On The Pill? Arizona GOP Think That Should Cost You Your Job

Arizona Republicans have heard the call to up the assault on women’s rights and answered with a proposed new law that would give employers the power to request that women prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they are using the pills for non-sexual health reasons. Any employee who was unable to provide such proof–that is, any woman who was using birth control pills and had those pills covered by insurance purely as contraception could be fired by her boss if he or she disapproved.

Republican Debbie Lesko sponsored the bill which made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday by a 6-2 vote. The measure is necessary, she insists, because “”we live in America; we don’t live in the Soviet Union.”

Seriously.

Instead, Lesko is proposing a world where women contribute salary to cover health insurance premiums but still must ask her boss for permission to access health care. And should her boss disapprove of that health care then she risks losing her job over that preference.

It’s hard to imagine the bill making it far. Arizona Republicans will no doubt endorse it, and it may even pass and get a signature of Gov. Jan Brewer (R). But the bill on its face runs right into Title VII protections (not that Arizona has ever shied away from ignoring constitutional federalism principles) and there’s a real question whether employers can compel disclosure of private medical information in the manner the bill contemplates.

That won’t stop Republicans from trying to make it all but impossible for a woman to control her own destiny, though.

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175 comments

LMj Sunshine

Twilite zone.

LMj Sunshine

Twilite zone.

Jennifer P.
Jennifer P.3 years ago

So these women have to tell their employers private information, which a hospital or doctor could not release because of doctor-patient privacy privileges? That's illegal in the first place, I think. Plus, if I am paying my own premiums from my paycheck, it shouldn't matter what I am using my birth control for! It is not my boss's business. (And if I am a valued employee, you'd think they wouldn't want me out on pregnancy leave!)

Kyle N.
Kyle N.3 years ago

Leave the contraceptive plan in Obama's bill, It is needed more than any healthplan. And let the one religious group riot, scream all they want.. It'll blow over, they will accept it. as for any politician backing them.. I will not vote for them.

LD B.
LD B.3 years ago

Nah; they'll just put the survivors to work along side the illegal aliens that they use for cheap labor.

Deborah L.
Deborah L.3 years ago

so when all women are fired in Arizona, as this looks like the republican/tea party goal, are they going to bring back SSI, welfare so these women, many who have children already so they can have a roof over their heads and feed the kids ? Probably not.

as for the comment we live in America not the Soviet Union. Are you sure Terri, Russia allows for women to have abortion is they so choose, at least they did most of my life, I have not checked lately with them. Russia was encouraging women to have babies decades ago as their birth rate was declining when the economy crashed. But Russia was/is much more women friendly that America is when it comes to women controlling their own bodies.

Ed G.
Ed G.3 years ago

Sigh... its not only the republicans.
Here in IL we have women that ran for election saying women have no rights when it comes to birth control.
The moral is it is NOT just the republicans, so don't automatically vote for the democrats. I wish I could say otherwise but know your candidate.

Barbara R.
Barbara R.3 years ago

What? Ok, someone pinch me because this is a nightmare I'm having, right? Please, someone tell me this is a nightmare and wake me up! It's none of anyone's business what medication(s) their employees are taking! These people are out of their minds and trying to take the rest of us with them. *wanders off into the woods muttering to herself*

Ray S.
Ray S.3 years ago

WOMEN-MINORITIES-GAY-STRAIGHT:
USE your VOICE or LOSE your VOICE so your (children)daughter's have a VOICE and FREEDOM of CHOICE!
REPUBLICAN'S you will not SILENCE our VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!
TEA PARTY you are out of your MIND if you think WOMEN will sit back and let you go after the RIGHT'S we fought for years ago. What's next SLAVERY?

Bad IDEA to give an EMPLOYER so much POWER and access into their EMPLOYEE'S personal life concerning BIRTH CONTROL. That POWER will be ABUSED!! Why do you think we have UNION'S and AFFIRMATIVE ACTION to protect individuals from being DISCRIMINATED against because of the COLOR of their SKIN--AGE or SEX not only to PROTECT current EMPLOYEE'S but future EMPLOYEE'S from unscrupulous EMPLOYER'S!

USE your VOICE by VOTING.
WARNING FOR THE PEOPLE IN ARIZONA concerning EXTREME HEAT and SUN EXPOSURE! Seek shelter immediately.Keep your CHILDREN out of the SUN in a COOL safe area. AVOID direct exposure.

I'm convinced that REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN'S are suffering BRAIN DAMAGE through the direct RAY'S of the SUN and the EXTREME HEAT by penetrating through the SKULL then to the BRAIN destroying BRAIN CELLS maybe happening even as we SPEAK or BLOG!

Kathy M.
Kathy M.3 years ago

I now believe that because lawmakers at every level of government have no earthly idea what to do about the economy or how to stop taking money from their corporate cronies, they are becoming obsessed with women's reproductive rights. It's as if we've fallen down the rabbit hole and come out in the land of Alice's worst nightmare!!