Dear Sedona Eye editor and readers,
Arizona’s effort to block contraception is part of an all out attack on women. Governor Brewer says that she agrees women may be uncomfortable giving their employer medical information, so the bill is being rewritten. The point isn’t whether a woman should have to disclose medical information to her employer; the point is why the government is getting involved in a woman’s personal life in the first place.
This is intrusive and Women should not have to disclose any information regarding birth control to their employer. Some say it is against their religion to support birth control. Well, just allow those women to opt out of birth control coverage. Don’t take rights away from others because of some Religious belief of the employer. What if your employer had a religious or moral objection to MRIs or prescription drugs? You can see where this could lead.
All women deserve access to comprehensive reproductive health care. As former Surgeon General, Richard Carmona said, “Trying to block women from getting access to contraception or de-funding Planned Parenthood is completely nonsensical from a policy standpoint. …I can say without hesitation that these bills would be bad for public health and deleterious to the health of women.”
Call Governor Brewer (1-800-253-0883) and Steve Pierce, Karen Fan, and Andy Tobin (1-800-352-8404) and tell them to stop trying to control women’s choice and women’s right to reproductive health care.Bob Lynne Prescott AZ