Political Info and Laws in Brief
- Governor Deval Patrick (D) is pro-choice.
- The Massachusetts House is pro-choice.
- The Massachusetts Senate is pro-choice.
Massachusetts has an unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal ban on abortion.
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.
Insurance Prohibition for Abortion
Massachusetts restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
Refusal to Provide Medical Services
Massachusetts allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion
Massachusetts law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.
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.
Massachusetts law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication to provide the same coverage for contraception.
Massachusetts law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion
Massachusetts provides low-income women access to abortion.
Protection Against Clinic Violence
Massachusetts law protects women seeking reproductive-health care and medical personnel from blockades and violence.
State Constitutional Protection
Massachusetts' constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
OTHER RELEVANT LAWS
Post-Viability Abortion Restriction
Massachusetts restricts post-viability abortion.