It's nice to see that RINO Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has finally taken a stand on something important to the base that helped to elect him in the first place.

Baker has announced his opposition to pending legislation that brings the debate over late-term abortions to Massachusetts. We've witnessed in horror the laws that have been proposed and enacted in other states, and listened to pro-abortion advocates defend killing babies after dilation of the mother has begun—and some even justifying killing just-born children.

Now it's our turn.

Hearings are expected in the House and Senate on legislation known as the "ROE Act" that would expand access to abortion services, including allowing for abortions after 24 weeks if a doctor decides that terminating the pregnancy is "necessary to protect the patient's life or physical or mental health, or in cases of lethal fetal anomalies, or where the fetus is incompatible with sustained life outside the uterus." Abortion is currently illegal after 24 weeks in Massachusetts unless the mother's health is at risk.

State Rep. Pat Haddad, D-Somerset / Facebook
State Rep. Pat Haddad/ Facebook

House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) tells the State House News Service it's all about protecting a woman's health.

"Late-term abortions are for very specific reasons that should be decided with a medical professional and the family involved," she said. "We already have women who leave the state when there are cases of a fatal fetal anomaly. That's what we're talking about. We're talking a fetus that can't survive outside the womb. We're talking about a fetus that has no future."

The legislation would also permit anyone under age 18 to seek an abortion without obtaining parental permission.

Baker told reporters on Monday he opposes the Roe Act.

"I don't support late-term abortions. I support current law here in Massachusetts. It's worked well for decades for women and families here in Massachusetts and that's what we support," he said.

n a statement, Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons referred to the legislation as "radical infanticide."

"Under the radical infanticide bill, absolutely nothing would be done to protect or even comfort a baby who survives a late-term abortion," Lyons said.

Baker's opposition to the Roe Act comes mere days after he signed legislation to use Massachusetts tax dollars to replace federal Title X funds being cut to Planned Parenthood and similar health groups that perform abortions.

Baker has finally taken a stand for life. Too bad he can't find his way clear to support all babies in the womb and reject the use of tax money to fund abortion clinics.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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