A request for unanimous consent to pass a bill codifying federal contraceptive rights was blocked by Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa. Democrats warn that some states will begin to restrict birth control and that these measures could be blocked by the currently constituted Supreme Court.
Axios: Senate Republicans Block Dem’s Demand to Pass Birth Control Access Bill
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) on Wednesday blocked a unanimous consent request to pass legislation that would have created a federal right to use birth control. Driving the news: Democrats moved to pass the bill by unanimous consent – meaning the bill would have been deemed passed if no one opposed it – in response to Justice Clarence’s concurring opinion Thomas overruling Roe v. Wade, in which he said the Supreme Court should reconsider its precedents that protect access to contraceptives. (González, 07/27)
Axios: Democrats fear red states banning abortion will focus on birth control
Democrats’ anxiety over access to birth control is peaking as more red states try to pass restrictions on emergency contraception and IUDs and may eventually ban them. … Republican-run states are particularly hostile to Plan B and other emergency contraceptive pills and IUDs, which are one of the most commonly used methods of birth control. Experts believe that some abortion bans these states have enacted could be interpreted as covering these types of contraceptives. (González, 07/28)
On how the birth control landscape is already reshaping –
The Hill: Two-thirds of Gen Z men are willing to try the male oral contraceptive pill
Generation Z has different views on safer sex compared to older Americans. In a new report from Innerbody Research, 81% of Gen Z men said they would be willing to try birth control. The online wellness guide called Gen Z’s willingness to try birth control pills “impressive” compared to older generations. In the same survey, only 65% of millennial men, 64% of baby boomers and 58% of gen-X men said they would try taking a pill to prevent an unborn pregnancy. desired. (O’Connell-Domenech, 7/27)
The Guardian: Snipped In Solidarity: American men get vasectomies after Roe – while they can
Shawn is one of many American men taking control of their own reproductive health, while millions of American women are denied this right. Since the proposed Roe ruling was disclosed in May, data collected by Innerbody Research has shown a dramatic increase in the number of daily web searches for vasectomies. Searches for “Where can I get a vasectomy” increased by 850%. Related Queries – “How much does a vasectomy cost?” and “is a vasectomy reversible?” – also exploded. (Semley, 7/28)
USA Today: Birth control refused by Walgreens pharmacist because of faith. What do I do?
But even before the Dobbs decision struck down a federal right to abortion, some states had already passed laws on whether pharmacists could refuse a prescription or items like condoms because of religious beliefs or moral objections. Other states leave it to the discretion of the pharmacy location, and some do not require providers to opt-out to provide patients with pharmacists or alternative care. Many of these laws date back to 1992, when Congress passed a series of laws under the Church Amendment. (Edwards, 7/27)
AP: Republicans reject family planning contracts for 4th time
The abortion landscape changed, but the votes didn’t when Republicans in New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected family planning contracts for the fourth time in less than a year. The Executive Council — which approves appointments and state contracts — voted 4 to 1 to deny funding to Equality Health Center, Lovering Health Center and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The contracts, which were backed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, would have funded cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease testing, contraception and other routine healthcare services for more than 16,000 low-income women. . (Row, 07/27)
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