Missouri Wants Your Boss To OK Your Birth Control

 

Last week Missouri picked up where Arizona left off, tackling two anti-women’s health bills, including one that would allow employers to deny coverage for birth control pills unless employees provide proof the pills are used for a “medical need.”

Missouri Republicans strongly believe that employers should be the ones left in charge of determining what health care benefits employees are eligible for. Sen. John Lamping, the bill’s sponsor made this point very clear. “In my opinion, employers today have the right to offer whatever benefits they want,” he said.

The group has the strong support of religious organizations, but not quite the same enthusiastic support from the state’s women.

The other bill working its way through the Missouri legislature would greatly expand the “conscious clause” exception by shielding health care workers from participating in any medical procedure that conflicts with their conscience.

Republicans insist this is an issue of religious freedom while state Democrats point out that the only freedom being impeded is a woman’s freedom to control her own body.

The contraception bill must be voted on by the House of Representatives yet while the conscious clause exception has already passed the House and is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.

 

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206 comments

Judy J.
Judy Johnsen4 years ago

What boss would dissaprove of Birth control? If their employees don't have kids, they have more time to work in the office.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you.

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Lisa D.
Lisa D5 years ago

and on another note i know.. but feel like i need to say it now.. i am only just 25 years old and last summer (i was 24) i suffered a slight stroke becuase i was on the pill and a smoker as well... so if you smoke and are on the pill i suggest you stop 1 of them immediately!
Laws for taking them should be stricter and not less strict! they are not sweets

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Lisa D.
Lisa D5 years ago

Maybe its just because I am not from the US... I feel as though you are making a much bigger fuss than necessary over the pill being covered by insurance.. it is entirely up to the employer to even offer health insurance to his/her employees.. there is no set law that states your employer has to cover your birth control bills..
I am not against birth control so dont missunderstand, i think everyone on the planet should be using some form of birth control at all times, unless they are really trying to get pregnant! but to go to the other extreme and demand that your employer cover it in the insurance is silly!

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Carrie H.
Carrie H5 years ago

The conscious clause exception will be use more in E.R.s for denial of heart attack and car crash victims without prof of insurance coverage, than it will every be used for abortion or pregnancy related complications.

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Evelyn M.
Evelyn M5 years ago

Green stars to Tony C. Wish I could send, your points well made.

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Juanita Gilboricard
Juanita Ricard5 years ago

A person's employer has NO business in their private life. What birth control a person uses is between the husband, wife, and their physician. Neither does the government hve any business in our private life. As long as one is not committing a crime the government should back off. But Americans are letting the government get into our business so we have no one but ourselves to blame. Try taking a stand for what is right and do not let these foolish people get away with their stupid ideas.

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Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

This must STOP !!!!

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Patricia Q.
Patricia Q5 years ago

Well, with the "war on women" mentality, I guess the next logical step would be to declare war on men. It all seems to be part of politics these days, but I find that when people polarize themselves to the extreme far right or the extreme far left, dialogue and listening stop. The "enemy" is demonized and we consider no opinion that isn't a mirror image of our own. Shall we take the gridlock in congress and just spread it all over the nation?

In my opinion, pregnancy is not a disease and the expectant mother is not a victim of a war declared by men unless it was rape.

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