BOSTON – The ROE Act Coalition today issued the following statement in response to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s refusal to answer questions about her position on Roe v. Wade and abortion rights during today's confirmation hearing:
“These Supreme Court confirmation hearings make clear: the next justice confirmed to the Court will dictate who in this country can access a safe, legal abortion when they need one.
“No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts lawmakers have the responsibility to make sure our state is a place where everyone is able to receive the abortion care they need—without judgment, medically unnecessary barriers, or political intereference. The legislature cannot wait any longer to pass the ROE Act.”
The ROE Act Coalition is a statewide coalition committed to passing the ROE Act to protect and expand access to abortion in Massachusetts. Founding organizations include the ACLU of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.
The ROE Act, among other provisions, builds safeguards for young people seeking abortion care; includes abortion in the pregnancy-related safety-net coverage provided to Massachusetts residents ineligible for MassHealth coverage; ensures access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of fatal fetal diagnosis; reforms state law to remove inflammatory definitions and medically unnecessary restrictions; and codifies the principles of reproductive freedom into state law.