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BOSTON – As abortion rights are under attack in states across the country, Reproductive Equity Now today endorsed Maura Healey for Massachusetts Governor.
Healey is a reproductive equity champion, who has advocated for abortion access in the Commonwealth and stood up to restrictive and hostile abortion laws in states throughout the country.
“When I think reproductive freedom champion, I think Maura Healey,” said Reproductive Equity Now Executive Director Rebecca Hart Holder. “At this moment of crisis, strong state leadership on reproductive equity issues is critical to expanding access to abortion and other reproductive health care. Maura has been a fierce defender of reproductive rights throughout her storied career, from her work investigating dangerous crisis pregnancy centers to her stalwart advocacy for the ROE Act in Massachusetts. While state legislatures across the country continue their hostile rollback of abortion rights, our Commonwealth will remain a beacon for reproductive freedom with Governor Healey at the helm.”
“With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer, our next Governor needs to be fearless about protecting and expanding access to abortion care,” said Maura Healey. “I’m honored to have the support of Reproductive Equity Now, and I’m committed to partnering with them to make sure Massachusetts remains a leader on reproductive freedom and a beacon of hope for anyone who is seeking care.”
Amid the looming erosion of reproductive rights at the federal level, Massachusetts is lucky to have two pro-reproductive equity candidates in the race. Maura Healey’s decades-long prioritization of and stalwart advocacy for advancing reproductive equity, however, set her apart as a demonstrated leader on this issue.
Healey was the first statewide official to endorse the ROE Act in Massachusetts, legislation that codified abortion protections into state law and ensured that abortion will remain legal in Massachusetts, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this summer. In June 2019, Healey testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of the legislation.
Healey’s work to defend abortion access has extended far beyond Massachusetts’ borders. Last year, as attorney general, Healey joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief opposing Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court and poses an existential threat to federal abortion protections. In response to the unconstitutional six-week abortion ban that went into effect in Texas, Healey led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) challenge to the restrictive abortion law.
Healey has led on reproductive freedom issues throughout her career. Before serving as attorney general, she led investigations into dangerous and deceptive crisis pregnancy centers and worked to ensure the safety of abortion providers throughout the Commonwealth.