|AZ To Fire Employees For Birth Control Usage|
And we thought "Transvaginal Bob" was bad?
Use Birth Control? You're Fired!
First, a bill that gives immunity to doctors who lie to couples about the results of their prenatal tests in order to prevent them from getting an abortion. Now, a bill that would give your boss the green light to fire you for using birth control. You think I am kidding? I wish. For a decade now, Arizona insurance companies have been required to provide coverage for contraception just like other prescriptions. But, because they saw an opening to score some political points, some politicians there are suddenly moving to take that coverage away from women and their families.
And we aren’t talking here just about exemptions for religiously affiliated employers like Catholic hospitals and universities. We are talking about authorizing secular, for-profit employers to deny a woman coverage for birth control if the employer doesn’t believe that she and her partner should be allowed to have sex without getting pregnant. Yup, that’s right. If the owner of the Taco Bell where you work opposes birth control, Arizona legislators want to give him a legal right to deny you insurance coverage for your pills.
Sadly, that isn’t even the half of it. You may want to sit down for this one. Arizona legislators know that whether or not her insurance covers it, a woman may get the prescription she needs to prevent an unintended pregnancy. They want to give her boss the right to control that too. The bill they are pushing would not only allow employers to take the insurance coverage away, but it would also make it easier for an employer who finds out that his employee uses birth control to fire her. You heard me right . . . to fire her. And I thought Rush Limbaugh’s comments were as low as you could go on this one.
The Arizona bill has, incredibly, already passed one house, but we can still stop it. We’ve seen what can happen if we make our voices heard. So, if you’ve had enough; if you think the decision about whether to have a child is one for you and your partner, not your boss and your senator, I urge you to speak up now. Tell the legislators in Arizona to stop playing politics with women’s health and put personal and private decisions back in the hands of a woman and her family.
After the shock value settled in [It took me 2 hours to get my ability to write this blog] - In a not-so-round-about way, women in AZ can be fired for having sex but not wanting to conceive. Hmmmmmm. WTF is wrong with this picture readers?
Welcome to fascism at its best:
" When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross"(Sinclair Lewis in the 1930s).Readers, everyone needs to remember that indignation at stupidity changes nothing -- unless you can vote them out of office. Register! Vote! Register others! Drive people to the polling places! Offer to babysit! Get these radical misfits out office immediately!
As the suffragettes used to say -- "DEEDS NOT WORDS."