Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to the Massachusetts Senate's vote on contraceptive access legislation:

“We thank the Massachusetts State Senate for today standing up for reproductive freedom by passing the ACCESS bill to protect and expand contraceptive access for patients throughout the Commonwealth. Decisions regarding birth control methods are best left to doctors and their patients. Access to reproductive care should not be limited due to an employer’s religious beliefs or moral objections – nor should patients’ access be limited because of prohibitively expensive co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. At a time when the Trump Administration has once again chosen cruelty over care, we are proud that Massachusetts is leading the nation in protecting women and their families across the Commonwealth.”