Charlie Baker on Abortion
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."
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)
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