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An effort to ban public funding of abortion in Mass. is underway


An effort to ban public funding of abortion in Mass. is underway
The Boston Globe

In the heated debate over funding for abortion, one argument often silences both sides: Taxpayers aren’t paying for abortions anyway, since federal funding has been prohibited by the Hyde Amendment for four decades.But Massachusetts is one of 17 states where abortions are taxpayer-funded — with money from the state.AdvertisementAntiabortion activists are now trying to change that, launching a petition drive to change the state Constitution, which — the state’s high court ruled in 1981 — grants women on Medicaid the right to a state-funded abortion. If their effort proves to be successful, it would return a thorny political debate long silenced by the judiciary to the legislative arena, where lawmakers could then determine whether to continue public funding — and activists pressure their representatives.

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