Contraception Hearing Draws Big Crowd
House Health and Welfare Committee Janice McGeachin Monday warned those in the room they were in danger of breaking fire codes, so many had arrived to testify for and against the measure. Idaho isn’t alone in considering similar legislation, with Missouri and Arizona mulling changes. The measures challenge a recent Obama administration decision seeking to guarantee employees of religion-affiliated institutions reproductive health coverage, which includes contraception. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise backed the measure, saying it would help block a federal rule that violates the church’s fundamental beliefs. Foes in Idaho said passing such a law undercuts basic health care.