Posted by: Donna
Yep, Governor Jan Brewer is a lying liar. From her office’s press release on signing HB2625, aka the “Tell Your Boss Why You’re Taking The Slut Pills” bill into law Friday:
“Let’s not forget why we’re having this discussion: It’s ObamaCare that created this issue by forcing
church-affiliated employers and non-profits to offer services in violation of their religious faith,” said Governor Brewer
Bullpucky. The Arizona Legislature passed a law in 2002 requiring all insurance plans to cover contraception, with a narrow exemption for churches and other organizations with a specifically religious mission. It was essentially the same thing required by the ObamaCare contraception mandate. It was done to rectify what was seen as an unfair and sexist disparity in prescription coverage, since new-to-the-market erectile dysfunction drugs for men were going to be covered. It wasn’t too controversial back then and barely noticed by anyone. Anyone outside of the hysterical prude crowd, that is. They got right on the case. Anti-choicers introduced a bill the very next year to expand the religious exemption to more employers which was, of course, vetoed by then-Governor Napolitano.
Last session, the Legislature passed H.B. 2234 requiring all health insurance plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs to also provide coverage for all Federal Drug Administration approved prescription methods of contraception (Laws 2002, Chapter 57). The law also creates an exemption for “religious employers” to allow them to obtain health insurance contracts without contraceptive coverage. Religious employer is defined as a nonprofit organization that primarily employs persons who share the same religious tenets and primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets. Examples of entities that would be exempted from providing contraceptive coverage are most churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, seminaries and convents.
Some organizations believe the exemption for religious organizations is narrow because it does not include faith-based organizations that provide social services rather than religious services and do not primarily serve or employ members of a specific religious community. Those same organizations believe that requiring such faith-based organizations to include prescription contraceptives in their health plan infringes on the religious tenets of the organization. S.B. 1089 changes the definition of “religious employer” to a nonprofit religious corporation, association, educational institution, charity or society whose religious tenets prohibit the use of contraceptives.
In her veto message, the Governor stated that it would be inappropriate to deny social services agency female employees contraceptive coverage that the law mandates for other similarly-situated women.
Barack Obama was an Illinois State Senator at that time. Hiding behind President Obama to defend signing this reactionary crock of crap is super lame, Governor Brewer.
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