There’s been a lot of talk in the last few months about whether or not the Arizona Legislature has waged war against women. While some shake their heads in disbelief, saying the idea is preposterous, some of us are scratching our heads thinking it may just be happening right before our eyes. As each new bill is approved, or new idea comes from our lawmakers, I ask myself if our gender is taking a giant step backward, rather than leaping forward?
Let’s first look at the area creating the most controversy, and to be frank, making women the maddest. That issue centers around contraception.
Like it or not, House Bill 2625 is ridiculous, and does violate my rights as a woman. I am still shocked that the bill’s primary backers are women who claim they are simply protecting religious freedom.
In their push to protect religious freedoms it doesn’t appear that they considered the fact that the bill makes women a target into account. Even in the proposed amendment to the bill, the wording is too broad and any employer claiming it’s for religious beliefs can deny a woman birth-control coverage.
There is already a law in Arizona that protects churches. Why the need for this new layer?
My question is when did it become the responsibility of lawmakers to take on birth control issues? Abortion has, and as far as I can see, will always be debated, but general birth control? When was it decided that they had a right to dictate to me when and how I can have children?
If I want to use birth control, then it’s none of the state, or my employer’s business.
Then, there’s the recent approval by the Arizona Senate to revoke funding for Planned Parenthood.
I am not a major proponent of abortion, but I will say I understand some of the cases where the procedure is done.
Unlike Rick Santorum, I do not believe a woman who gets pregnant from rape received a gift from God. That woman has every right to get an abortion.
If the woman’s health, or the baby’s health is in danger, abortion is not wrong.
But, let’s be realistic, Planned Parenthood’s services to women goes beyond abortion. What is going to happen to all those women now? How will funding those necessary preventative procedures going to be funded?
Lawmakers continue to want to save the state money, but they pass bills that will just cost us more later. Think about it. Paying for a pill is a lot cheaper in health insurance than that child they will have to pay for.
It is a lot cheaper to prevent a woman from getting full-blown cervical cancer than it will be on the system once she requires extensive care.
Finally, whether I agree with it or not, I believe a woman has a right to manage her own body, and I am growing more and more frustrated each day that these men and women who we elect to represent us think they have some right to dictate how we live.
Many of the Republican lawmakers approving the bills that are basically the go-ahead for the War Against Women, claim during election season that they want fewer laws on the books. If that’s the case, why aren’t they following that principle, and letting people, especially women, live their lives?
Is this war against women reality or myth? From this woman’s point of view, I would say it’s reality.