WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — The right to access contraceptives will be hammered into law as part of a measure that Democrats pushed through the House on Thursday, their latest campaign-season response to concerns of a conservative Supreme Court that previously From now on, federal abortion rights can go on and on.
The House’s 228–195 roll call was largely along party lines and sent the measure to the Senate, where its fate looked tough. The bill is the latest example of Democrats seeking to appeal to female, progressive and minority voters in their own version of fighting the culture war with the intention of eliminating rights granted to the court and Republicans as extremists for years. Is.
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Democrats said the High Court had recently passed the landmark Roe v. Wade’s decision, Justices and GOP lawmakers are on track to go beyond banning abortion.
“This extremism is about one thing: control over women. We won’t let that happen,” said Rep. Cathy Manning, D.C., who sponsored the legislation. The bill’s roughly 150 co-sponsors are Democrats.
Reversing Row last month, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion 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 the use of contraceptives for married couples 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.
Republicans accused Democrats of creating a crisis, saying no serious effort was being made to erase the right to use contraceptives.
“If we allow the majority to undermine the constitutional safeguards for a hypothetical and fake emergency, they will create more hypothetical emergencies in the future to violate and undermine our constitutional principles,” Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-NY, said during the debate. He said Democrats want to “distract and intimidate the American people and get cheap political points.”
The fate of the measure seemed unclear in the 50-50 Senate, where at least 10 Republicans would have to support the bill in order to reach the 60 votes needed to pass most laws.
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 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 the bill could win enough support for GOP senators to pass, sending it to President Joe Biden 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.
There can be such widespread public acceptance of same-sex marriage 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.
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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.
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.
Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report.