Rep. Sara Jacobs of San Diego joined with three different Congresswomen Friday in advancing a invoice to guard girls’s proper to make use of contraceptives within the wake of the Supreme Court docket ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
In a concurring opinion on the controversial abortion ruling final month, Justice Clarence Thomas really useful that the courtroom additionally overturn federal rulings defending using contraceptives and homosexual marriage. Some conservative Republicans lawmakers have publicly backed these concepts.
“As a younger lady, reproductive well being care is my well being care. And like all reproductive rights, the precise to contraception is important to our wellbeing and our freedom,” mentioned Jacobs, who represents the 53rd District in central San Diego County. “I’m proud to co-lead the Proper to Contraception Act.”
Jacobs was joined by Democratic Reps. Kathy Manning of North Carolina, Nikema William of Georgia and Angie Craig of Minnesota.
The proposed laws would create a federal statutory proper for folks to acquire contraceptives and have interaction in contraception. It will additionally shield particular contraceptive strategies, units, and drugs used to forestall being pregnant, together with oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, and intrauterine units.
Majority Chief Steny Hoyer of Maryland mentioned the invoice will transfer to the Home ground for a vote subsequent week.
The usage of contraceptives was banned in some states previous to a 1965 Supreme Court docket ruling. Thomas has proposed overturning this ruling and returning the difficulty to the states as with abortion.
Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Deliberate Parenthood Federation of America, thanked the 4 congresswomen for advancing the contraceptive laws.
“They’re not simply coming for abortion — they’re coming for contraceptives, LGBTQ+ rights, and extra,” mentioned Johnson. “Whereas contraception isn’t any substitute for abortion entry, entry to contraception is crucial to regulate our personal our bodies, reproductive well being care, and futures.”