Politics
9:08 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Controversy in Jefferson City over Obama contraception plan

The debate over President Obama's contraception mandate heated up at Missouri's Capitol today.

By Mark Hodges (Jefferson City, Mo.)

Supporters of Planned Parenthood spoke out against proposed state legislation attacking President Obama's contraception mandate.

Republican Senator Scott Rupp sponsors legislation that would let organizations choose what health care services to provide.

He says his bill is about protecting religious freedom.

"This is just, a full-frontal assault on religious liberty in the state. You have organizations that are now being told they have to go against their beliefs, and we're going to force you to do that," Rupp said.

Democratic Representative Chris Kelly says churches and religious groups should provide the same services as any other business.