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‘We will defend it’: Healey protects access to emergency abortion care in Massachusetts.
‘We will defend it’: Healey protects access to emergency abortion care in Massachusetts.

BOSTON (WPRI) — It has been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which stripped women across the country of their constitutional right to an abortion.

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey marked the second anniversary of that decision by signing an executive order protecting access to emergency abortion care.

“Women’s rights, choice and reproductive freedom are non-negotiable here in Massachusetts,” Healey said. “We will protect and defend them.”

This comes as the Supreme Court is close to overturning Idaho v. United States and Moyle v. United States, both of which guarantee women the right to an emergency abortion if one is necessary to save their lives.

“We hope the Supreme Court does the right thing and protects access to emergency medical care, but we are not taking any chances,” Healey said.

The order will allow Massachusetts hospitals to continue performing emergency abortions regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision.

“This will demonstrate once again that Massachusetts is committed to leading the way forward,” Healey said. “I think that’s important as other states try to push us back and impose extreme abortion bans.”

Healey also promoted the state’s Protection Act, which protects out-of-state medical patients and the doctors and pharmacists who treat them in the state from legal consequences.

It also protects Massachusetts residents from legal action from outside the state if they seek, assist in, or perform an abortion.

Massachusetts moved quickly to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in state law after the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in 2022. Healey also ordered state providers to stockpile mifepristone, a commonly prescribed abortion drug, last year amid concerns that access to the drug could be restricted.

By Aurora