Firm Steadfast in Supporting and Advancing Women, Including by Protecting Reproductive Health Care and Civil Rights
BOSTON – Mintz today announced the launch of a new abortion hotline offering legal guidance and resources to callers, moving to further defend abortion access in light of the Dobbs decision and passage of the new Massachusetts provider protection law. In partnership with Reproductive Equity Now, the Women’s Bar Foundation, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts, and four other Massachusetts-based law firms, the Abortion Legal Hotline will connect Massachusetts-based health care providers, as well as patients obtaining care in Massachusetts, with free legal guidance and resources about their legal rights to access and provide abortions.
"Everyone should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and lives based on their beliefs and values, free from discrimination, violence, and duress," said Susan Finegan, Chair of Mintz's Pro Bono Committee. “With that in mind, Mintz is proud to partner with Reproductive Equity Now, the Women’s Bar Foundation, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and other firms to establish the Abortion Legal Hotline, designed to respond to inquiries from patients, advocates, and healthcare providers as they navigate the complex changing laws and their potential legal exposure in Massachusetts."
For years, Mintz has advocated for the protection of reproductive rights and united with organizations that defend those rights, which most recently includes:
- Collaborating with Lawyers for Good Government on a database that tracks state and local case laws, bills, legislation, and regulations implemented in different jurisdictions to better understand the shifting landscape and restrictions on abortion care.
- Helping Planned Parenthood analyze how state laws/proposed bills that seek to protect providers who deliver abortion services to individuals from states that prohibit such services might intersect with the state’s participation in the interstate medical and nursing licensing compacts.
- Uniting with If/When/How, a national organization that trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and lawyers who champion reproductive justice, to assist a collaborating partner on how to protect the safety and confidentiality of students who have had an abortion.
- Joining the Legal Alliance for Reproductive Rights, which offers pro bono legal services to pregnant individuals and medical providers facing civil suits and criminal charges related to seeking or providing abortions in California and other states.
Pro bono service is at the heart of Mintz’s culture and identity. The firm partners with nonprofits, legal services organizations, in-house legal departments, and other law firms to provide life-changing assistance for individuals in need. Last year, more than 400 Mintz attorneys contributed to over 300 unique pro bono matters. To learn more about the firm’s pro bono work, please click here.
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