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Solon Targets Birth Control Coverage

Rep. Carlos Bilbao (pictured), R-Emmett, took up the issue that consumed Washington, D.C., last week proposing an Idaho law to prohibit requiring insurance policies to cover contraception, sterilization and "abortifacients," or abortion-inducing drugs. Bilbao presented his House Bill 530 to the House Health & Welfare Committee Thursday, saying he was responding to the Obama administration's controversial policy regarding contraception services. "It is an attack on my rights of conscience," said Bilbao, a Catholic. "It is an affront to my religious freedoms...It is not right that we have to bow down and take something that is against our moral beliefs." The measure was opposed by Hannah Brass, legislative director of Planned Parenthood of Idaho/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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