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Fri Mar 29, 2013, 05:38 AM

Jones promises House action if Koster fails to appeal ruling on conscience law

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is trying to step up the pressure on state Attorney General Chris Koster, when it comes to protecting a state law -- now in limbo -- that allows employers to avoid providing insurance coverage for certain procedures.

Jones announced Thursday that the state House will consider and pass a resolution next week urging Koster to appeal a St. Louis-based federal judge’s ruling that tossed out a 2012 law allowing employers to exclude insurance coverage for abortions, contraception or sterilization.

''Jones, also a lawyer, held a news conference at a pregnancy care center in Springfield, Mo., to lay out his concerns that Koster, a Democrat, might opt not to appeal the ruling.

Koster, a former Republican, has not stated a public position on the law in question -- but he has said that he backs abortion rights in general.


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