House passes legislation to enshrine a right to contraception in federal law

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The House of Representatives voted by 228-195 largely along partisan lines Thursday to pass legislation to legalize the right to contraceptives across the country, in an effort to shield it from potential interference by the Supreme Court.

The The right to contraceptive law, sponsored by Representative Cathy Manning, DN.C. , would establish a right in federal law for individuals to obtain and use contraceptives. It would also affirm the right of health care providers to provide contraceptives and allow the Department of Justice and entities affected by contraceptive restrictions to seek enforcement of this right in court.

Representative Cathy Castor, a Democrat, said the United States faces a “perilous time, as the Supreme Court and the Republican Party are stepping back on our rights.”

Eight Republicans along with 220 Democrats voted for the bill. Two Republicans voted “present.”

Democratic leaders said they were pushed to act by the favorable opinion of Judge Clarence Thomas in the ruling that dropped Roe v. Wade, Who wrote That the Supreme Court should reconsider decisions like 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut, which prevented states from banning contraceptives and “corrected a mistake” they made.

Rep. Ann Coster, DN.H. , that “the Roe v. Wade coup was a wake-up call” and that Congress could not leave other rights such as contraceptive rights “to chance,” saying they were “none of the government’s business.”

Most Republicans opposed the bill.

“Democrats are spreading fear and disinformation to score political points,” said Representative Kathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

She called it the “Trojan horse of more abortions.”

The bill now goes to the Senate, where a accompanying copy It was introduced by Senator Ed Markey, De-Mas, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Il. But it’s not clear that the measure will get the 60 votes needed to break the potential Republican holdup.

The legislation defines contraception as β€œany drug, device, or biological product intended for use in the prevention of pregnancy, whether intended specifically to prevent pregnancy or for other health needs, that is legally marketed under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, such as oral contraceptives.” , long-acting and reversible contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, internal and external condoms, injections, vaginal barrier methods, transdermal patches, vaginal rings, or other contraceptives.”

The vote came two days after the House of Representatives Voted to legalize the right to same-sex marriageSupported by 47 Republicans.

Representative Debbie Lesco, R-Arizona, said Democrats are pursuing an “excessive agenda of abortion-on-demand.”

Representative Kat Kamack, R-Fla., said the bill violated “religious rights” and described it as a bill by Democrats who cite “provisions they can’t mention banning contraception.”

“You are a real business,” she said on the floor of the house.

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