In anticipation of a possible ruling by far-right Supreme Court justices that could limit contraceptive access, the House passed a bill Thursday.
The Right to Contraception Act passed on ThursdayBy a 228 vote to 195 vote All Democrats voted in favor of this bill, but only eight Republicans did so. 195 Republicans voted against it.
Progressive lawmakers expressed their horror at the fact that the bill was opposed by the overwhelming majority of Republican caucus. “19 Republicans in Congress don’t want you to have access to contraceptives. If they had the chance they would ban it,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) warned.
The billRep. Kathy Manning (D.North Carolina), introduced the bill last Wednesday. It would establish a federal contraceptive access right and would bar statesNot to implement laws that would restrict such rights. If these rights are violated by the government or state, the Justice Department can bring the government official or health care provider who is trying to restrict contraception access before a court.
The bill would cover a wide range of contraceptive methods such as birth control pills and IUDs as well as Plan B.
The Supreme Court reconvenes for the next session. Justice Clarence Thomas warns that the Court’s Christofascist justices could take up a case challenging the right to contraception, which was established under Griswold v. Connecticut. Thomas Also, bewareThe Court could soon revoke the existing right to same-sex marriage under the Constitution Obergefell v. HodgesConsensual sex is permitted between same sex partners, as allowed by Lawrence v. Texas.
The House also This week, a bill was passedThis would federally protect gay marriage and repeal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. It established that federal government could only recognize marriage between a man or a woman.
While Republican senators have said that the Respect for Marriage Act could have the votes to pass the Senate, it’s unclear if the Right to Contraception Act will have the same support. Opposing contraceptive accessibility is an extremist view that should be condemned. a handfulOf countries still restrict access, and it’s unclear if there are any countries with all-out bansLike the ones suggested by some Republicans.
“It is outrageous — we keep using that word — 60 years after Griswold was decided, 60 years after Griswold, women must again fight for our basic right to birth control against an extremist Republican Party,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said on WednesdayIn support of the Right to Contraception Act. “Let us be clear: We are not going back. For our daughters, or granddaughters, we are not going back.” Trans men and nonbinary people can also experience menstruation and pregnancy, and also benefit from contraception access.
Pelosi further saidDemocrats want to make sure Republicans are openly honest about their support for contraceptive access. Some Republicans have announced their support for contraceptive accessibility. opposition to the billIt falsely claimed it would finance abortions.
It would be a terrible thing to deny contraception access. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has foundSurveys have shown that over 72 million people rely upon birth control. Furthermore, almost all women who can get pregnant use some type of contraception at one time or another.
Medication like hormonal contraceptives is not only crucial to preventing unwanted pregnancies — especially now, as states criminalize abortion seekers and providers — but also to help tame menstrual symptoms, treat conditions like endometriosis and even reduce the riskColorectal, ovarian, or endometrial cancers. If contraception was made more difficult, it could have wide-reaching and disastrous consequences for the public’s mental and physical health and could deepen wealth inequalities for people who have the ability to get pregnant, sending the country back generations.
In the few countries where contraceptive accessPeople are restricted by law or poverty who experience unwanted pregnancyYou are more likely to experience it. povertyTheir career prospects are greatly diminished. Cisgender men are dominating fields that require advanced degrees, such as law, medicine, and scientific research.
Some extreme state legislators have already been considering proposals to inhibit abortion accessIn anticipation of a revocation GriswoldWhile some people already report, having trouble accessingDue to restrictive abortion bans, Plan B is a medication similar to Plan B.