BOSTON (SHNS) – Massachusetts stands as a “model” that other states should follow to protect access to abortions and other reproductive health care, Vice President Kamala Harris said during a visit to the Bay State on Thursday.

Offering praise both for the Democrats who crafted a substantial reproductive care bill and for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker after he signed it into law, Harris said the country faces a “health care crisis” in the wake of the fall of Roe v. Wade.

“To all the leaders who are here, as I said before the press came in, you all are certainly local leaders, statewide leaders, leaders in Massachusetts, but you’re also national leaders,” Harris said at a roundtable event in Dorchester alongside Baker, state lawmakers, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and other officials. “You are leading by example. The work that is happening here in Massachusetts is a model of work that can and, we believe, should happen around the country.”

The vice president’s visit came less than a week after Baker signed a bill responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson case that scrapped the national right to an abortion enshrined for decades in Roe v. Wade. During the event livestreamed by PBS News Hour, both Harris and Baker also pointed to Tuesday’s election in Kansas, where voters rejected by a 59-41 margin a ballot measure that would have allowed state lawmakers to limit or ban abortions.

“If you take a look at the electoral turnout in that race, there were a heck of a lot of Republicans and independents who voted for choice in that election,” Baker said. “I think it’s critically important for all of us to recognize and to understand that some issues cross party lines.”