Whore Pills

     I have been writing for years that ‘Roe’ is just an initial, Shove-Women-All-Over-the-Show target.

     ‘Griswold v Connecticut’ (contraception holding, mid-’60s) is next. 

     Writing in Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan tells of a proposed Arizona law that would give employers the authority to request that women being prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they’re using it for non-sexual reasons. 

     You read that right.

     See: Arizona’s a benighted at-will employment state  —  if your boss has a problem with what s/he knows or imagines is your sex life, you could be cashiered. 

     In case you’ve just suppressed nausea:  your boss could request proof that your using insurance to buy birth control was for reasons other than pregnancy prevention.

     The bill understands liberty and freedom to reside exclusively in the minds of the Religious-Right. 

     Were it to pass and become law it would face legal challenges as it almost certainly makes hash of all sorts of privacy laws.

     Currently, health plans in Arizona that cover other prescription medications must also cover contraception. But the new bill allows any employer to refuse to cover contraception to prevent pregnancy for any reason; you could be canned summarily for using the pill for contraception.

     You’d have to prove you used it to prevent some disease. 

     Ms. Ryan raises up Glendale’s Lisa Love who testified at a committee hearing as to her poly-cystic ovarian syndrome in order to make a point about how intimate the issue can be: “I wouldn’t mind showing my employer my medical records but there are ten women behind me who’d be ashamed to do so.”

     The bill, as I say, now moves to the state Senate. The shame is Arizona’s.

     No More Whore Pills for You.   

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