Thursday, April 19, 2012

House Democrats to Gov: ‘Veto bill that risks women’s health care’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15), and Arizona House Democrats urge Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that limits women’s access to contraception and health care, invades privacy rights and jeopardizes their employment.

Today Hobbs and all Arizona House Democrats voted against HB 2625, which would require women to “prove” that they aren’t using birth control as contraception and allows employers to fire women for using contraception.

From the House floor, Hobbs said the legislation violates women’s privacy rights and would limit family planning and health care choices for women across the state.

“This bill politicizes women’s health,” Hobbs said. “It’s another example of how Tea Party lawmakers are too extreme and focused on their rigid ideology, instead of working to create jobs and improve education.”

This bill was defeated in the Senate but brought back for reconsideration and passed last week. Today Tea Party legislators approved HB 2625 by a vote of 36-21 on final passage. The bill now goes back to the Senate for a final vote and then to the governor’s desk.

“This bill is still intrusive, and I urge the governor to veto it,” Hobbs said.

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