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Eyeing Dobbs Anniversary, Senate Plans IVF, Contraception Votes

The Senate will vote on at least two reproductive health bills ahead of the second anniversary of the overturn of Roe v. Wade, highlighting what they expect to be a top campaign issue ahead of November.

Abortion rights activists protest as oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization are held on Dec. 1, 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

The Senate will vote on at least two reproductive health bills ahead of the second anniversary of the overturn of Roe v. Wade, highlighting what they expect to be a top campaign issue ahead of November.

The announcement marks a shift for Senate Democrats, who in contrast to their House counterparts, initially largely shied away from seeking votes on reproductive health issues following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in June 2022. 

The Senate voted twice on legislation to codify abortion rights in 2022 prior to the decision, while the then-Democratic House took up a number of bills related to abortion and contraception after that ruling. Under Republicans, the House has focused its messaging votes toward resources for pregnancy centers.

Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said that Wednesday’s vote to protect access to use and provide contraception will be the first in a series of actions. 

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