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Excerpt: "Arizona has taken up yet another draconian law for women's health - this time replicating but broadening the federal push to let employers deny women access to birth control. The bill stipulates that, unless a woman brings in a note proving she is not using it to avoid getting pregnant, an employer can deny birth control to any woman in the workplace."

In Arizona, women may soon have to notify their employers if they use birth control. (image: Calblog)
In Arizona, women may soon have to notify their employers if they use birth control. (image: Calblog)

The 'Tell Your Boss Why You're on the Pill' Bill

By Annie-Rose Strasser, ThinkProgress

15 March 12


rizona has taken up yet another draconian law for women’s health – this time replicating but broadening the federal push to let employers deny women access to birth control. The bill stipulates that, unless a woman brings in a note proving she is not using it to avoid getting pregnant, an employer can deny birth control to any woman in the workplace.

By a vote of 6-2, an Arizona State Senate Judiciary committee yesterday endorsed the measure:

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… My whole legislation is about our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion."

The argument that providing birth control violates the First Amendment is bogus, debunked by a twenty year-old opinion by conservative Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

Needless to say, many women do not feel comfortable turning over their medical records to their employers, even if they do have a condition that qualifies them under Lesko’s proposed law. Especially since, as an at-will employment state, an Arizona employer would likely be able to fire a woman if they saw anything in her gynecological history that he (or, yes, she) didn't like. But, under the proposed law, a boss could fire the woman if the woman didn't turn it over, too.

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+58 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-15 16:14
More at variant of this story

This country has gone stark raving mad. It seems like lunatic Taliban extremists have take over.

It's time for real general strikes -- at least bring states who are doing these things to dead stop. It's all only going to get worse if the people don't take control of the nation.
+16 # Stephanie Remington 2012-03-15 23:25
We have somehow all been dumped down the rabbit hole.
+6 # michelle 2012-03-16 17:12
This was originally posted by illenewells:
" ilenewells 2012-03-14 08:20
Join us on APRIL 28th when we say Enough is Enough! We will be uniting women and like minded men and religious groups to protest the Republican War on Women. We will be protesting is all 50 states and Washington DC. Join us!."

In Sacramento friends are putting together a group to march on the capitol. Start marching folks while it is still legal. We are trying to make tee shirts with SLUTS--Smart Ladies Undeterred by Teabagger Slander. Birth control impacts all of us not just women. If we don't stand up now, it will be even more difficult later.
+72 # OligarchyNot 2012-03-15 16:42
And the number one reason birth control is a good thing -- it prevents abortions!

This whole issue has an easy solution -- convert to a single-payer healthcare system. Then neither your employer nor your insurance company can prevent you from receiving the medical care you need. I definitely trust the government more than any private profiteer when it comes to healthcare.
+25 # RMDC 2012-03-16 06:13
OligarlchyNot -- you are exactly right -- single payer universal healthcare system.

When hundreds of individual insurers are the health care providers, they can always come up with silly reasons to disallow one thing or another for non-medical reasons. Catholic insurance companies will never cover birth control or abortion. That should not be their decision.

The US is now the laughing stock of the whole world.
+58 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-15 18:18
Recall that these are the same idiots that complain about all those 'welfare queens' having a half dozen kids. ... presumably the people too poor to afford birth control?
+18 # Regina 2012-03-16 00:21
You expect logical consistency from these dingbats??? They have no problem with contradicting themselves -- the rest of us are just supposed to jump back and forth like Double Dutch (oops -- I'm giving my vintage away here.) They'll say whatever they guess will tighten their control on power, truth be damned.
+47 # Willman 2012-03-15 20:17
It is my feeling that a lot of the extreme right wingers foster secret (or not) Taliban fantasies.
They would love to have the women under their thumbs the same way the Tali does.
+21 # angelfish 2012-03-15 22:36
This is INSANE! Will they have similar bills to insure that all men seeking Viagra and Penile Implants give their Employer's THEIR Medical Histories as well? How much further will they go with this insanity? They don't want to fund Abortion. They don't want to fund Contraceptive devices. They DO want to turn women into third class citizens, unable to make their OWN Medical decisions. Will they now have us ALL apply to the State for ALL things Medical and Pharmaceutical? For a Party that wants LESS Government they sure have a PECULIAR way of showing it! Remember and Vote the Lunatics OUT in November! The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated!
+23 # darryl 2012-03-15 22:36
I have (so far) these states on my boycott list: Arizona, Kansass, South Dakota, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texass, and Louisiana. Either for being anti-Labor or anti-women (or both)
Why are we in Afghanistan when we have the Taliban here at home to fight?
I think these loonies are making such a big push this year because they sense there's going to be a big backlash this fall and they need to get what they can while they can.
Any backlash has to be as relentless as these Taliban wannabes and the backlash has to be ongoing. We cannot relax against these crazies.
The first order of bizness is to go after any and all politicians at any level who cater to these nutcases.
Tell them we're going to vote them out for voting wrong and then VOTE THEM OUT!
+11 # opinionaire 2012-03-16 09:13
You might want to add Nikki Haley's SC, another "right to work state" that would prefer to block all union activities.
+11 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-03-15 23:56
It won't stand, of course; but to bring it even this far, & with that appallingly dissociated argument, is a grim further descent into madness.
+16 # Stephanie Remington 2012-03-16 00:18
I propose an amendment to the bill.

In order for a yes vote for this bill to be counted, those intending to vote 'aye' must submit a note from a mental health professional affirming that they are not using the vote in the manner in which it was intended.
+3 # michelle 2012-03-16 17:13
+13 # grouchy 2012-03-16 00:38
Gowd, this whacko crap is going to look so great as it is carried forward in our history books for future generations to read. That is, assuming they don't actually think it is some form of crazy fiction.
+1 # SundownLF 2012-03-17 15:46
Quoting grouchy:
Gowd, this whacko crap is going to look so great as it is carried forward in our history books for future generations to read. That is, assuming they don't actually think it is some form of crazy fiction.

You are, of course, assuming that future generations will be ABLE to read! With the constant cutbacks to education, I wouldn't count on it.
+15 # Majikman 2012-03-16 00:40
Beware: there is something terribly wrong with the water in Arizona. One sip and you're turned into a raving lunatic.
+17 # James38 2012-03-16 00:43
Good grief, what happened to poor Debbie? Somehow she got severely brainwashed.

Debbie, freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. Nobody in the US should be forced to comply with any other person's religious opinions. That is a religious dictatorship, and that is what exists in Iran, among other places.

Do you support the Taliban in Afghanistan? They treat women the way you do, forcing them to comply with religious opinions. That makes you an official American Taliban.
+17 # Art947 2012-03-16 00:53
I am shocked, however not surprised, that this bill is authored by a Republican woman! Is she so ignorant that she doesn't understand that her words and deeds make her a second-class citizen? Is this what she wants for all Arizona women? I certainly wouldn't want my daughters to have to justify their medical decisions in any way, shape or form to their employers.
+12 # madp4400 2012-03-16 09:02
She is that ignorant Art947! One can tell by her statement: "We live in America, not the Soviet Union". The Soviet Union has been dead for 21 years. Did she forget or is she just pandering to those that are as ignorant in the repub base. You talk of her words and deeds making her a 2nd class citizen. She can't even grasp that concept because, bottom line, Art947 SHE IS SAVING THE BAAAABIES, THE EGGS, THE ZYGOTES AND THE FETUSES and if they have there way they will start banning any type of spermacides. They are hoping to build themselves a "little lords army"(I say that with half a belief). I think we should create a Bill called The "Each member of Congress Mandatory Adoption Act" that states that if any Congressperson is against Birth Control and Abortion and wants to restrict a women's right to make her own decision on these matters, they must first adopt at least two of the MILLIONS of unwanted children in this country (even though it may be a form of child abuse to place these poor kids in their homes). I bet we wouldn't see anymore of these BS billS coming down the pipeline.
+10 # Muffy787 2012-03-16 09:52
Brewer is the cause of all of this. She is a true nutcase who only got in because of Napolitano leaving. I am ashamed to live in this state and her buddy Arapio
is exactly the same. I call them uneducated and underinformed white trash. Try getting a good Dem in here, it is nearly impossible. Can't wait to leave this "Taliban hovel".
+16 # MJnevetS 2012-03-16 03:31
Do these lawmakers even understand the law?Under Federal law (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA) a person's personal health records are privileged. Without appropriate authorizations, NO ONE is entitled to obtain or review such records. Further, to claim that the 1st Amendment which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" somehow gives a religious yahoo the right to impose their belief on anyone else, turns our constitution on its head. You can exercise your religion, but that doesn't give you the right to impose your archaic beliefs on others must believe this is the Vatican, which is a theocracy and NOT the United States, which is SUPPOSED to be a bastion of religious freedom where noone's religious views can be imposed by governmental regulations! When did our citizens become so ignorant of the founding principles of this nation?
+7 # Anarchist 23 2012-03-16 03:55
Actively Evil or Criminally Stupid, You Make The Call. Looking at the three reversed 5-pointed stars on the Official Republican Elephant Logo I am tempted to go with Actively Evil. In the Cathar religion, for which my ancestors were bar-b-q-ed back in 1245, the opposite of 'Amor' was 'Roma.' The Cathar church did practice a sort of birth control but the Roman church encouraged lots of procreation, which, my people of faith felt, served the purposes of the Devil, Rex Mundi who ruled over the world of suffering, flesh and phenomena. Seems like the struggle goes on. To the Metaphysical Barricades-whic h side are you on?
+23 # szq5777 2012-03-16 06:25
I don't get it! The idea that I would have to get permission from an employer to use birth control sounds like slavery to me. These right-wing nuts are taking away freedoms, not the government! Where do they get the idea that any kind of religious freedom is involved! It does not make sense to me!
I am a Christian and Jesus is my savior but I also believe in the seperation of church and state! These right-wing nuts do not! They are the Christian Taliban! Thier draconian vicious agenda is the antithesis of freedom!
The republicans are the enemy of the poor, middle class, women, and minorities! Vote Democratic!
+15 # erogers 2012-03-16 07:12
Hit Arizona where it hurts the most, in the wallet. DO NOT visit the state, do not buy anything made in Arizona. The same behavior should be applied to any state that passes draconian laws. Bankrupt the bast**ds. Send an e-mail to the members of the Arizona Legislature and to the governor.
+7 # Muffy787 2012-03-16 09:57
One would be wasting their stamp to write to either Brewer or the legistlature (all stupid Repugs, totally myopic and undereducated). AZ has already lost millions by having conventions here due to their craziness. She should be locked up with her son (in an institution for the mentally,crimin ally disturbed)
+7 # gtech 2012-03-16 09:52

Let's examine this by turning this around. If a man was experiencing a condition like ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION, would he want his employer to demand proof just so they could approve coverage for him? Think of what that would do to viagra sales.
+12 # Alba_Sun 2012-03-16 10:08
What about the men in this equation? Last I heard it takes two to get pregnant. Where are the laws forbidding men to spill their semen unless for purposes of procreation? We could have them bring notes to their employers stating,under oath, that no body fluids have been "misused". That may be accompanied by monthly counseling sessions about celibacy (including self-pleasure) and how to best achieve compliance to that concept. Fair is fair.
+8 # azullman 2012-03-16 11:21
I think bluepilgram's reference to "lunatic Taliban extremists" hits it on the head. The Republican Party has become the American Taliban-- they are religious extremists who believe they have God's authority to force the rest of us to live by their ultra-conservat ive religious views. One of the most distressing things the Afghani Taliban do is to make women second-class citizens. Now their American cousins have begun to emulate even that.
+13 # chrisconnolly 2012-03-16 12:10
Not too long ago the insurance companies realized they could dictate which medical procedures a patient could be covered for. Now the republicans want to allow that employers can dictate which medical procedures a female patient is allowed or lose her job. Why not just eliminate the doctors altogether and make medical procedure decisions an up or down vote by some ridiculously unqualified entity. Like say the painters union or the rotary club. I'd say these legislators are the victims of our dumbed down education system and pray TV evangelists.
+5 # Windy126 2012-03-16 16:12
Thank you all.I am so happy I am not alone in apposing this madness. All I can say is just keep fighting and posting what you think. Not only here but any place else that will let you. Write to the editor of your local paper. Let everyone know how you feel. Vote out the idiots at the local, state and Federal levels. When in doubt, vote them out. The laws against women are worse than in the 50's. " I am woman, watch me roar........... ."

+2 # Billy Bob 2012-03-16 20:44
Another example of the conservative view of "smaller government".
+1 # MainStreetMentor 2012-03-17 11:52
My word! This CAN NOT be happening! I think we need to be in the Wall Street Boardrooms - not in citizens bedrooms!

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