Arizona contraception bill revived but to be changed

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Senate has revived a previously rejected bill on health plan contraception coverage so that it can be dramatically scaled back.

The Senate rejected the bill on March 28 but approved it on a 17-13 reconsideration vote Thursday. Supporters have agreed to narrow it during consideration by a House-Senate conference committee.

The bill now allows all employers to drop health plan coverage for contraception for birth control. But supporters have agreed to change it so that it only lets additional religious entities opt out of the state's requirement for coverage of contraception.

Current Arizona law requires health plans to cover contraception but religious entities serving only one faith can opt out.

The change would expand the opt-out to also be available to church-affiliated entities such as charities and hospitals.