Legal Challenge Already Awaits Recently Veto-Overridden Contraception Bill

Eric Stoyanov

JEFFFERSOON CITY, Mo. (MDN) — Within one hour of lawmakers overriding Governor Nixon’s veto of a bill that allows employers to deny contraception coverage based on religious beliefs, one labor union is already challenging the law.

The Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women is seeking a preliminary injunction within the next few days regarding the new law.

The labor union’s lawyer Edward Keenan says he’s prepared to take the law all the way to the state Supreme Court.

“Anything that attacks worker’s right to access healthcare is going to be met firmly and swiftly by the labor movement and we’re ready to challenge every aspect of this bill.”

The law’s sponsor, Saint Louis County Republican Senator John Lamping, said during the veto session that this bill makes clear an employer cannot be forced to pay for an employees services that they do not agree with.

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