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Minnesota Senators Vote for Right to Contraception Act Tanked by Anti-Choice Politicians

Birth control is essential health care supported by most Americans

St. Paul, MN —Yesterday, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Tina Smith voted in support of the Right to Contraception Act. The bill would have established the right to access birth control and a health care provider's right to provide contraception and related information. It failed to reach the 60 votes required to bring to the floor for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Birth control is a safe and easy way to prevent pregnancy. Birth control can also help treat certain health problems and provide health benefits, such as making periods lighter and less painful, and helping prevent STIs.

Access to birth control is supported by a vast majority of Americans spanning party lines — 86 percent of Americans (including 91 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Republicans) support policies that make it easier to get the full range of birth control methods.

Statement from Tim Stanley, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:

“Birth control is essential health care, and necessary for people to have control over their bodies and futures. Senators Klobuchar and Smith know that everyone deserves to have the right to birth control, especially in light of national attacks on other forms of health care like abortion. It’s a travesty to see a bill supported by most Americans fail because of certain politician's desire to control people’s bodies.”

 

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