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Enshrining Massachusetts Rights

In recent weeks, from Missouri to Alabama, we have witnessed the logical conclusion of a decades-long war on abortion rights in this country. Republican-dominated state legislatures, drawing on years of misinformation and decades of bad faith, and emboldened by a string of extremist judicial confirmations, have passed some of the most restrictive abortion bills in our history.

Their goal: to give a deeply anti-choice Supreme Court the chance to strip away the rights protected by Roe v. Wade.

Make no mistake: these laws are dangerous. If they're allowed to stand, they put the health, safety, and freedoms of American families at risk.

In Massachusetts, we have a proud history of leading this country towards a more equal, more just future. This is another moment to do the same.

Right now, our state legislature is considering the ROE Act, to protect Bay Staters' right to make their own reproductive health care decisions without government interference.

It isn't good enough for us to believe that what's happening elsewhere could never happen here. A right under threat in Alabama is a right under threat in Massachusetts. We can't take our progress for granted.

We need to enshrine these rights on a state level.

I will never waver in my support for the right to choose, and that's why I stand behind the ROE Act 100%.


Posted on June 17, 2019.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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