With growing fear a new conservative Supreme Court justice could overturn Roe v. Wade, a Massachusetts pro-abortion rights group lobbied for the state to get rid of an unenforced abortion ban. On Friday, they succeeded.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women Act. The act, according to The Hill, repeals many old abortion laws in the state that have been ignored since Roe v. Wade, but still remain on record.
NARAL Pro-Choice MA celebrated their victory on Twitter Friday, stating “abortion will always be legal in MA”.
#BREAKING: @MassGovernor just signed legislation repealing several #ArchaicLawsMA off our books, including the pre-#Roe abortion ban! This is a massive victory for reproductive freedom, and ensures that no matter what happens to #RoevWade, abortion will always be legal in MA. pic.twitter.com/k6WmenJARi
— NARAL Pro-Choice MA (@ProChoiceMass) July 27, 2018
The laws repealed were not solely focused on abortion, but also had restrictions on contraception, adultery and “illegally procuring a miscarriage.” Gov. Baker signed the act into law surrounded by a group of mostly women.
Today, we formally repeal a number of antiquated laws, some of which could lead to denying young women reproductive health care. These laws do not represent Massachusetts’ leadership on these issues or the shared goal of protecting women’s access to health care. pic.twitter.com/Si7Dr43G69
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 27, 2018
President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for Supreme Court justice earlier this month. If he is confirmed, the Supreme Court will obtain a conservative majority for the first time in years.
Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have expressed their support of overturning Roe v. Wade. However, Kavanaugh has not publicly stated his view on overturning the landmark abortion ruling.
While the future of abortion rights in the United States in uncertain, Massachusetts just insured women’s reproductive rights in the state are solid.