Non-binding birth control question to appear on November ballot

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn has signed a non-binding November ballot question that will ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control.

Quinn signed the question Sunday, and in a statement he says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on birth control has brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront.

In Illinois, insurance providers that cover prescription drugs are already required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women.  That legislation was sponsored by state Senator Iris Martinez, which became law in 2003.

Martinez is also a sponsor of the ballot measure, and says it's necessary to make the argument stronger in light of court disputes and the Affordable Care Act.  However, Republicans argue it's a gimmick intended to boost Democratic voter turnout.

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