Today hundreds of thousands of people from across our country rallied in Washington, DC in support of life. They were joined by our President (via satellite) and senior leaders in our government, and touted the great strides we’ve taken in the last year as a nation with leaders now committed to protecting life.
Here in Massachusetts we have our own efforts to protect life that are worth celebrating. In addition to the ballot question campaign to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion (if you haven’t yet filled out their volunteer survey, please click here to do so), we also have legislation on Beacon Hill, which must receive a favorable report before the committee reporting deadline on Wednesday, February 7.
Rep. Jim Lyons (R – Andover) filed legislation again this session to defund any non-profit or its affiliates if they sell baby body parts in violation of state laws. The bill, currently numbered HB 2671 and entitled An Act relative to state funding of certain nonprofits, would prohibit any state funds from going to any nonprofit that violates Massachusetts law that prohibits the sale of baby body parts—ie Planned Parenthood. Pretty simple, right?
While we anticipate Congress will take federal dollars from Planned Parenthood as soon as they can, we also need to let legislators know they can act to take away their state dollars as well, by asking them to support Rep. Lyons bill. During the 2016 budget debate, every Republican legislator in the house voted in support of this language, we should encourage them and their Democratic colleagues to take a stand for life in 2018 by urging their colleagues on the Health Care Finance committee to give it a favorable report.
Many abortions are funded through our state Medicaid program and reimbursable from federal funds. But if the federal government stops funding to Planned Parenthood, then federal reimbursements will also stop.
“This has a fiscal component too,” explains Lyons. “We’re already strapped for state funds, and the last thing we need is to spend money that won’t get reimbursed because an organization is breaking the law.”
Please help us spread the word and assist Representative Lyons by clicking here to ask your legislator to support his bill, HB 2671 An Act relative to state funding of certain nonprofits.