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.

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Anonymous

I am 66 years old. Been there, done that. Are you kidding me!!! The younger generation of women in this country have no idea what it was like before Roe v Wade. Wake Up before it's too late. I want to know, and I can't figure out, what men are afraid. Let's face it. That's what this all about. Control of the little woman. It's not about babies. It's about keeping women out of the work force. Make no mistake about it, It's about CONTROL!!!

LindainCO

I agree with the lady who's 66. I am 64. I remember when my sisters were trying BC pills for the first time. What a boon! And women dying of back-alley
abortions. I don't condone abortions after the 1st trimester, but preventing pregnancy in the first place,people who are not able or mentally stable enough to raise a child? The men who are pushing this are deluded if they think this brings control, it just causes more problems, health wise and economical.
Maybe they should learn to keep it in their pants if they don't like women to control their bodies and their lives.

Johnson M.

If I own a business, would it be wrong for me to claim complete control over it, including control over which people I hire? Would refusal to provide my employees with access to contraceptives be a violation of their unalienable rights? As I see it, I should be allowed to pay my workers in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as long as that is the agreement. How easily we forget that the exchange between employer and employee is completely voluntary.

Anonymous

I know what it was like before Roe v. Wade. Besides the fact that they showed it in the movie 'The Cider House Rules,' I've also seen it in my work as a paramedic.
Our captain, incidentally, thinks these people have "way too damn much time on their hands to think they're being that controlling about everything."

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