Statement of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference
In Opposition to House Bill 4954 and Senate Bill 2996

A fundamental teaching of the Catholic faith is that an unborn child is a human person with the inalienable right to life and this life must be protected from conception to birth. It is in this light that the Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts have always strongly opposed abortion and all legislative efforts to expand the practice. It is the reason we oppose House Bill 4954 and Senate Bill 2996.

Particular attention must be drawn to a provision (Section 10) in House Bill 4954. If adopted, late term abortions would become widely available, further expanding an already deeply troubling section of Massachusetts law. Specifically, by adding the word “severe” into existing law, abortions would be allowed based upon any physician’s own determination of what condition qualifies as “severe”. This undefined terminology further erodes the protection of life by creating the possibility of abortions at any time in a woman’s pregnancy.

On behalf of the four Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference urges the legislature and Governor Baker not to advance these bills into law.

July 13, 2022

The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River