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Thu February 23, 2012
Missouri assembly debates Obama birth control law
Medical coverage of birth control under Pres. Barack Obama's contraception mandate is sparking debate among Missouri representatives.
By Joe Chiodo (Jefferson City, Mo.)
The Missouri House says it does not support giving employers the choice to supply their employees with contraceptive coverage based on moral beliefs.
Representatives passed a resolution declaring their opposition to the bill which the senate delayed to vote.
Some representatives say the bill is a form of sex discrimination, but Republican Representative Jeff Grismore of Jackson, disagrees.
"It is not discrimination against women and their access to contraceptives--they have that. but let's not let the administration work their way into the clinics, and the bedrooms of religiously affiliated institutions," Grismore said.
Grismore says requiring such institutions to provide coverage goes against freedom of religion.