LANSING – As the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a related case tomorrow, State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) is calling for a hearing on legislation to prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on contraceptive use. His bill, SB 732, has not been taken up by the Government Operations Committee after being introduced earlier this year.
“Workers have enough to worry about without the fear that they will be discriminated against based on health care they need,” said Ananich. “Private decisions about medications are frankly not your boss’s business.”
The court case set to begin tomorrow will in part decide whether an employer can deny access to contraception based on religious grounds. Not long ago the Arizona Legislature took up a bill, HB 2625, that would allow employers to interrogate women about whether their contraceptive use was to prevent pregnancy or for some other medical reason. In New York, S. 6578, would ban employers from preventing access to birth control based on religious reasons.
“Women should be allowed to make their own decisions about what is best for them and their family,” said Meghan Hodge Groen, Director of Government Relations for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. “We need measures like this to help protect families from the narrow agenda of extreme CEOs or special interest groups.”
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