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National "Right to Contraception Act" Will Go to a Vote in June

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the "Right to Contraception Act" will go to a vote in early June.

His announcement came shortly after Donald Trump said in an interview with a Pittsburgh TV station that he was was considering restrictions on basic contraception like the pill, IUDs, and condoms.


Right to Contraception Goes to Vote
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Though Trump has since backtracked on his statements, the bill is still moving forward. A vote is expected around June 5th—though this is not the first time a bill to protect contraception has been considered.


In 2022, 195 House Republicans voted against the Right to Contraception Act, seeking to block the federal government from guaranteeing Americans’ access to essential family planning resources like condoms, birth control pills, and IUDs. Since then, GOP politicians have blocked or vetoed bills protecting birth control in more than 12 states.


Current restrictions on contraception:

  • 12 states allow some health care providers to refuse access to contraception services

  • 9 states allow individual health care providers to refuse access

  • 7 permit pharmacists to refuse to dispense contraceptives


The pressure to pass a national Right to Contraception Act is higher than ever, as Supreme Court Clarence Thomas signaled that the Court may consider overturning the landmark ruling, Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right of married couples to use contraception without restriction in 1965.


88% of voters say it’s important to them that the right to obtain and use contraception without government interference is protected for all Americans. There is majority support for the Act across party, racial, gender, and generational lines—4 in 5 voters overall back the act


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