Massachusetts Legislative Priorities

An Act Relative to Preserving Fertility (HD2277/SD1072)

Lead Sponsor(s): Rep. Kevin Honan and Sen. Cynthia Creem

Massachusetts has the opportunity to protect future family building by providing fertility preservation coverage to all individuals with a medical need. Here is a Fact Sheet about this bill.  

Massachusetts Parentage Act (HD1842/SD1234)

Lead Sponsor(s): Rep. Kay Khan and Sen. Bruce Tarr 

The Massachusetts Parentage Act (MPA) (based on the uniform act of 2017) ensures that all children will have access to the security of legal parentage, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The MPA updates the state parentage laws to secure equality for all children in the Commonwealth. RNE is proud to be part of the Mass. Parentage Act Coalition, and more information can be found on the coalition website. 

An Act to Promote Efficiency in Co-Parent Adoptions (HD1226/SD566)

Lead Sponsor(s): Rep. Kay Khan and Sen. Becca Rausch

For LGBTQ families in Massachusetts trying to secure their children’s parentage through adoption, it can be slow, inconsistent, expensive, and difficult to navigate. This bill will help to reduce such barriers and help many families avoid delays and expensive requirements. This will provide an efficient, clear, and consistent adoption process. RNE is proud to be part of the coalition advocating for this bill.

An Act Designating September as PCOS Awareness Month (HD3418)

Lead Sponsor: Rep. Nika Elugardo

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women and affects up to 15 percent of U.S. women, yet increased awareness and improved care is dearly needed. PCOS is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that can lead to lifelong complications, psychosocial disorders, obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, endometrial cancer, maternal/fetal health complications and other conditions. 

An Act Relative to LGBTQ Family Building (SD2478)

Lead Sponsor: Sen. Julian Cyr 

This bill would update the existing infertility statute in Massachusetts to improve access for LGBTQ people, will investigate the affordability and accessibility of family building resources available to the LGBTQ community, and provide collaborative trainings for medical providers to improve services available to LGBTQ couples looking to build their families.