Charlie Baker on Abortion


Hobby Lobby: contraception for all employees in MA

Q: What about Hobby Lobby?

A: The good news is Massachusetts won't be affected by the Hobby Lobby decision because Hobby Lobby doesn't change any of the state laws we already have here, which I think is great.

Q: How do you feel about the decision generally?

A: It doesn't matter. What I care about is Massachusetts, and for Massachusetts it doesn't change a thing.

Q: Do you feel there should be an employer mandate to provide this coverage?

A: Well, we have one. And I think in Massachusetts it's working.

Q: Regardless of religious objection?

A: Well, in Massachusetts the terms of our law, I think, have worked for everybody involved and I think can continue to work going forward, and I'm glad.

FactCheck by MA-IEPAC: In fact, the MA coverage mandate does not apply to all, due to federal pre-emption. Baker backed away, saying, "I will work to ensure that Massachusetts employers continue to offer comprehensive health insurance coverage, including contraception, to their employees."

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 19 , Sep 1, 2014

Pro-choice; respects woman's right to decide medical care

A proposal written by several key conservatives would go beyond the current GOP party platform, which affirms "the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life." It would add, "We believe that every instance of abortion is tragic." GOP activists called the changes an attempt to find a middle ground between moderate and conservative factions of the party that have been fighting for years over how prominent a role to give social issues in the party's essential statement of principles.

But the party's leading candidate for governor, Charlie Baker, quickly distanced himself from the platform proposal. Baker's campaign released a statement that made clear he disagrees with the proposal's statements on abortion and wants his campaign to focus on other issues such as jobs and education. "Charlie is prochoice and respects a woman's right to make decisions about her medical care," the statement said. (Boston Globe, 2/21/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.160 , Sep 1, 2014

I support a woman's right to choose

The Massachusetts Republican Party establishment has selected Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei as candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor. Baker and Tisei are arguably among the most radical anti-family Republican party-endorsed Governor or Lt. Governor candidates ever in Massachusetts--or of any state in America. How bad are they? Off the charts. In any other state they would be left-wing Democrats.
Source: MassResistance.org on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race , Aug 4, 2010

Other governors on Abortion: Charlie Baker on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
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