UPDATE: Deadline extended! It’s not too late to add your voice- please email letters of support to protect abortion access in MA!

UPDATE: The committee will take testimony until Monday, June 24.

We attended the hearing and the anti-choice crowd was out in force, but we believe our voices will be stronger and louder and will matter more. Please take few minutes to submit a letter by email to the committee. All details below.

The religious anti-abortion crowd was there by the busload, these pictures are just a sample.  They dressed in red shirts that misused the word infanticide in their inflammatory way, while we all wore pink, over 700 of us, in the hall and in the overflow room. As the red-shirts left, pink began to fill the hearing room.  But they are aggressive contacting committee members and the bills’ sponsors, so we must continue to use our voices.

PLEASE, USE YOUR VOICE

The Catholic, MA GOP and anti-choice opposition are mobilizing their armies. We need to ACT to protect abortion access in MA.  This is what you can do now.

Last week the MA Legislative Joint Committee on Health transferred the ROE Act to the Joint Judiciary Committee which promptly scheduled a hearing.  We encourage you to join us at that hearing as the opposition will be there in force and we need people who support this bill to fill the seats. The details about the hearing and how to join us are here

We also need you to write letters of support for this bill, whether or not you can make it to Boston for the hearing.

Your letters can be submitted to the committee as testimony, this post includes info on how to write a letter and where and how to email it.

Your letters are important, despite the suggestions here, don’t worry about perfection. We must show more numbers, in every way, than the opposition.

About the ROE Act:

The ROE Act, Senate bill S.1209 and House bill H.3320, removes archaic laws on the books in MA and protects women’s right to access abortion-care in Massachusetts. This is especially important, because if the Supreme Court overturns Roe V Wade, or eliminates any of it’s protections, the archaic laws currently on the books in this state can be enforced and MA women are at risk.  MA also enforces restrictions on abortion access in ways that must be changed, the ROE Act addresses those restrictions.

To help with testimony, here are more details about the ROE Act:

What you should say in a letter to the committee and how to send it:

These letters must arrive by the extended deadline of Monday, June 24.  Thus, as time is limited, letters should be sent via email, in the body of an email or attached, or both. As an organization, we send our letters copied and pasted in the body of a email and attached.  Email addresses are below, formatted so you can easily copy and paste into an email address line.

You can address your letter formally to the chairs individually and “members of the committee”, or you can simply address it to the “Members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.”

The letter should begin with “Please submit this letter as written testimony regarding the ROE Act – S1209/ H.3320 for the record of your June 17 hearing.”  The email subject line should read “Written testimony for the record for the June 17, hearing on the ROE Act – S.1209/ H.3320.”

Try to keep your letters to one page.

The most effective letters of testimony (and letters to your own legislators) include a personal narrative, a short story about you, or someone you know, relevant to the subject matter.  In this case, a personal story about abortion access, or your personal feelings about the right to access.

Other key ideas you can include can be taken from the fact sheets and research listed above, you can address the myths and lies being used by the opposition, and/or you can talk about those who are impacted by insurance and other restrictions.

End your letter by asking committee members to vote this favorably out of committee, as soon as possible so that your legislators can vote on it.  And, thank the members for their consideration of your testimony.

Be sure to sign your name and include the town you live in to prove you are a resident of MA.  Anonymous letters will not be added to the record of testimony.

This is an emotional issue for many of us. It is hard not to simply declare abortion is a decision that should be no one’s business but the person making it.  That’s what the Roe v. Wade decision was based on, the right to privacy.  We are all feeling this way,  but that right is at risk, and our state is among those that adds restrictions that right. The Catholic church has influence in this state and is in opposition, that is difficult for many of us considering their own issues with sexual abuse.  The language used by the national GOP has made it’s way to the MA GOP and along with lies and misleading rhetoric from the Catholic Church is being spread throughout their networks. We must prove these patriarchies don’t control the narrative.  Sometimes it is difficult, you can be firm, but please be polite in your letters.

If you are not comfortable with a letter and would prefer to make a call, leave a message with the committee office and ask that your message be made part of the testimony for the hearing on The ROE Act, that doesn’t always work.  Letters are best.

We would appreciate it if you share your letters with us – blind copy or forward a copy to CapeCodWomenforChange@gmail.com so that we can track how many of our followers are sending letters. We want to be able to say that our followers are actively engaged in this issue.

CONTACT INFO FOR THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY.

To copy and paste into an email:

James.Eldridge@masenate.gov, Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, eric.lesser@masenate.gov, Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov, Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov, Carole.Fiola@mahouse.gov,  john.velis@mahouse.gov, Chris.Hendricks@mahouse.gov, liz.miranda@mahouse.gov, Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov,

Copy and paste into BCC or Cc to: (bills’ sponsors will help ensure testimony is added to record)  Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov, Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov,

You can also let your State Representative and Senator know you sent a letter. Contact information for all MA State Reps can be found here – All State Senators here – Cape and Islands Legislators are here.

Here is the formal committee list with phone numbers:

(All email addresses firstname.secondname@masenate.gov or mahouse.gov)

Office of the Joint Committee on Judiciary:
Senate Contact: (617) 722-1120
House Contact: (617) 722-2396

Senate members:

House members:

 

After you’ve sent your letter, ask people in your community to do the same. Share this post with your email contacts and on social media.

Again, let us know that you sent an email either here in the comments on this post, or send us an email: CapeCodWomenforChange@gmail.com.  If you get responses we’d appreciate hearing about that, too.

We will post the results of the committee’s vote when it is recorded or we will let you know if it seems there is no action being taken. And, we will let you know when it is due to be voted on by your own legislators. We will need to contact legislators as well.

Women’s rights are under attack. There is so much at stake – we need the ROE Act to protect women! Thank you for giving your voice to this important issue, it really does make a difference.

 



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2 comments

  • Hi – I’m the retired director of the Lower Cape J-1 Summer Host Housing Program, now helping its expansion Mid-Cape J-@ Housing Program serving all of Cape Cod. The J-1 visa is a cultural exchange summer work/travel one during international students’ summer vacation. They come with secure jobs but community organizations try to find them affordable housing preferably in a host home where they can see a real American home.

    This lovely Turkish couple have been here for 2 weeks working at CVS Main St in Orleans. The housing they found on Craigslist turned out to belong to a convicted felon whom the police advised me and CVS’s manager to remove . They have been in 3 temporary housing situations, including the manager’s home where he took them that first night. He’s tried everything to find them decent housing for the summer and can’t.

    Do you know of anyone in Orleans biking or walking distance to the Main St CVS who could welcome share their clean, affordable home for up to $130 a week EACH? Students buy their own food and supplies.

    Please let me know – 508-255-1447 or by e-mail. A community member ha paid for them to stay at a discounted rate at the Rodeway Inn, thanks to Mike Patel there. So many thanks –

    Gail Meyers Lavin, Volunteer

    Gail Meyers Lavin gmlavin@verizon.net

    Sent from my iPad

  • We cannot go back to the days of coat hangers and backstreet abortions. Bearing a child is up to each individual woman and it is no one else’s right to decide for her. If there were not thousands of children languishing in Foster Care I might believe the anti-abortionists are pro-life.

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