Dear Campus Community,
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old ruling protecting a woman’s constitutional right to receive an abortion. Please be aware that Massachusetts state law protects abortion rights up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Charlie Baker also signed a new executive order today that, according to a statement, will “further preserve” abortion rights in Massachusetts and protect “reproductive health care providers who serve out of state residents.” Further, our students have access to robust sexual health services at low or no cost through Salem State Counseling and Health Services (CHS), including help identifying local, off-campus referrals that are right for them. More information is available at this link.
I know that although access to choice is still granted to women in the Commonwealth, the impact of this ruling will be felt deeply. Despite the varying opinions on this controversial issue, we all must concern ourselves with the health and safety of women everywhere.
This news will bring distress to many on our campus, at a time when national and international events are already causing uncertainty and fear. We must take care of ourselves and support one another. I hope employees will make use of the support available through the Employee Assistance Program, Mass4You, at 1.844.263.1982. Students seeking mental health services should contact CHS for remote and in-office appointments, or call the SSU Mental Health Support Line at 978.542.8327.
John D. Keenan