All but eight House Republicans voted against a bill to codify the Right to Contraception Act ... which would codify health care providers' rights to provide contraceptives.
The bill specifically defined contraceptives as "any drug, device, or biological product intended for use in the prevention of pregnancy, whether specifically intended to prevent pregnancy or for other health needs, that is legally marketed under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, such as oral contraceptives, long-acting reversible contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, internal and external condoms..." - Salon
Redefining birth control as abortion is a big part of the conservative strategy to ban contraception. What happens next in Mississippi could shine a light on that extremism. - Jessica Valenti
Use this interactive map to see how the Republican contraception ban could lead to NO TROJANS IN MISSISSIPPI.
Mississippi contraceptive ban
“Mississippians know what’s best for their health and their families,” Rep. Chris Bell, D-Jackson and chair of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, said in a press release. “Women and their partners deserve to feel confident about access to birth control – including condoms, IUDs, the pill, patches, emergency contraception, the ring – all of it. We refuse to give Republicans the opportunity to make healthcare decisions for us, and that’s why we’re announcing the intent to file a right to contraception act in Mississippi.”
In Mississippi, Democrats are pushing for protection for contraception—and Republicans are being awfully sketchy about it. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus announced that they would be introducing the Right to Contraception Act in the next legislative session. - Mississippi Today
Fighting for the right to Reproductive Freedom
California is putting $20 million into two new programs: the Reproductive Health Service Corps and the Pharmacists Comprehensive Abortion and Reproductive Health Empowerment Initiative. The first will expand and diversify the repro health workforce, and the second will empower pharmacists to provide comprehensive reproductive health care services.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office says, “with extremist judges and out-of-touch politicians continuing their attacks on access to abortion care, California is once again leading the fight to protect and expand reproductive freedom.” - Jessica Valenti
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