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Planned Parenthood Rallies Behind Affordable Care Act

Date: February 13, 2012
By: Mark Hodges
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SJR 49 SB 749 HB 1541

Intro: 
Supporters of Planned Parenthood met at the Capitol to rally behind President Obama's contraception mandate.
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Wrap: Supporters of Planned Parenthood spoke out against state Senate legislation that would allow health care providers to limit coverage for moral reasons.

The legislation would allow limits on coverage for things like birth control and abortion services.

Democratic Whip Mike Colona is the only openly gay male serving in the Missouri Legislature.

He compared the discrimination he could face to that of a Catholic woman in need of birth control.

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Description: "It doesn't bother me if you don't agree with my lifestyle, but what bothers me is when you deny me health care coverage. This is a public health issue. And the question becomes, when does that slippery slope get to the point where we say enough is enough."

Senator John Lamping sponsors legislation that would let businesses continue to choose what kind of coverage they provide.

He says every organization, including religious institutions, has a right to decide what services it will provide to its employees.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges.

 

Intro: 
The debate over President Obama's contraception mandate heated up at Missouri's Capitol today.
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Wrap: Supporters of Planned Parenthood spoke out against proposed state legislation attacking President Obama's contraception mandate.

Republican Senator Scott Rupp sponsors legislation that would let organizations choose what health care services to provide.

He says his bill is about protecting religious freedom.

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Description: "This is just, a full-frontal assault on religious liberty in the state. You have organizations that are now being told they have to go against their beliefs, and we're going to force you to do that."

Democratic Representative Chris Kelly says churches and religious groups should provide the same services as any other business.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges.

Intro: 
Planned Parenthood supporters rallied against proposed Senate legislation at Missouri's Capitol today.
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Wrap: New Missouri Senate legislation would provide exceptions to President Obama's contraception mandate.

Planned Parenthood spokesperson Michelle Trupiano is against the bills.

She says life doesn't begin at conception, so birth control doesn't have abortive qualities.

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Description: "So there's no birth control that is an abortion so those that are leading you and saying otherwise, either don't understand science, or they're purposefully misleading the general public when they're saying this is about abortion because it has nothing to do with abortion."

Republican Senator Scott Rupp sponsors one of the bills. He says life begins at conception, no questions asked.

He says that's one of the reasons why religious organizations should be able to choose what health care services it provides.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges.


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