Remember the law in Arizona that allows a doctor to withhold information from a patient if the doctor believes it may lead the patient to choose to have a legal abortion? Here’s Part 2.
Pending legislation in Arizona would:
1 – Repeal the standing requirement that employers who cover
prescription medication also cover birth control.
2 – Require female employees
who want covered birth control to submit a claim proving that they need it for a medical
condition, rather than for contraception.
3 – Allow employers to fire a female employee if they
discover she is taking birth control for contraceptive purposes – even if she
purchases the medication outside the employer’s health plan.
(You have to look closely to find the firing part. It’s not
explicit – rather, they REMOVED the following language:
“A religious employer shall not discriminate against an
employee who independently chooses to obtain insurance coverage or
prescriptions for contraceptives from another source.”
See what that does?)
The AZ House passed it in March. The AZ Senate rejected it,
but scheduled a revote, which as far as I can tell is still pending.
To learn more, Google some combination of:
‘arizona’ ‘hb 2625’ ‘fire’ ‘birth control’