Because of the following:
- The medical community considers first trimester abortions to be minor surgery for the mother.
- Second and third trimester abortions require dismemberment techniques and/or use other inhumane means to kill an unborn child, and the procedures pose a great risk to the mother's health.
- Fetal pain receptors are relatively complete by 18 weeks post-fertilization.
- Perinatal medicine treats unborn patients as young as 16 weeks post-fertilization with pain medication for in utero operations.
- Mid-late term abortions pose a great risk to a woman’s psychological and emotional health.
All legal abortions in the State of Massachusetts must be limited to the first trimester of pregnancy unless there is a grave and urgent medical condition which would compromise the mother’s life.