New Bedford Light’s Jack Spillane Talks Abortion Rights and More
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, triggering the ban on abortion in many parts of this country. Women are responding on both sides of the issue, here in New Bedford and across the country.
Online publication New Bedford Light and columnist Jack Spillane attempted to shed some light on the issue last Wednesday with an online discussion. Spillane joined me this week on town square sunday to discuss the decision and the local reaction.
He was joined by seven women on the online chat with a discussion centered on the lack of abortion services in New Bedford.
“There’s a group called Health Alternatives that runs an operation at Howland Place and they will advise women on reproductive health issues,” Spillane said. “If she’s a low-income woman, they’ll try to put her in touch with places that can help her find funds for transportation and the abortion procedure, which can cost up to $600 or more. .”
The New Bedford Light report also revealed that while there are no abortion clinics within 30 miles of New Bedford, there are five so-called “pregnancy crisis centers,” designed to dissuade people from the abortion procedure. Spillane and I agree that this is an interesting situation in one of the most progressive states in the country.
Other topics included the hearings on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building and the courageous testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, as well as the effort to collect signatures to place a question on the ballot this fall asking voters if they were supportive of undocumented immigrants getting a driver’s license in Massachusetts.
Supporters of the issue must collect more than 40,000 signatures and deliver them to state officials by September 7. It’s a big job, and there’s a small window to do it.
Spillane’s full interview can be listened to here:
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