Massachusetts In Fight With San Francisco Over Abortion
by Peter Zerzan
Nov 30, 2019

Last month, San Francisco announced a ban on travel by city employees to 22 states with restrictive abortion laws. City contracts cannot go to businesses from those states either. Massachusetts is one of those states.

This is a shock to many officials in the state, as Massachusetts public officials have traditionally seen themselves supportive of abortion rights. Massachusetts allows abortions up to 24 weeks. After 24 weeks, however, abortions are only allowed in cases where the woman’s life or health is at risk.

Massachusetts State Senator Harriette Chandler is sponsoring legislation that would allow abortions in the third trimester if the fetus is diagnosed with a fatal condition. The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women said the passage of such a bill could get the state removed from the upcoming ban but there is no guarantee.

 

The ban goes into effect on New Year's Day next year.