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Public hearing on outrageous new “buffer zone” bill
This is the REAL high-crime zone in Boston!
Late on Monday, July 14, State Sen. Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) surreptitiously filed a new abortion clinic “buffer zone” bill on behalf of Gov. Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley, working closely with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). As we’ve reported, the bill was filed by our pro-abortion political leaders in response to the US Supreme Court ruling striking down the 2007 Mass. buffer zone law.
Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. there will be a public hearing before the Joint Judiciary Committee in Gardner Auditorium at the Massachusetts State House.
The hearing will likely last all day, possibly into the night. There is no question that the abortion lobby will be there in full force. But of course, we are encouraging all pro-lifers to come, too! If you can’t make it, we’ve been told that it will be streamed live on the Mass Legislature website. (Note: We've been told you can arrive at any time during the day and sign up to speak.)
As of Tuesday evening, the text of the bill is still not available to the public via the State House website or other regular sources. However, we were able to get a copy of it. See the text of the bill and our analysis of it here.
The State House website actually lists two hearings -- one at 10 a.m. and a second at 3 p.m. According to a Judiciary Committee staffer we spoke with, it’s actually the same hearing. It’s just a sleazy trick to “officially” stay within the minimum 48-hour timeframe after the bill was filed required by the rules. The bill apparently was filed Monday afternoon, but they want to start the hearing earlier. The staffer admitted to us that it’s because they want to “rush it through” as fast as possible.
In our experience, the text of every bill is immediately available in the House or Senate Clerk’s office. It's a no-brainer. And all public hearings are posted on the website several days in advance.
But toensure this horrible bill goes through as fast as possible, this corrupt group of powerful politicians has done everything it can to keep opponents from effectively participating in the process.
Here’s what we’ve experienced so far:
The bill was filed on Monday and the public hearing was quickly scheduled for Wednesday. The news media, abortion lobby, and some others published some of the details that evening. But the State House website did not post the text of the bill and there was no mention of a public hearing.
Here's what we had to go through just to get the normal information:
Later that afternoon, we noticed that the State House website had added the two times for Wednesday’s hearing. No one has ever seen two listings, of different times, for the same hearing. And the obvious question: Why not wait until Thursday and give people some time to study this? (The answer isn't too hard to guess.)
It's pretty clear that they wanted as few pro-life people as possible to know about the public hearing or have any time leading up to it to study the text of the bill.
This is life now in the banana republic known as Massachusetts.
We will let you know what happens.