ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A bill that would allow employers in Missouri to refuse to provide health insurance for abortions, sterilization, and contraception now sits Gov. Jay Nixon desk.

This is the third such proposal to come Nixon’s way in response to the Obama administration’s efforts to compel employers provide abortion and contraception coverage for its workers. Gov. Nixon managed to sidestep the first two bills allowing them to become law without his signature.

The new bill states that no employer or health care provider should be forced to do such a thing if doing so violates their religious or moral convictions.

When asked about the bill during a recent stop in Lemay, Mo. Nixon again tiptoed around a commitment not leaning to either side saying, “we are in the process of reviewing that bill so I’m not going to make a lot of news on that.”

Nixon has until July 14 to act.

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