Massachusetts Makes Emergency Contraception Available at All Hospitals
In a victory for women's health, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) reversed his position under pressure and will support a state law that makes emergency contraception available at all hospitals, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Massachusetts legislature made emergency contraception available behind-the-counter at pharmacies in September, overriding Romney’s veto. The new law included the statement “each female rape victim” is guaranteed access to emergency contraception, according to the Associated Press. Last week, it was revealed that Romney’s Department of Public Health had adopted a policy that, contrary to the new law, would exempt private hospitals that had so-called moral or religious objections. Romney initially refused to force private hospitals, particularly Catholic hospitals, to abide by the new law.
Romney drew much criticism for his original refusal to enforce the new law, including that from his Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, who stated publicly that “it’s extremely important that victims of rape should be able to access emergency contraception in whatever medical setting they present themselves,” according to the Globe. Romney, who is considering running for president, changed his position on Thursday, overturning the Health Department policy.
Media Resources: AP 12/8/05; Boston Globe 12/8/05, 12/9/05
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .