On June 29th, GateHouse Media, the national publishing conglomerate which owns dozens of New England newspapers, issued an editorial rebuking the pro-life movement for pointing out that the recent, radical New York abortion law—the forerunner of the ROE Act in Massachusetts—would facilitate third trimester abortions.
The editorial said pro-life claims were false, and actually went on to make the fatuous argument that under the New York law, late term abortions would only be permitted if necessary “to protect the patient’s life or health.”
The editorial was circulated in several Massachusetts newspapers, including The Patriot Ledger, The MetroWest Daily News, and The Enterprise of Brockton.
In a July 1st letter to the editor, the Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle quoted the U. S. Supreme Court in Doe v. Bolton, the companion case of Roe v. Wade, which broadly defined a woman’s health to include “all factors–physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age–relevant to the well being of the patient.”
Doyle stated that any exception for a woman’s health would make make late term abortions, up to the moment of birth, effectively unrestricted, vindicating the claims of the pro-life movement.