Republicans in Missouri want to be able to keep women who use birth control from working

By Kelly Macias | 23 June 2017
Daily Kos

How far will Republicans in Missouri go to push their pro-life agenda? So far it seems, that they are willing to ban women who use birth control from even working. In what can only be described as pure zealotry, Republicans are trying to pass legislation to allow discrimination against women for their personal reproductive choices.

Missouri’s Senate is considering legislation that would allow employers and landlords to discriminate against women who use birth control or have had abortions. The bill, which has the support of the state’s governor, Eric Greitens, was approved by the Missouri House Tuesday.

Known as SB 5, the bill was first passed by the Senate on June 14 following a special session called by Greitens. His aim was to overturn an ordinance that prevents employers and housing providers from punishing women for their reproductive health choices, according to a report by Feministing, a feminist website.

This is so utterly invasive, bizarre and out-of-control that it almost defies logic. It is absolutely incomprehensible and un-American. Except that Republicans are hyper-obsessed with controlling women’s bodies. So this makes perfect sense according to the puritanical framework from which they operate.

Given the Senate’s vote on June 14, it is seen as likely to approve the updated version of SB 5. This would mean that landlords could refuse to offer housing to women based on their reproductive health choices, while employers could fire female staff members who were using birth control, or refuse to hire them. And while of course this isn’t information most landlords or employers have access to, under SB 5 they could ask women what forms of reproductive health care they are using.

Never underestimate the lengths to which Republicans will go to take us back in time. This is positively repugnant. What’s next? Are landlords and employers going to go to the gynecologist with their female employees as well? Are they going to sign off on their pelvic exams and ultra sounds and the like? This is why our choices at the local, state and federal ballot box matter so much. Lawmakers like these should never be allowed anywhere near women—never mind near state legislatures where they can come up with hideous laws like these. If this travesty of a law does pass, let’s hope with all our might that lawyers sue the hell out of the governor and Republicans and take it all the way to the Supreme Court. This is tantamount to punishing women simply for being women and making free choices for themselves.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. They why don't they go against their very own abominate deity, since he is the one that commits, all by it self about 50% of the misconceptions… Their doG is the biggest rapist, and the worse abomination created by man unfortunately though.

  2. What is with these religious zealots? They must not have anything better to do than turn the clock back on women to the turn of the 20th Century. You notice it's always a man who wants to rein us in. Shame on him and everything he stands for. He's the modern day Savanarola.

  3. I just stumbled across this screed, so this will probably never be seen, but writing it will help me feel better. I read this and then read Missouri SB5. There is no truth in this article. The bill does protect people from being forced to participate in abortion at any level if doing so violates their religious beliefs. The real estate provisions do not harm women or prevent abortions; they allow a real estate agent or landlord not to lease or sell property that would be used as an abortion clinic. NOTHING in the bill prevents women from working or permits employers to know about a female employees health care history. There are already medical privacy laws in place that prevent that.

    Everyone has a right to their beliefs, but don't be so willing to believe lies. Don't be gullible. The Republicans do not seek to harm anyone. Open your minds and get to know some conservatives. You might be surprised.

      • Texas2Step so anotherwords if it’s against their religious beliefs, like contraception which they “think” is abortion, they can deny a woman’s employment. Thanx, I have no desire to get to know right wing Christian Extremists I mean Conservatives

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