Since 2019, and most especially since Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed, liberal Massachusetts state representatives have been in a huff to sermonize about an "amendment" that would expand the means of access to abortions.

I am pro-life, and I find it troublesome that this amendment would give a path for girls under 16 to petition a judge for an abortion without parental consent. It would additionally expand services to now allow abortions after six months if a doctor diagnoses a patient with a fatal fetal abnormality. Do infants survive at 24 weeks? Medically speaking, micro-preemies at six months – or 24 weeks – have a 60 to 68 percent chance of survival, depending on their complications.

Escalating abortion services is a major party initiative that should be debated as a standalone bill. So why did they piggyback this unrelated abortion amendment and attach it to the state budget? That's a rhetorical question that I already know the answer to.

It just never ceases to amaze me, though, how some of these lawmakers are real gems. My voice will most likely fall on deaf ears. After last week's election, every state incumbent who supported abortion won their race and headed off anti-abortion opponents.

I am joining forces with over 300 pastors from around the Commonwealth who sent a letter to Governor Charlie Baker asking that he veto the abortion amendment. I'm also praying that he defend and protect the least among us.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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