Article by Wagatwe Wanjuki

While the race to fill Justice Kennedy’s Supreme Court seat isn’t over, abortion rights advocates across the country have been organizing to protect abortion access in their states if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Massachusetts advocates were officially successful last week when state lawmakers passed The Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women Act—aka the NASTY Women Act. The bill, whose name is a callback to Trump’s now infamous remarks during the 2016 presidential campaign to candidate Hillary Clinton, will officially stop a Roe v. Wade reversal from automatically banning abortion in the state.

The bill passed by a landslide in both the state Senate and House. The Senate unanimously voted for it and the House passed it last week in a 138-9 vote. Time reports:

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will sign it into law next week. The bill attacks a series of restrictions from history..

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