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.

View comments (14)
Read the Terms of Use


Please fix the action page. It incorrectly lists HB 2565 instead of the actual bill HB 2625. Thanks!


A woman has the right to make decisions regarding her own body and health, and should not be held to the whims of the political atmosphere!


You should be linking to SB 1365. You have the wrong bill listed.


And the men who buy condoms? *shakes head* I just don't get it.


Christian Sharia law for Arizona!
I don't have to ask if you are crazy.


Enough is enough! My body is not a pawn in a game to be played by a bunch of theocratic hypocritical men! Keep your religion and your laws off my body!!


And? Last time I checked, "not wanting to be pregnant" wasn't a protected status.




Why is this discussion so focused on women? Men may be using pharmaceutical birthcontrol by proxy, but they are using it.


amPlease consider that Social Security and Medicare may need to me adsjetud or modified, as they have been in the past, so these programs can continue to provide a basic level of care for seniors. I agree that the Ryan plan is not the answer, but some adjustments may need to be made.I still believe that a single payer system is the only reasonable and sustainable approach to health care funding.


Stay Informed