Friday, July 22, 2022

The Right to Contraception Act (H.R. 8373) could include abortion, denies conscience rights, and enshrines abortion funding

Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act, 228-195.

This bill exceeds contraception.

In Section 5(a)(1), this bill states that it supersedes and applies to federal and state law “whether adopted before or after this Act.” It would be used to promote chemical abortion, further entrench taxpayer funding of abortion providers, and erode conscience protections for health care providers.

Vague, Broad Definition of Contraception May Include Chemical Abortion Drugs
Vague definitions could easily be interpreted to include the chemical abortion drug mifepristone. (While contraception is marketed to prevent pregnancy, chemical abortion drugs like mifepristone are intended to kill the child of a woman known to be pregnant).

In Section 2(2) of the manager’s amendment, the definition of “contraceptive” means “any drug, device, or biological product intended for use in the prevention of pregnancy, whether specifically intended to prevent pregnancy or for other health needs, that is legally marketed under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act…”

This definition does not require that the medication must be officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States as a method of contraception. It creates a right to any drug or device that prevents pregnancy, explicitly not limited to FDA-approved forms of contraception.

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