BOSTON, Mass.– The ROE Act Coalition issued the following statement on the Massachusetts House of Representatives adopting budget Amendment #759 as part of the FY2021 budget:

“The House of Representatives has taken a critical first step in removing medically unnecessary barriers to abortion care and ensuring that Bay Staters are no longer forced to fly across country or forced to go to court in order to get the abortion care they need. While our work is far from over, the ROE Act Coalition recognizes the passage of budget Amendment #759 as a significant accomplishment, years in the making.

“We thank House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Judiciary Committee Chair Claire Cronin for their leadership and for prioritizing the reproductive freedom of Bay Staters. We applaud the 108 members of the House who supported this amendment. The future of abortion access at the federal level is gravely uncertain, making it crucial that Massachusetts leads by improving access to abortion care. 

“We look forward to the Senate’s debate and are confident that they will listen to the overwhelming majority of Massachusetts voters, activists, medical providers, and families who believe that all Bay Staters should be able to access the abortion care they need, free from shame, stigma, or medically unnecessary barriers.”

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Contact:

Johanna Kaiser, Planned Parenthood

jkaiser@pplm.org

Jon Latino, NARAL MA

jon@prochoicemass.org

Kate Lagreca, ACLU of Massachusetts

klagreca@aclum.org

 

 

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