Monday, July 16, 2012
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. What do you think of his actions?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. Nixon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said Missouri law already provides "strong religious protections" that let employers and employees abstain from paying for contraceptive coverage based on their beliefs. From the report: Nixon said the bill would undermine the current protections because it would let an insurance company "impose its will, and deny inclusion of contraceptive coverage, even if that position is inconsistent with the rights and beliefs of the employee or employer." At a news conference in his Capitol office this morning, Nixon said he vetoed the…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Missouri Senate gave an initial thumbs-up to legislation that would allow employers to deny coverage for contraceptive services. Do you agree?
In the wake of a massive Jefferson City rally over the issue, the Missouri state Senate this week gave initial approval to legislation that would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptive services if they have religious or moral objections. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the issue this week with a story that quoted several St. Louis-area residents who attended the rally in the Missouri Capitol. Area residents such as John Jost from Chesterfield and Terri Booher from Florissant framed the issue as one of religious freedom: "Congress shall pass no law prohibiting the free exercise of my religion,” the Post quoted Jost as saying. “End of story. Stay out of my religion.” Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, the legislation's …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Missouri lawmaker is one of nine co-sponsors of the bill, which is a response to recent controversy about insurance coverage of birth control, the Kansas City Star reported.
A Missouri legislator from Richmond Heights has co-sponsored a bill aimed at limiting vasectomies, the Kansas City Star reported Friday. The legislation from Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat, and eight other lawmakers is a response to recent controversy about whether insurance coverage of birth control should be mandatory. Quoting from the Star: "Newman's bill is similar to anti-vasectomy legislation filed in Georgia after an anti-abortion bill was debated in that state's legislature." Read Newman's comments on the bill and see excerpt from the legislation in the complete Star article.