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Democrats and Republicans Keep Colliding Over Contraception

Access to contraception is broadly popular, but an interview with former President Donald Trump this week drew attention to his party’s reluctance to protect it.

Photo: Former President Donald Trump arrives for his campaign rally on May 11, 2024, in Wildwood, New Jersey. MICHAEL M. SANTIAGO/GETTY IMAGES


Democratic efforts to protect contraception access — and Republican opposition — were thrust into the 2024 spotlight this week when Donald Trump told a Pittsburgh CBS affiliate that his GOP White House campaign was “looking at” restrictions on contraception, and that he ultimately expected “some states are going to have very different policies than others.”

Trump was correct — states are taking very different approaches to contraception access, depending on which party is in control. On the federal level, there is also a partisan divide, but Republicans in Congress lack the votes to restrict access, and Democrats lack the votes to protect it. 

Democratic lawmakers across the country have pushed to preserve access to  any type of reproductive care they can, including contraception, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2022 overturned the federal right to abortion in the case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. But in the current state legislative sessions alone, Republicans in 12 states have blocked Democratic bills aimed at shoring up contraception access, with Republican governors vetoing measures in the swing states of Nevada and Virginia, according to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. 

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