Stop Arizona Bill 2625
March 26, 2012
The Women's Collective, together with the other agencies, wrote members of the Arizona House of Representatives to express concern for the State of Arizona's House Bill 2625.
House Bill 2625 violates the sexual and reproductive rights of women. It repeals a previous Arizona bill that requires health plans covering medication to also cover contraception. Under this law, employers would be permitted to refuse covering any medication that would be used for contraceptive purposes and fire female employees that are using birth control to prevent pregnancy.
You can read our letter below.
Please support our letter and this movement by signing our petition.
Dear Representative Lesko:
The Women's Collective, together with the undersigned agencies, is writing to express its deep concern for State of Arizona House Bill 2625. The Bill comes within the context of a broader legislative movement seeking to undermine women's access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. We are particularly concerned about the Bill's potential impact on women living with HIV/AIDS.
As written, House Bill 2625 will force some women to disclose private information regarding contraception use to their employers. Such disclosure will severely compromise the health and well-being of women, especially women living with HIV, for the following reasons:
Birth Control can be a Life-Saving Tool for Women living with HIV, House Bill 2625 fails to consider the sexual and reproductive needs of women living with HIV. Many HIV positive women choose to forgo childbirth due to the presumed complications to their health and the health of their unborn children. For these women, contraception is a health protection tool. By obstructing women's access to contraception, House Bill 2625 places HIV positive women at risk of unwanted pregnancies, including pregnancies that may be dangerous to their health and place resultant children at risk of serious health complications.
Women in Violent or otherwise Abusive Relationships
Erosion of the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Regulation of Men's Sexual and Reproductive Choices
Forced Disclosure of Minors' Health Information
These repercussions are long lasting and will only move society backward by reinforcing archaic and unfounded stigmatization, gender inequalities and discrimination. Not only will the Bill undermine decades of struggle for gender equality, the Bill will effectively divest women of their sexual and reproductive autonomy. Taking account for the aforementioned repercussions of the Bill and the critical nature of sexual and reproductive healthcare, the undersigned respectfully urge you to withdraw your support for this legislation. We also draw your attention to the following online petition in opposition to House Bill 2625.
The Women's Collective
cc: Representative Brenda Barton
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