worked with in the past shared her full story with us in a previous blog post. Her unique courage took an option that looked like a loss, and made it the chance to expand her whole family through an open adoption. She and the adoptive mother have a relationship with P.J.
That's a double gift, in one way, isn't it? Giving your baby life and giving another woman the chance to mother, when she couldn't naturally.
JOIN the movement today, and put your love into action.
DONATE & become our partner as we put love into action for life each day in Massachusetts.
"But it wasn’t until September 2009 that Johnson actually saw for the first time what happens in the womb during an abortion. The experience radically changed her life. She quit Planned Parenthood and became a pro-life activist. Her extraordinary metamorphosis is portrayed in “Unplanned,” a compelling new movie starring Ashley Bratcher ."
So writes Jeff Jacoby in a recent op-ed for The Globe. Detached, but thoroughly honest, his article does something very similar to what UnPlanned does on the screen: looks directly at the people impacted by abortion, without flinching, and yet without judging either.
"Before it is anything else, the destruction of life in the womb is an act of violence against a helpless creature."
I encourage you to take this article and run with it. Share it and support The Globe, but more particularly, support Jeff, who has gone against the unspoken gag rule in our nation not to look at the victims of the killing of a human at his or her earliest stages.
Live Action continues to delve into Planned Parenthood's compromise of their own mission statement. In Massachusetts, the abortion business has come in strong behind S.1209, which would remove adult supervision of 12 and 13 year old girls brought to abortion clinics, leaving our children vulnerable to sex trafficking and abuse.
Here is the video and audio footage Lila Rose, and her investigative unit, have turned up regarding PP's policy.Read more
THEY’RE NOT SPONSORING THE ANTI-LIFE BILL S.1209
...THEY NEED TO HEAR WHY YOU NEED THEM TO OPPOSE IT.
Suggested comments to each legislator:
May I speak to… My name is… I’m from _______ district. I’d like to thank [ legislator ] for not sponsoring S.1209, which seriously endangers our women, children and infants. I’m calling also to ask you/them to actively oppose it.
We strongly suggest you first check to see if any of the below represent your district and call them first! As a constituent, you have that much more influence when you call.
You can also look these legislators up online, and reach out to them via email, FaceBook or Twitter, and via traditional mail. All of their contact information is easily accessible at Mass Legislature.
Use our Quick Fact Sheet for reference during your calls here.
Review the in-depth analysis of S.1209 here for better understanding of the mechanics of this legislation here.
- SENATE Members who did not sponsor S.1209 -
MICHAEL RUSH NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK [ 617-722-1348 ]
RYAN FATTMAN 18TH WORCESTER [617-722-1420 ]
MIKE BRADY 2ND PLYMOUTH AND BRISTOL [ 617-722-1200 ]
SONIA CHANG-DIAZ 2ND SUFFOLK [ 617-722-1673 ]
NICK COLLINS 1ST SUFFOLK [ 617-722-1150 ]
VINNY DEMACEDO PLYMOUTH AND BARNSTABLE [
*DIANA DIZOGLIO 1st ESSEX [ 617-722-1604 ]
ANNE GOBI PLYMOUTH AND NORFOLK [ 617-722-1540 ]
DON HUMASON 2ND HAMPTON AND HAMPSHIRE [ 617-722-1415 ]
JOHN KEENAN NORFOLK AND PLYMOUTH [ 617-722-1494 ]
EDWARD KENNEDY 1ST MIDDLESEX [ 617-722-1630 ]
MARK MONTIGNY 2ND BRISTOL AND PLYMOUTH [ 617-722-1440 ]
MICHAEL RODRIGUES 1ST BRISTOL AND PLYMOUTH [ 617-722-1114 ]
KAREN SPILKA 2ND MIDDLESEX AND NORFOLK [ 617-722-1500 ]
BRUCE TARR 1ST ESSEX AND MIDDLESEX [ 617-722-1600 ]
WALTER TIMILTY NORFOLK BRISTOL AND PLYMOUTH [ 617-722-1643 ]
DEAN TRAN WORCESTER AND MIDDLESEX [ 617-722-1230 ]
PATRICK O’CONNOR PLYMOUTH AND NORFOLK [ 617-722-1646 ]
- HOUSE members who did not sponsor S.1209 -
BRIAN M ASHE 2ND HAMPDEN [ 617-722-2430 ]
BRUCE J AYERS 1ST NORFOLK [ 617-722-2230 ]
This last Saturday, one of our longtime Boston sidewalk counselors was assaulted.
Mornings are always busy on the weekend at Planned Parenthood. The facility pulls in large numbers of young women, performing abortions until 4:00pm on a regular day. Generally, the peaceful pro-life witnesses interact with passers-by, and Planned Parenthood security without a hitch, with the additional plus of being able to stand directly in front of the huge abortion center.
But this Saturday...
CALL-A-THON TO CONTINUE
Call All Week -- May Day Marathon For Life!
Join this historic marathon to protect life in MA while our representatives are all in-office, deliberating over the budget. Drop in any time, spend the day with us, and ensure that every man or woman in our legislative body knows that S.1209 would legalize infanticide in our state, endanger our women by striking hospital-requirements for risky late-term procedures, and leave our 13 and 14 year old girls at the mercy of sexual predators.
Sign up now here.
Our staff will be providing a phone script for easy calling, access to a list of your district and representatives, and
training on how to testify so that you can join the mobilization when this bill comes to committee. JUST EMAIL
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JOIN ALL WEEK 1 MAY - 9 MAY
Your calls will be key in freezing the infanticide bill in the committee, and protecting our most
No matter what side of the political divide we stand on, we can all say:
S.1209 is extreme, and extremely anti-life.
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Do you know the facts about the bill will legalize infanticide in Massachusetts this year?
If you don’t, the rest of your district probably doesn’t either.
MCFL’s Director of Community Engagement, & premiere pro-life advocates, are traveling the state to inform your community, and empower you with the knowledge and resources to sto this bill in its tracks.
Your voice matters. Your voice needs to be heard.
But you need to be informed before you can speak.
To host an info-meeting, townhall, or lobbying training, and get the quick facts on S.1209, the infanticide bill, contact: C.J. Williams -- CJ@masscitizensforlife.org or call the MCFL central office
In Boston, we premiered UnPlanned March 26th to an enthusiastic and visibly moved audience, the members of which almost filled AMC's 300-seat auditorium. The film, which follows the real-life transformation of one woman from Planned Parenthood clinic director, to fervent pro-life advocate, was a small-budget, independent venture.
Yet, as the tag-line says, What she saw changed everything.
You can now purchase UnPlanned through MCFL here, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated
to our work through UnPlanned's generous affiliate program.Read more