Senate Republicans block Dems’ 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 proposed to pass the bill by unanimous consent – meaning the bill would have been deemed passed if no one opposed it in response to the concurring opinion of Judge Clarence Thomas quashing Roe v. Wade, in which he said the Supreme Court should reconsider its precedents that protect access to contraceptives.

Details: The bill, known as the Right to Contraception Act and introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would have protected “a person’s ability to access contraceptives and…the ability of a health care provider to provide contraceptives” under federal law. .

What they say : “My fellow Republicans are adamant about taking this country back to a time when women had little or no autonomy over their choices,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who co-sponsored the bill. law, in the Senate.

  • “I’m shocked, I think a lot of my colleagues are, the American people as well, that American women today have less rights than their mothers and even their grandmothers,” he added. .

The other side: A Republican House lawmaker, Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), earlier this month introduced legislation that would allow people over the age of 18 to access over-the-counter birth control pills that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


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