Mo. House Ups Quest to Appeal Birth Control Ruling

6 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, March 28 2013 Mar 28, 2013 Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:25:00 PM CDT March 28, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is increasing his push to get the attorney general to appeal a ruling against a new law creating a moral exemption from mandatory insurance coverage of birth control.

Jones filed a resolution Thursday in the House that, if passed by both chambers, would officially ask Attorney General Chris Koster to appeal the decision. Jones previously sent a letter to Koster requesting an appeal.

The Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon last year to enact a law requiring insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers say it violates their "moral, ethical or religious beliefs."

A federal judge struck down the law earlier this month, ruling that it conflicted with a provision of President Barack Obama's health care law.

 

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