Illinois Voters To Weigh In On Birth Control

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 07/07 2014 11:13AM

Updated 10/24 2014 09:06AM

CHICAGO - November's election could almost be considered a questionnaire.

On Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed a bill to place another referendum on the November ballot.  Voters will vote on whether or not prescription insurance programs should be required to include birth control.  It comes after the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby last week.

"Women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions" says Quinn. 

Supporters say the referendum is key to securing women's rights.

Regardless of how people vote for this referendum, nothing will change.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that birth control doesn't have to be included from employer-provided insurance if there's a religious objection.

Republicans say the referendum, much like the minimum wage question, is nothing more than a gimmick to get more democratic voters to the polls.

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