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March 14th, 2012
07:11 PM ET

Arizona bill would allow employers to deny coverage of birth control pills

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) –The Arizona state legislature is considering a bill that would allow any employer to deny health insurance coverage for birth control pills, if the employer has a religious or moral objection to them. Arizona HB 2625, introduced by Republican State Representative Debbie Lasko, has passed the statehouse and is now making it way through the state senate.

Religious institutions are already exempted from having to cover contraceptives under existing state law, but Lasko said non-religious employers should also have the option.

The bill would also remove a provision in current state law that prohibits religious employers from discriminating against an employee who chooses to use contraceptives and pay for them out of pocket.

The Arizona ACLU says the bill would be an invasion of women's privacy.

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  1. Aliedth

    I'm a Christian, and a teen, and I agree that more and more people are being fake' Christians, but I hotslney believe it's because in the past few decades people have been trying to make religion look non-important. Whether you're Christian or not, religion is important. It's what you base your whole opinion/life style on. EVEN if you don't have a religion.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bl4ck0utsUn

    Birth control pill's are 99% effective in preventing a woman from producing a fertilizable egg, condoms are about 59% effective, and spermacide if and only if used properly are 89% effective. Many hospitals have religious sponsors, nurses run hospitals, at least 89% of them are female! When all the regular staff nurses are pregnant and on maternity leave, hospitals will be forced to staff their facillities with travel nurses, who work for non-religious companies (that provide birth control). Travel nurses salaries are roughly 2-3 times what regular staff make, even so, the burden of higher ratio's (nurse to patients) will also mean lower customer satisfaction scores, in the end they will hurt their bottom lines far more then the cost of providing the pill;)

    March 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fish

    religion should stay away from dictating how americans live there life. should be left up to each person not a religious business owner that needs to keep there opinions to them selfs. keep your personal life separate from work, religion being part of your personal life.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dduke

    Minority birth control paid for by crimestopers

    March 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |