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A step towards saving unborn children could be coming soon to one state, while killing babies in the womb could become much easier for young mothers in another. Proposed legislation in Florida would make abortion illegal after 15 weeks of the child's development, while proposed legislation in Massachusetts would cater to abortion-minded college students. Church Militant's William Mahoney has more on what the dueling bills mean for the unborn.
Massachusetts representative Lindsay Sabadosa, a Democrat, is behind a bill to force the state's 13 public university campuses to provide abortion pills. The proposed legislation would also use taxpayer money to financially bolster campus health centers, providing them with facility or security upgrades, training and equipment.
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa: "It really can turn things around for the community."
Sabadosa's main argument for the legislation involves the distance young mothers must travel to end their children's lives, road trips that can take a few hours.
The Bay State Democrat added, "And then you show up and there are protesters lined up all around the sidewalk."
Meanwhile, in the Sunshine State Tuesday, state Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Erin Grall, both Florida Republicans, proposed legislation that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of fetal development. The bill is similar to a Mississippi law the U.S. Supreme Court is currently scrutinizing and will likely rule on come June.
Fr. Frank Pavone, director, Priests for Life: "They believe that they are judges, not legislators. That bodes well for this case, because Mississippi is saying, 'Let us legislate.'"
Whether some unborn children are protected in Florida or taxpayers foot the bill for abortion in Massachusetts, unborn children 15 weeks or younger will continue to be killed in both states.
The nation's oldest Catholic pro-life organization, American Life League, has fought from its inception against the incremental approach to ending abortion. The group only supports legislation that bans all abortions — without exceptions.