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Missouri GOP Close Session With More Anti-Woman Legislation

Missouri GOP Close Session With More Anti-Woman Legislation

The Republican-led Missouri legislature wasn’t going to let the legislative session close without one final push to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care and passed a bill that allows employers to refuse to provide health insurance for birth control.

The bill states that no employer or health plan provider can be compelled to provide coverage – or be penalized for refusing to cover – abortion, contraception or sterilization if those items run contrary to their religious or moral convictions. The bill also gives the state attorney general grounds to sue other governmental officials or entities that infringe on the rights granted in the legislation.

“This bill is about religious freedom and moral convictions,” said Rep. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo. “This is about sending a message to the federal government that we don’t like things rammed down our throat.”
Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declined to say whether or not he supports the measure, noting he is in favor of both a woman’s right to access contraception and the right of people to practice their religious beliefs.

This measure is a companion to another bill asking Missouri voters to decide whether the state should restrict the creation of a health insurance exchange as part of the federal overhaul of the insurance market. Under that bill, voters would get the final say on whether to enact a state law prohibiting the governor from establishing a state health insurance exchange. The federal health care law signed by Obama requires states to create such online markets by 2014 or have the federal government run one for them. The Missouri measure would allow a state-created insurance exchange only if specifically authorized by a state law or a subsequent vote of the people.

What didn’t was were several education and job-growth initiatives Republicans promised work on when the session started in January. Nonetheless, Republicans declared the legislative session a success, which should make clear what their priorities were all along.

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8:00PM PDT on May 27, 2012

"No, you can’t have contraceptives because they violate our beliefs; no, you can’t have an abortion, no, not even if you were raped, because it violates ourbeliefs; no, you can’t even learn about contraception because it violates ourbeliefs – our beliefs only allow you to learn about abstinence; no, you can’t marry someone of the same sex because it violates our beliefs."
By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson May 26, 2012

Why should what 'Christians' beliefs trump anyone else's rights??? Do only their beliefs count in America? What about what YOU believe? What you believe is right should it violate the rights of someone else? Questions that should be asked more often - but are lost due to the whining about violations of THEIR beliefs.

5:05AM PDT on May 23, 2012

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

4:39AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you for the article...

9:59PM PDT on May 22, 2012

she says this bill is all about the right for your religion but actually doesn't this eliminate the rights of those who don't believe in the same thing?

So in Kansas the Dr. can lie to the woman who is pregnant if he is against abortion. In Missouri the employer can refuse to provide health coverage if they don't believe in abortion. The people who live in Kansas City are totally screwed. People really support this stuff?

8:26PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Mari - actually the "Church" doesn't approve of IVF, either. So the Catholics wouldn't approve of insurance covering that & many hospitals & businesses are run by Catholics & Christian Churches (Baptist, Methodist & Lutheran). I am not sure where Baptists, Methodists & Lutherans stand on IVF but Baptists usually are against Abortion...Methodists used to not care but they have changed a lot lately as have Lutherans....

I have a big problem with the Religious Right too.

8:21PM PDT on May 22, 2012

All the women and womens' rights advocates, who live in Missouri, should vote thier state and local legislators out of office, who want to pass laws infringing on womens' rights.

8:16PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Paula M. this crap is "anti-woman" because there is not push to outlaw Viagara or medicines like it. Also, if a person has a problem with abortion, they shouldn't have one or educate themselves/apply for jobs at locations that offer abortions. I have a problem with the religious right, I would not apply for a job at a chruch-ran organization. Also, you know what health insurance also covers, IVF! It's okay for a woman to get help getting pregant, but it's not okay for her to decide that she isn't ready for kids? Furthermore, birth control has more uses than not having kids.

5:23PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Paula M - What Jessica Penkilo wants is for coverage to be uniform for men & women. Because the Hyde amendment provides NO funding for abortion, this means that no abortion is federally funded...If a person pays for insurance, then it should be able to cover what they need - without covering men's prescriptions & not covering women's. Why is it that you think insurance should cover viagra, cialis & levitra (I notice the Cardinals have no problem with insurance covering that) but not cover birth control? Because the Church says? I guess you don't mind if the faith follows what YOU think but you have a problem with what anyone else wants. This is the land of the free except it doesn't pertain to non-Christians??? Who is going to decide if an abortion is medically necessary, YOU????? In essence everyone pays for their insurance premiums someway... They should cover what is needed.

5:06PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Paula M. You don't have a clue what birth control is. It is not abortion, it is planning to AVOID abortion.

1:20PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Ding. Ding. The bell sounds for the start of another round in the Republican Party's non-existant War on Women and denying them healthcare benefits. Even though it is a natural process in healthcare pregnancy is considered an abnormal condition since women are not normally pregnant. Therefore it can be reasoned that not being pregnant is a woman's normal condition. If that is so then denying a woman access and insurance coverage for birth control measures will negatively impact her health and may cause her to become abnormal. In that case this law in Missouri should be defeated because it hurts the overall health of women.

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