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Voters To Weigh In On Birth Control Issue

The issue of birth control has been a hot topic in the news lately, and Illinois voters may get to weigh in on the issue in November.  

Senator Iris Martinez says women need access to contraceptives to protect their health, not just to keep pregnancies at bay. 

"There's cases like myself where I had birth control to regulate these. It was necessary as part of my health care after I had my daughter where I had a lot of problems. And there's many women like that that right now are taking it for health purposes," said Martinez.

Martinez backed a ballot measure that would allow people to vote up or down on whether health insurance plans should be required to cover birth control.  Illinois law already requires the companies to cover contraceptives with the same co-pay as other prescription meds, so Republicans argue this measure is pointless.  Martinez says it's important to protect women's health and let them make medical decisions for themselves, regardless of their boss' religious convictions.  

Martinez says Governor Quinn will sign her initiative soon.

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