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All legislators were scored on their participation in the 2017-2018 legislative session using a numerical scale with certain actions, such as lead sponsorship, given more points. Prior legislative work was not taken into account. This scorecard is meant to be a snapshot of the most recent legislative session.

The scoring formula is simple: each legislator can receive a point for cosponsoring priority legislation or taking a pro-choice vote. Similarly, legislators lose a point for taking anti-choice votes or cosponsoring anti-choice legislation.

Legislators can earn additional points by being lead sponsors of priority legislation and advancing bills out of committee, or otherwise advancing the legislation through their leadership position. In the interest of full transparency, we have made the full scoring document available here so you can see what actions were taken by each legislator.

Grading Scale Definitions

(A+) Pro-Choice Champions
Champions are on the front line of the fight for reproductive freedom. These legislators not only take the right votes, they also promote the advancement of pro-choice legislation by filing it, moving it out of committee so it can get to the floor for a vote, and by co-sponsoring the legislation.

(A, A-) Pro-Choice Defenders
Defenders are strong advocates for reproductive freedom who help advance an agenda that protects and expands choice. They do more than just vote; they use the power of their office and position to positively impact reproductive freedom.

(B+, B) Pro-Choice Allies
Allies consistently vote to expand reproductive freedom and also cosponsor or fight to advance some, but not all, pro-choice legislation.

(B-, C) Pro-Choice Supporters
Supporters show up consistently to vote for pro-choice legislation.

(D) Mixed-Choice Legislators
Mixed-choice legislators vote for some policies protecting reproductive freedom and vote against others.

(F) Anti-Choice Legislators
Anti-choice legislators fail in the fight for reproductive freedom. They actively and fervently work to deny Bay Staters reproductive freedom.

(NEI) Not Enough Information
These legislators did not complete a full term and therefore did not have the opportunity to cosponsor legislation at the beginning of the session and were not present for all votes scored by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.

Points per grade:

Grade Number of Points
A+ 14+
A 11-13
A- 9-11
B+ 7-8
B 6
B- 5
C 4
D 3
F 2 or less

Bills Taken into Consideration

Pro-Choice Legislation

S784. An Act negating archaic statutes targeting young women/ An Act updating the laws to protect women’s health: PASSED

Scored: Cosponsorship of either bill, House vote to adopt, Senate vote to adopt

H536/S499. An Act relative to advancing contraceptive coverage and economic security in our state (ACCESS): PASSED

Scored: Cosponsorship of either bill, House vote to adopt.

Note: The Senate passed this legislation on a voice vote rather than a recorded vote and therefore could not be scored.

H1038/S1023. An Act establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: PASSED

Scored: cosponsorship of either bill, House vote to adopt, Senate vote to adopt.

H2960/S591. An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare: PASSED

Scored: cosponsorship of either bill, House vote to adopt, Senate vote to adopt.

H2053/S234. An Act relative to healthy youth: FAILED

Scored: cosponsorship of either bill, Senate amendment to make sex education opt-in rather than opt-out (anti-choice proposal), Senate vote to adopt (pro-choice vote).

Note: the bill was not voted out of the House Committee on Ways and Means and did not come to the House floor for a vote.

H2172/S1048. An Act establishing a family and medical leave insurance program: PASSED

Scored: cosponsorship of either bill. NOTE: The final vote on the House and Senate floors were not included in this score since the paid leave program was adopted at the same time as the increase of the minimum wage and the elimination of time and a half pay on Sundays and Holidays.

H85. An Act relative to the wellbeing and care of a child/ S34. An Act to lift the cap on kids: FAILED

Scored: cosponsorship of either bill, cosponsorship of House amendment to include in budget, vote to override Governor’s veto in House, vote to override Governor’s veto in Senate.

Note: Because the legislature attached this legislation to the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the Governor had a second opportunity to veto the bill, which he exercised once the legislature adjourned formal session for the year and could no longer take recorded votes.

H3649. An Act to ensure teen safety: FAILED

Scored: cosponsorship of bill. NOTE: This legislation was sent to study by the Joint Committee on Judiciary.

H893. An Act to improve the safety of young women/ S754. An Act safeguarding the health care decisions of young adults: FAILED

Scored: cosponsorship of either bill. NOTE: The House bill was sent to study by the Joint Committee on Judiciary. The Senate bill was sent to study by the Joint Committee on Public Health.

Anti-Choice Legislation

H936, H1211, H935, H307, H3119, H931, H934, H1209

Scored: cosponsorship of bills. NOTE: All of these bills were sent to study by their respective committees.

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