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DC Mayor Kills Contraceptive Bill

Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams Tuesday refused to sign a bill that would have required DC employer-provided health care to cover contraceptives. Mayor Williams sided with the Catholic Church, objecting to the bill on the grounds that it had no opt-out clause for churches or other employers who object to contraception on “religious or moral grounds.” Although the bill had previously been unanimously approved by the City Council, Williams’ failure to sign the bill effectively vetoes it for the current session. When the Council returns in September, they plan to renegotiate the bill with exceptions for certain employers.

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Infobeat - August 2, 2000

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