In the United States, the Massachusetts Senate yesterday approved a budget amendment that broadens the conditions for access to abortion. This measure makes abortion possible after 24 weeks of pregnancy, not only in the event of a vital risk for the mother as provided by current law, but also in cases of “lethal fetal abnormalities”. In addition, abortion can be performed without parental authorization from 16 years old, against 18 years old.
The amendment was passed by 33 votes to 7. According to Karen Spilka, Democratic President of the Senate, it was motivated by the fear of a turnaround by Roe v. Wade, the ruling that decriminalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
Source : Washington Times (18/11/2020)