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Chris Koster won't appeal birth control ruling

3:32 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a federal court ruling striking down a Missouri law that exempted moral objectors from an insurance requirement to cover birth control.

But Koster does want a judge to revise the ruling, so that religious institutions can receive the same exceptions they currently have under federal law.

At issue is a law enacted by Missouri's Republican-led Legislature last year that requires insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if people or employers assert that birth control violates their "moral, ethical or religious beliefs."

A judge ruled last month that the Missouri law conflicted with an insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law.

A St. Louis nonprofit organization that serves pregnant women has asked the judge to let it appeal the case.

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