Beginning Nov. 20, all Missouri state employees who “have a religious or moral objection” may opt out of healthcare plans that cover abortion and birth control.
The decision of the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan comes more than a year after Missouri state Sen. Paul Wieland and his family enrolled in a special healthcare plan that did not cover abortion, contraception, or sterilization.
Wieland’s healthcare coverage was hard-won: He and his wife filed suit in 2013 against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the Obamacare mandate that required them to purchase health insurance at odds with their religious convictions. The Thomas More Society helped them secure their legal victory in 2016.
“It is incumbent upon government to respect the religious beliefs of individuals and families,” Wieland said after learning all state employees will have access to the plan. “Appropriate healthcare coverage should never violate our religious liberties. The victory that the Thomas More Society helped obtain for my family is now a victory for all Missourians.” —S.G.