There is a real possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade with the appointment of a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Massachusetts state law should protect that right for Bay State women, regardless of Supreme Court action. The ROE Act (S.1209/H.3320), pending in the Massachusetts legislature, would codify the right to an abortion in Massachusetts, allow minors to get an abortion without parental or judicial consent, and would permit an abortion after 24 weeks if a fatal fetal abnormality is diagnosed.
Faced with the real possibility that the Supreme Court could soon undermine reproductive freedom, Massachusetts must lead. Our state lawmakers must ensure that all Massachusetts women have access to the reproductive health care they need. And we must make sure they act.
Contact your Massachusetts state senator and representative by October 23rd so there is time to get this bill to the floor and vote on it before any holiday recess and ask them to work to pass the ROE Act at this critical time.
Below is a sample email you can use. To draft your own email, see League testimony on the ROE Act here. Legislator contact information is here.
The time is NOW!
Dear (Senator/Representative Name),
Please contact the legislature's leadership and urge them to bring the ROE Act, the abortion access bill, to the floor for a vote now, before the session ends. I and the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts urge you to support this bill when it does come up for a vote.
There is the very real possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade and abolish the right to an abortion on the federal level. Massachusetts must lead in showing that states will affirm a woman's right to her own reproductive health decisions. Passing the ROE Act, S.1209/H.3320, will affirm the right to safe, legal abortion in Massachusetts and ensure that our citizens have equitable access to reproductive health care.
Please act now.
(your name and home address)