Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 3, 2024

Senate to Vote on Contraception Rights Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced a critical Senate vote on the Right to Contraception Act scheduled for Wednesday.

According to The Hill, this vote coincides with the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The upcoming vote aims to spotlight the contrasting positions of Republicans and Democrats on reproductive rights ahead of the November elections.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Schumer (D-N.Y.) detailed the plans for the vote, set to take place just days before the June 24 anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling. The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which effectively overturned Roe v. Wade, has led to near-total bans or severe restrictions on abortion in at least 20 states.

Legislation Sponsored by Key Senators

Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) sponsor the Right to Contraception Act. The legislation seeks to guarantee the legal right for individuals to access and use contraception and for healthcare providers to offer related information, referrals, and services.

This bill also aims to prevent both federal and state governments from restricting the sale or use of contraceptives. Additionally, it would enable the Justice Department, healthcare providers, and individuals harmed by contraception restrictions to pursue legal action to enforce these rights.

Schumer emphasized the importance of reproductive freedoms as Senate Democrats return from the Memorial Day state work period. He highlighted the need to preserve these freedoms amid ongoing political battles.

Schumer's Strong Stance on Reproductive Rights

Schumer asserted that there is no doubt in the minds of the American people that Republicans are responsible for the country's current state. He referenced Donald Trump's recent declaration of being "proudly responsible" for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the significant rollback of women's personal freedoms.

He added:

Democrats have been clear we will not stand for these attacks and we will fight to preserve reproductive freedoms. That is why as we return from the Memorial Day state work period, Senate Democrats will be putting reproductive freedoms front and center.

According to Schumer, members should expect to vote on the legislation on Wednesday. He assured that there would be further actions to follow.

Context of the Upcoming Vote

Last month, Schumer scheduled a Senate vote on a bipartisan border security deal. This significant vote demonstrated the political maneuvers involved in legislative processes. Schumer had to force a second vote on the border security deal in May after Republicans blocked it in February when it was attached to a $95 billion emergency foreign aid package.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was the sole Republican to support the border security bill in May. This highlights the partisan divisions that are likely to surface again during the upcoming vote on the Right to Contraception Act.

With the November elections approaching, Democrats are increasingly emphasizing abortion rights and reproductive freedoms. Poll data indicates that voters trust Democrats more than Republicans on these issues, driving the party's focus on highlighting these contrasts.


The Senate vote on the Right to Contraception Act, led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, underscores the contrasting positions of Republicans and Democrats on reproductive rights. This legislation, sponsored by Senators Markey, Hirono, and Duckworth, aims to protect the legal right to contraception and prevent governmental restrictions. With the November elections on the horizon, this vote highlights the ongoing political battles over women’s healthcare access.

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