Morning CheckUp: March 1, 2012

Senate to vote on Blunt amendment today: “The Senate is considering GOP legislation aimed at rolling back President Barack Obama’s policy on birth control coverage. At issue is a measure sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri that would allow employers and insurers to opt out of provisions in Obama’s health care law to which they object on religious or moral grounds. That includes the recently rewritten requirement that insurers cover the cost of birth control, even for religiously affiliated employers whose faith forbids contraception.” [AP]

Poll shows most support contraception rule: “Six in ten Americans, including Catholics, said they support a requirement by the Obama administration that health plans supply free contraceptives as a preventive benefit for women, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.” [Kaiser Health News]

IPAB repeal bill advances: “Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law’s cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow.” [The Hill]

Judge rules graphic cigarette labels are unconstitutional: “A federal rule that requires tobacco companies to display pictures of diseased lungs or other graphic images on cigarette packs is unconstitutional, a judge in Washington ruled Wednesday. Regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would have required tobacco companies to display the images on the top half of cigarette packs, front and back. It was scheduled to take effect in September.” [WSJ]

Georgia pushes abortion ban: “Most abortions would be banned five months into a pregnancy under legislation passed Wednesday by Georgia lawmakers. It’s part of a national effort to halt the procedure at the point when anti-abortion activists say fetuses can feel pain, although doctors dispute that claim.” [The Republic]