The state of Arizona has already proven to the world it’s anti-immigrant and proud of its xenophobia. The state is also now showing its disdain for women who use birth control. Case in point:
Arizona legislators have advanced an unprecedented bill that would require women who wish to have their contraception covered by their health insurance plans to prove to their employers that they are taking it to treat medical conditions. The bill also makes it easier for Arizona employers to fire a woman for using birth control to prevent pregnancy despite the employer’s moral objection.
Under current law, health plans in Arizona that cover other prescription medications must also cover contraception. House Bill 2625, which the state House of Representatives passed earlier this month and the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed on Monday, repeals that law and allows any employer to refuse to cover contraception that will be used “for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes.” If a woman wants the cost of her contraception covered, she has to “submit a claim” to her employer providing evidence of a medical condition, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, that can be treated with birth control.
I absolutely have no words for this. I can’t say I’m shocked by Arizona’s actions as they’ve shown they could care less about what the world thinks of their xenophobic behavior. I’m more disturbed by what seems to be an orchestrated attempt by politicians to literally implement laws that restrict women to roles and duties reminiscent of the 1950s.