Say you're an Oklahoma state senator, busy with important Oklahoma state business like keeping the s-word (science!) away from children, when you're approached by a cardiologist and "natural family planning expert" with an exciting theory for you to consider.
Women shouldn't be taking birth control because "part of their identity is the potential to be a mother," says this somehow-licensed physician named Dominic Pedulla. "They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn't bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies."
What do you do?
A) Gently suggest that this doctor ask Hollywood Upstairs Medical College for a tuition refund.
B) Sponsor a bill letting employers exclude birth control and abortion coverage from insurance plans.
If you're Oklahoma Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond), you pick B, and then you watch your little bill pass the Senate Commerce and (Lady-) Business Committee, which conveniently doesn't have any ladies, in a unanimous vote.
Jolley's bill now moves to the full Senate, where stupid laws will continue to be adopted until more women realize their potential to be Oklahoma legislators, and/or until more Oklahoma legislators realize their potential to not be morons.
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Tags: Contraception, Men and Women, Oklahoma, Science & Technology, State Legislature, Women's Rights