Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs the fiscal 2019 budget in his office alongside Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Administration and Finance Secretary Mike Heffernan.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that would repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including an abortion ban with roots dating to 1845. 

5 Facts To Know About Migrant Family Reunification

Jul 20, 2018

A federal court in San Diego has given the government until July 26 to reunite thousands of children with their parents. It has been a chaotic, much disputed process, but a process that is undeniably underway. Here are five questions about family reunification answered:

1. When did family separations start?

Massachusetts House Revisits Old Laws To Protect Reproductive Rights

Jul 19, 2018
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Robert DeLeo talking to the press after state lawmakers sent Gov. Charlie Baker legislation eliminating old abortion and contraception laws.
Chris Triunfo / State House News Service

After warning that shifts on the U.S. Supreme Court could put reproductive rights at risk in Massachusetts, state lawmakers on Thursday morning sent to legislation to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk that would eliminate old state laws dealing with abortion and contraception, including a mid-1800s law banning all abortion and a ban on contraception for unmarried couples.

Haitian activists and immigrants protest on Boston City Hall Plaza on Jan. 26, 2018.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Immigrant rights advocates in Boston federal court Thursday argued the Trump administration's cancellation of a humanitarian program for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras were decisions steeped in racism, and therefore, unconstitutional.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling issued a statement on Tuesday expanding upon his previous comments about how his office will approach the newly state-legal marijuana industry, which remains wholly illegal under federal law.