Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, under fire for comments on a recent Supreme Court ruling restricting insurance coverage for contraception, said Friday morning he would set aside $300,000 as governor to cover women affected by the decision.
“I have always, and will as governor, support women’s right to access comprehensive health care,” Baker said, in a statement.
Baker touched off the controversy Wednesday when he told reporters his personal view of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling “doesn’t matter” because it would not have any impact on Massachusetts.
“What I care about is Massachusetts and, for Massachusetts, it doesn’t change a thing, which is great,” he said.
The 5-4 decision allows closely held, often family-owned, companies to deny contraceptive coverage on religious grounds.
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