Fresh off the committee passage of a bill that would allow doctors to withhold information from pregnant women out of suspicion that they might seek an abortion, the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee has passed another bill which would allow employers to fire you if you fail to prove that you sought contraception for non-reproductive purposes.
In other words, give employers a right to fire you for having sex on your own time in your own home. And this applies specifically to women, as men don’t typically seek birth control.
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.
“I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” Lesko said. “So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs.”
Perhaps the most idiotic element of this bill is the fact that providing contraception coverage is a hell of a lot cheaper than maternity leave.
Are there small employers out there who would actually fire someone based on a “moral” objection to birth control? Maybe. That doesn’t mean we should enable them to do so.