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Mo. Legislators Reportedly Reach Compromise On Abortion Coverage Bill

The St. Louis Beacon reports that the legislature might take up a bill Friday that strips controversial provisions passed by the House earlier in the week.

St. Louis Beacon: House-Senate Compromise Reached On Contraception, Sterilization And Abortion Coverage
[Missouri] House and Senate leaders in the debate over insurance coverage for contraception, abortion and sterilization have agreed to a compromise that is expected to be presented to both chambers on Friday, the session's last day. Gone are many of the provisions passed by the House on Wednesday – including the amendment that would have allowed pharmacies to carry products of their own choosing and decline to stock any drug or medical device (Mannies, 5/17).

Meanwhile, in Iowa -

Des Moines Register: Priest Joins Medical Board After Senate Declines To Vote On Him
A prominent Catholic priest has begun serving on the Iowa Board of Medicine, after state senators opted not to vote on his nomination. Msgr. Frank Bognanno's appointment had overtones of the debate over abortion. Gov. Terry Branstad chose him after Senate Democrats rejected the governor's nomination of an anti-abortion activist who had appeared before the medical licensing board in 2010 (Leys, 5/17).

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