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

By Kelly Macias | 23 June 2017
Daily Kos

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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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    • The bill did pass but it does not apply to patients. It applies to renting, leasing or providing services to providers of pregnancy termination services.

      Planned Parenthood’s summary:

      The 40 page bill:

      The specific subsection:
      “ A political subdivision of this state is preempted from
      34 enacting, adopting, maintaining, or enforcing any order, ordinance,
      35 rule, regulation, policy, or other similar measure requiring a real estate
      36 broker, real estate salesperson, real estate broker-salesperson,
      37 appraisal firm, appraiser, as such terms are defined in chapter 339, a
      38 property owner, or any other person to buy, sell, exchange, purchase,
      39 rent, lease, advertise for, or otherwise conduct real estate transactions
      40 for, to, or with an abortion facility or for, to, or with a person for the
      41 purpose of performing or inducing an abortion not necessary to save
      42 the life of the mother, if such requirement is contrary to the religious
      43 beliefs or moral convictions of such real estate broker, real estate
      44 salesperson, real estate broker-salesperson, appraisal firm, appraiser,
      45 property owner, or other person.”

  1. I love how everyone believes what they read! If it’s on the internet, it must be true! How the heck is your employer or anyone else going to know if you take BC ? That’s private information and there are laws that protect that information. All you have to do is look the information up yourself to see the facts! Do your own freaking homework and stop taking other peoples words as facts . This is just someone wanting to stir the shit pot and it’s working !

    • Apparently some people have never worked around a group of women before. Women tend to talk about far more than work at work, sometimes including intimate details of their personal lives. And, others often overhear those conversations. It’s not inconceivable that some might mention to someone else, who might mention to someone else and another may overhear. In this scenario, it seems within possibility that “your employer or anyone else” may know if you’re taking BC or thinking about aborting.


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