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WOBURN — Beacon Hill’s Democratic leadership team, fresh off of a four-month legislative nap, has abruptly decided that the state’s overdue budget is the perfect vehicle for attaching radical legislation that would allow for unfettered access to abortions after six months — and the height of the current COVID-19 pandemic is the perfect time to do it.
“In the midst of a deadly pandemic, where the focus has been about saving lives, the radical Democrats want to kill babies born alive following failed late-term abortions,” Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said Monday. “As WBUR reported, this budget amendment is essentially the same bill as the so-called ROE Act which allows babies who have survived abortions to be killed on the spot.”
The announcement comes just days after Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the budgetary process is “not an appropriate place for major policy reform.” Lyons countered that the Democrats’ efforts to drastically expand abortion “is about as major as policy reform can get.”
“The Democrats’ priorities are nothing short of ghoulish,” Lyons said. “For them to decide that the height of an emergency health pandemic is a good time to do something like this is absolutely disturbing.”
“This is a radical, major, policy shift. The Democrats are intent on using their failure to pass a timely budget as a means to ram through this legislation without a single public hearing on the amendment. Speaker DeLeo just finished saying that the commonwealth’s critical overdue budget would be free from radical policy overhauls only to turn around and use that same budget-making process to push through this despicable legislation, and that should disgust us all, regardless of party affiliation.”