Birth control bill: 8 Republicans join Democrats in protection effort – USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON – A bill that would federally protect the right to contraceptive access passed the House on Thursday in a vote where eight Republicans joined all Democrats in support of the measure. 
The eight Republicans who voted in favor of codifying contraceptive access are Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Maria Salazar of Florida and Fred Upton of Michigan. 
The House’s final tally of 228-195 was largely along party lines. 
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Mace, one of the Republicans who voted in support of the bill, told USA TODAY that improved health care for women in a post-Roe America should include access to birth control.
“There’s a reason why we’re having so many of these abortions; if women had access to birth control, maybe we wouldn’t have a reason to have so many of these children murdered in the womb,” she said. “If you’re going to ban (abortion), you’ve got to make sure women have access to health care, medical care, prenatal care and birth control.”
The measure is the latest initiative by Democrats to increase protections for women following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The House voted on July 15 to codify abortion rights, a measure which passed without Republican support. 
“This extremism is about one thing: control of women. We will not let this happen,” said Rep. Kathy Manning, D-N.C., who sponsored the legislation.
Contributing: Dylan Wells, Associated Press


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