Monday, May 14, 2012

Brewer signs bill that risks women’s access to health care, invades privacy


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that limits women’s access to contraception and health care, invades privacy rights and jeopardizes their employment.

Last week, HB 2625 became law. It requires women seeking reimbursement for birth control from their health insurance provider to prove that they are not using the medication as contraception if they work for a religiously affiliated employer that has opted out of providing insurance coverage for contraception. Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15), and Arizona House Democrats previously urged the governor to veto the bill.

“This law politicizes women’s health,” Hobbs said. “Not only does it violate privacy rights, but it also limits family planning and health care choices for women across the state. Laws like this are based on rigid Tea Party ideologies and are too extreme.”

Hobbs and all Arizona House Democrats voted against HB 2625.

“This law is intrusive and undermines women’s health,” Hobbs said. “The governor should be focused on creating jobs, not putting working women’s employment at risk because of personal, family planning decisions.”

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