State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Abortion


Ed Markey: Massachusetts should lead in protecting right to choose

Now is the time for Massachusetts "to be the leader in ensuring we put on the books" a women's right to choose, Markey said. "The decision has to be made by women," Markey said.
Source: Springfield Republican on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 6, 2020

Shiva Ayyadurai: Personal decision that involves two lives

He calls abortion a "personal decision" but also says that it's one that involves two lives, that of the mother and the fetus.
Source: MetroWest Daily News on 2020 Massachusetts Senate race Oct 22, 2018

Heidi Wellman: Oppose abortion as an unrestricted right

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: NO

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Setti Warren: Require state & local governments to allow abortion coverage

Of the eight specific federal legislative proposals in ORMA's "People's Platform," I am fully comfortable supporting the first five, including the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, and I will work to implement each of these in Massachusetts as governor.

Congressional summary of H.R. 771 :

    Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act requires the federal government:
  1. to ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  2. as an employer or health plan sponsor, to ensure coverage for abortion care for participants and beneficiaries; and
  3. as a provider of health services, to ensure that abortion care is made available to individuals who are eligible to receive services.
Governments may not prohibit or inhibit insurance coverage of abortion care by local governments or by private health plans.
Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Dec 20, 2017

Allen Waters: Conservative on abortion rights

Waters identified himself as a conservative Democrat from Mashpee and said he is running for the Republican nomination to combat "50 years of liberal failure on poverty" and to "protect our American culture." He explained he is conservative on many issues, including gun rights (he said he had his gun license in his pocket), abortion, and the idea of "sanctuary cities."
Source: Greenfield Recorder on 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial race Jun 1, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Close the federal gap in funding for Planned Parenthood

Joining thousands of women on Boston Common to stand in support of Planned Parenthood, Jay Gonzalez voiced his commitment to women's reproductive health care. Gonzalez applauded Governor Baker's commitment to closing the gap in funding for Planned Parenthood if President Trump and the Republican Congress defund it. Gonzalez called on Governor Baker to join him in making the following additional commitments to support women's reproductive rights:Said Gonzalez, "I'm calling on Governor Baker to join with me in denouncing any effort by the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress who seek to put women and families' access to health care at risk."
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Governor campaign website jay4ma.com Mar 11, 2017

Ed Markey: Champion of woman's ability to make her own decisions

Congressman Markey is a strong proponent of ObamaCare, which ensures that preventive services: such as breast cancer screenings and contraception --are available free of charge.

Endorsed by NARAL, Ed is pro-choice and a strong champion of a woman's ability to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. He voted against the "Stupak Amendment," which would have denied women the ability to purchase private insurance plans that cover abortion services, even when using their own money. Ed believed this represented an unprecedented intrusion between a woman and her doctor, and he voted against it.

Ed is also a leading advocate for investing in research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that affect women, including breast and lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer's.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 Massachusetts Senate race Oct 23, 2014

Bruce Skarin: Reduce abortions without infringing women's rights to decide

Q: Where do you stand on civil rights (women's health, guns, LGBT)?

A: I believe we need to stop questioning our constitutional rights and focus on what we can do to reduce problems. On women's health, we need to do all that we can to reduce abortions without infringing on the rights of women to make decisions affecting personal health. There are many countries where abortion is illegal, but still have rates much higher than those with effective women's health care.

Source: Independent Voter Project on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race May 22, 2014

Brian Herr: Supports abortion rights

Like many Republicans in Massachusetts, Herr is a fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues. He supports abortion rights, and he supports gay marriage as an issue of equal rights.
Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Jan 30, 2014

Don Berwick: States can't exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Indiana has lost its battle to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business--as a judge today issued a permanent injunction in a lawsuit over the de-funding law.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana is Indiana's largest abortion provider and does more than 5,000 abortions each year. Indiana became the first state of several to kick the abortion business out of its program in May 2011. A provision of the law, HB1210, would prevent Medicaid patients from obtaining services at Planned Parenthood and othe facilities that provide abortions.

Governor Mitch Daniels signed the law, which would cut off anywhere from $2 million to $3 million the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives in federal funds via the Indiana government through Medicaid. Afterwards, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick said the federal Medicaid law stipulates that states can't exclude providers based on the services they provide [which led to the court ruling].

Source: LifeNews.com on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race Jul 30, 2013

Geoff Diehl: Conscientious taxpayer objection to abortion

The Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act-Bill Number: H2542 Primary Sponsor: Rep. Geoff Diehl

"An Act relative to taxation." This bill would allow taxpayers the opportunity to indicate on their state tax return that they would like the portion of their taxes usually spent on government-funded abortions to instead fund the Baby Safe Haven program.

Source: Mass. Citizens for Life on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Feb 22, 2013

Steve Grossman: Endorsed by NARAL as "a steadfast pro-choice voice"

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts--the leading statewide advocate for privacy and a woman's right to choose--announced its endorsement of Steve Grossman for State Treasurer: "NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is very proud to endorse Steve Grossman," said the organization's Executive Director. "In his long career of political activism, Steve Grossman has been a steadfast pro-choice voice, and we applaud his clear commitment to protecting privacy and promoting reproductive health."

Said Grossman, "As the Massachusetts and National Democratic Party Chair, I have demonstrated my support for reproductive rights, and I pledge to continue to be a strong advocate for women's health, safety, and reproductive freedom."

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, with 20,000 members across the Commonwealth, provides direct assistance to candidates, mobilizes its pro-choice grassroots base in targeted districts, trains candidates and volunteers, and produces and distributes the only statewide pro-choice Voters' Guide.

Source: NARAL press release on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race Aug 10, 2010

Charlie Baker: I support a woman's right to choose

The Massachusetts Republican Party establishment has selected Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei as candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor. Baker and Tisei are arguably among the most radical anti-family Republican party-endorsed Governor or Lt. Governor candidates ever in Massachusetts--or of any state in America. How bad are they? Off the charts. In any other state they would be left-wing Democrats.
Source: MassResistance.org on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race Aug 4, 2010

Tom Reilly: State funding for stem cell research

Massachusetts life sciences sector offers enormous promise for both medical breakthroughs and job creation. Yet the Romney-Healey Administration has stood in the way of this promise, fighting and vetoing legislation that sought to clear the way for stem cell research in the Commonwealth. Fortunately, the Legislature overrode this veto, but other barriers to job creation in life sciences remain. As Governor, Reilly will bolster research and development and job creation in life sciences and strengthen the financial stability of our hospitals, by: Recapitalizing the state‘s Emerging Technology Fund and making fiscally and economically responsible investments in stem cell and other biomedical research.
Source: Campaign booklet, “Prescription for a Healthy Massachusetts” Jun 2, 2006

Deval Patrick: Support for stem cell research

We will issue bonds to invest in expansion and development of stem cell research. Proceeds from the bonds will be invested in research facilities and faculty development in the public universities to stimulate their expansion.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p. 4 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on overriding veto on Stem Cell Research Bill

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE:Clause 14: Stem cell research. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

This vote affirmed passage of the bill supporting stem cell research as originally passed by the House and Senate, rejecting Governor Romney's proposed amendments and veto, and avoiding delays of implementation. A vote of YES indicates support for embryonic stem cell research and support for regenerative medicine research.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part II, clause 14: HEALTH CARE: We endorse the Legislature's support for stem cell research, including embryonic stem cells, in the belief that such research will yield treatment for many illnesses.

Bill S. 2039 ; vote number H069

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 31, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted NO on overriding veto on Stem Cell Research Bill

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE:Clause 14: Stem cell research. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted NO].

This vote affirmed passage of the bill supporting stem cell research as originally passed by the House and Senate, rejecting Governor Romney's proposed amendments and veto, and avoiding delays of implementation. A vote of YES indicates support for embryonic stem cell research and support for regenerative medicine research.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part II, clause 14: HEALTH CARE: We endorse the Legislature's support for stem cell research, including embryonic stem cells, in the belief that such research will yield treatment for many illnesses.

Bill S. 2039 ; vote number H069

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 31, 2005

John Kerry: No criminalization of a woman’s right to choose

The Republicans want to criminalize the right of women to choose, take us back to the days of back alleys, gag doctors and deny families the right to plan and be aware of their choices - we Democrats want to protect the constitutional right of privacy and make clear that at the center of this struggle is our commitment to have a Supreme Court that will protect the equal rights, the civil rights, and the right to choose in this nation.
Source: Keynote Speech to Massachusetts Democratic Issues Convention Jun 7, 2003

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