Romney: No hospitals are exempt from emergency pill law

December 19, 2005

Massachusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney has decided that all hospitals in Boston will be obligated to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims. His decision overturns a ruling made public by the state Department of Public Health that privately run hospitals could opt out of the requirement if they objected on moral or religious grounds. Romney's decision was based on his legal counsel's conclusion that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute that says private hospitals cannot be forced to provide abortions or contraception.

Massachusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney has decided that all hospitals in Boston will be obligated to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims. His decision overturns a ruling made public by the state Department of Public Health that privately run hospitals could opt out of the requirement if they objected on moral or religious grounds. Romney's decision was based on his legal counsel's conclusion that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute that says private hospitals cannot be forced to provide abortions or contraception.