The Hightower Report: Let's Get Married

Arizona and Wisconsin legislators try to get in women's pants

Attention, ladies: Big news on the state legislative front. Republican lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin want to help you improve your lives. Or else.

Wisconsin Sen. Glenn Grothman wants to give single moms an incentive to get married. Actually, it's a rather negative incentive; his bill declares that being an unmarried mother constitutes "child abuse and neglect." Interestingly, Glenn has never been married nor raised any children. But he says his bill is necessary to counter those diabolical liberals who "want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government." Thanks for that insight, Glenn.

Now, to Arizona, where the GOP-controlled legislature intends to help any and all employers protect the moral purity of their female workers – married or not. How? By letting them deny insurance coverage for birth control pills if the women intend to use the pills for ... well, birth control. Ladies will not get the cost of their contraceptives covered unless they submit proof from their doctors that the pills are necessary to treat a medical condition – not just for having nonprocreational sex. And to add some puritanical oomph to the law, it also eases the way for the state's employers to fire any woman who uses contraceptives to – yes – avoid conception.

If that's not perverse enough for you, try this: Rep. Debbie Lesko – the sponsor of Arizona's assault on a woman's freedom, privacy, and dignity – says that the law is necessary to protect "our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion." She means the right and freedom of a boss to violate the rights and freedom of women workers over something as purely personal as their sex lives.

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