Under current Missouri law, an individual can morally object to contraceptive coverage but not to coverage for surgical abortions. Abortion coverage is supposed to be paid for by an optional rider, but if the employer decides to pay for the abortion coverage in the company’s group plan, then the employee is paying for that coverage even if he has a moral or religious objection.
In order to address this strange anomaly, State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) will offer an amendment when SB 749 is debated on the House floor. His amendment will make it clear that individuals can opt out of paying for someone else’s abortion. The Barnes amendment is discussed further in this week’s alert.