Missouri: Pro-Abortion Groups Lobby Nixon to Veto Pro-Life Bill
by Joe Ortwerth | Jefferson City, MO | LifeNews.com | 6/19/12 12:12 PM
Pro-abortion forces are waging a vigorous campaign to convince Governor Jay Nixon to veto pro-life legislation passed during this year’s General Assembly.
Anti-life groups are pressing Nixon to reject Senate Bill 749, sponsored by Senator John Lamping. The bill is a challenge to the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate issued by the Obama Administration.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Missouri are orchestrating the veto campaign, and have been joined by NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, the Sierra Club, and the Missouri chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. The veto campaign took on new strength in the last week with the involvement of the Missouri AFL-CIO.
Lamping’s bill states that no employee or employer can be compelled to obtain or provide health care coverage for abortion, contraception, or sterilization, if such items or procedures violate their religious beliefs.
Lamping’s legislation would not reverse the impact of the contraceptive mandate in Missouri. However, it would become law in Missouri if the abortion drug mandate were to withdrawn by a new President, repealed by Congress, or invalidated by a federal court.
The contraceptive edict issued by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requires that all health insurance plans include coverage for every contraceptive approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That includes the abortifacient drugs Ella and Plan B.
The mandate takes effect August 1st. Religious organizations other than churches will have until August 1st of 2012 comply. That means that Catholic institutions and employers will be forced to provide health insurance coverage that violates their religious doctrines, or drop their health insurance coverage altogether.
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The contraceptive and abortion drug mandate is the most egregious violation of religious liberty ever witnessed in our nation.
We encourage you to contact Governor Nixon’s office to urge him to sign Senate Bill 749. You can call his office at (573) 751-3222, or e-mail him through this link:
Governor Nixon has until July 14th to decide to sign or veto Senate Bill 749, or to allow it to become law without his signature.
LifeNews.com Note: Joe Ortwerth writes for the Missouri Family Policy Council.