Birth con­trol bill passes Mass. Se­nate

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BOS­TON (AP) — A bill that sup­port­ers say will pro­tect birth con­trol cov­er­age for women is one step closer to be­com­ing law in Mas­sachusetts.

The Mas­sachusetts Se­nate over­whelm­ingly passed the bill Tues­day.

The mea­sure in­cludes a pro­vi­sion re­quir­ing health in­sur­ers to con­tinue of­fer­ing cov­er­age — with­out co-pay­ments — for pre­scrip­tion con­tra­cep­tives re­gard­less of changes in fed­eral pol­icy or any fu­ture re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive order last month that would al­low em­ploy­ers to opt out of pro­vid­ing birth con­trol cov­er­age by claim­ing re­li­gious or moral ob­jec­tions.

The leg­is­la­tion also man­dates cov­er­age for over-the­counter emer­gency con­tra­cep­tives with­out a doc­tor's pre­scrip­tion.

The Mas­sachusetts House last week on a 138-16 vote ap­proved the bill, which now heads to Repub­li­can Gov. Char­lie Baker, who is ex­pected to sign the leg­is­la­tion.

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