Posted by: Donna
AZ Republic Political Insider couldn’t resist the false equivalence in covering yesterday morning’s morning’s press conference at the State Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers called attention to HB2625, the crazy anti-contraception bill that the “pro-life” GOP majority is pushing. It being a press conference, the people presenting it used strong language to get their point across.
Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, called the bill “asinine” and described Republican lawmakers supporting the bill as “Rush Limbaugh Republicans” with “fundamentalist, Taliban-like religious beliefs.”
“Tea party Republicans are launching an all-out attack on women’s health and women’s rights,” Lopez said. “We need to quit wasting time legislating their version of morality.”
The context of the bill is still causing confusion, even among lawmakers. Several of the Democrats opposing the bill mentioned that it would require women to prove to their employers that they are taking birth control pills for reasons other than to prevent pregnancy.
“The most disturbing part of this is having to get permission and give personal medical information to your employer,” said Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, a physician.
I don’t see the problem with anything said there. The bill is asinine. The Republicans in the AZ Lege are of the same ideological temperament as Limbaugh. And it’s not a stretch to compare American social conservatives with the Taliban. The difference in religiosity, misogyny, and authoritarianism is in degree, not in kind. They aren’t the Taliban. Yet.
When the Dems were done and walking away from the podium, Rep. Debbie Lesko, prime sponsor of the No Slut Pills if Your Boss Says No Bill, rudely hijacked the podium along with CAP attorney Deborah Sheasby.
But bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, standing at the back of the news conference, called them “liars.”…
…They said this bill is not about limiting women’s rights, but about protecting employers’ religious freedoms.
“My bill does one thing and one thing alone,” Lesko said. “It allows an employer with religious objections to opt out.
We got it, Debbie. A bill that is specifically about denying birth control coverage is really about religious freedom of employers. Their religious freedom to limit women’s rights. Who’s the liar, Debbie?
But this was the tweet sent out to promote the Insider piece:
Dems’ news conference re:contraception evolves into name-calling by both parties.
If only the issue were politicians not using their indoor voices instead of an outrageous attempt by one party to deprive women of dignity, autonomy, and basic health care.
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