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Does The Debate Over An Abortion Bill Signal A Shift In The Mass. Republican Party?09:58
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Gov. Charlie Baker held a ceremonial signing event Monday afternoon for a new law setting aside money to cover potential federal funding cuts to family planning clinics that provide abortions or abortion referrals. (Sam Doran/SHNS)
Gov. Charlie Baker held a ceremonial signing event Monday afternoon for a new law setting aside money to cover potential federal funding cuts to family planning clinics that provide abortions or abortion referrals. (Sam Doran/SHNS)

Members of the Massachusetts Republican Party have blasted a bill that would expand access to abortion.

The legislation would allow, among other things, women to get an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy if the fetus isn't expected to survive. The current standard only allows for abortions after 24 weeks if the mother's life is in jeopardy.

The legislation also removes a legal requirement that girls under 18 receive a parent's consent prior to an abortion.

In a letter, state Republican Party chair Jim Lyons, described the bill as "radical infanticide."

But not all of the party's members agree.

Does Lyons' rhetoric signal the party is moving away from the fiscally conservative, socially liberal Republicanism it has been known for to ideals that more closely align with that of the Trump administration?

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Jennifer Nassour, former chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party and CEO of ReflectUS. She tweets @jennifernassour.

This segment aired on April 4, 2019.

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