Earlier today, I released my plan to ensure access to women’s health care in Massachusetts and I am excited to add new progressive voices to our team.
Following on last week’s endorsement by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, today we announced endorsements from Representative Denise Provost of Somerville and former Representative Carl Sciortino of Medford, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Committee, who joined me in unveiling the plan.
A woman’s freedom to make decisions about her body is a fundamental right and a matter of personal dignity. I am running for Attorney General because I believe that every woman in Massachusetts should have access to reproductive health care, no matter where she works, where she lives, her sexual orientation, or how much she earns.
Reproductive freedom is more than a women’s issue – it’s a family issue and a pocketbook issue. It is vital to our communities and our workforce as more women enter and remain in the workforce, often as the primary wage earners for their families. Family planning is essential to achieving pay equity and professional advancement because it allows women across Massachusetts to stay in school, achieve professional success, and plan their families.
When I worked in the Attorney General’s Office, I fought to protect women’s reproductive rights. I worked with the legislature to pass the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law, which ensures safe access to reproductive health care centers, and later I helped to enforce the law and defend it in court. I helped challenge regulations promulgated by the Bush administration that would have permitted physicians and other medical professionals to deny contraceptive care to patients and oversaw the early stages of the Commonwealth’s brief arguing against the claim that an employer should be allowed to deny its employees insurance coverage for birth control because of the business owners’ own religious beliefs.
I will lead an office that fights to protect, and expand, the rights of women to make personal decisions about their health. I will do this by protecting access to health centers, shutting down deceptive practices by crisis pregnancy centers, fighting legislative restrictions, guaranteeing universal access to contraception and advocating for comprehensive sexual health education in schools.
I hope you’ll consider my plan and share it with friends. You can read the plan on my website, along with other proposals from the campaign.