Posted by: Donna
The Center For Arizona Policy (CAP) had a banner year
shoving theocracy down everyone’s throat uh I mean expressing their “religious freedom” via bills they drafted which they then spoon fed to simpleminded reactionaries in the AZ State Legislature. The CAP-sters are pleased as punch with themselves, bragging about their holy achievements on their website. This might truly be their Year Of The Vagina, as fully half of CAP’s 2012 bills are aimed directly at punishing and shaming the sluts – mandatory ultrasounds, bans on funding to Planned Parenthood, a requirement that schools present childbirth and adoption in a positive light, and some creepy things about egg donation and IVF treatments. Sen. Nancy Barto introduced a truly weird bill that would prohibit women seeking damages from doctors who fail to diagnose or incorrectly diagnose birth defects.
The aforementioned are under the “Life” category. SB2625, on the other hand, falls under the heading of “Religious Liberty”. That’s the bill would allow any employer or provider to deny you contraception in your private insurance plan. At first glance it makes total sense to file the No Slut Pill Coverage For You Ladies bill under the dishonest “religious liberty” meme. After all, conservatives have been going to great lengths to convince everyone (while convincing practically no one) that all their hyperventilating over contraception coverage doesn’t have anything to do with going after the dirty birth control using harlots at all! Even though SB2625 does precisely that. However:
Insurance; Healthcare Coverage; Religious Beliefs: HB 2625 – Expands the definition of “religious employer” for the state’s prescription contraceptive coverage exemption and protects employers and employees from being forced to pay for abortifacient contraceptives against their religious beliefs.
Whoa now! Look, I realize that “life” and “protecting women” and the more recent “religious liberty” memes all mean “shame and punish sexually active women” interchangeably to social conservatives. But when they’re (falsely) claiming that some forms of birth control are really just ways to abort itty bitty fertilized egg people, then SB2625 should by all rights go in the “life” column. Then again, putting a primarily anti-contraception bill in that column might also make it look all the more obvious that the so-called pro-life movement is primarily about policing the ladyparts.
It’s also worth noting that not a single CAP bill this session addresses poverty or lack or health care for low income people. Same as every other year.
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