AZ GOP Bill Forces Women to Prove They’re Not Having the Sex
Just when you think the right wing can’t possibly get any more reactionary and misogynistic, the Arizona Senate GOP pushes a bill allowing employers to demand that a woman prove she isn’t using contraception just because she wants to have the sex — and deny coverage if the employer judges her to be a round-heeled slattern.
And these Neanderthal throwbacks are whining about “federal interference” and calling this “religious freedom.” Freaking unbelievable.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 Monday to endorse a controversial bill that would allow Arizona employers the right to deny health insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections.
Arizona House Bill 2625, authored by Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, would permit employers to ask their employees for proof of medical prescription if they seek contraceptives for non-reproductive purposes, such as hormone control or acne treatment.
“I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” Lesko said. “So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs.”
Lesko said this bill responds to a contraceptive mandate in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law March 2010.
“My whole legislation is about our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion,” Lesko said. “All my bill does is that an employer can opt out of the mandate if they have any religious objections.”