Expansion of abortion clinic buffer zone to 35 feet passes House. Governor has promised he'd sign it. Result of emasculated pro-life movement.
Late yesterday, as expected, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the expanded "buffer zone" bill. Several days ago the Senate also passed it, and it's expected to be signed by the Governor. As the Associated Press wrote:
Text of the bill (we'll try to get the roll call vote.) :
There's a very good reason why the abortion industry wants this so badly: So far this year -- even with the current buffer zone restrictions -- 79 babies have been saved from abortions by Operation Rescue via their sidewalk counseling. That's 79 people that will be able to live on this earth, who would have been brutally murdered in an abortion. So naturally, the abortion lobby wants to expand the barrier to an unbelievable 35 feet!
And as Bill Cotter, leader of Operation Rescue said,
An indictment of the pro-life movement in Massachusetts
Sadly, Operation Rescue is the only pro-life group in Massachusetts that's in any way effective.
The "mainstream" pro-life movement, which rakes in the overwhelming amount of money and all the "respectability", is a disgrace. They have lots of meetings and fancy dinners and pro-life walks around the Boston Common. They're nice and "moderate" -- they don't use descriptive language to describe abortions and they keep their distance from the Bill Cotters of the world. But they've sold their souls.
They gave their annual "leadership award" to Gov. Mitt Romney, weeks after he signed a law that includes publicly funded abortions and establishes Planned Parenthood in an official advisory role (and after Romney donated $15,000 to Mass. Citizens for Life).
They harassed and insulted one of their own Board members, John O'Gorman, when he demanded that the Knights of Columbus remove pro-abortion legislators from their membership.
But what's probably the worst in our opinion, is the recent widespread public support -- both organizational and financial -- from high-profile "pro-family" in Massachusetts groups to a Republican US Congress candidate who publicly supports abortion, in last month's special 5th district election. Yes, we've heard the excuses -- that he would have been "better" than his Democrat opponent (who won the election anyway).
But we lost a lot more than just an election. It was a very public demonstration that the pro-life community isn't serious about its core principles. If our side is willing to sell out that easily, why should the Legislature care what we think about abortion?
Yesterday's vote was an inevitable result. And it won't be the last.