Governor Baker signs legislation further protecting access to reproductive health care

BOSTONGovernor Charlie Baker signed legislation today to further protect access to reproductive health care in Massachusetts following the Supreme Court’s decision to Roe against Wade. The legislation codifies several measures first included in an executive order issued last month by Governor Baker in the hours following the Supreme Court’s decision. The law also passes several new or expanded measures to protect access to reproductive health services in the Commonwealth. All protections in the bill apply equally to reproductive and gender-affirming health care provided or accessed in the Commonwealth.

“Massachusetts remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting access to reproductive health care, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to Roe against Wadesaid Governor Charlie Baker. “The Court’s decision has profound implications for women across the country who live in states with limited access to these services, and our administration took swift action in the hours following that decision by issuing an executive order to restrict access here. in the Commonwealth. This new legislation signed today builds on that action by protecting patients and healthcare providers from legal interference from more restrictive laws in other states. We are grateful for the compromise and commitment to the issue that our legislative colleagues have shown in making this important, bipartisan bill a reality.”

“In the wake of the overturning of the Supreme Court decision Roe against Wadeit is critical that we affirm in Massachusetts that our state will continue to ensure access to reproductive health care,” 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 protect access to these services. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the legislature to provide these important safeguards.”

“Like so many others, I was devastated by the decision of this extremist Supreme Court to uphold the rights enshrined in Roe against Wade. I am very proud that, with the passage of this legislation, Massachusetts will continue to be a national leader in protecting and defending the rights of our residents and of the people who come here seeking access to healthcare.” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka. “Pregnant people, transgender people and all people should be able to make their own health care decisions without fear in consultation with their physicians. However, our fight to protect the rights and dignity of our residents cannot end today, which is why the Senate will continue to look for ways to uphold our fundamental rights I am grateful to my colleagues in the Senate who have joined forces to act swiftly and decisively on this issue, Speaker Mariano and the House of Representatives, and also Governor Baker for his swift action. “

“In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to ignore nearly 50 years of case law and Roe against Wadeand as states across the country take steps to restrict access to abortion, I am incredibly proud of the fact that elected officials in Massachusetts have ensured that the Commonwealth can serve as a safe haven for women seeking reproductive health care , and for providers whose licenses could be compromised because of laws passed in other states,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “The protections enshrined in law with this legislation, which will help ensure that no woman will ever be forced to leave Massachusetts to access reproductive health care because of devastating medical news during the later stages of their pregnancy, have never been better. important. I would like to thank all my colleagues in Parliament, as well as our partners in the Senate and in the Administration, for their commitment to protecting women’s right to choose, and for the hard work and cooperation that ultimately led to the passage of this legislation made possible.”

The new law protects patients and caregivers from legal interference when they engage in accessing or providing reproductive and gender-affirming health care services protected by law in Massachusetts. The law also codifies several protections that Governor Baker put in place by executive order last month prohibiting the Commonwealth from assisting other states’ investigations or legal proceedings related to health care services that may be restricted in other states. The law also includes requirements for insurers to cover reproductive health care, provisions regarding abortions performed after 24 weeks or later, and measures expanding access to contraception throughout the Commonwealth.

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Governor Baker signs legislation further protecting access to reproductive health care

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