Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to the Massachusetts general election: 

“Unpacking the full results of yesterday’s midterm elections will take time but one thing is clear: The vast majority of people in this country want to protect abortion access. Voters in Michigan, Kentucky, Vermont, California, and across the country demonstrated they will protect reproductive freedom and stand up for the ability to access essential abortion care in overwhelming numbers. The fight for our rights doesn’t end with Election Day; the ACLU will keep fighting to expand abortion access every way we can, to protect our constitutional right to vote, and to ensure our democracy is truly a free, fair system for all people in this country. 

“Massachusetts voters reaffirmed our Commonwealth as a welcoming place that defends dignity and equity for all by voting Yes on 4. We sent a message to the entire country: At a time when fundamental freedoms are being threatened nationally, we absolutely must preserve the protections we have secured at the state level.

“Indeed, the fight for our rights starts in the towns, cities, and states we call home. Bay Staters exercised their right to vote, with hundreds of thousands of voters embracing new ways—like universal vote-by-mail and expanded early voting—to cast their ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, district attorney, sheriff, and more. We thank voters for participating in this historic moment, and we look forward to working with Governor Healey, Lieutenant Governor Driscoll, Attorney General Campbell, and other Massachusetts elected leaders to protect and bolster key civil rights and liberties.”

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For the ACLU’s earlier statement in response to local Massachusetts sheriff elections, go to: