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Quinn signs ballot question on birth control

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  • A demonstrator holding up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington on the day the court decided in the Hobby Lobby case to relieve businesses with religious objections of their obligation to pay for women's contraceptives among a range of preventive services the new health law calls for in their health plans. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Quinn says a the recent decision on birth control has brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront.

      A demonstrator holding up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington on the day the court decided in the Hobby Lobby case to relieve businesses with religious objections of their obligation to pay for women's contraceptives among a range of preventive services the new health law calls for in their health plans. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Quinn says a the recent decision on birth control has brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront.

 
Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a November ballot question that'll ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control.

The Chicago Democrat inked the non-binding question Sunday. In a statement, Quinn says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on birth control has brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront.

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Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women.

State Sen. Iris Martinez sponsored that legislation, which became law in 2003. She's a sponsor of the ballot measure and says t's necessary to make the argument stronger in light of the Affordable Care Act and court disputes.

But Republicans argue it's a gimmick intended to boost Democratic voter turnout.

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The bill is HB5755.

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