Donald Trump overrode the Obamacare birth control coverage mandate, but Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts took matters in his own hands. He’s signed bipartisan legislation that requires insurers in that state to provide free birth control.

The bill went further than President Barack Obama’s 2012 regulation by allowing plans to cover birth control pills for a full year at once and emergency contraception (like the morning after pill) without prescription. Insurance companies have six months to get new rules into place. Only churches or other religious institutions can opt out of these plans.

Massachusetts hopes to send a message to other states. You’d think even Arkansas could understand the value of birth control in avoiding abortions. Alas ….


Several attorneys general are suing to overturn Trump’s elimination of the birth control mandate. Not Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, however.