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Massachusetts House votes to repeal century-old, pre-Roe abortion ban

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BOSTON, July 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- By a 136-9 margin, the Massachusetts House has voted to repeal the state’s old, unenforced bans on abortion and contraception that predate Roe v. Wade.

The Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young (NASTY) Women Act, named after a campaign trail insult President Donald Trump leveled at his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton which feminists embraced as a rallying cry, is meant to ensure that abortion remains legal in Massachusetts even if a more conservative Supreme Court repeals Roe in the near future.

"Today, nasty women and their nasty men are here to say we're not going to stand for this!" Democrat Senate President Harriette Chandler declared, according to MassLive.

Massachusetts is one of ten states that never bothered to repeal the laws after the Supreme Court rendered them unenforceable. Another four states have passed newer laws that will automatically ban abortion upon Roe’s fall, and in all the rest the issue will be left to voters to decide for themselves. Congress could pass a national abortion ban as well, citing its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment.

The NASTY Women Act already passed the state Senate unanimously in January, and pro-abortion Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has said he “conceptually” supports it.

Pro-life advocates in the state dismiss the bill as mere partisan play-acting, noting that a 1981 decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found a “right” to taxpayer-subsidized abortion in the state Constitution, regardless of Roe. The “proposal is more about agitprop, fund-raising, and posturing than lawmaking,” CJ Doyle of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts told the Boston Globe.

“The truth is that Massachusetts is one of the fifteen states which have abortion enshrined in their state Constitutions. Overturning Roe v. Wade will change nothing in the state,” Anne Fox of Massachusetts Citizens for Life wrote Tuesday. “The only way we will be able to pass any abortion restrictions will be to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, not just on funding, but on abortion as a whole.”

Pro-abortion activists are currently hard at work to insulate abortion-on-demand from a hypothetical case overturning it. New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for codifying Roe’s requirements in state law, and pro-life activist Rebecca Kiessling warns that pro-abortion groups in states like Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota are filing lawsuits claiming a “right” to abortion rooted in state constitutions rather than Roe.

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