Republican Blocks Contraception Access Bill From Coming to Vote in Senate

On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) blocked Democrats’ attempt to bring their bill to codify the right to contraception to a vote in the Senate, delaying progress on the legislation that 195 House Republicans voted against last week.

The Right to Contraception Act would ensure federal protections for contraceptives, such as IUDs, condoms, birth control pills and condoms. It Last week, the House passed with the support of all Democrats and only eight RepublicansThe party’s widespread opposition suggests that it is planning to launch attacks against birth control access.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, was one of the original sponsors. bring the billThe motion was approved by unanimous consent on Wednesday, meaning that only one senator could oppose it. Ernst’s objection to the bill is unsurprising, as it’s rare for bills to get unanimous approval from the Senate, but it’s still an alarming show of the party’s rightward lurch on contraception.

“Today, Republicans showed the American people where they stand: no abortions, and no birth control to prevent the need for one,” said Markey in a statement after Ernst’s move. “The right-wing extremists in the United States Senate and on the Supreme Court are way out of touch with the vast majority of the American people, and yet they still want to tell them what to do with their bodies and their lives.”

Senator Patty Murray (D. Washington) stated that birth control has been protected for a long time by the precedent set in the landmark Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut.

“It has been nearly sixty years since the Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut — and affirmed Americans’ right to privacy and with it: their right to contraception. So you’d think this would be a settled issue. And for the vast majority of Americans — it is,” Murray said. “Yet, as we just saw, somehow — in the year 2022 — this isn’t a settled issue for Republican politicians.”.

Ernst falsely said that the bill includes unrelated provisions to fund abortion providers and abortifacients — claims that that the bill’s proponents say These statements are patently false.

Republicans have been lying about the effects of birth control, saying that hormonal contraceptive methods that preempt fertilization by stopping ovaries from releasing an egg are abortifacients — a lie that has been pushed throughLong-standing disinformation campaigns by far-right anti-abortionists.

This fabrication is likely to have been made up by Republicans to conceal their true stances against contraception access. Even if certain birth control methods are abortifacients it would still lead to widespread suffering and physical degeneration. tens of millionsMany people rely on birth control to prevent pregnancy and also to treat certain cancers.

The bill’s supporters have pointed out that it is narrowly tailored to address contraceptive access. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), criticized the 195 House Republicans that voted against the bill last week. This is how it should be said the bill is “not a ‘gotcha’ bill with a bunch of stuff” added into it.

The “GOP are descending into an extremism that many didn’t think was real,” she wrote. “They are expanding to attack the right to contraception, and we cannot let them. This vote is the first step.”