We must protect access to abortion care and lifesaving healthcare for transgender people in the Commonwealth.

The Massachusetts legislature passed a bill providing critical protections for providers and patients of abortion care and established, evidence-based health care for transgender people from malicious out-of-state legal action. The bill now awaits Governor Baker’s signature.

With abortion bans being reactivated in multiple states, and with at least four states to date passing bills criminalizing parents and doctors for providing established, best-practice medical care for transgender youth, this bill makes clear that such care is a protected right in Massachusetts and provides safeguards for providers as well as patients who seek care in the state.

GLAD partnered with the Beyond Roe Coalition as well as the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Office of the Attorney General, and legislative leaders in the work to find paths to protect providers and strengthen access to gender-affirming care and abortion care in Massachusetts.