(LifeSiteNews) – On Monday, the Republican governor of Massachusetts signed into law unanimously-passed legislation requiring all employers, regardless of moral objections, to provide employees with “free” contraception and abortifacient drugs.
“Massachusetts has a chance to send a message to other parts of the country about how we think and feel about this issue,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at the bill’s signing ceremony.
The President of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion vendor, praised the law, saying “we need everyone — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, business leaders, artists — to follow Massachusetts’ lead and take action.”
Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak of Planned Parenthood’s Massachusetts advocacy fund said this is “a monumental victory for Massachusetts women and families.”
The law was passed in response to the Trump administration issuing regulations freeing conscientious objectors like the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to participate in the provision of contraception and abortifacient drugs. The Catholic Church teaches that the use of contraception is “intrinsically evil” (CCC 2370).
The Little Sisters of the Poor’s mission is to uphold the dignity of human life by caring for the elderly poor.
“Good research shows that very few sexually active women forgo contraception due to either cost or availability,” Dr. Michael New, a Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, told LifeSiteNews.
New is a leading social scientist with expertise in abortion- and contraception-related public policy. read more