New England Regional Coordinator Abigail Young recently testified on the ROE Act, an extreme abortion bill that is up for debate in Massachusetts. In her testimony she called out the extremism of the bill and explained how only 7% of Millennials actually support the taxpayer-funded abortions up until the moment of birth position of the Democratic Party.
Good evening committee chairs and members, my name is Abigail Young and I am here to testify in opposition to S1209. As the New England Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, I represent over 1200 pro-life student groups across the country, more than 50 if which are on high school and college campuses right here in New England.
Students for Life is the largest pro-life youth organization in the country and we work tirelessly to educate this generation about the truth of abortion, promote life-affirming alternatives, and advocate for safer healthcare practices; three objectives which the ROE Act completely disregards.
Proponents of Senate Bill 1209 claim the intent of this legislation is simply to codify Roe v. Wade, but the truth is this bill goes far beyond the parameters of that decision. This bill seeks to eliminate, among other things: the requirement that abortions are performed in a hospital or by a doctor, the requirement that medical care is provided for babies born alive, and the requirement that minors have consent and/or knowledge of a legal guardian to obtain an abortion.
All of these so-called obstacles are proper, commonsense practices. Why should abortion, an act that takes the life of an innocent human being and endangers the life of another, be held to lower standards than other medical procedures? Instead of reducing restrictions and preventative safety measures for abortion, we should be addressing the real needs of the women seeking these services in the first place and ensuring they receive the best care possible. By expanding abortion access in these ways, we are indeed “doing harm”.
Section 12P of current Massachusetts law requires that “the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice… to preserve the life and health of the aborted child. Such steps shall include the presence of life-supporting equipment…” Senate Bill 1209 eliminates this entire section, allowing for newborns who have just survived an abortion procedure to be ignored, uncared for, and left to die. This is murder. This is infanticide. And it is not restricted to fatal fetal abnormality as has been falsely claimed today.
Did you know that only 7% of millennials support the extreme abortion agenda presented here today? Did you know that more than 80% of college students reject abortions for reasons like fetal abnormality, poverty, or rape? Well I am here today to represent them, the pro-life generation, a generation that rejects abortion extremism and will not stand by as infanticide becomes passively legalized in this country in the name of “expanding abortion access.”
Pro-choice advocates have historically demanded abortion be “safe, legal, and rare.” The latest onslaught of extremist abortion legislation in this country has made more apparent than ever a major shift in the pro-abortion narrative to protecting “legal abortion.” We’ve already abandoned rare, but if this bill passes, we’ll also abandon safe.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said that it is our moral responsibility to stand against unjust laws. S1209 is one such law. And according to these recent poll results and the testimonies today, the people of Massachusetts and the pro-life generation agree. It is your job to stand with them. Please vote no on S1209.