Friday, February 20, 2009


The pro-life lobby heads to Beacon Hill Tuesday to push its agenda, which includes educating lawmakers about what Massachusetts Citizens for Life calls the “dangers” of proposed health curriculum frameworks. Group members will promote legislation they call the Woman’s Right to Know Bill. MCFL’s Marie Sturgis describes the legislation as a “pro-women bill” that requires the state Department of Public Health to provide more information to women prior to considering abortions and requires health care providers to allow women, upon request, to see ultrasound pictures and hear the heartbeat of a developing fetus. Sturgis said the parents of Laura Hope Smith, who died in September 2007 while undergoing an abortion in Hyannis, asked that the legislation be called Laura’s Law. Rapin Asathanondh has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with Smith’s death. Sturgis said the bill has 19 sponsors and she expected Rep. Viriato deMacedo (R-Plymouth) to attend Tuesday, along with Dan Avela of the Mass. Catholic Conference. Sturgis said 40 states have laws on the books similar to Laura’s Law.

(Tuesday, 10 am, Room B-1)

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