Maura knows that reproductive freedom is under threat like never before. It’s a direct attack on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer, it will be on our next governor to continue to protect access to safe and legal abortion in Massachusetts, break down systemic barriers to these services, and expand access to comprehensive reproductive care for all.
Maura has long been a strong advocate for access to reproductive care. Before she was AG, she defended Massachusetts’ Buffer Zone Law to protect patients from harassment at health centers, investigated crisis pregnancy centers for deceptive practices, led efforts to protect the public safety of abortion providers, and worked on litigations in various federal courts to defend access to abortion.
As AG, Maura has challenged unconstitutional abortion restrictions across the country and took on the Trump administration for its attacks on birth control access, Title X, and abortion via telehealth. She secured a settlement with an advertising company to stop them from targeting advertisements around health centers that provide abortion care. She was also an early and strong supporter of the ACCESS Law, which expanded access to contraception, and the ROE Act, which removed several anti-abortion restrictions from Massachusetts law in 2020. And while she was Co-Chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, it became the first and only Democratic campaign committee to require candidates to publicly state their support for abortion rights in order to receive endorsements.
As Governor, Maura will stand for reproductive freedom by:
- Ensuring every Massachusetts resident can access quality affordable health care, including abortion care, contraception, STI testing and treatment, and gender-affirming care.
- Supporting comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive, consent-focused, and medically accurate sex education.
- Fulfilling the recommendations of the Massachusetts Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Commission and advancing legislation to address racial disparities in maternal health outcomes.
- Expanding access to and insurance coverage of doula care.
- Providing free menstrual products in places of incarceration, shelters, schools, and beyond.
- Combating misinformation by requiring so-called crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about state aid available for abortion and birth control, and by requiring unlicensed facilities to disclose that they are not licensed medical facilities.
- Advancing efforts to protect patients, doctors, and staff at reproductive health clinics from violence, harassment, threats and intimidation.
- Providing medication abortion access on all college campuses, with appropriate support for community colleges and other higher education institutions that do not have health centers or only offer limited health services.
- Expanding access to emergency contraception by creating a standing order for individuals to access it at no cost at a pharmacy.
- Opposing the Hyde amendment and any other efforts to restrict access to abortion care.