Concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court could repeal Roe v. Wade after President Trump nominated his second Supreme Court justice, Massachusetts state lawmakers have passed a bill that would repeal the state’s 173-year-old abortion ban.
Though abortion is legal under state law in Massachusetts, the Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women Act, or NASTY Women Act, would repeal the state’s unenforced abortion ban against “procuring a miscarriage” should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
Massachusetts State Senate President Harriette Chandler told Timethat lawmakers have wanted to pass this legislation for six years, but Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court hastened the process.
“Though this legislation is supposed to be motivated by a concern for statutes ‘targeting young women,’ the goal seems in fact to be to prop up the abortion industry,” said J. David Franks, board chairman of Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
The bill is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.