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Georgia joins states filing 'birth control' bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is among a growing number of states filing legislation challenging a recent Obama administration decision that seeks to guarantee employees of religion-affiliated institutions reproductive health coverage, which would include contraception.

Columbus Republican Josh McKoon has filed Senate Bill 460, which recognizes birth control as beneficial to women and the family planning process, but would not require church-affiliated employers to provide contraception.

Similar bills have been filed recently in Idaho, Missouri and Arizona. They echo a separate proposal in Congress that allows insurance plans to opt out of the requirement on contraception coverage if they have moral objections.

Opposition to the Obama rule led the administration to shift the burden from religious organizations to insurance companies, a solution that did little to satisfy opponents and led to the statehouse challenges.

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