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Ariz., Mo. Officials Grapple With How To Tackle Abortion Restrictions, Coverage

In Arizona, local officials are split on whether to enforce a new law restricting abortion, while Missouri lawmakers prepare for a veto override vote on allowing employers there to exclude abortion and contraception from health insurance they offer.

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog: Challenge To Arizona Abortion Law Finds Prosecutors Taking Opposite Sides
A recent set of Arizona laws restricting abortion has gotten the kinds of responses you'd expect from various groups -- Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit last Monday -- but also has state prosecutors taking opposite positions on whether enforcement should be delayed (Favate, 7/23).

St. Louis Beacon: Campaign Trail: Electoral Pressures Could Prompt Override Veto Of Contraception Bill
On Sept. 12, lawmakers will convene for their veto session. The annual event is typically ceremonial in nature, with plenty of farewells to departing legislators. But this year, lawmakers will try to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill allowing employers to exclude abortion, contraception or sterilization from insurance coverage. At first glance, the prospects may seem dim because the bill fell four votes short of obtaining a veto-proof majority in the House. But a quick look at the roll call for the bill shows the votes could be there if it's put up for an override (Rosenbaum, 7/23).

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