Supporting NASTY Women

Supporting NASTY Women

Massachusetts is taking precautionary steps to protect a significant woman’s rights issue in the event that Roe v. Wade gets overturned.

Massachusetts is taking precautionary steps to protect a significant woman’s rights issue in the event that Roe v. Wade gets overturned.

Text: Gretty Garcia

Abortion is legal in the state of Massachusetts. And yet, abortion rights advocates, at the crux of an already politically tenuous time only heightened by Justice Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court departure, managed to push forward a bill last week that served to repeal the 173-year-old law against “procuring a miscarriage" that had remained on record.

The NASTY Women Act (Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women) passed swiftly and quickly, as it won in a landslide. It is expected to be signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker in order to be fully in effect, thereby making Massachusetts the first state to refine its legislature in the wake of the possibility that Roe v. Wade is repealed or significantly weakened.

President of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Rebecca Hart Holder, made the following comment on the watershed victory: “I think there’s a perception that we’re always going to be safe...We have these rights, they’re taken for granted, and we don’t have to be as vigilant as other states that you perceive as posing a clear and present danger to abortion access. But the reality is any state can have a threat to abortion care.”

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