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Arizona Senate to consider bill on contraception

Supporters of a bill to allow more Arizona employers to drop health plan coverage for contraceptives for birth control plan to make changes to the legislation when it is considered Wednesday by the state Senate.

That’s a response to criticism that the proposal could force some women to divulge private health matters, which supporters of the bill dispute.

Under the bill already approved by the state House, employers could cite religious and other moral objections and be allowed to drop contraception coverage for birth control.

Arizona now allows only religious nonprofits to opt out of the state law requiring coverage of contraceptives.

Supporters say they plan to provide reassurances that a woman wouldn’t have to explain to her employer why she wants contraception for a purpose other than birth control.

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