One side says this debate is a matter of religious freedom and moral choice; the other side says the religious issue is a diversion and women are going to pay the price.
For Paula Gianino, President &
"This went way beyond birth control bills," she says. "It also went to very expensive procedures like vasectomies and tubal ligations."
Gianino says the religious debate over the bill was a diversion from the real issue: affordable access to birth control.
"So this was never a debate
about religious liberty and many made it that falsely. It was never a debate
about abortion, because we already have a law in
Gianino says now
"But, I also think it shines a
very bad light on
Nick Lund-Molfese, the Catholic Diocese of Springfield Cape Girardeau, sees SB 749 as a protection.
"We see it protecting business owners and individuals from being forced by the government to violate their faith or beliefs."
He says business owners in this Diocese felt forced to choose between their faith and their healthcare obligation.
"If you ask people to choose
between violating their faith and doing something they'd like to do, I think
the values of Missouri are not to put people in that situation.