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Mo. Lawmaker Wants Appeal Of Ruling Striking State Law That Allows Employers To Opt Out Of Contraception, Abortion Coverage

Missouri's House speaker is calling on their state's attorney general to appeal a ruling that stops a state law from allowing employers to exclude contraception and abortion from insurance coverage.

St. Louis Beacon: Jones Seeks Appeal Of Ruling Blocking State Law Allowing Firms To Decline To Cover Contraception
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is calling on state Attorney General Chris Koster to appeal last week's court ruling that blocks provisions of a new state law that allows employers to exclude contraception, abortion or sterilization from insurance coverage. Jones said in a statement Wednesday that Koster, a Democrat, must "immediately appeal this case and defend the rights of Missouri citizens by challenging the contraception mandate as unconstitutional" (Mannies, 3/20).

In related news --

The Associated Press: Women Protest Proposal To Tighten Abortion Rules
In the 1970s, Wanda Webb Schrader marched in Washington, D.C., to support abortion rights. It didn't occur to her that she'd have to renew her efforts some 40 years later. But the retired junior high school teacher and counselor was back at it Wednesday (Waggoner, 3/20).

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