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...and it was drafted by a woman...

A proposed law in Arizona would apparently allow ANY employer, not just religious-affiliated institutions, to deny contraception coverage and possibly even fire female workers for using birth control pills for a "non-medical" purpose. The Republican-backed (oooh, color ME surprised) HB 2625 bill would allow bosses to ask female employees whether they are using contraception and request proof they are using the pills for non-sexual reasons, if the employer is morally or ethically or religiously opposed to...well, to sex, I guess. It doesn't mention any exemption if you're married, meaning it can't be premarital sex they object to, so it must just be sex in general. WTF???

I really don't understand what's going on around here. How can anyone not think this is absolutely nuts? And why can't the GOP go back to focusing on the economy and leave all this moral stuff to people's individual consciences???

There's more here and here, if you can stomach it.


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Mar. 19th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Mysteriously, men are welcome to all the Viagra they want, and they don't even have to certify that their erections are for baby-making purposes...
Mar. 19th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Puzzling, isn't it? Wouldn't that be funny if they did have to prove it LOL?!
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I just wonder who they think they're going to be having sex with, if not all these women they are telling to never have sex...
Mar. 20th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Funny you should say that -- I've got a plot bunny nibbling at me with just that question ;)
Mar. 19th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
I literally cannot imagine something as oppressive as that.

How does America make it through the year without at least five uprisings?
Mar. 19th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Sometimes we wonder that ourselves. I put it down to reality television and plentiful cheap food, the "bread and circuses" of our time ;)
Mar. 19th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
The weirdest part of it was the argument that, "We don't live in the Soviet Union, therefore we must interrogate women about how they use contraception!" What the fuck?!?!?!? If anyone tried to use that argument in any kind of academic paper, it would be a FAILURE. Because it makes no goddamn sense.

Mar. 19th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
I know! Is that loopy or what? But I've noticed that people favoring these laws are always long on emotion and short on logic...
Mar. 19th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
And why can't the GOP go back to focusing on the economy and leave all this moral stuff to people's individual consciences?

Exactly!! Not that Republican/Conservative lawmakers apparently ever do this, BUT if they ever sat down and made a prioritized list of crucial issues in this country (you know - the kind that actually need legislation), I just don't understand how something like this idiocy would outrank... almost anything else. This kind of shit makes me insane!
Mar. 19th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I know, it's like "Hellooo, unemployment, remember that??" I'm often torn between "I can't watch the news any more because it makes my head want to explode" and saying "I must watch it so I know what lunacy is being perpetrated upon us..." It's a tough call :/
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