Illinois Senate approves birth control question for November ballot

By WEEK Producer

May 29, 2014 Updated May 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate has approved a November ballot question asking voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should include birth control.

Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women.

The bill's sponsor says the ballot question is needed to make the argument stronger in light of the Affordable Care Act and current court disputes.

But some Republicans argue it is a gimmick to boost Democratic voter turnout in a vulnerable election year.

The measure now moves to the Illinois House.

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