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New York and Massachusetts Legislation to Expand Access to Abortion

Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State House

by Justin Schnebelen


On the 46th anniversary of the watershed Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which declared access to abortion a fundamental women’s right, New York and Massachusetts brought forward legislation which expands abortion access and confidentiality.


In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, which expands pre-existing abortion access to 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, wholly unrestricted. The bill also extends the window for abortions in circumstances where there is an “absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” The language in the bill mimics that of legislature in states like Massachusetts, which also allows abortion up to 24 weeks. By that stage of pregnancy, an unborn child is usually viable outside the womb.

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Thea Bowman Center’s Namesake En Route to Sainthood

by Mary Rose Corkery


Every Boston College student is aware of the long line of colonial-style houses lining College Road, but few know the extent of what these welcoming offices have to offer. One house in particularnumber 72  is named after a candidate for sainthood, and was home to a center named in honor of the same candidate (the center itself has moved to Maloney Hall)


This candidate is Sister Thea Bowman of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Known as a groundbreakingly influential African American Catholic, she began her life full of service to God in Mississippi. Born in 1937, young Thea loved to observe and listen to members of her community who “exposed [her] to the richness of African American culture and spirituality, most especially the history, stories, songs, prayers, customs and traditions.” Through the example of her role models, Thea developed a soul-defining belief in God and His ability to guide the poor and oppressed.

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