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News & Updates

New Massachusetts Law Protects Women and Doctors at Reproductive Health Centers

A new Massachusetts law will limit anti-choice harassment and intimidation that would otherwise take place outside reproductive health care facilities. It was created in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McCullen v. Coakley.

Massachusetts State Senate Passes New Buffer Zone

The Massachusetts state Senate has passed a new buffer zone bill to protect patients and staff at abortion clinics. The new bill comes in response to the Supreme Court ruling in McCullen v. Coakley.

Grade

Massachusetts's grade on choice-related laws:

Methodology

Access Fact

29 percent of Massachusetts counties have no abortion provider

Methodology

Source: Guttmacher Institute

State Affiliate

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
choice@prochoicemass.org
Website
Facebook page
Twitter: @ProChoiceMass
Phone: 617.556.8800
Fax: 617.338.2532

Political Info and Laws in Brief

Executives

  • Governor Deval Patrick (D) is pro-choice.

Legislature

  • The Massachusetts House is pro-choice.
  • The Massachusetts Senate is pro-choice.

ANTI-CHOICE LAWS

Abortion Ban

Massachusetts has an unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal ban on abortion.
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Biased Counseling & Mandatory Delay

Massachusetts has a partially unconstitutional and unenforceable law that subjects women seeking abortion services to biased-counseling requirements and mandatory delays.
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Insurance Prohibition for Abortion

Massachusetts restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
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Refusal to Provide Medical Services

Massachusetts allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

Massachusetts law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Massachusetts prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion care and has an unconstitutional and unenforceable law that subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.
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PRO-CHOICE LAWS

Contraceptive Equity

Massachusetts law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication to provide the same coverage for contraception.
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Emergency Contraception

Massachusetts law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
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Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

Massachusetts provides low-income women access to abortion.
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Protection Against Clinic Violence

Massachusetts law protects women seeking reproductive-health care and medical personnel from blockades and violence.
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State Constitutional Protection

Massachusetts' constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
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OTHER RELEVANT LAWS

Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

Massachusetts restricts post-viability abortion.
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