A Massachusetts House of Representatives bill, H1735, proposes to abolish the requirement that an under-age girl get permission of her parents or a judge for an abortion.
Instead, the new law would require that she had received "counselling" from a teacher, nurse, guidance counsellor, doctor or any person "with a master's degree in counselling or education."
This, the bill's authors and sponsors assure us, will prevent the current restrictions on abortion from continuing to "pose a great threat to the public health".
But we are reassured at the bottom of the page upon which the bill is printed,
"This Document Has Been Printed On 100% Recycled Paper."
I feel better. Don't you?