The Archdiocese of St. Louis voiced “deep sadness” that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill to require insurance companies to provide information and several accommodations for employers and employees who have religious objections to abortion, contraceptives and sterilizations.
“This is a profound missed opportunity to assert conscience rights for Missouri citizens when those rights are in jeopardy from the federal HHS mandate,” the archdiocese said July 12.
The legislation, S.B. 749, would strengthen conscience protections against the compulsory purchase or provision of health-care plans that include coverage for abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives or sterilizations.