McEachin Votes to Protect Access to Contraception

Press Release

Date: July 21, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Women

Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted to pass H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act, to preserve Americans' ability to obtain contraception and protect a range of contraceptives and emergency contraceptives.

"The conservative Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has jeopardized the fundamental freedoms of women across the country," said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). "Already, Republican-controlled states are attempting to restrict contraceptive methods. Contraception is fundamental to protecting bodily autonomy, advancing gender equality, achieving better health outcomes, and ensuring economic opportunity and mobility. I am proud to help pass the Right to Contraception Act to safeguard Americans' ability to make their own decisions about their future."

The Right to Contraception Act would:

Create a statutory right for people to obtain contraceptives and engage in contraception
Establish a corresponding right for health care providers to provide contraceptives and information related to contraception
Allow the Department of Justice, as well as providers and individuals harmed by restrictions on contraception access made unlawful under the legislation, to go to court to enforce these rights
Protect a range of contraceptive methods, devices, and medications used to prevent pregnancy, including but not limited to oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, and intrauterine devices.

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), a member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, is a staunch advocate for women's reproductive rights. Last week, the Congressman voted to pass two additional pieces of legislation in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom and the Women's Health Protection Act.