BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has become the first state since President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S Supreme Court to abolish from its books an abortion ban that predates the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Friday that repeals the unenforced ban with roots dating to 1845.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
Abortion rights proponents fear that a more conservative high court could undo abortion protections, triggering old state laws that haven’t been enforced in decades.READ MORE: Start Of Bruins Season Brings More Business To Sports Bars Near TD Garden
Baker said his state “will not compromise on a woman’s right to her own decisions.”
The bill also repeals other archaic Massachusetts laws, including a ban on contraception for unmarried women and prohibitions on adultery and fornication.MORE NEWS: Search For Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Elijah Lewis Continues In New Hampshire
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