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Wed May 22, 2024, 04:08 PM May 22

Democrats want to force Senate GOP to vote on contraception [View all]

Source: The Hill

05/22/24 12:14 PM ET

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Wednesday the Senate will vote next month on legislation to protect women’s access to contraception, setting up a campaign issue for the fall.

Democrats expect Republicans to block the bill, just as they have blocked legislation protecting access to in vitro fertilization, which Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) said included “poison pills.”

Schumer announced that the Senate has begun the process to consider the Right to Contraception Act, which would codify the right to contraception established by the landmark Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut.

Democrats say that right is now at risk because of the conservative majority’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade. “Now more than ever, contraception is a critical piece of protecting women’s reproductive freedoms, standing as nothing short of a vital lifeline for millions of American women across the country,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/4679670-democrats-want-to-force-senate-gop-to-vote-on-contraception/mlite/

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