Judge Blocks Missouri Birth-Control Law

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01:  Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on August 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Under new standards issued by the Obama administration, health insurers are required to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges.  (Photo Illustration by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    A federal judge on Friday struck down a new Missouri law that mandated the availability of insurance plans that exclude contraceptive coverage if employers or their insured employees object to birth control on moral or religious grounds. The law was passed after the state's legislature overrode a September veto by the Democratic governor. Apparently it was vetoed for a reason: In striking down the law, the judge asked the Missouri Department of Insurance how the new law would not be a "direct conflict" with federal laws mandating contraceptive coverage regardless of moral compunctions. The department offered no response.

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