Republicans block Dem-backed legislation that makes it illegal for states to restrict access to contraception, sterilization procedures

Senate Republicans have successfully blocked a bill pushed by Democrats to protect women’s access to potentially harmful chemical contraceptives, with the GOP believing that the bill was just a political stunt to force conservative senators to take a public stance on reproductive rights issues during an election year.

The bill, known as the “Right to Contraception Act,” would have made it illegal for federal, state and local government authorities to restrict access to contraception. The bill, which failed to pass Congress in 2022, needed 60 votes to overcome the Republican filibuster – a hurdle the Democrats were unable to overcome. (Related: Pro-life group blasts Trudeau administration for implying that women must use contraception and have abortions to become successful.)

President Joe Biden called the Republican opposition to the bill “unacceptable.”

“We will continue to urge Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade in federal law and safeguard the right to contraception once and for all,” Biden said.

But in their defense, Republicans claim that Democrats are only using reproductive rights to score political points as they gear up for the November elections.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) dismissed the vote as a “show vote,” anticipating more such political maneuvers in the lead-up to the elections. Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the top Republican on the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee, accused Democrats of pushing a false narrative about contraception access.

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“The Democrats are using their power to push an alarmist and false narrative that there is a problem accessing contraception,” Cassidy said.

Only two Republicans sided with the Democrats – moderate Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Critics slam contraception bill as a backdoor for mandated sex changes and nationwide abortion pill access

Even before the Senate hearing of the bill, conservative critics were already particularly vocal about the implications.

Terry Schilling, president of the American Principles Project, labeled the bill a Trojan Horse that could pave the way for mandated access to other so-called medications, such as sex change procedures.

Schilling stated that the bill’s language, which defines contraceptives to include all sterilizing drugs, devices and biological products, could be interpreted to mandate access to puberty blockers and other gender-affirming treatments.

“Democrats are calling this the ‘Right to Contraception Act,’ but they define ‘contraception’ to include all sterilization procedures,” Schilling posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “That’s a TROJAN HORSE that would appear to include sex change procedures.”

“The bill also defines ‘contraceptive’ explicitly to include all sterilizing drugs, devices, and biological products ‘whether specifically intended to prevent pregnancy or for other health needs… ’ and it establishes a ‘clear and comprehensive right’ to access these ‘contraceptives,’” Schilling continued. “Here’s where this gets crazy. The bill actually REQUIRES judges to interpret this language ‘liberally’ – meaning that the second a Biden activist judge gets an opportunity to ‘interpret’ this law, they’re going to find an explicit right to sex changes.”

Moreover, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) added that the bill could legalize the chemical abortion drug mifepristone nationwide, even in states where it is currently illegal.

“It would also make the abortion drug mifepristone – not contraception, but mifepristone – available in all 50 states no matter what the state law is, and that would override my state’s law, bunch of states’ laws. It would take it out of the hands of voters,” Hawley stated. “That’s an abortion issue. That’s not a contraception issue.”

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