Massachusetts Lawmakers Speak Out On Anniversary of Roe V. Wade Ruling

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts lawmakers took a moment to speak out on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling on Sunday.

Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote on Twitter that she plans to continue advocating for reproductive rights and freedom.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley also made a statement on the anniversary saying she will keep fighting to "abolish the filibuster, pass WHPA, end the Hyde Amendment, and protect and expand abortion access."

Senator Ed Markey spoke out on the anniversary to demand action from Congress to codify Roe into law.

“Today, young people have fewer rights than the generation before them, and that comes at a steep price. All across America, people are turned away from care, surveilled and criminalized for exploring their options, and struggle to survive without a social safety net. These injustices are experienced most by communities that bear the burden of inequality: low income, rural, disabled, Black, Brown, immigrant, and indigenous women and LGBTQ+ people. Congress must codify Roe into law and ensure reproductive choice for all. If Republicans continue to stand in the way of the will of the majority of the American people, then we must do what is necessary to protect democracy: abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court to reclaim the stolen seats and restore balance,” Senator Ed Markey said in a statement.

Attorney General Andrea Campbell said that the Commonwealth will continue to stand up for the right to abortion in a post she shared on Twitter.

Senator Julian Cyr also commemorated the day by taking a moment to remember what he calls "setbacks" Roe v. Wade faced in 2022 and proclaimed he will also push for abortion rights.

"Today is the 50th anniversary of Roe. In the face of so many devastating setbacks to reproductive rights, we must not give in to defeat and continue to push for a better future," Senator Cyr said.

When a Supreme Court ruling overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order in response to protect the right to abortion and reproductive rights in Massachusetts. Governor Baker is a rare Republican elected official who supports abortion rights.

The order protects abortion seekers and Massachusetts abortion providers.

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