A state representative who introduced legislation that would let more Arizona employers drop coverage for contraceptives addressed supporters at a rally Friday and defended her proposal, which critics say intrudes on women’s private lives.
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko says her bill protects the religious rights of employers who do not wish to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives because it violates their religious or moral beliefs.
Lesko spoke to several hundred people who rallied in front of a federal courthouse in Phoenix on Friday afternoon to support the legislation.
Democrats argue that the bill would force women to reveal private health information to employers.
Lesko disputes that, and says she’s adding language in the bill to make that clear.
The bill is near passage in the Republican-led Legislature.