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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.

Use Birth Control? You’re Fired!

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.



March 13, 2012 - Posted by | * War against women |


  1. This is exactly what, at the federal level, the recently (but narrowly!) defeated Blunt amendment aimed at doing. If the Ariz. measure’s language is close to the Blunt amendment’s, it would give employers the ability to deny coverage to any employee for ANY medical cost that the employer objects to on moral grounds.

    Yep, it’s the same approach as the Taliban’s — they want to *make* everyone live just as they themselves *prefer* to (because you just *know* they’ll find a way to carve out exceptions and evasions for their own situations). Totalitarian — yes, that’s exactly what they are.

    Comment by mark1147 | March 14, 2012 | Reply

  2. Oh, and I should add:

    As if the Ariz. bill weren’t disgusting enough, one of its truly frightening things is that it was sponsored/written by a *woman.*

    Which makes me wonder how many sister-wives she has! (Arizona has several enclaves of fundie Mormons, the ones who practice plural marriage — which, of course, is *always* one man + one woman + one woman + one woman [etc.], and *never* one woman + one man + one man + one man [etc.])

    Comment by mark1147 | March 14, 2012 | Reply

  3. Here’s a link identifying the sponsor, Republican state House Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, of Glendale (a Phoenix suburb):

    (A whip is the #2 position in a party caucus in a legislative chamber, i.e. an assistant to the majority or minority leader; when in the majority, the whip is actually the third topmost slot, behind Speaker of the House [or President of the Senate]. then the majority leader, then the majority whip.) In short, she’s a power to be reckoned with.

    And here’s a link to Lesko’s page at the Ariz. Legislature’s Web site, which includes a photo of her:

    Interesting to see that she’s a “Happily married mother of three children” (apparently *not* home-schooled, as she has several citations of involvement with local public schools/unified school district) and a member of the Natl. Rifle Association. Also “Served as voter registration chairman for the Maricopa County Republican Party.” So she drank the Kool-Aid long ago!

    My guess is she’s a Stepford wife with enough vim to have been harnessed long ago for party scut-work, and enough brights to have not committed a fatal error.

    Until now!

    Comment by mark1147 | March 14, 2012 | Reply

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