Right-Wing War on Women: Barefoot, Pregnant — You Thought We Were Joking!
People have thought that we feminists (YES, by god, I’m using that word, and I’m extremely proud of it!) — people have thought we were exaggerating and being unreasonable when we’ve said that right-wingnut men want women barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen — under men’s control.
We were not exaggerating.
That’s right, boys and girls. Arizona — yes, that most obscenely anti-human state — is about to give private employers the right to fire women if their boss thinks the women shouldn’t be using birth control.
We are talking about authorizing secular, for-profit employers to deny a woman coverage for birth control if the employer doesn’t believe that she and her partner should be allowed to have sex without getting pregnant. Yup, that’s right. If the owner of the Taco Bell where you work opposes birth control, Arizona legislators want to give him a legal right to deny you insurance coverage for your pills.
Sadly, that isn’t even the half of it. You may want to sit down for this one. Arizona legislators know that whether or not her insurance covers it, a woman may get the prescription she needs to prevent an unintended pregnancy. They want to give her boss the right to control that too. The bill they are pushing would not only allow employers to take the insurance coverage away, but it would also make it easier for an employer who finds out that his employee uses birth control to fire her. You heard me right . . . to fire her.
Hel-LO Arizona Taliban! Not only is a woman’s body and future reproductive choice taken out of her own hands, but it is put in the hands of her employer. This is not talking about Catholic institutions, by the way. This allows ANY employer — ANY — to decide that a woman is not allowed to control her own reproduction.
This is beyond obscene. This is totalitarian.
How long will it be, do you suppose, before no woman in Arizona is allowed to leave her home without male accompaniment?
The racist legislation of a couple of years ago was evil enough. But now, you couldn’t pay me enough money, and there is not enough inducement in the universe, to get me to set foot in Arizona. Ever. For any reason whatsoever.