CHICAGO - In an attempt to ensure Democrat voter turnout in November, Gov. Pat Quinn today approved a referendum ballot question that'll ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control.
In a statement, Quinn said a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on birth control has brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront.
Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women.
Democrat State Sen. Iris Martinez sponsored the legislation, which became law in 2003. She's a sponsor of the ballot measure and says t's necessary to make the argument stronger in light of the Affordable Care Act and court disputes.