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More than 200 people gathered on the Westford Common Thursday, May 16 to oppose proposed changes to the state’s abortion law.
House Bill 3320 and Senate Bill 1209 would expand abortions beyond 24 weeks gestation up until and even after birth. According to life supporter Kathy Lynch, babies born alive would be subject to legalized infanticide in the event a baby survived an abortion attempt.
Participants in the rally opposed several other provisions in the bills. The proposed bills would eliminate requirements that late-term abortions be performed in a hospital by a physician, said Lynch of Westford. They would expand taxpayer funding of abortion. And, the bills would eliminate the requirement that a girl age 17 or younger have the consent of a parent, guardian or judge.
The rally, organized by Lynch, included collaboration from area churches, pro-life organizations, and civics organizations. Lynch said, “Sadly, many are unaware of the provisions in these bills or choose to turn a blind eye to them. As people learn the truth, they are horrified. This rally allowed participants to show their opposition in a peaceful manner.”