At the Sexual Health Lobby Day, lawmakers encouraged advocates to get involved with public health legislation that they hope to pass this session.
At Thursday’s event, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other legislators were recognized for their work surrounding reproductive rights.
Speakers from Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice organizations called on attendees to make their way around the statehouse to show support for two bills they’re working on with lawmakers this session.
The ‘Act Relative to Healthy Youth’ is designed to help young people access to sex education resources.
“That bill would require any school that chooses to teach sex ed. in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts uses a curriculum that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and inclusive,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, Planned Parenthood president.
State lawmakers also plan to propose the Roe Act, which is designed to remove obstacles and expand abortion access across Massachusetts.
The Sexual Health Lobby Day draws a huge crowd to the statehouse every year, bringing attention to issues that women and the LGBT community face every day.