March 15th, 2012
09:41 AM ET
11 years ago

Arizona wades into contraception controversy

(CNN) - Controversy is brewing in Arizona as the state Senate considers a bill that would give all businesses the option to exclude contraceptives from health insurance coverage.

Supporters say such a law would protect the religious beliefs of employers, while critics assert the tradeoff would be an affront to the liberties of employees.


Filed under: Arizona • Health care
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    You don't know what you're talking about.

    March 15, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. anotherGDlefty

    Welcome to Arizona, now go home.
    It's our new state motto...

    Our braindead legislature here in Phoenix is taking all it's cues from the last ALEC meeting they attended and it really shows in the ridiculous tripe they are trotting out.
    It's funny that I don't see the Goldwater Institute or the Center for Arizona Policy complining about it...oh that's right, THEY WROTE IT!

    It will be interesting to see how they manage to trump the current federal law in AZ which says the exact opposite of what they are trying to pass.

    If you are a church, be a church and follow the rules on how to be a church.
    If you are a business that hires people from outside of your own religious cult, then act like a business and follow the rules on how to be a business.

    March 15, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. cali girl

    Get off your soap box talky. I am not sure what women you are referring to, and I take offense to your suggestion that we all do.
    Also, do you pay for car insurance. I bet you do, and you can't say anything about it. And it was a government mandate. Yes, the government got into our lives again, and you don't hear people crying about that.

    March 15, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Don McLaughlin

    Well .... might we include Viagra (and the like) and male health issues ..... with a brilliant analysis such as .... they buy cars and trucks and guns and big TV's (we do!) so why should Health Insurance pay for.....??
    Where does this foolishness stop? Some folks have religious objections to blood transfusions .... should insurance eliminate that?
    In simple English, if you don't approve of birth control, save your soul and don't use it...... but spare my soul, as my God speaks differently to me. Actually I thought I heard things like ..... Judge not, least ye... Do unto other..s and .... you know.... the stuff some wish God hadn't bothered to say. It makes life sooooo complicated ..

    March 15, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Independents are watching
    Form 2011 to date republicans state wide passes 1000s laws, almost all the laws about social issues, they ignore the economy totally

    So 2012 for democrats

    March 15, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Bill

    I find it amazing that people in AZ are not the laughing stock for the nation. What with proposed bills in the House allowing guns on campus, reducing the mimumion wage. and such. If contriception is a moral or religious question for people then they have the obligation not to use it. the employer does not have the right to pick and choose what medical procedures thier employees can have. Last time I checked the emploee pays a large part of the insurance premium.

    March 15, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    @ Talkeytalk –

    Are you some kind of democrat plant to make conservatives look stupid?

    March 15, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. DJ Reality

    Arizona will soon implement Shria law just you wait,

    March 15, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Sandy

    @Wake Up People

    They Repubs ARE trying to roll back voting rights.

    March 15, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Sandy

    @Wake Up People

    About those voting rights, in Michigan the governor has installed city managers, leaving the elected Mayor and other officials powerless and the votes of the people meaningless by making the people they elected powerless.

    March 15, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    Are you some kind of democrat plant to make conservatives look stupid?
    Nope. That is the real McCoy. Sounds like one of those conservative RINOs that has overrun the Republican Party.

    March 15, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    If I'm an employer in AZ can I fire an employee if they REFUSE to take the pill?

    March 15, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. B

    Arizona, land of the mindless Zombies like John McCain and their Nitwit Governor still trying to take the country back to the 50s. They will lose in 2012 because Obama is about the Future and the GOP is all about the Past, that will be the choice !

    They will never win with "Robot Romney" or finger wagging Santorum that does not understand separation of Church and State.. The other two are not worth mentioning.

    March 15, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. clsjey

    @Talkytalk- you must be a 1%-er; most of the women I know can't afford such things, because we are just trying to put food on the table.

    If we were talking about medication to address high blood pressure from a lazy lifestyle, no one would take seriously this type of argument: "You don't need insurance coverage for that medication your doctor recommends. See, there's a different drug on sale at Target for $4. I'm not a doctor, but, it's probably just as good for you. You can afford to pay for it yourself."

    March 15, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. DJ Reality

    I hear that Arizona is trying to set up a morality police department. To protect its citizen from liberal ideas.

    March 15, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    health insurance cover Viagra for men they want to exclude contraceptives from health insurance coverage for women, must be a man THING

    March 15, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. ST

    "In Arizona the state Senate considers a bill that would give all businesses the option to exclude contraceptives from health insurance coverage".
    Really!!! This is to bring all women back to the middle stone age. I do guess, they will soon tell women to wear "Chastity belts" as it were those ages!

    March 15, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Scef

    People have been practicing birth control as a biblical principal since the days of Moses read Leuiticus 15:16-17. If this measure infringes on the political beliefs of employers then AZ has to allow their Mormon and Muslim population to have multiple wives as their religious beliefs allow. What about devil worshippers will AZ allow human sacrifices. This is America and we follow the rule of law. Laws cannot be enforced on a small segment of the population they apply to the entire country.

    March 15, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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