MCFL PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL SBA LIST & LOCAL PRO-LIFE ORGS TO ANNOUNCE POLL RESULTS ON EXTREME ABORTION LAW (S.1209)
“An overwhelming majority of Massachusetts voters support existing, common-sense abortion limits and agree that expanding abortion on demand through birth is too extreme,” said Liebel. “The response to this radical legislation across the board – Democrats, Independents, women, and self-described pro-choice voters – shows this is not a partisan issue. Massachusetts lawmakers should stand with their constituents and reject abortion extremism.”
Yesterday, we announced the results of a poll showing the overwhelming majority of Massachusetts voters reject the extreme provisions in Senate Bill 1209/ House Bill 3320.
Performed by national advocacy organization, The Susan B. Anthony List, the poll surveyed voters who identified as pro-choice, and were registered as Democrat and Independent. Despite radically diverse backgrounds, our Massachusetts citizens maintained a consistent opposition to every provision in this proposed law.
At the press event and rally, Sue Swayze Liebel, state policy director, for Susan B. Anthony List, laid out S.1209's provisions, describing how they brazenly promote late-term abortion on demand through birth, eliminate adult supervision for our teenage girls entering an abortion facility (thus leaving them prey to sexual abusers), and remove protections for babies born alive in failed abortions.
The conference room overflowed, and security approached us with concerns, because they had only expected 50 or so attendees.
MCFL Vice President, Myrna Maloney Flynn addressed the packed room stating: "This poll did not survey members of the pro-life groups standing here today. It surveyed Massachusetts voters -- citizens who are registered Democrats, Republicans, Independents -- voters of all party affiliations. The majority deeply oppose this irrational bill."
The fact that this bill flagrantly dismisses the human rights and health of women, children, and infants -- to say nothing of the preborn children -- was more than ever apparent.
Although invited directly by MCFL representatives, members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary -- which will hear both versions of this anti-life bill -- were not in attendance.
Flynn addressed them, and all Massachusetts citizens through the press from the podium: "Each of you has a unique opportunity to redefine this debate, redirect the conversation, renounce extremism, and represent Massachusetts on a national level while you do so. By your bravery, your leadership, your demonstrated commitment to--and genuine care for--the people who put you in office, you will, as Dr. King championed, do what is right."
S.1209 and H.3320 will be heard by the committee in the upcoming months. They need to hear the voices of the voters. They need to hear the common sense consensus that we, as Massachusetts citizens, reject bad law. Period.
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