BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today signed a law to further protect access to reproductive health care services in Massachusetts following the overturning of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs Wade. The legislation codifies several measures that were first included in an executive order issued by Governor Baker in the hours following the Supreme Court decision last month. The law also adopts several new or expanded measures to protect access to reproductive health services in the Commonwealth. All protections of the bill apply equally to gender affirmation and reproductive health services provided or accessible in the Commonwealth.
“Massachusetts remains steadfast in its commitment to protect access to reproductive health care services, especially in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs Wade” Governor Charlie Baker said. “The court’s decision has major consequences for women across the country living in states with limited access to these services, and our administration quickly intervened in the hours following that decision by issuing an executive order to secure access here in the Commonwealth. . This new legislation signed today builds on that action by protecting patients and healthcare professionals from the legal interference of stricter laws in other states. We are grateful for the compromise and dedication to the issue that our legislative colleagues have shown to make this important bipartisan law a reality ”.
“In the aftermath of the overturning of the Supreme Court’s decision Roe vs Wadeit is critical that we in Massachusetts affirm that our state will continue to ensure access to reproductive health care services “, said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The new protections in this law build on the steps our administration took last month and our shared bipartisan work to secure access to these services. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the legislator to provide these important safeguards. “
“Like so many others, I was devastated by the decision of this extremist Supreme Court to overturn sanctioned rights Roe vs Wade. I am very proud that, with the signing of this legislation, Massachusetts will continue to be a national leader in protecting and defending the rights of our residents and those who come here seeking access to health care. ” Senate President Karen E. Spilka said. “Pregnant people, trans people and all people must be able to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their doctor without fear. Our struggle to protect the rights and dignity of our residents cannot end today, however, and so on. will make the Senate continue to explore ways to defend our fundamental rights. I am grateful to my colleagues in the Senate who have come together to act swiftly and decisively on this issue, to President Mariano and the House of Representatives, and also to Governor Baker for its quick action. “
“In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to ignore nearly 50 years of judicial precedents and reversals Roe vs Wadeand as states across the country are moving to restrict access to abortion, I am incredibly proud that elected officials in Massachusetts have taken action to ensure that the Commonwealth can serve as a safe haven for women seeking health services. reproductive health care and for providers whose licenses may be at risk due to laws passed in other states “, said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “The safeguards encoded in law with this legislation, which will help ensure that no woman will ever be forced to leave Massachusetts to access reproductive health services due to devastating medical news during later stages of pregnancy, have never been more important. . I want to thank all my colleagues in the House, as well as our partners in the Senate and Administration, for their commitment to protecting women’s right to choose, and for the hard work and cooperation that ultimately facilitated approval. of this legislation. “
The new law protects patients and healthcare professionals from legal interference when they are involved in accessing or providing reproductive and gender-affirming health services that are legally protected in Massachusetts. The law also codifies several protections that Governor Baker put in place in an executive order last month to ban the Commonwealth from assisting in other states’ investigations or legal proceedings regarding health services that may be restricted in other states. The law also includes requirements for insurers to cover reproductive health care services, provisions that address abortions performed at 24 weeks or later, and measures that expand access to contraception across the Commonwealth.