May 9, 2012 3:24 PM

Brewer now 'more favorable' on contraception bill

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says a contraception coverage bill now on her desk is improved since when she voiced reservations about an earlier version as being intrusive.

Brewer isn't committing to signing the bill passed by the Legislature, but she told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that her position on the bill is now "more favorable."

The bill would generally allow employers formally identifying themselves as religiously oriented organizations to opt out of the state's requirement that health plans cover contraception.

The bill originally would have let any employer opt out of providing health plan coverage of contraception for birth control.

The bill also was changed to specify that employers could not make workers specify reasons for using contraception other than birth control.


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