Right to Contraception Act

Floor Speech

Date: July 21, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. FLETCHER. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Right to Contraception Act as an original cosponsor. I thank Representative Manning for her leadership--and her co-leads, Representatives Craig, Jacobs, and Williams--on this important bill, which responds to the very real threats to access to reproductive healthcare and to bodily autonomy that we face today.

We saw this threat in Justice Thomas' concurring opinion in the Dobbs case, suggesting the landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which gave married couples the right to use birth control, should be revisited and overturned. We see these threats from some in this body and legislatures across the country. We certainly see it in Texas.

We also see that this effort does not represent the desires of the vast majority of people I represent who rely on contraception of all kinds every single day and have for more than 50 years. Yet, we see these efforts to block women from accessing contraception that works for them, including IUDs.

Once again, I am proud to protect the health, privacy, dignity, and autonomy of women and families across this country by voting ``yes'' on this bill, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.