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4 Proposals to Improve the Massachusetts Vaccine Rollout
WGBH - February 8, 2021
“Even those who are eligible for a COVID vaccine cannot get an appointment unless they have internet and car access, ample time to spare, literacy in specific languages, and technological proficiency,” Rausch said. “This bill significantly strengthens immunization implementation and infrastructure statewide by advancing racial, economic, and regional equity in vaccination access and outreach.”
New Massachusetts bill would create mobile vaccination program, multilingual campaign to increase access
MassLive - February 4, 2021
Senator Rausch is one of four lawmakers who filed a bill to improve equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines through the appointment of an equity director and creation of mobile vaccination program.
Massachusetts' vaccine appointment hotline to be a 'callback system,' lawmakers told
Boston Globe, January 29, 2021
“I cannot shake the question of why it wasn’t done sooner, and why the website is such a disaster,” Rausch said of creating the hotline. “A public outcry from Stockbridge to Boston, and an emergency bill from the Legislature, should not have been necessary to achieve a call center or a vastly better website.”
Massachusetts' road to green future hits a speed bump over proposed legislation
The Sun Chronicle - January 23, 2021
“Gov. Baker’s veto of the landmark climate roadmap legislation was inexcusable. He broke a promise to our Commonwealth through willful inaction on environmental justice, endangering our children, our grandchildren, and Massachusetts’ communities of color already facing the pernicious realities of climate injustice.”
Bill Would Make Voting by Mail Permanent in MA
Patch.com - January 13, 2021
"40 percent of eligible MA voters cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 general election," Rausch said in a tweet Tuesday. "Bay Staters want comprehensive election reform. With the MAIL-in Voting Act, I am more committed than ever to advancing equitable access to the ballot box."
Senator Rausch discusses racial disparities in maternal health
Lots of Bills Land on Baker's Desk
Commonwealth Magazine - January 6, 2021
Lead sponsor Sen. Becca Rausch, a Needham Democrat, said black people giving birth in Massachusetts are twice as likely as white people to die due to complications during and after childbirth. “We cannot allow that to stand, nor can we tackle a problem without understanding the full extent of its impact,” Rausch said in a statement.
Attleboro officials continue to work to get testing site as cases surge again statewide
The Sun Chronicle - January 3, 2021
As COVID cases in the Attleboro area continue to rise, Senator Rausch and other area officials continue to advocate for the opening of a Stop the Spread testing site in the city.
State says it has no plans to add free coronavirus test site in Attleboro
The Sun Chronicle - December 19, 2020
With no conversation at the state level about adding a Stop the Spread testing site in Attleboro, Senator Rausch issues a statement highlighting the need to open a site in the area.
Governor Returns Abortion Access Plan to Legislature
Wicked Local Wayland - December 15, 2020
"No youth survivor of incest should have to ask their rapist for consent to an abortion," state Sen. Becca Rausch, D-Needham, said in a statement. "No young person should be forced to explain to a judge why they aren’t ready to be a parent. No one should be forced to leave the commonwealth in order to access the health care they need, especially during a deadly pandemic of epic proportions. By rejecting the Legislature’s work to remedy these wrongs -- wrongs imposed by state law on pregnant people throughout Massachusetts -- Gov. Baker clearly states that these circumstances are not only acceptable, but appropriate," Rausch continued. "The governor’s actions demonstrate blatant disregard for the health, safety and well-being of pregnant people all across this commonwealth, particularly pregnant people of color."
Massachusetts is Rolling Back its Coronavirus Reopening. State and Local Leaders Want Even More Restrictions -- and Aid.
Boston Herald - December 12, 2020
“Already, 11 days into December, we’ve blown the spring numbers out of the water,” Rausch said Friday. “The additional so-called measures that the governor announced earlier this week are insufficient and inadequate.”
Lawmakers decry governor's leaving Attleboro area off list for Stop the Spread Sites
The Sun Chronicle - December 8, 2020
Senator Rausch, along with other attleboro area leaders, express dismay and disapointment at Baker's decision to not open a Stop the Spread COVID testing site in Attleboro.
How Fatphobia has Centered Itself in the American Workplace
Nylon Magazine - November 30, 2020
Only two US states have legal protections barring workplace discrimination based on weight. Massachusetts could become the third with a new bill that outlaws body size discrimination, and Senator Rausch is the Senate sponsor of this bill.
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka Explains Why She Thinks Abortion Proposal Can't Wait Until After Fiscal 2021 Budget
Daily Hampshire Gazette - November 18, 2020
“Current statutory law in Massachusetts governing abortion is archaic, medically inaccurate, politically charged and designed to discourage and shame pregnant people seeking abortion care,” Rausch said.
Virus outbreak at prison prompts new calls to release vulnerable inmates
The Boston Globe - November 10, 2020
Senator Rausch joins Congresswoman Pressley and District Attorney Rollins on State House Steps to demand that Governor Baker take steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.
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Women in red cloaks march on State House, advocate for reproductive freedom
The Boston Globe - October 25, 2020
As a vocal supporter of the ROE Act, Senator Rausch joins advocates marching in favor of reproductive justice and the landmark abortion care bill on Beacon Hill.
Needham face mask company Rafi Nova recognized for innovation
Wicked Local Needham - October 2, 2020
Senator Rausch presents a citation to owners of Needham-based face mask company Rafi Nova, founded and operated by constituents Marissa and Adam Goldstein.