Victoria Wu asks:
In light of the two devastating decisions in the Supreme Court in the last week on abortion and contraception, how are you planning to respond in order to preserve women’s rights in Massachusetts?
Thank you for asking, Victoria.
We are absolutely committed to protecting the privacy of women seeking health care. The Supreme Court’s buffer zone ruling creates some very practical challenges for women’s health clinics, particularly the Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston where parking is limited and many women have to approach the clinic on foot along public sidewalks. All involved state and local officials are committed to working with the leadership of Planned Parenthood to assure the safety of their patients.
The initial response will involve a combination of clinic actions and police actions at the site. People are still thinking about what additional legal tools the police may want to have in hand to protect women. Many conversations are ongoing and I’m personally committed to helping move forward necessary legislative action when those tools are identified.
I’m less clear what the impact of the contraception ruling will be in Massachusetts, but certainly committed to making sure that women have access to contraception.
Your thoughts are very welcome here!