ROE Act testimony day


On Monday, June 17, I was blessed to be able to go to Boston with some members of Massachusetts Citizens for Life in the Fall River chapter, in protest of the ROE Act that is in circulation in Massachusetts. 

It took a bit of time to get there, due to typical traffic from Quincy onwards, but when we got there, shortly after the rally outside the State House has started, we realized quickly how it was worth the wait. 

Hundreds of Pro-Lifers were gathered, creating a sea of red that stuck out against the prim green lawns before the House. Speakers invigorated the crowds, rousing them to act against the law that, if set in place, would endanger the pre-born and women. 

These speakers ranged from former abortionists to Protestant ministers, but their message was the same: defend life. Defend human dignity. Defend because this cause matters above all.

It was obvious that the House was not prepared to contain so many. There was confusion left and right about where to go for the conference, whether or not certain rooms were open, and where to wait.

People overflowed in the hallways, attempting to find any place where one could stand. We were finally ushered downstairs into the room, which could not even hold everyone. Thankfully, I was able to get into the press corner along with the Franciscan friars that came with us, who had wanted to film at least some of the exchanges. I was sandwiched between the press and Planned Parenthood representatives; the spot could not have been more opportune. 

Right in the middle of the action, I was able to listen and observe not only the testimonies, but the reactions of the crowds. It is always interesting to be in such a spot, because it gives me a better awareness of how I can respond in discussion with others regarding the bill, especially if they may be in support of it.

While we were not able to stay for all the testimonies (as they continued until 10 p.m.), the ones we heard revealed the ignorance of the main support for the ROE Act. Representatives and members of the Massachusetts Medical Society were unaware of crucial parts of the bill. They were unable to defend why particular facets of the bill, especially those regarding parental consent and care to babies who survive abortion, are acceptable and healthy. 

This gave us hope that the representatives and senators voting on this bill will realize the lack of sense and care given to its writing, and will reject it because of the risks it poses. I was glad we were able to represent and be witnesses to this significant event for our state. 

Our hope now is that the state government will recognize the wide opposition to the bill, and make a decision that respects the health of all involved.

Sonja Morin is a senior at Bishop Connolly High School and member of Holy Name Parish, both in Fall River. She was the 2019 recipient of the John Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Youth Award and has dedicated her time to educating her peers on important issues in the Pro-Life movement.

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