AZ Introduces Bill Allowing Employers to Fire Women for Using Contraception
Arizona House Bill 2625, authored by Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, would permit employers to ask their employees for proof of medical prescription if they seek contraceptives for non-reproductive purposes, such as hormone control or acne treatment.
“I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” Lesko said. “So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs.”
It all sounds rather condescending and Arizonish when you put it like that, but there’s more to this bill than meets the eye.
Arizona is an at-will employment state, which means bosses can fire you just because. The type of employer who wishes to deny women access to contraception unless absolutely medically required to do so (think ovarian cysts) is the type of employer that may give women a pink slip for failing to provide medical records showing a non-birth control necessity for well, birth control.
In short, if your boss objects to you taking the pill, under Arizona House Bill 2625 your boss is protected by the law in terminating your employment.
Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan has a fantastic piece up explaining this all far better than I’m able to. (Because I’m leaving for the airport, not because I lack ovaries.) Go read it.
Please, dear readers, make a giant stink about this. Share this. Spread the word. The war on women in our country is bizarre and real and very much happening. Attention gays, stand up for the women standing up for you.
How is this real life?