A pro-life group is glad that Missouri is going to court to
defend its defiance of a federal Health and Human Services
Pam Fichter of Missouri Right to Life explains
that the Missouri Legislature barely overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's (D)
veto of the legislation that protects people on the basis of their
religious beliefs. The law says employers cannot be required to
cover services or medicines that go against their religious or
"This is legislation that seeks to protect people and
institutions of faith from being forced to provide insurance
coverage for abortion … abortion-causing drugs … sterilizations or
other procedures and devices against their deeply held religious
beliefs," Fichter details.
Within hours following the override vote, the Greater
Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women filed suit in Cole
County Circuit Court to block it. There the court will decide
whether state law can trump a requirement of the federal
"It's certainly going to create a lot of turmoil in the courts,"
the pro-lifer notes. "We're looking forward to the battle, and
either way, this legislation sends a very strong message to
Washington that Missouri citizens are not going to tolerate this
kind of bullying and denial of our fundamental rights."
Other states have passed similar laws, but Fichter says
Missouri's is probably the strongest in terms of protecting
religious freedom and rights of conscience.