Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly rejected a proposal from Gov. Mitt Romney to let hospitals opt out of giving rape victims emergency contraception on religious grounds. Reilly, a Democratic candidate in Massachusetts' 2006 gubernatorial race, told reporters there are no exceptions to the soon-to-be-implemented law, according to a statement released by the attorney general's office. The law, which survived Romney's veto earlier this year, also lets women buy emergency contraception from a pharmacy without a prescription. The Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts Department of Health is expected to exempt some private or Catholic hospitals on moral or religious grounds in regulations drafted under the law. The Associated Press said the regulations are expected to be released next week. -- by Melanie Evans
No opt-out in rape victim law: Mass. AG
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