OP-ED: Against Taxpayer Funded Abortions? Sign Here, Quick!
Nov 19, 2017 10:26AM
By Brian Genest
In Massachusetts, everyone is protected – except taxpayers and the unborn.
Did you know Massachusetts taxpayers pay for abortions?
It’s true. Today’s make-your-head-spin moment is brought to you courtesy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
In 1981, the SJC called abortion a “fundamental right” and said the Massachusetts Constitution afforded a greater degree of protection to that right than the U.S. Constitution. The ruling also said some Massachusetts women, depending on their financial status, had a constitutional right to have their abortions paid for by the taxpayer.
MassAlliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortion has filed an initiative petition to amend the state constitution to begin the process of ending taxpayer subsidized abortions in Massachusetts.
It’s a simple, one-sentence amendment that says: “"Nothing in this constitution requires the public funding of abortion."
(Voters need to keep it plain and simple for the House and Senate chambers full of part-time, strip-mall lawyers. Not to mention the political donors turned judges by governors in both parties.)
State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover) and his wife, Bernadette, are two of the petition’s original signers. Lyons also serves as GOP State Committeeman in Dracut, Tewksbury, Andover and Lawrence.
“Hundreds of millions of our tax dollars have been spent on abortion since 1981,” Lyons said. “Massachusetts General Laws define abortion as the willful and intentional destruction of an unborn child. We should not be forced to spend our tax dollars on abortion.”
If you agree, sign the petition: 64,750 certified signatures of registered voters are needed by this Wednesday, November 22.
That’s just the first step. If those signatures are obtained, the petition can be advanced to be voted on by a joint session of the state legislature. If ¼ of the legislature votes in favor of the petition, it is advanced to the next elected legislature, where it again must receive ¼ of the vote. Assuming a favorable vote is received, the matter would then be placed on the ballot in the November 2020 statewide election.
The wheels of change turn slowly in Massachusetts for pesky Republican, pro-life, church-going deplorables. On the other hand, Democrat state legislators vote themselves a huge pay raise in one day – in an emergency session. Priorities, after all…
To add your name to the petition, call 1-781-312-8755 or email [email protected]. You can also get more details and download the petition.
This is the one and only time everyone should be pro-choice: You should choose to sign the petition.
Please, sign ASAP! Save the taxpayers – and would-be future taxpayers – from the courts and the legislature.
(Brian Genest is a member of the Dracut Republican Town Committee)