Contraception-coverage debate in Missouri headed to court

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  • Contraception coverage is proving a bitter pill for many to swallow.

The debate over contraception coverage in employers’ health plans is headed to court in Missouri. Hours after the state Legislature voted to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a contraception coverage bill, the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court.

The bill allows employers to opt out of birth-control coverage in employee health-care plans because of religious or moral convictions. The lawsuit maintains that the proposed law violates federal law and discriminates based on religion and gender. Supporters of the bill contend that it is an issue of religious freedom, while critics believe it could deny women access to affordable birth-control coverage.

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