Senator Lesser Votes to Pass “Nasty Women” Bill

Bill repeals a number of archaic statutes that discriminated against women

 

BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser joined the State Senate in a unanimous vote Thursday to pass the “NASTY Women Act,” which repeals a number of archaic state laws that discriminated against women.

The act, formally the Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women bill, strikes down outdated state statutes like a prohibition on contraception for unmarried people.

“There is no reason these laws should still be on the books,” said Senator Lesser. “I am proud to have joined the Senate in voting to repeal these statutes and affirm that in Massachusetts, we will defend women’s rights and protect women’s healthcare access.”

The bill gets its name from a moment in the 2016 campaign, when then-candidate Donald Trump called his opponent Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the final presidential debate in October.

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