STATEMENT ON SB 749 VETO OVERRIDE
Missouri vote offers hope for U.S. conscience rights
St. Louis -- Today, the Missouri General Assembly has overridden Governor Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749. This is a victory for Catholics, people of all faiths, and more specifically, Missouri citizens who value religious liberty. SB 749 requires insurance companies to let people know up front whether a proposed policy includes coverage for abortions or contraceptives, and it allows those with an objection on moral grounds to have insurers exclude these items from employees' health plans. It does nothing to make contraceptives illegal, in fact, they are widely available and affordable. It does, however, assert conscience rights for Missouri citizens when those rights are in jeopardy due to the federal HHS mandate. 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. We thank the people of Missouri for your prayers and for your tireless efforts to protect our first, most-cherished freedom.