BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at eliminating several antiquated state laws still on the books.
Among the laws that would be eliminated by the bill are a ban on unmarried people having access to contraception; a ban on distributing information about how to access contraception or abortions; and a law which would punish pharmacists, doctors and other health care providers for distributing contraception or performing an abortion.
The bill would eliminate a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for “procuring a miscarriage” — aimed at clinicians who provide abortions.
An amendment to the bill would also eliminate a ban on adultery and “fornication.”
Abortion rights groups praised the bill, arguing the laws are outdated and unenforceable.
The bill now heads to the Massachusetts House.