Category: Women’s Health

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Releases Reproductive Freedom Scorecard

In this time of federal crisis, fundamental reproductive rights are at risk and the states play a key role in safeguarding those rights. The ongoing federal threat to reproductive freedom makes the critical work of the Massachusetts Legislature more important each day. Massachusetts voters need and deserve a transparent legislative scorecard to inform their understanding of where their elected officials stand on reproductive freedom. That’s why, today, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts released the first-ever Reproductive Freedom Scorecard for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.

“This past legislative session, the Massachusetts Legislature responded to the threat posed by the Trump Administration with passage of key bills that safeguard and expand reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth.” said Rebecca Hart Holder, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “Next legislative session, we have the opportunity to pass bold legislation that affirms the Commonwealth’s commitment to reproductive freedom and guarantees that no matter what happens in Washington, the people of Massachusetts will be able to access the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including abortion care.”

“That’s why we are introducing the first-ever NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Reproductive Freedom Scorecard. The scorecard gives all Massachusetts citizens the opportunity see how their State Senators and Representatives voted on reproductive freedom during the most recent legislative session.”

“In our recent poll conducted by MassINC, we found that found that 8 in 10 Massachusetts voters want Roe v. Wade upheld. The Scorecard empowers Massachusetts citizens to understand which legislators are in-sync with the Commonwealth’s commitment to reproductive freedom and which legislators want to turn back the clock.”

In the interest of transparency, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is releasing the full scoring document. The scoring formula is simple: each legislator can receive a point for cosponsoring priority legislation or taking a pro-choice vote. Legislators can additionally earn points by being lead sponsors of priority legislation and advancing bills out of committee. Similarly, legislators lose a point for taking anti-choice votes or cosponsoring anti-choice legislation.

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Testimony: H.2960 – An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare

Bill title: An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare

Filed by: Representative Kate Hogan of Stow

Summary: This bill pertains to the privacy of an individual whose healthcare information is disclosed in the explanation of benefits sent to the primary policy holder of a health plan

Heard by: Joint Committee on Financial Services

Date: May 16, 2017

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Testimony: H.2082 – An Act promoting access to accurate medical information

Background: H.2082 – An Act promoting access to accurate medical information, was filed by Rep. Walsh, and was heard before the Joint Committee on Public Health on June 2, 2015. Below is the testimony that I submitted. To learn more about this bill and crisis pregnancy centers, click here.

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State Representative Jay Livingstone named “Champion” for Choice by Planned Parenthood Massachusetts

BOSTON — Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts released their annual Legislative Scorecard highlighting a “strong support for reproductive rights in the Massachusetts Legislature.” It named State Representative Jay Livingstone, representing the 8th Suffolk District, as one of its “Champions” on issues regarding reproductive rights.

According to a press release issued by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts last week, the criteria are as follows:

“The Scorecard assigns each Massachusetts state representative and senator a rating of ‘champion,’ ‘ally,’ ‘mixed,’ ‘opponent,’ or ‘not enough information.’ To create the Scorecard, PPAF looked at each legislator’s lifetime voting record and co-sponsorship history, public statements, and other factors, including their responses on PPAF’s candidate endorsement questionnaire.”

“It was great to work with Planned Parenthood last session to pass the buffer zone bill as well as support women’s health issues in the budget. I look forward to working again with Planned Parenthood this term on these important issues,” said Rep. Livingstone.

This term Rep. Livingstone continues to advocate for women and women’s health. He is lead House sponsor for An Act to Establish Pay Equity to help eliminate the gender wage gap and he is co-sponsor on:

  •  An Act Relative to Healthy Youth
  • An Act Relative to Protecting Access to Confidential Health Care
  • An Act Relative to Women’s Health and Economic Equity
  • An Act Relative to Updating the Public Health Laws
  • An Act Relative to Improving Health Care for Young Women

A complete list of the scorecard can be found here.