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Romney vetoes emergency contraception bill despite likely override

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official website] vetoed a bill on Monday that would have expanded access to emergency contraceptives [full text]. The move was symbolic since the bill passed the Massachusetts House and Senate with enough votes to override [AP report] a veto, leading some political observers to call the move posturing for a possible 2008 presidential bid by Romney. In 2002, Romney said he supported expanding access to emergency contraceptives, but as the bill got through the legislature he said he wanted to consult with experts on its impact. The bill would require emergency room doctors to offer the pill to rape victims, and allow it to be sold without a prescription. Romney called his decision consistent with his pledge "not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it." AP has more.

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