Contraception: Tim Jones Still Fighting Birth Control Mandate After Ruling, Cites Free Speech

Jones' renewed push against Obama's health care measures comes as the speaker is promoting his legislation in the House that would give doctors the right not to perform procedures, such as abortions, that go against their moral beliefs. That bill has sparked controversy with questions of how it could impact rape victims seeking emergency contraception.

In a press release announcing his letter to Koster, Jones' office notes that the effort to override Nixon's veto on this law was one of his first actions as speaker of the House.

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And in his letter, he says the veto is a major source of pride: "It was an honor and privilege to play an important role in pass this necessary protection of our First Amendment rights into law, and it is my hope that in the coming months this protection will once again be restored."

Here's his full press release, followed by the letter and the federal ruling.

Speaker Tim Jones has released the following statement regarding Obama-appointed Judge Audrey G. Fleissig's decision to invalidate the provisions of SB749, a 2012 bill protecting Missourians' religious beliefs from being interfered with by provisions of the federal healthcare law which requires provision of services like abortion, contraception, or sterilization.

"Missourians' religious rights under the First Amendment must take precedence over President Obama's overreaching health care law. I call on Attorney General Koster to immediately appeal this case and to defend the rights of Missouri citizens by challenging the contraception mandate as unconstitutional. Missourians need to be protected from mandates that violate their religious beliefs," said Speaker Jones.

The veto override of SB749 was among Speaker Jones' first actions as Speaker of the Missouri House. A letter from Speaker Jones to Attorney General Koster requesting the appeal is available here.

Just last week, the founder of Domino's Pizza won his bid for a court order to prevent enforcement of the Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers to purchase drugs that cause abortion, in violation of their religious beliefs. The lawsuit in that case is still pending.

Speaker Tim Jones

U.S. District Court - Audrey G. Fleissig, U.S. District Judge

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