Mass. Legislature overrides veto, expands access to abortion




, Mass. Legislature overrides veto, expands access to abortion

The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to override the Republican governor’s veto of laws that expands entry to abortion within the state, making the measure regulation.

The Democratic-controlled Senate’s 32-Eight override got here a day after the Democratic-controlled Home equally voted to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto 107-46.

The invoice, often called the Roe Act, codifies abortion rights into state regulation, permits abortions after 24 weeks of being pregnant in circumstances the place the kid won’t survive after beginning, and lowers from 18 to 16 the age at which ladies can search an abortion with out consent from a guardian or guardian.

Baker, in vetoing the laws final week, mentioned whereas he strongly helps many provisions of the measure, he couldn’t assist increasing the provision of later-term abortions and allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to get an abortion with out parental consent.

“Starting right now, pregnant individuals who as soon as confronted near-insurmountable boundaries accessing abortion care can now seize the fitting to manage their very own our bodies,” mentioned state Sen. Harriette Chandler, a Worcester Democrat and sponsor of the invoice, mentioned in a press release.

The laws was opposed by the Catholic Motion League, Massachusetts Residents for Life, and different anti-abortion teams.

“In an elitist gesture that not solely ignored the governor’s commonsense rejection of particular pursuits objects in a state funds invoice, but additionally tens of hundreds of their constituents vocal opposition, the Legislature has despatched a transparent message to Massachusetts residents: We work for the abortion foyer, not for you or the general public well being,” Massachusetts Residents for Life mentioned in a press release.

The measure lets ladies get hold of an abortion after 24 weeks of being pregnant in circumstances of “deadly fetal anomalies.” Present state regulation permits abortions after 24 weeks solely to protect the life or well being of the mom.

The measure additionally codifies the fitting to an abortion in state regulation in response to considerations about the way forward for Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Courtroom ruling defending abortion rights nationwide.