Victory for Conscience Protection in Missouri
Posted by John Jansen (September 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm)
A great victory for religious freedom was scored last week when the Missouri legislature overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon of Senate Bill 749.
The bill, which passed with wide margins in both the state House and Senate earlier this summer, was written in direct response to the HHS Mandate.
SB 749 ensures that employees and employers in the state of Missouri will not be forced to participate in, provide, pay for, or provide referrals for health plans or services that cover contraceptives, sterilizations, or abortion-causing drugs.
In a special veto session last week, the Missouri Senate resoundingly voted 26-6 and the Missouri House voted 109-45 to override Governor Nixon’s veto of the bill.
The Missouri Catholic Conference issued a statement following the override that reads:
This is a victory for Catholics, people of all faiths, and more specifically, Missouri citizens who value religious liberty. … Today’s override is a powerful pro-life statement, one that gives us hope that conscience rights will be extended to all U.S. citizens.
The representatives and senators of the Show Me State who voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto are to be commended for acting to defend their constituents’ religious freedom and conscience rights.