President Biden Condemns Senate Republicans for Blocking Contraception Access Bill

Written from press release

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden criticized Senate Republicans on Wednesday after they blocked legislation aimed at safeguarding nationwide access to contraception. The move marks the second time since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that Congressional Republicans have opposed measures to protect women’s rights to birth control.

In a statement, Biden described the Senate’s refusal as “unacceptable,” highlighting the significance of the timing. The vote came just two days before the 59th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Griswold v. Connecticut decision, which established that the right to privacy protects the ability to make personal decisions, including access to contraception, without political interference.

“Two years ago, the Court put that right in jeopardy by overturning Roe v. Wade and taking away a woman’s constitutional right to choose,” Biden said. “Since then, Republicans have doubled down on their extreme agenda, which is at odds with the majority of Americans.”

Biden accused Republican officials of undermining access to reproductive health care, including abortion, contraception, and in vitro fertilization. He pointed to the effects of abortion bans forcing health care providers to close and disrupting access to critical services. Additionally, he criticized ongoing efforts to restrict birth control access and defund federal programs aiding women in obtaining contraception.

“Vice President Harris and I 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,” Biden stated. He emphasized his administration’s commitment to fighting for reproductive health care access and strengthening affordable, high-quality contraception availability.

Biden reiterated his call for Congress to restore Roe v. Wade protections in federal law and secure the right to contraception, vowing to continue efforts to protect these fundamental rights.

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