ARCHDIOCESE DEEPLY SADDENED BY NIXON VETO
Governor’s decision to veto SB 749 is a profound missed opportunity
St. Louis — The Archdiocese of St. Louis expresses deep sadness today, following Governor Nixon’s decision to veto SB 749. His failure to sign this critically important legislation weakens the rights of Missouri citizens leaving them without full protection of their religious liberties. SB 749 would have required insurance companies to let people know up front whether a proposed policy included coverage for abortions or contraceptives. It would have allowed those with objections on moral grounds to have insurers exclude these items from employee’s health plans. This is a profound missed opportunity to assert conscience rights for Missouri citizens when those rights are in jeopardy from the federal HHS mandate. At this time, we encourage Missouri legislators to override Governor Nixon’s veto during the veto session in September. We encourage Catholics and people of all faith to continue to pray for religious liberty in our state and in our nation.