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Governor Nixon Vetoes Contraception Legislation

On July 12, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed 10 bills, including a controversial measure dealing with religious or moral objections to contraception.

From the Columbia Daily Tribune:
The veto of the contraception bill brought an immediate response from the sponsor, Sen. John Lamping of St. Louis County, that he would seek an override when lawmakers return to Jefferson City in September.

Nixon's office had received more than 10,000 messages urging him either to sign or veto the bill, which lawmakers passed in response to federal regulations mandating no-cost contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans. Current law provides strong moral and religious protections for people who do not want contraceptive or abortion coverage in their health plans, Nixon said, and that law works well.

The bill passed by lawmakers, he said, goes too far by giving power over that coverage to the insurance companies, allowing them to deny coverage that an employer wants to provide, he said.

"This bill would allow insurance companies to override the rights and beliefs of employers and employees," he said. "By doing so, the bill would shift authority away from Missouri women, families and employers and put that power in the hands of insurance companies. That would be a step backward for Missouri."

To read the full article by Rudi Keller from the July 12, 2012 Columbia Daily Tribune, click here.