Knitted Uteruses Delivered To Arizona Lawmakers To Protest Contraception Bill

Posted on April 5, 2012

Huffington Post, April 5, 2012

In a creative response to a controversial bill that would allow employers to opt out of providing coverage for contraception, a group of women’s rights activists delivered knitted uteruses to the Arizona lawmakers responsible for the contentious measure.

According to the Arizona Republic‘s Alia Beard Rau, the uteruses were sent to 32 Republican lawmakers to protest House Bill 2625. Although the measure failed in the state Senate last month, an amended version will likely be introduced next week.

Rau reports:

In its current form, the legislation would allow any business or insurance company to opt out of providing contraception health-care coverage for religious reasons.Its sponsor is currently considering an amendment so that the legislation would only apply to religious-based employers such as St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities.

Started as a small blog project in the midst of the uproar over Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, the knitted uterus movement has grown as more groups aim to draw attention to the often lopsided nature of the contraception debate.

“The message is hands off my uterus. If you want one to control, here’s one of your own,” the group’s co-founder, Donna Drunchunas, told ABC News last month.

Women in Texas have reportedly crafted similar uteruses for Gov. Rick Perry (R) and other state lawmakers, which they plan to hand deliver later this month.

Colorado’s two male U.S. senators, Mark Udall (D) and Michael Bennet (D), were also reportedly sent the hand-made uteruses, as were Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.