Posted August 25, 2019 04:03:31A bill to allow doctors to perform abortions for women seeking emergency contraception, a critical piece of the GOP’s abortion policy, is moving through the state legislature, but is facing stiff resistance from a group of conservative lawmakers.
The bill, House Bill 2187, would authorize abortions for a woman seeking emergency contraceptive coverage for two weeks and provide for medical records of the woman’s abortion procedure.
It would also allow doctors and hospitals to refuse to provide emergency contraception if they believe the procedure will result in a miscarriage.
The Senate passed the bill on Thursday and sent it to the House, which is considering it as a standalone bill.
However, House Speaker Michael Thrasher said that he would not allow amendments to the bill and that the House will vote on it next week.
“It’s not the right place to begin the process,” Thrashers said.
“We’ve got to get the bill out of the House.”
House Minority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said the bill is not a priority for him.
“There’s no urgency.
It’s not a bill that I’m looking for to pass the House,” Sweeney said.
Thrasher told the Boston Globe that he and his Democratic counterpart in the Senate are not in a rush to pass a bill.
“We’ve been in talks for about a month, we’ve got a couple of weeks to get this done,” Thashers said, adding that he was “really optimistic” about the bill.
A spokesman for the governor, Charlie Baker, said that the governor will sign the bill, which would make Massachusetts the 23rd state in the country to allow abortions.
Baker has said he would veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
Senate Majority Leader Jim Martin (D) and House Speaker Susan Collins (R-Maine) have said they will not accept any amendments to any of the Senate’s three bills, and they have yet to make any public statements on the bill they support.
Republicans control the Senate by a vote of 67-32.