“Sexual Health Lobby Day” held at State House

BOSTON (WWLP) – Hundreds of people gathered at the State House Tuesday for “Sexual Health Lobby Day,” in hopes of expanding sexual health and reproductive services.

More than 400 people visited the State House for the one-day event. In total, some 40 health organizations set up booths in the Great Hall, showcasing their sexual and reproductive services.

Non-profit groups, such as Planned Parenthood, are advocating for several bills this year, including a comprehensive sex education bill for middle schools and high schools.

Tapestry Health serves about 17,000 Western Massachusetts residents each year. The organization hopes to expand access to screenings for sexually transmitted infections, and affordable birth control for women.

“It’s okay for them not to come to us, to not want to use birth control, but we believe in every woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own body,” Tapestry CEO Cheryl Zoll said.

A sex education bill passed the Senate last session, but died in the House. At least four lawmakers hope to try again this year.