Republicans Block Contraceptive!
The United States Capitol Building is seen at dusk in Washington, DC, US, 04 December 2023. EFE/EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Republicans Block Contraceptive!


Washington, Jun 5 (EFE).-

The US Senate rejected a bill to protect access to contraceptives on Wednesday and will not allow it to continue its legislative process due to opposition from the Republican caucus.

The regulation “Right to Contraception Act” had no chance of moving forward because it required a majority of 60 votes, and the Democrats have 47 seats (they usually have the support of four independent lawmakers.)

The procedure was halted by 51 votes in favor and 39 against.

The Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, had decided to bring it to a vote as a way to challenge Republicans to publicly take a stand against access to these medications that almost all American women will use at some point in their lives.

Among those who voted in favor were two Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who often have more moderate positions than their peers.

Shortly after the vote, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed in a statement that both he and Vice President Kamala Harris “believe that women in every state must have the freedom to make deeply personal health care decisions, including the right to decide if and when to start or grow their family.”

The US head of state pledged that his administration would continue to work with Democrats in Congress to protect women’s reproductive rights and seek to restore the federal abortion protections that the Supreme Court struck down nearly two years ago, leaving the issue up to the states.

Almost 90% of voters believe that Americans should have the right to make decisions about contraception and choose their contraceptives without government interference, according to a recent poll by the progressive firm Impact Research.

Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (2017-2021) stated in May in an interview with a Pittsburgh television station that he was open to supporting regulations on contraception and that his campaign would soon issue a policy on the matter, but he later retracted those statements. EFE


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