Arizona bill would force employees to prove they’re not using birth control for sex

Not to be used for sex. (If you want your benefits, that is.)

Why? Because it’s Arizona:

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 Monday to endorse a controversial bill that would allow Arizona employers the right to deny health insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections.

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.

Virginity tests for everyone! Because let’s be real, this bill is pretty much on the brink of it. Erin at Jezebel also points out that because Arizona is an at-will employment state, employers could just fire their employees if they object to them being sexually responsible adults. (“Sexually” being the key word here.)

Keep digging that hole, GOP, we’ll wait — and will have massive amounts of pre-marital sex while we’re at it. (You know, like the rest of the country.)


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  • Katherine

    This will never pass – not only would it preclude pre-marital sex (since I assume that the GOP would not approve of any form of pre-marital sex) but also non-reproductive marital sex, which is the majority of what every married person does, including members of the Arizona legislature. I’d say not worth fighting except to point out that everyone has a right to non-reproductive sex, even married legislators…

    • Cate

      I’m nervous to say “this will never pass”, though, because so many backwards reproductive rights bills have passed over the last year or so. Sure, members of the Arizona legislature might have marital sex, but this tends to be an us/them kind of discussion where people don’t think about how THEIR lives will be affects by this kind of law because they don’t think of themselves as those kind of people. I also wonder about the gender ratio of the legislature in AZ (I have no idea how many women are in it). Too many men simply don’t think about why their partners don’t have babies all the time.

    • Kate

      I too was puzzled by the reference to “pre-marital” sex. I would think, if anything, married women would be more likely to rely on the hormonal birth control
      . They, on average, have sex more frequently than single women, if I remember correctly, making a daily/weekly more rational. And, presumably monogomous, are much less likely to need the protection against STIs that condoms provide.

      Regardless, this is ridiculous. I would bet AZ Wwill be suddenly struck with a wave of PMDD and other menese-related disorders. I wounder might this violate HIPA

    • aznemesis

      If you think this won’t pass, you haven’t spent much time in Arizona. Stupidity is treasured in this state.

  • Brüno

    So employees would have to pay for their contraception themselves?

  • Stella

    Utter offensiveness and Orwellian-ness of this aside, who the heck are the people who want to administer this system? Don’t we have anything better to do with our time than monitor what other people are doing this closely? So now to get birth control, you first need to get the OK from daddy medical industry, then the OK from papa employer? I mean, even someone who believes in full-on patriarchy has got to admit, this is just too much red tape.

    If you feel that strongly that your business should not support contraception, go live in a monastery somewhere! Just the same way that Americans that are radically anti-capitalism go live in ashrams and grow their own food and make their own clothes are far away from commerce as they can get. If you want to have a business and employees, you need to deal with the fact other people don’t agree with you.

  • Angel H.

    As a Tennessean, I know what it’s like to be negatively stereotyped just because of where you’re from. But damn, Arizona! What is your problem?! First the Juan Crow laws, then taking away the ethnic studies courses, and now this?

  • Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    As someone who escaped from Arizona (but is not originally from there–the non-Latin parental unit thought moving there was somehow a good idea), I totally understand where “because it’s Arizona” is concise as an explanation. And I’m STILL waiting for them to come up with anything that surprises me!

    • aznemesis

      Born, raised and still trapped in Arizona, and,yes, “because it’s Arizona” is an absolutely accurate explanation of this.

  • Robert

    Let me get this straight, Arizona employers can deny contraceptives coverage based on religious objections. That pretty much means EVERY employer will play the religious card to have an excuse for providing less insurance coverage. There will probably be an increase in businesses calling themselves “Christian”.