A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Missouri state representative is aimed at changing a mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that he says violates his religious rights.
Paul Wieland, a Republican House member from Imperial, says he and his wife are no longer able to opt out of coverage for “abortion-inducing drugs” under a group health care plan provided for legislators.
He says that option has been removed because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Updated 11:08 a.m., 12:42 p.m., 3:19 p.m. (with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey)
A lengthy legal battle over an abortion notification law appears to be ending, clearing the way for Illinois to begin enforcing a 1995 measure requiring doctors to notify a girl's parents before she undergoes the procedure.
A Missouri Senate Committee has passed legislation that puts restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs.
The bill would require the prescribing doctor to be physically present whenever a patient takes RU-486 or any other medication designed to terminate a pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to prevent so-called “web-cam abortions,” in which a doctor at another location instructs the patient on taking the medicine.
Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life testified in favor of the bill before the vote.
Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night before a Missouri Senate committee.
They include a measure that would require a doctor to be physically present whenever abortion-inducing drugs are administered to a woman. It’s sponsored by freshman Senator Wayne Wallingford (R, Cape Girardeau). He says women who take RU-486 or other abortion-inducing drugs at home run a severe risk of complications.