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.”
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.”
"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."
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.
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.”
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.