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AZ lawmakers receive knitted uterus as protest

Individually packaged hand-knitted uteri are placed on a countertop at the lobby of the State Capitol in Phoenix, April 5, 2012. Critics of an Arizona proposal to limit birth control gave more than a dozen state lawmakers the personalized gift. The packages were delivered each in a clear plastic bag, labeled with a lawmaker’s name and containing a letter from a Tempe woman asking legislators to oppose the measure. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

Critics of an Arizona proposal to limit birth control coverage have given a personalized gift to more than a dozen state lawmakers — a fuzzy, knitted uterus with googly eyes.

The packages were delivered Thursday, each in a clear plastic bag labeled with a legislator’s name and containing a letter from a woman opposing the measure.

The bill has been at the center of a political fight.

Supporters say it’s needed to protect the rights of employers with religious or moral objections to contraception.

Critics have objected to the possible loss of coverage and to provisions they say violate women’s rights to privacy, requiring some who want contraception for medical purposes other than birth control to provide evidence of that.

The legislation is being amended and is headed for an expected vote next week.

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One comment

  1. If this outrageously stupid and incredibly invasive bill passes, let’s boycott any employer that opens their mouth requesting proof that the pills are being used only for medical reasons and not for birth control, and put them out of business. While we’re at it, let’s pass a bill requiring that men prove that they really have erectile dysfunction before they can get Viagra, and make them take a legally binding oath that the only purpose for its use is procreation and not recreation. We can’t be having men using it just to enhance their sexual experience with their wives now, can we!

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