Mass. lowers age of obtaining an abortion without parental consent to 16

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker opposed lowering the age of consent, but his veto was overridden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

“Sweet sixteen” used to be a romantic milestone in a young person’s life, but thanks to legislators in Massachusetts it’s now the age at which a young woman can have her fetus killed off in a medical clinic.

Because it’s children being allowed to kill their children, it’s a big win for Democrats.

Leftist lawmakers overrode the state’s Republican governor’s veto of a bill on Dec. 29 and increased abortion access in several ways, including letting 16-year-old girls get abortions without their parents’ OK.

Gov. Charlie Baker said that while he agreed with some of the bill’s components, like allowing the abortion of a fetus not expected to survive birth, he couldn’t support one that lowered the age of consent for abortion from 18 to 16 years of age, according to WBUR.

“I cannot support the sections of this proposal that expand the availability of later term abortions and permit minors age 16 and 17 to get an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian,” he reportedly said, and vetoed the bill.

The state’s abortion-encouraging, Democratic-controlled Senate and House overwhelmingly rejected Baker’s veto. The Senate’s 32-8 vote came just a day after the House’s vote of 107-46.

It’s all another win for Democrats who are seeking to pre-empt a potential Supreme Court decision overturning Roe — a prospect that seemed to become even more likely with Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Massachusetts’ law was opposed by groups like Catholic Action League and Massachusetts Citizens for Life. In a statement released on Dec. 29, the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List blasted the law.


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