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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 238: Promoting awareness of reproductive health care facilities in the commonwealth

[ Text of section added by 2019, 41, Sec. 43 effective July 1, 2019. See 2019, 41, Sec. 111.]

  Section 238. The department of public health shall develop and implement a public information campaign to promote awareness of reproductive health care facilities in the commonwealth, including those that offer or perform abortions. The campaign shall include, but not be limited to: (i) educating reproductive health care professionals, patients and the general public regarding any and all limitations placed on the use of federal Title X family planning program funds by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; (ii) establishing a website, translated into multiple languages, with comprehensive information on reproductive health care facilities in the commonwealth, including those that offer or perform abortions and providing information relating to costs and payment options; (iii) training licensed reproductive health care providers to refer all patients who are or may become pregnant to said website; and (iv) performing targeted outreach to appropriate populations who may lack access to information concerning reproductive health options in the commonwealth. As a part of this campaign, the department of public health shall only provide the specific location of health care facilities where abortions are offered or performed to the extent that doing so does not impede the safety or security of persons who attempt to access such facilities. The department of public health shall monitor and analyze any changes to the distribution and availability of reproductive health services in the commonwealth and shall share this data with the health planning council and the health disparities council.