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Could You Be Fired For Using Birth Control?

Rep. Debbie Lesko

Arizona House Bill 2625, authored by Majority Whip Debbie Lesko of Glendale, would permit employers to ask their employees for proof that their birth control prescriptions are for purposes other than preventing births. Lesko said, “I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union. So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs.” No-o-o-o-o, she just thinks that government should give an employer the power to fire any woman who chooses not to be pregnant. The original bill made it illegal for an employer to fire women who purchase birth control with their own money. That clause has mysteriously disappeared.

Arizona is an “at will” employment state. It’s a designation that creates a carte blanche for employers to fire anyone for no reason whatsoever. So, if you are employed, in Arizona, by a dipstick to equates birth control with abortion, then you could be fired because you are violating the employer’s moral code.

This mess started because a panel of medical experts agreed that birth control is one of the most important preventative practices in health care and should be part of our health insurance. On the basis of that recommendation, birth control medication without co-pays for deductibles, was included in the Affordable Care Act, along with things like diabetes screenings and control, cancer screenings and other procedures that detect illness early and prevent it from becoming expensive to treat. Then, the Catholic Church, in the person of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, objected to paying for health insurance that covered birth control because Pope Sixtus V decided in 1588 to ignore almost 1600 years of Christian teaching and ban birth control and abortions before 20 weeks. That has set off this firestorm of debate about birth control. The Church doesn’t want to pay the premiums for health insurance policies that cover birth control for non-Catholics in their employ in hospitals and schools. The ACA has an exemption for religious institutions. After all, a monastery doesn’t need birth control. The argument was about church-affiliated non-religious institutions.

By the time this battle is over, I expect even more Americans to favor a public option in health insurance. We are seeing how the universal coverage we wanted (62% of us) is being nibbled away into oblivion. Only a public option will end this. The lack of a public option was the reason 38% of those polled didn’t like the ACA. I’d like to see that poll retaken today in the light of this battle over one of the most essentials health care programs for women.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Could You Be Fired For Using Birth Control?

  1. Danny Haszard

    March 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Religions need to adapt and accommodate.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses blood transfusion confusion

    Jehovahs Witnesses take blood products now in 2012.
    They take all fractions of blood.This includes hemoglobin, albumin, clotting factors, cryosupernatant and cryopoor too, and many, many, others.
    If one adds up all the blood fractions the JWs takes, it equals a whole unit of blood. Any, many of these fractions are made from thousands upon thousands of units of donated blood.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses can take Bovine *cows blood* as long as it is euphemistically called synthetic Hemopure.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses now accept every fraction of blood except the membrane of the red blood cell. JWs now accept blood transfusions.
    The fact that the JW blood issue is so unclear is downright dangerous in the emergency room.

    Danny Haszard

  2. Bixch

    March 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Those supporting this law claim that it is about having the right to “live out your beliefs and principles,” but does this only apply to male Christian values? Why must we all comply to one group’s beliefs, and who made these the beliefs the Country standard? What of those women who believe in the right to their privacy, the right to their own control over their bodies? Or are women just sluts who do not have the right to their own sets of “beliefs and principles”?