State lawmakers announced their plan to expand protections for reproductive and gender-affirming care has been approved by a committee and will head to both chamber floors for final approval by Gov. Charlie Baker.
“We are proud to announce that the Conference Committee on Reproductive Rights has reached an agreement on legislation that provides legal protections to abortion providers, out-of-state patients, and insurers. expands access,” House Speaker Ron Mariano, Senate Pres. Karen Spilka said in a joint release Monday with the committee chairs.
Lawmakers said the bill also includes wording on late-term abortion care, “and helps ensure that women who experience serious conditions after 24 weeks of pregnancy have access to reproductive health care.” should not be forced to leave Massachusetts to access care services,” the lawmakers said.
A move to increase protections for care providers and patients, as well as remove some barriers when a doctor recommends medical intervention at the end of a pregnancy, the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned constitutional protections for abortion. It has come after the decision. 1973 judgment Roe v. Wade.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to ignore nearly 50 years of judicial precedent Roe v. WadeAnd as states across the country continue to restrict access to abortion, Massachusetts will continue to serve as a national leader and protect reproductive rights, the lawmakers said.
The bill also provides protection to those who seek or provide care for gender affirmation.
Lawmakers will now need to approve two versions of the bill, which leaders said they will move to do immediately.
Whether Baker signs the bill is up in the air.
He is running a pro-election administration according to his words.
He also vetoed the Roe Act when it was introduced in 2020, which would have expanded abortion protections in Massachusetts pending a decision by the high courts.
The legislature passed the law despite Baker’s veto and despite the fact that he offered them alternative language to the law that allowed late-term abortions and abortions for minors without parental notification. Their worries about maintenance would be reduced.
The new rule includes language that the governor may again find objectionable, but it mirrors Baker’s protections offered by executive order in response to Roe’s reversal.
A spokesman for Baker’s office said the governor will review the bill and make a decision on it.
“It’s my hope that this can be something that we can support, because obviously it’s important to a lot of people in Massachusetts,” Baker told reporters Monday.
This time any veto will stand.
The Legislature’s window to get the bill to the governor’s desk ended last Thursday, retaining its ability to pass it over its objections.