Why Are Republicans Acting Like Troglodytes And Warring Against Women’s Health Care?


There are so many questions I have about the reasons the Republican Party–coast to coast–are being needlessly repugnant when it comes to women and health issues.  Yes, I am aware that there has alway been a slim sub-set of conservatives who are anti-contraception, and have little appreciation for the health care needs of society.  But having said that I am shocked and dismayed that so many creepy-type GOPers are coming out of the dark places to raise objections to something I thought was settled in the 1960’s!

The latest incident comes from Arizona.

There seems to be no regard by some Republicans, who are making a push against contraceptives, about the reason they are used, and why they should be covered under insurance plans.   There seems little recognition that the vast majority of this nation is taken aback by the out-dated way of thinking when it comes to demonizing contraceptives.  That there is going to be a political price to pay when women cast ballots against the Republican Party this fall seems not to register with the anti-contraception crowd.

Why these troglodytes are allowed so much lee-way in the Republican Party at this time must be a mystery to the establishment GOP crowd who well understand the crushing they will take at the hands of women voters this fall.

Women in Arizona trying to get reimbursed for birth control drugs through their employer-provided health plan could be required to prove that they are taking it for a medical reason such as acne, rather than to prevent pregnancy.

A bill nearing passage in the Republican-led Legislature allows all employers, not just religious institutions, to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage when doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs.

When a female worker uses birth control pills, which can be used to treat a number of medical conditions, the bill would allow an employer who opted out to require her to reveal what she was taking it for in order to get reimbursed.

The bill thrusts the state into a raging national debate about religious freedom and birth control, sparked after the Obama administration required that employers must provide contraception coverage under the federal health care overhaul.

After objections from religious groups, the administration changed course, ordering that insurers, not employers, would have to pay for the coverage. Republicans, social conservatives and some religious groups believe the new order still violates their beliefs.

“We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” said the Arizona bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko. “And so government shouldn’t be telling employers, Catholic organizations and mom and pop (businesses) to do something that’s against their moral beliefs.”

Critics say the bill allows employers to violate their worker’s privacy.

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