Missouri lawmakers have set the stage for a federal court battle by protecting a new law that would exempt employers with religious objections from the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) birth control coverage requirements.
Members of both the state House and the state Senate agreed Wednesday to override a move by Gov. Jay Nixon, D, to veto the religious exemption bill, Senate Bill 749.
Nixon vetoed S.B. 749, which was sponsored by state Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, Mo., in July.
Nixon said at the time that the state's existing law already lets employers opt out of providing contraceptive coverage if doing so conflicts with their religious or moral convictions.