[TW: Hostility to reproductive choice; fetal death; abuse; medical malpractice]

Arizona legislators have advanced an unprecedented bill that would require women who wish to have their contraception covered by their health insurance plans to prove to their employers that they are taking it to treat medical conditions. The bill also makes it easier for Arizona employers to fire a woman for using birth control to prevent pregnancy despite the employer’s moral objection.”

“However, [Georgia state representative Terry England] was pushing for that law to also apply to women who are carrying a stillborn fetus or one that is likely to die before it reaches term, making it illegal for women to have the dead fetus removed until their bodies do so naturally.”

The Wisconsin state senate wants to “emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect” (That is, if you are a single parent, you are probably abusing your children).  Co-sponsor of the bill, Don Pridemore, is on the record as opposing divorce even in case of spousal abuse, suggesting “If they can refind those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help.” Single parents = probably child abusers. Abusive spouses = great parents. Apparently?

Soon in Kansas: “Yes, that’s right. Doctors who “withhold information to prevent an abortion” cannot be sued. A doctor who does not tell people that the fetus has severe issues, who does not give them the ability to make the choice themselves to go forward with a pregnancy or not, who does not give them the ability to prepare to parent a potentially medically-fragile/special needs child, cannot be sued for doing so.”

This is not a pattern and there is no need to be alarmed.


I’m trying to come up with something to say about all this, but I’m stumped.

What the hell is going on?