Reproductive Justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities (SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective).
According to IWPR’s Reproductive Rights Index 2022 update, Massachusetts ranked 16th in the nation across a variety of indicators of reproductive rights, with a grade of B-. Massachusetts has a pro-choice legislature and a mixed-choice executive branch.
- In 2021, the MA Legislature passed legislation upholding abortion rights
- 87% of MA residents live in a county with at least one abortion provider (in 2017)
- There is no waiting period in MA for abortions
- Minors under the age of 16 in MA need parental consent prior to obtaining an abortion
- MA funds all medically necessary abortions through Medicaid
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Visit the Massachusetts Beyond Roe Coalition’s website for updates on relevant legislation.
Many communities are impacted by restrictions to abortion access. While not an exhaustive list, the following communities face a high level of impact:
- Children in foster care
- Indigenous people
- People who are incarcerated
Note: this is far from a comprehensive list as federal changes impact a variety of communities differently. Please consult the Amicus Brief filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights on the Disproportionate Harms of Abortion Bans on different communities.
Economic Benefits of Abortion Access
At the national level, IWPR research estimates that state-level abortion restrictions will cost the US economy $105 billion dollars per year—by reducing labor force participation and earnings levels and increasing turnover and time off from work among women ages 15 to 44 years. The economic benefits of NOT restricting abortion are listed below, reflecting the economic importance of abortion access and rights. Progressive abortion policies in MA benefit the economy and allows people to make choices about their economic and reproductive lives.
Estimated Earnings Increase for Employed Women ages 15 to 44 in the Absence of Abortion Restrictions
2020 $s, Massachusetts
Percentage Increase in Size of Labor Force in Absence of Abortion Restrictions
Women ages 15-44, Massachusetts
State Earnings Increase from Larger Labor Force in Absence of Abortion Restrictions
Notes About Low Numbers
Estimates may not be reported for a race or ethnic category due to small sample size (fewer than 100) unweighted female respondents aged 15-44.
Sexual & Reproductive Health Education
- Massachusetts schools are not required to teach education.
- Curriculum must explain the benefits of abstinence.
- If sex education is offered, curriculum is not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- If sex education is offered, curriculum is not required to include instruction on consent.
- Parents and guardians can exempt their children from any portion of sex education instruction through written notification to the school principal.
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