If a woman uses it to control cysts or as medically prescribed by a doctor for anything other than birth control, the employer could not deny coverage.
What this means is that if Jane Smith wants to get a job in Arizona, and this bill passes, she would, during her interview perhaps, have to tell her potential employer if she takes birth control. If Jane Smith does, she would then have to either admit it’s only to prevent pregnancy or one would guess have to give the potential employer a note from her doctor, outlining exactly why she’s using birth control. When the potential Nazi…I mean employer…discovers Jane Smith is a whore and a trollop who is having SO MUCH SEX that she needs birth control, he does not have to hire her.
Isn’t that nice? Jesus, Arizona, you’ve already got Governor Brewer waving her finger in the face of President Obama like the Wicked Witch of the East, you’ve got Sheriff Joe”Birther”Arpaio and now you want this? Are you trying to rekindle the good old days of 1812, when women married at the age of 15, had 10 or more kids, some of those still born, couldn’t vote or work (well, except as “dance hall girls”) and often died by age 30?
Ditat Deus is the state motto of Arizona. It means God Enriches. It seems to most of the sane people left in America that God forgot to enrich the Republican party with a heart, a brain and courage. The yellow brick bridge they are burning is not going to “nowhere”, it’s going to the not so distant future, November, 6th, 2012 to be exact. On that day, sane Americans will remember Arizona and Mississippi and Alabama and Fox news and Rush Limbaugh and we will remember that Republicans will save a fetus but starve a child so billionaires can keep their tax breaks. We will remember that Republicans want to turn our nation, founded on the core principal of freedom of religion, into a theocracy. And we will remember that Arizona Republicans wanted to make it legal for an employer, not just a religious group but ANY employer, to look at a woman and call her exactly what Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke-a slut.
We will remember all this in November, and we will take our frustration and our rage and our passion to the voting booths, and you, Republicans, will be out of a job. Get those resumes together, because there are more of us than there are of you. The Quiverfull families aren’t going to save your sorry asses, nor the Dominionists nor the Fox news sheep nor the 700 Club viewers. We are liberals, Democrats, sane Republicans, Independents, men, women, straight, gay, black, white, Hispanic you name it. And we are not putting up with this anymore.
As Dorothy Parker famously said when asked to use the word horticulture in a sentence, “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” Despite all the crowing and whining and screaming from the right, it’s not we who are the whores. It’s the far right Republicans who sold their souls to Bryan Fischer and David Barton and the rest of the fringe fundamentalists in exchange for their votes. Dorothy Parker was right. We can’t make them think, but we can shut them up, shut them down and fire them in November. And we will.
Thanks to CNN and State Symbols USA.org for contributions to this article. Pic courtesy of the People’sCube.