In yet another blatant attack on female reproductive health, Arizona is on the brink of passing a law in which women could be fired for using contraception. While some women are saying they completely support the anti-contraception movement as a way of ensuring employers' freedom of speech, one cannot sit blindly by and say this is not a violation of women's privacy. It is.
Men, how would you feel if you had to sit at the desk of your female boss and explain why you're taking male enhancement drugs, like Viagra? Try to say this isn't the same thing, because it certainly is. Viagra helps men's little peters stay up longer, allowing them to withhold ejaculation long enough to not be completely embarrassed by their performance. Great.
While some men take it for truly legitimate reasons--they want a family and have erectile dysfunction--a lot of men take it because they just want to have a prolonged erection.
This law that was introduced into the Senate House Judiciary Committee was approved with nary a protest. The most insulting thing about this bill is that it wasn't authored by a man. It was authored by a female state legislator: Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale.
Her explanation as to why she introduced the bill is an obvious one: she doesn't think employers should have to pay their half of insurance for contraceptives if it's against their moral values. So, she wants employers to have the right to fire women for using contraceptives.
She said, "I believe we live in America. We don't live in the Soviet Union." Okay, first off, the Soviet Union was dissolved more than 20 years ago, genius. And yes, it's quite obvious that Arizona is in the United States. Here's where it gets even more interesting. She continued: "So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs...My whole legislation is about our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion. All my bill does is that an employer can opt out of the mandate if they have any religious objections."
By opting out, she means firing someone for the crime of sinning.
This bill blatantly violates a woman's right to privacy. If an employee consults with her physician and determines she needs contraceptives for whatever reason, it should be no business of the company owner, manager, or anyone else to pry into her life to find out why. Lesko's reference to the Soviet Union was flat-out wrong. In fact, what she wants smacks of fascist regime, where people are afraid to open their mouths for fear of being punished.
Is this the kind of country conservatives want? Where women live in fear of being fired for using contraceptives? Is this the kind of country you want your children to grow up in? One that dictates what women can and cannot do with their bodies? This is downright fascism, and it is scary.
What most sane and intelligent people are asking now is, who handed the asylum keys to the inmates?
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