Anti-Choice Missouri Lawmakers Override Health-Care Coverage for Women

Posted on September 13, 2012

NARAL Pro-Choice America, September 13, 2012

Extreme anti-choice state lawmakers are at it again!

Last night, the Missouri legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D-Mo.) veto of a far-reaching anti-choice bill that will now go into effect.

This law will allow bosses to refuse to cover birth control, abortion, and other health-care services in their insurance plans based on their personal beliefs. Women who work at these organizations may no longer receive comprehensive health-care coverage.

This is the furthest-reaching of any recent state bill on this topic.

When Gov. Nixon vetoed the bill in July, he delivered a strong rebuke against its intent to deny contraceptive-coverage to women. Watch his great remarks here.

We’ve seen this kind of political interference in women’s birth-control coverage at the federal level, too.

Earlier this year, another Missouri native, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), proposed an extreme amendment to allow corporations and insurance companies to refuse to cover birth control and other essential health-care services, including maternity care, HIV/AIDS screenings, mammograms and cancer screenings.

Fortunately, U.S. senators stood up for women and defeated the notorious Blunt amendment.

Keep up to date on what’s happening in Missouri by following NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri on Facebook and Twitter. They are on the front lines, and we applaud them for doing everything they could to stop this attack on women’s birth-control coverage.