The 2015-2016 legislative session is now underway! Passing legislation into law is a lengthy process, but MFI will closely follow developments at the State House and we’ll be updating this page throughout the session.
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We encourage you to become familiar with the following bills and stay up-to-date on their progress. Below you will find information on the top bills with a link to the Legislative Briefs we have been delivering to your State Representatives and Senators. As action is taken on Beacon Hill, we will provide information on how to contact your legislators on a particular bill at the appropriate time.
HB2039 – A Woman’s Safety Act:
This bill would amend the definition of “clinic” in the General Laws, requiring the licensing and inspection of numerous non-hospital abortion clinics in Massachusetts. Currently there are 16 abortion clinics operating without a DPH license, putting vulnerable women at further, serious health risk. Click on the resource below to find out more and let your elected officials know you support this legislation. [Visit the bottom of the Action Center to find out who your State Representative and State Senator are].
HB1469 – Justina’s Law: This bill stipulates that a parent or legal guardian cannot be charged with medical abuse or neglect if their child is receiving treatment from a licensed health provider. Parents have the right to follow the advice and treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider over a contrary opinion or recommended treatment plan of another licensed health provider when the decision does not involve immediate life threatening conditions. Click on the resource below to find out more and let your elected officials know you support this legislation.
HB1541 – A Woman’s Right to Know (AKA “Laura’s Law”): Laura Hope Smith was a 22 year-old Cape Cod woman who died during an abortion. This law would help prevent future tragedies by requiring doctors to inform each woman of pertinent information that is considered a core part of the abortion decision. Click on the resource below to find out more and let your elected officials know you support this legislation.
HB1320 – Safety and Privacy in Public Accommodations: This bill expressly states that the Transgender Law would not apply to private spaces such as bathrooms and locker rooms, and would restore the protections of privacy and modesty for students in our schools. Click on the resource below to find out more and let your elected officials know you support this legislation.
HB 2070 – Pro-abortion “Consent & Counseling” Bill. This bill would lower the age of consent for abortion by two years, from 18 to 16, and would significantly increase the number of people, other than parents, who can give consent for a minor to obtain an abortion. In both categories, this bill would undermine parents’ rights regarding the health and welfare of their children.
HB1991 – Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: Reaching the natural end of life is difficult enough without the pressure and coercion to commit suicide. Deliberately ending human life as one would a suffering animal is utilitarian and degrading, contrary to the special dignity and unique value of every human life. The reality is that diagnosing a terminal illness is an inexact science, with lifespan forecasts having an error rate of 30%. Doctor-prescribed suicide would blur the line between natural death and medical manslaughter. Click on the resources below to find out more and let your elected officials know you oppose this legislation.
HB97 – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Minors: This bill would prevent children from receiving much needed counseling to help them respond proactively to unwanted sexual desires, and is an attempt to silence the viewpoint of those who believe sexual orientation treatment is counseling therapy which can provide tremendous benefits.
Health Curriculum Frameworks: These bills would each impose a state-wide, one-size-fits all comprehensive sex-education curriculum on our public schools, containing offensive reproduction and sexuality materials. Click on the resources below to find out more and CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose this legislation.
HB1577- Equal Access to All Public Places: When the Transgender Rights Bill was passed in 2011, it specifically did not include bath rooms, locker rooms and other “lawfully sex-segregated facilities.” This bill would undue that common sense precaution and force all businesses and ‘public accommodations’ to allow men who ‘identify’ as women into the ladies’ room, and vice versa. Click on the resources below to find out more and CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose this legislation.