REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s horrific decision overturning Roe v. Wade, it is critical that our next Attorney General is a seasoned, experienced lawyer who knows how to effectively use the law and the courts to stand up for reproductive justice. Shannon has been a strong promoter of reproductive justice since her college days marching for our rights, co-founding a national young women’s organization in her 20s that fought for reproductive justice, defending abortion access across the country for the Center for Reproductive Law & Policy in law school, and more recently being an avid supporter of the passage of the ROE Act in Massachusetts. 

It is not enough that Massachusetts has strong state laws on the books to protect reproductive health care here. It is imperative that our next Attorney General knows how to use the law as a tool to protect and improve people’s lives and ensure that Massachusetts is a safe haven for anyone who needs abortion care and other reproductive health services, no matter where they are from.  

Shannon will know how to navigate the new legal landscape following the fall of Roe and will aggressively fight back against any attempts by other states to reach into Massachusetts and enforce their draconian anti-choice laws here against people coming here for abortion and other reproductive health care services. She will use our strong consumer protection laws to expose so-called crisis pregnancy centers for their manipulative and deceptive practices. Shannon will also use the powers of the office to root out systemic racism in our health care system and address maternal health disparities impacting communities of color.

As Attorney General, Shannon will:

    1. Defend abortion rights and enforce our strong reproductive health care laws;
    2. Fight for policies and legislation to further abortion access and reproductive justice, support patients and providers, and increase education;
    3. Investigate crisis pregnancy centers;
    4. Ensure racial justice throughout our health care system.

Defend Abortion Rights and Enforce Our Reproductive Health Care Laws

The ROE Act codified the right to abortion into Massachusetts state law, ensuring that abortion will remain legal even in light of the Supreme Court’s horrific decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Recently, the legislature and Governor Baker enacted legislation to broaden access to abortion and shield providers from out of state prosecution. While it is encouraging that lawmakers in Massachusetts are committed to passing strong laws to protect abortion rights, Shannon knows from her decades of legal experience that even the best laws do not enforce themselves. It is imperative that we have a seasoned lawyer at the helm of the Attorney General’s Office to enforce these laws and protect reproductive rights.

As Attorney General, Shannon will:

      • Ensure that the ROE Act and other laws protecting our reproductive rights are fully enforced;
      • Aggressively fight back against any attempt by other states to reach into Massachusetts and enforce their draconian, anti-choice laws;
      • Ensure that providers of gender affirming care and patients seeking gender affirming care are safe and protected;
      • Ensure that Massachusetts remains a safe haven for anyone seeking abortion care, no matter where they are from.

Fight for Policies to Expand Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice

While Massachusetts has taken important steps to protect and expand reproductive health care, there is more that can be done to advance reproductive justice, support patients and providers, and expand education.

As Attorney General, Shannon will support policies to: 

      • Improve abortion access for all young people to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, has access to timely reproductive health care services they need;
      • Strengthen digital privacy laws to keep patients safe and prevent the sale of location data generated by cell phones and personal devices;
      • Improve safety at clinics;
      • Increase MassHealth reimbursement rates for all reproductive health care services;
      • Ensure that schools teach sex education that is comprehensive, medically accurate, LGBTQ-inclusive, and teaches consent; 
      • Improve research and data collection through the Department of Public Health to identify and remedy any remaining barriers to access to reproductive health care.

Investigate Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Abortion remains legal in Massachusetts despite the Supreme Court’s horrific decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Nevertheless, so-called crisis pregnancy centers outnumber legitimate abortion care providers 3-to-1 in Massachusetts. Crisis pregnancy centers are fake clinics that use deceptive advertising practices to deceive pregnant people into believing they offer abortion care. In reality, these fake clinics aim to manipulate and dissuade people from receiving abortion care, often do not have medical professionals on staff to discuss pregnancy care with clients, and are often funded and managed by anti-abortion organizations.

As Attorney General, Shannon will:

      • Investigate crisis pregnancy centers for utilizing deceptive advertising practices;
      • Bring enforcement actions under Chapter 93A against crisis pregnancy centers found to be engaging in unfair and deceptive practices;
      • Expand on Attorney General Maura Healey’s multilingual outreach efforts to warn patients about these fake clinics.

Ensure Racial Justice Throughout Our Health Care System

Despite Massachusetts’ strong antidiscrimination laws, people of color still face significant disparities in accessing care. Black women and women of color are four to five times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, a statistic that has grown over the last few decades. This is a clear symptom of the racism in our health care system and we must use every level and power of government to put an end to it.

As Attorney General, Shannon will:

      • Advocate for legislation to ensure health equity is meaningfully incorporated into every level of government;
      • Partner with community groups and advocates to address maternal morbidity rates, which disproportionately impact Black women and women of color;
      • Work to root out systemic racism in our health care system;
      • Expand outreach to underserved communities to identify additional ways that the Attorney General’s Office can advance health equity and reproductive justice.