US: Groundbreaking Massachusetts Abortion Law Repeals Parental Consent for Older Teens

Last week, the Massachusetts legislature passed a groundbreaking new law creating an affirmative right to abortion in the state, expanding abortion access after 24 weeks, and removing a parental consent requirement for 16- and 17-year-olds.

On Thursday, the bill hit a roadblock when Gov. Charlie Baker (R) vetoed the bill. But the Massachusetts state legislature became set on overriding Baker’s veto: Shortly after Baker struck the bill down, House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D), tweeted, “The House will seek to override the Administration’s veto, which sought to limit the reproductive health protections the Legislature voted last month to put in place.”

On Monday, the Massachusetts House did just that—overriding Baker’s veto with 107 votes. And on Tuesday, the state Senate followed suit.


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