Limited to one term and due to step down in 2023, he is waging another battle for contraception coverage.
At the end of March, he inserted provisions in a bill renewing the supplier tax that would ban Medicaid coverage of “any drug approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration that could cause destruction or prevent destruction. ‘implantation of an unborn child’.
This means the abortion pill, RU-486, but it also encompasses common forms of birth control, including IUDs.
Under federal and state law, Medicaid already does not cover abortions, including RU-486, unless the life of the mother is in danger.
“For several years, I have been looking for a way to ensure that the taxpayers of the state of Missouri do not have to fund these drugs that destroy human life,” he said. “I have to do it while I’m still here.”
Wieland’s proposal resulted in a freeze on supplier tax and, despite weeks of negotiations, an apparent compromise collapsed in the final hours of the session.