The leaders of the Mass. speak out against restrictive Texas law banning most abortions in the state

“Texas’ sweeping new abortion ban forces impotent patients to have pregnancies, regardless of rape or incest, or have their doctors and families threatened with legal action,” Healey tweeted Wednesday. “We will fight this latest effort to overturn Roe v. Wade and defend freedom, privacy and basic rights.”

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat from Boston, criticized the US Supreme Court for refusing to block the Texas law and called on Congress to pass abortion rights legislation.

“At a time when anti-choice state legislatures and a co-opted Supreme Court will stop at nothing to ban abortion care, we must proactively legislate reproductive justice and significantly advance policies that affirm that abortion care is a basic human right,” Pressley said. in a report.

“We must use every tool at our disposal to protect the bodily autonomy of all people – regardless of income, gender identity or race – and we are not backing down in this fight,” she said. declared.

His words were echoed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge Democrat who unsuccessfully sought her party’s presidential nomination last year.

“The Texas abortion ban is an unconstitutional attack on reproductive rights – an attack happening across America,” Warren tweeted. “Let’s be very clear: we will fight this ban and defend #RoeVWade.”

Another Massachusetts politician expressing anger at the Texas law was State Senator Jamie Eldridge, a Democrat from Acton.

“Outraged by Texas’ enactment of this law severely restricting the right to abortion, including/prohibiting abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy and allowing individuals to sue civil lawsuits against abortion providers,” said tweeted Eldridge. “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The Texas law is the most dramatic restriction on abortion rights in the country since the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. The high court remained silent Wednesday on an emergency appeal to suspend the Texas law. .

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Texas measure in May. It bans abortions once medical professionals can detect heart activity, usually around six weeks and before most women know they are pregnant.

“As we knew it would happen, thanks to a politically manipulated #SCOTUSTexas now bans nearly all #abortionsMassachusetts State Senator Becca Rausch, a Democrat from Needham, tweeted Wednesday. “1st time since #RoeVWade that a state has succeeded in banning #abortion in early pregnancy.”

In Massachusetts, abortion rights are safer. Last year, the state passed the ROE Act, which signed it into law in late 2020 despite Governor Charlie Baker’s veto. He codified and expanded the right to abortion in Massachusetts.

“Let’s be clear: Abortion is health care,” tweeted Rep. Katherine Clark, a powerful Democrat from Melrose who is also the United States House Assistant, on Wednesday. “The Texas abortion ban is an unconstitutional attack on our rights and will undeniably hurt low-income Black, Latino and Texan women. But we will not back down. »

Material from The Associated Press has been included in this report.

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