Legislation solidifies Massachusetts stance on reproductive rights

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Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation enhancing protection for women’s reproductive rights. — Sam Doran/State House News Servi

On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation codifying an executive order originally put forth immediately following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, further enhancing protection for women’s reproductive rights. 

The legislation requires insurance companies to now cover all reproductive health care services, including “all medical, surgical, counseling, or referral services relating to the human reproductive system, including, but not limited to, services relating to pregnancy, contraception, or the termination of a pregnancy.” 

Additionally, per the executive order, “The commonwealth will not cooperate with extradition requests from other states pursuing criminal charges against individuals who received, assisted with, or performed reproductive health services that are legal in Massachusetts.”

“Massachusetts remains steadfast in its commitment to protect access to reproductive health care services, especially in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade,” Baker said in a press release. 

“The court’s decision has major consequences for women across the country who live in states with limited access to these services, and our administration took quick action in the hours following that decision by issuing an executive order to protect access here in the commonwealth … We are grateful for the compromise and dedication to the issue that our legislative colleagues demonstrated to make this important, bipartisan law a reality.”

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