BOSTON (WWLP) – The debate over medication-assisted abortions continues in the country.
Governor Healey announced an executive order Monday confirming protections for medication abortion under existing law. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas issued a ruling that blocked the federal authorization of mifepristone, a pill used in medication-assisted abortion.
Mifepristone has been on the market for 23 years, but an anti-abortion group argued the Food and Drug Administration rushed its initial approval process. Leaders in Massachusetts politics gathered outside the state house today in protest of the Texas ruling.
Governor Healey announced her executive order, and also that in collaboration with UMass Amherst, the university has purchased and stockpiled 15,000 doses of mifepristone. This should provide sufficient coverage for those seeking mifepristone for up to a year.
“This political intervention into basic medical care hurts women, in what can be a difficult and heartbreaking time, putting those experiencing pregnancy loss through greater discomfort, greater pain, and in some cases threatening their lives. It harms patients, undermines medical expertise and takes away freedom.” Governor Maura Healey
The Healey-Driscoll administration is also providing $1 million to support providers contracted with the Department of Public Health in paying for the doses.
If you have any questions, lawmakers stressed to call the free and confidential abortion legal hotline at (833) 309-6301.