The United States House of Representatives approved this Thursday a bill to protect access to contraceptionresponding to concerns that it may be threatened by a Supreme Court conservative than revoked the ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion in all the country.
The bill was approved by the lower house Democratic majority, in a vote of 228-195, with the support of the 220 Democrats and eight of the 211 Republicans in the chamber. In the Senate, which is divided in equal parts, the chances of success are uncertain.
the bill would create a federal right of access to contraceptives and supply of them by doctors and pharmacists.
The 88% of women Americans of childbearing age who are not trying to get pregnant use contraceptivesaccording to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights advocacy group.
Some state legislatures have introduced bills to restrict access to contraceptives, although they have not been approved. Also, 12 states allow health care providers to refuse contraceptionaccording to the Guttmacher Institute.