Monday, March 26, 2012

War on Women's Health: a follow up

Last week I wrote on the Republican Party's "War on Women's Health". Well, as it turns out, there is more craziness out there. The Arizona state legislature was debating a bill that would allow empoyers to fire female employees just because they use birth control. That's right, Arizona wants to give employers the right to intrude on their employees medical records and use them to fire an employee if they take a certain medication. Luckily that bill is dead in the state legislature, so it will not reach the governor's desk. What those people fail to realize is that there are other uses for birth control, other than the obvious.

A really close friend of mine at the Biologist's Madness blog recently did an article about the medicinal uses for birth control (Get the Facts Before you Judge). It can be used for women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, and other less sever conditions like acne. Since I am a historian and not a biologist, you can read more at Biologist's Madness.

An even more insane law being debated is in Georgia where a woman would be forced to carry her still born child through the entire term of the pregnancy until she goes into natural labor. This is no only horrible because she would be carrying a child not alive, but it puts her life at risk. This was part of a Huffington Post article that mentioned more laws against women's health rights. The others were:
*Criminalizing misscarriages as murder
*Giving zygotes personhood rights while taking them away from women
*Penalizing women for having an abortion through additional taxes

When will this madness end? When will Republican's realize that they are digging their party's grave with these bills? For their sake, they better realize soon before it's too late.

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