The Home of Representatives handed a invoice Thursday making certain that ladies have entry to contraceptives, however Rep. Darrell Issa, who represents East County, and most different Republicans voted in opposition to it.
“As a younger lady, reproductive well being care is my well being care. And I’m so grateful that at the moment we’ll take a step to codify that entry into regulation,” stated San Diego-area Rep. Sara Jacobs, who presided over the vote on the Home ground.
The Proper to Contraception Act was launched final week by Jacobs and Democratic Congresswomen from Georgia, Minnesota and North Carolina amid uncertainty about the way forward for quite a lot of Supreme Courtroom precedents after Roe v. Wade was overruled.
In a concurring opinion on the controversial abortion ruling final month, Justice Clarence Thomas advisable that the court docket additionally rethink rulings defending the usage of contraceptives and same-sex marriage.
On Tuesday, a invoice to guard same-sex marriage handed 267-157 with Issa and 49 Republicans becoming a member of the Democratic majority, however on Thursday the vote was 220 to 195 with solely eight Republicans approving.
The contraceptives laws would create a federal statutory proper for individuals to acquire contraceptives and have interaction in contraception. It could additionally defend particular contraceptive strategies, gadgets, and medicines used to stop being pregnant, together with oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, and intrauterine gadgets.
“This invoice couldn’t be extra essential as a result of for me and for tens of thousands and thousands of Individuals, these threats from Justice Thomas and the Supreme Courtroom to remove our proper to contraception should not summary,” stated Jacobs.
Issa didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon his vote.
However different Republicans stated the invoice handed Tuesday was rushed and pointless. They cited the Supreme Courtroom’s majority opinion that said rights aside from abortion wouldn’t be affected by the ruling in Roe v. Wade.
The 2 payments defending same-sex marriage and entry to contraceptives face an unsure future within the Senate, the place Republicans could filibuster them.