Well ladies, a few lawmakers in Arizona have decided that it’s a nice day to take your health and shit all over it. A new bill introduced to the state legislature is HB 2625, and it’s geared towards making sure that employers don’t have to pay for contraception through health insurance. But more than that, it would also ensure that they don’t have to hire, keep around or treat with any respect women on their payroll who are taking birth control, for any reason, through employee sponsored insurance or otherwise.
Religious employers in AZ already don’t have to provide coverage for birth control, but the new bill — which has already passed through the state’s Judiciary Committee — extends that right to all businesses in the state.
But that’s not all! A summary of the bill describes one provision as such:
“Removes the provision that prohibits religious employers from discriminating against an employee who independently chooses to obtain insurance coverage or prescriptions for contraceptives from another source. ”
Did you get that? It’s written in a double negative, so let me rephrase to make sure we’re all on the same page: this bill specifically allows discrimination against women who take birth control. It literally writes discrimination back into the state law.
Oh, and one more thing. The bill would let those employers — you know, all of them — ask for a doctor’s note (remember those? from grade school?) from women so that they can figure out whether the woman in question is taking her birth control for, say migraines, or because she’s just a big whore. The employer would then get to decide whether that woman could keep her job.
So, since this bill is clear and unequivocal in its disregard for the fact that women are adults, and we are actually protected by the very same laws of freedom and privacy that protect men in this country (I know, I forget sometimes too!), let me be as clear and unequivocal as I can in return: GO FUCK YOURSELF, ARIZONA.
This isn’t a strike against women’s health, as pro-choice mouthpieces are so carefully saying. This is a fucking outrage. This is about medication. This is about some cunt in Arizona thinking that she (oh, yeah, the person behind the bill is a woman — Republican Debbie Lesko) can tell every other woman in her state what kind of pills they can or cannot take.
We spend a lot of time here in the U.S. decrying the way that women are treated in other countries, but this kind of legislation — the kind that legislates against MEDICINE — is no better.