Mo. lawmakers override veto of bill that would allow employers to refuse to cover abortion, contraceptive services

Published on September 14, 2012 at 1:55 AM · No Comments

Gov. Jay Nixon had argued that state law already provided protections.

Kansas City Star: Missouri Lawmakers Override Gov. Nixon's Birth Control Bill Veto
Missouri lawmakers voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto and allow employers to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control if doing so violates their religious convictions. But almost immediately after the vote, a Kansas City firefighter and the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women filed a lawsuit asking a judge to throw the new law out (Hancock, 9/13).

St. Louis Beacon: Lawmakers Override Nixon On Contraception, Skip Vehicle Tax
(Missouri state) Sen. John Lamping's bill stated that employers could not be required to provide insurance coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization if such coverage violated their religious or ethical beliefs.  The bill went on to say that no employees could be required to pay for such coverage in a group plan, if they held similar objections. Nixon vetoed the bill in July, arguing that state law already "provided strong religious protections" that allow employers to decline to provide coverage for abortion or contraceptives (Rosenbaum, 09/12). 

Also, a religiously oriented business files suit against the Obama administration policy requiring employers to cover contraceptives.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Hobby Lobby Sues Over Morning-After Pill Coverage Requirement In Health Reform Law
Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation's health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs. The lawsuit by the Oklahoma City-based chain claims the government mandate is forcing the company's owners "to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits" (9/12).

Reuters: Hobby Lobby Sues Government Over Healthcare Mandate
Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retailer founded by evangelical Christians, sued the Obama administration on Wednesday to stop a mandate under the federal healthcare reform law to provide drugs such as the morning-after pill to employees through their health insurance. The lawsuit, filed in District Court in the Western District of Oklahoma, seeks a permanent injunction against the government on behalf of Hobby Lobby and other companies that have religious convictions against abortion (Olafson, 9/12).

Abortion issues are also making news in Virginia and Alabama --

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