Abortion debate again taking center stage on Beacon Hill

Morning light hits the dome of the Massachusetts State House in Boston on March 13, 2019.
Morning light hits the dome of the Massachusetts State House in Boston on March 13, 2019. –Craig F. Walker/Globe file

BOSTON (AP) — The thorny question of abortion is again taking center stage on Beacon Hill.

At issue is a bill that would let women obtain an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of “fatal fetal anomalies.” State law currently only allows abortions after 24 weeks to preserve the life or health of the mother.

The bill would also let teens obtain an abortion without permission from a parent or judge.

Massachusetts GOP Party Chairman Jim Lyons criticized what he called “radical Democrats in the House and Senate supporting infanticide.”

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who supports abortion rights, distanced himself from Lyons’ rhetoric, but said he also opposes late-term abortions.

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Democrats said Republicans are using “lies and fear-mongering” to try to block women from making their own reproductive health care decisions.

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