Mo. Senate Endorses Birth Control Coverage Measure
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a measure letting employers refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control in some instances.
The legislation, endorsed in a voice vote Tuesday, would let employers deny coverage unless an employee has a medical need for birth control.
Some Senate Democrats had delayed a vote on the bill, saying it would make obtaining birth control more difficult.
But they yielded Tuesday afternoon, calling the measure a "do-nothing" bill. They said most of the bill's provisions are already in state law and that Republicans had merely bough the bill up to appease religious voters.
The measure must be approved once more before it goes to the Missouri House.