WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — The right to use contraceptives will be hammered into law under a measure Democrats are pushing through the House, their latest campaign-season response to concerns that a conservative Supreme Court that has ruled the federal Abortion rights have been wiped out, can move on.
The House plans to vote on the legislation on Thursday and send it to the Senate, where its fate seemed uncertain. The push underscores that Democrats are lounging on their version of the culture-war battle to appeal to women, progressive and minority voters as extremists to the court and Republicans to uphold the rights they’ve been granted for years. intend to end.
Wade, GOP lawmakers want to do more than just ban abortion, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now that the “radical, Republican-stacked Supreme Court” overturned a 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
“Those of us who’ve been in Congress for a while can tell you they’ve been against contraception, family planning, birth control the whole time,” said Pelosi, D-Cal. “This is their moment. Clarence Thomas has made it clear. They are right down to the fundamentals of privacy they want to erode.”
Wade last month, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the court should now review other precedents. He referred to decisions that reaffirmed same-sex marriage rights in 2015, same-sex intimate relationships in 2003, and married couples’ use of contraceptives in 1965.
Thomas did not specify a 1972 decision that legalized the use of contraceptives by unmarried people, but Democrats say they also consider it at risk.
Thomas and congressional Republicans are “about one thing, control,” said Rep. Kathy Manning, DNC, the main sponsor of the contraceptive bill, which has about 150 co-sponsors, all Democrats.
“These extremists are working to take away women’s rights, to take away our right to have children, to take away our right to control our lives and our bodies. And we don’t Let it happen,” she said.
John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is close to GOP leaders, said he doubts the law could win the Republican support it would need to survive in the Senate. Democrats there have introduced a contraceptive bill similar to the House version.
“I think it’s pure hysteria” by Democrats, Cornyn said of the contraceptive rights bill. He said “it’s not in danger” is being repealed.
House Democrats have begun to vote on these and other issues related to privacy rights, in hopes of a long-term victory or at least activating sympathetic voters and donors and forcing Republicans from competing districts in difficult spots. For. The House voted last week to revive a nationwide right to abortion, with each Republican voting number, and largely along party lines to prosecute women traveling to states where abortion is legal. Is.
The House voted on Tuesday to keep same-sex marriage legal, with 47 Republicans backing the measure with all Democrats. Although 157 Republicans did not vote, that tally raised hopes that the bill could win support from at least 10 GOP senators and get the 60 votes needed to clear the 50-50 Senate, sending it to President Joe Biden. can be sent for his signature.
The Contraceptive Bill explicitly allows the use of contraceptives and empowers the medical community to provide them while covering “any device or drug used to prevent pregnancy”. Examples listed include oral contraception, injections, intrauterine devices such as implants and emergency contraception, which prevent pregnancy several days after unprotected sex.
The bill lets federal and state governments, patients and health care providers bring civil suits against states or state officials who violate its provisions.
Gay marriage can gain such wide public acceptance that a growing number of Republicans are willing to vote for it. But anti-abortion groups oppose the contraceptive law, and it remains to be seen whether a significant number of GOP lawmakers are willing to make that break.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America said the law “needs to bail out the abortion industry, trample on rights of conscience, and unfettered access to dangerous chemical abortion drugs.” The National Right to Life Committee said it “goes far beyond the realm of contraception” and would include abortion pills such as RU486, which supporters called wrong.
Spokesmen for House GOP leaders did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the legislation.
The measure drew mixed reactions from the two more moderate Republicans in the Senate.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Main, said she was “most likely” to support the measure. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was working on bipartisan legislation that she said would codify the rights to abortion and perhaps contraception.
There are some state restrictions on contraceptive use, said Elizabeth Nash, who studies state reproductive health policies for the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.
Nash said he is concerned that there will be efforts to curb emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices and help providers and institutions refuse to provide contraceptive services.