BOISE -- The Idaho House has passed a resolution asking the federal government to reverse course on a mandate requiring insurance companies to cover contraception, saying it infringes on religious freedom.

House lawmakers voted 51-16 Friday to pass the nonbinding measure.

It urges President Barack Obama and Congress to reject the federal Health and Human Services rule that requires insurance companies to cover preventive services, including contraception and sterilization.

Emmett Rep. Carlos Bilbao, a vocal opponent of the federal directive, has been pushing the symbolic measure. He says it violates religious and moral rights and notes that leaders of an array of religious faiths have opposed the rule.

Women's rights groups have argued against the resolution, which they say supports discrimination against women and could undermine proper medical treatment.

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