BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today signed legislation to further protect access to reproductive health care services in Massachusetts after the Supreme Court overturned the ruling Roe v. Wade. The legislation codifies several measures that were originally included in one Executive Order issued by Governor Baker in the hours after the Supreme Court decision last month. The Act also enacts 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 services provided or accessed in the Commonwealth.
“Massachusetts remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting access to reproductive health care services, especially after the Supreme Court overturned the decision Roe v. Wade,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “The Court’s decision has far-reaching consequences 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 this decision by issuing an Executive Order to protect access here in the Commonwealth. This new legislation signed today builds on that action by protecting patients and providers from legal interference from more restrictive laws in other states. We are grateful for the compromise and commitment to the cause that our legislative colleagues showed to make this important, bipartisan law a reality.”
“After the decision of the Supreme Court was overturned Roe v. Wadeit is critical that we in Massachusetts affirm that our state will continue to provide access to reproductive health care services. said Governor Karyn Polito. “The new protections in this law build on the steps our administration took last month and our joint bipartisan work to protect access to these services. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Legislature to provide these important safeguards.”
“Like many others, I was devastated by the extremist Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the rights provided in Roe v. Wade. I am very proud that, by signing this legislation, Massachusetts will continue to be a national leader in protecting and protecting the rights of our residents and those people who come here to seek access to health care.” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka. “Pregnant people, trans people and all people should be allowed to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their doctor without fear. However, our fight to protect the rights and dignity of our residents cannot end today and so the Senate will continue to explore ways to protect our fundamental rights. I am grateful to my colleagues in the Senate who stood together to act quickly and decisively on this issue, Speaker Mariano and the House of Representatives, as well as Governor Baker for his quick action as well.”
“After the decision of the Supreme Court to ignore almost 50 years of judicial precedent and reversal Roe v. Wadeand as states across the country move to limit access to abortion, I am extremely proud that elected officials in Massachusetts have acted to ensure that the Commonwealth can serve as a safe haven for women seeking health care services reproducers, and for providers whose licenses may be at risk due to laws enacted in other states,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “The protections that are codified into law with this legislation will help ensure that no woman will be forced to leave Massachusetts to access reproductive health care services because of devastating medical news during the later stages of pregnancy.” pregnancy, have never been more. important. I want to thank all of my colleagues in the House of Representatives, as well as our partners in the Senate and in the Administration, for their commitment to protecting a woman’s right to choose and for their hard work and cooperation since the end facilitated the adoption of this legislation. .”
The new law protects patients and providers from legal interference when they are engaged in accessing or providing reproductive and sexual health care services that are legally protected in Massachusetts. The law also codifies some protections that Governor Baker put in place Executive Order last month to prohibit the Commonwealth from assisting with 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 services, provisions that address abortions performed at 24 weeks or later, and measures that expand access to contraception throughout the Commonwealth.