As an employer, a student health care provider, and a health sciences education leader, Tufts is committed to protecting equitable reproductive care access to the fullest extent guaranteed by current Massachusetts law.
Care and Coverage
Tufts faculty, staff, and students enjoy access to health insurance that covers reproductive healthcare procedures and contraception, as well as gender-affirming healthcare. Eligible employee Blue Cross Blue Shield members can also access medical travel benefits and inclusive fertility coverage.
Campus health services provide students with unbiased, patient-centered counseling for planned and unplanned pregnancies, along with contraception, emergency contraception, referrals to appropriate providers, and trans- and gender-affirming care.
CARE (Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education) provides free and confidential sexual health education and support to all Tufts students. Their website includes extensive, in-depth information about contraception, pregnancy, adoption, and abortion options, and support for students impacted by sexual violence.
Tufts Reproductive Health Committee
TRHC was formed to assess the availability of reproductive health care at Tufts, reduce barriers to access, and provide up-to-date information, resources, and support to students, faculty, and staff.
Sponsoring leaders include the university's Provost and Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Members include employees and students from across Tufts campuses.
Travel reimbursement benefit: The faculty and staff Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans began providing a medical services travel reimbursement benefit effective January 1, 2023. We’re continuing to explore opportunities that would extend a similar benefit to students and postdoctoral scholars at Tufts.
Contraception vending machines: The Medford/Somerville campus now hosts a vending machine with free contraception and $15 emergency contraception. Tufts has ordered one for the Grafton campus and is exploring another on the Boston Health Sciences campus.
Legal landscape: Tufts attorneys are participating in legal working groups and ongoing analysis of rapidly shifting reproductive health policy and law.
Civic discourse, research, and academic inquiry: Our community continues to engage thoughtfully on these topics through speakers, courses, and scholarship across the university's campuses.
What's next: TRHC members are considering issues related to health data privacy, resources for community members outside Massachusetts, and more.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support
Tufts is proud to offer an inclusive family planning and conception benefit to eligible Blue Cross Blue Shield subscriber employees. Progyny supports everyone, including those choosing single parenthood or who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The benefit covers fertility treatments and also provides support for adoption and surrogacy.
Tufts offers guidance and resources for finding child care as well as access backup care service, child care center discounts, and contract and affiliate relationships with child care providers. Eligible employees also have access to Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).
Tufts community members who are nursing can use the university's lactation rooms located throughout the four campuses. Visit the Office of Equal Opportunity's website to review the lactation policy, reserve a room, or request a lactation accommodation.
Take the time needed to bond with a new child or care for a family member with paid time off.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM)
Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice,TUSM
A partnership of the Women’s Bar Foundation, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, ACLU of Massachusetts, and five law firms, help connect Massachusetts-based health care providers and helpers, as well as patients obtaining care in Massachusetts, with free legal advice and resources about their legal rights to access and provide lawful abortions.
Hotline Phone Number: (833) 309-6301
Recent News and Events
Tufts Launches Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice
The new center is part of the School of Medicine and will focus on protecting Black women through the birthing experience by advocating for equitable quality care..
Maternal Health Experts on the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision
A clinician and two public health experts at Tufts University School of Medicine reflect on what the overturning of Roe v. Wade means for the future of maternal health
Abortion Issue Could Bring Out More Young Voters in November
More than two-thirds of young people support legal abortion, and potentially could swing elections in key races, says Tufts youth voting expert