Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to Governor Baker signing legislation to repeal archaic abortion laws:
“Forty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that secured the right to abortion. Nearly ten years later, an ACLU of Massachusetts case guaranteed reproductive freedom under our state constitution. Since then, across the country, there have been countless attempts to interfere with women’s personal health care choices, including President Trump’s promise to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe and his subsequent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. We are deeply grateful to the Massachusetts Legislature for stepping up to block recent threats to reproductive freedom, and we thank Governor Baker for swiftly signing this legislation. By taking action to repeal Massachusetts’ archaic statutes, Massachusetts leaders have committed to safeguarding the right to make the most fundamental decisions about our bodies, our families, and our lives, no matter what happens federally."