Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he will sign the NASTY Women Act, a bill to repeal several “archaic” state laws against abortion, adultery and contraception.
The Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women Act was passed last week and eliminates laws that are no longer enforced but still technically on the books, with some written between the 1600s and 1800s.
Some of the laws include a 173-year-old ban on abortion and punishment for women who commit adultery or fornication.
“We will sign that,” Baker, a Republican, told reporters on Monday. “There are many folks in the women’s health community that were particularly concerned about this. The lieutenant governor and I and other folks on our team discussed it, and we do plan to sign it.”
The bill could also have an impact if the U.S. Supreme Court were ever to overturn its landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which declared state bans on abortion unconstitutional.