Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Employers To Drop Contraception Coverage

The Arizona Senate passed a controversial contraception measure today that would allow certain businesses to opt out of providing coverage for birth control, and the bill’s sponsor promised to revise it so that it only applies to religious institutions. The bill will go to a conference committee involving both House and Senate members, and then both chambers would have to approve the bill again before it goes to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to sign. Three Republican senators changed their votes from “no” to “yes” on the promise that the bill would be revised.