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July 21, 2022

Rep. Aguilar Votes to Protect Access to Birth Control

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar voted to pass the Right to Contraception Act (H.R. 8373), and enshrine the right to contraception in federal law.

“Contraception is a fundamental, preventative form of health care relied on by millions of people,” said Rep. Aguilar. “After the Supreme Court’s decision stripping away the constitutional right to abortion, it’s clear that women’s fundamental freedoms are in jeopardy. I will fight to block these extreme proposals and champion legislation that permanently protects these rights.”

The Right to Contraception Act:

  • Makes access to contraception federal law,
  • Federally ensures health care providers can provide contraceptives, contraception and information on contraception,
  • Protects against any action to restrict access to contraceptives,
  • Allows the Attorney General to bring civil actions against any state that attempts to restrict access to contraception,
  • And creates a private right of action for individuals to enforce their right to get contraceptives.

Over the month of July, Rep. Aguilar has voted to enshrine a number of constitutional rights into federal law. Rep. Aguilar voted for legislation restoring the right to an abortion (the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022), to protect a woman’s right to travel to another state to seek abortion care (the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act) and for legislation enshrining same-sex marriage into law (the Respect for Marriage Act).

Rep. Aguilar serves as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee.