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Lawmakers Seeking to Shame Women
Arizona is now trying to outdo Texas in efforts to shame women seeking to control their fertility. Lawmakers are close to passing a bill to require a woman who files an insurance claim for birth control pills to prove she’s not taking them to prevent pregnancy. Birth control, the Arizona legislators claim, could violate employers’ (any employer, not just a religious one) moral beliefs. In the past year, according to Women’s E-News, states have passed 92 laws that interfere with women’s reproductive health decisions. Bills giving personhood status to a fertilized egg have cropped up all over the country. An Ohio bill would even ban physician assistants from placing or removing IUDs.