November 2021 – Like other cities, Boston has a family leave ordinance offering city employees up to 12 weeks of paid time off after the birth, adoption, or stillbirth of a child. But now, two of Boston’s city council members are lobbying to add abortion to that ordinance and provide equal paid leave for women who terminate a pregnancy. Council member Michelle Wu (D) is also running for mayor on a policy platform that promises to center on “the pursuit of racial, economic, and climate justice.”
Bill Cotter of the pro-life group Operation Rescue Boston believes the new paid leave ordinance would only be warranted if abortion advocates admit that abortions often result in serious injuries and long-term psychological problems. Otherwise, Cotter believes paid abortion leave is merely another entitlement program.
“Perhaps it’s a way of forcing the taxpayers to do homage to the abortion industry,” he said, “to sort of confer on them a merit badge or [indicate] that they are providing a service instead of something disordered and evil.”