PHOENIX — Arizona state Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, said she did not anticipate the backlash she received for sponsoring a bill to exempt religiously affiliated employers from providing contraceptives in their employees’ health-care plans.
Lesko, the majority whip in the Arizona House of Representatives, said her home number was posted on the Internet. She received hundreds of emails personally attacking her and accusing her of launching a war on women. For more than a week, her office phone rang off the hook with vitriolic messages.
“Some of it was so vile, so disgusting, that my assistant didn’t want to deal with it,” said Lesko, who represents District 9 at the Arizona...READ MORE