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Democrats blast Republican Sonny Borrelli for 'offensive rant' on contraceptive access

An opened birth control packet, with missing pills
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Democrats have blasted Arizona Republican Senate Majority Leader Sonny Borrelli for what they call an “offensive rant” he made last week.

Borrelli responded to a question about contraceptive access from the Arizona Mirror by saying, "Bayer Company invented aspirin. Put it between your knees."

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee said in a statement Monday the Lake Havasu Republican was suggesting that women wouldn’t need access to contraception if they kept a pill bottle between their legs to stop them from having sex.

The comment followed a press conference last week where Gov. Katie Hobbs criticized the GOP for attacks on reproductive freedom and called on the Arizona Legislature to pass a state law securing the right to birth control. Her “Right to Contraception Act” hasn’t received a hearing in the Republican-controlled state House or Senate.

Borrelli told the Mirror that the controversy is “fabricated” and that there is no plan to ban contraceptives.