Affirm Sexual and Reproductive Health Releases Statement on Failure to Pass Right to Contraception Act in United States Senate

Today, the Right to Contraception Act (RTCA), a pivotal piece of legislation designed to safeguard the fundamental right to contraception, was blocked by the U.S. Senate. This vote represents a critical juncture in the ongoing fight to protect access to all reproductive health care across the U.S.

The Right to Contraception Act would codify the right to contraception, including birth control pills, IUDs, emergency contraception, and other contraceptive methods, and is a direct response to increasing efforts by extremist groups and politicians to roll back reproductive rights.

This opposition underscores the urgent need for federal legislation to ensure that contraception rights are uniformly protected across the country, preventing states and the courts from enacting laws that restrict essential contraceptive methods.

In response, Bré Thomas, CEO of Affirm Sexual and Reproductive Health released the following statement:

“In Arizona, we have seen firsthand the challenges of passing state-level protections for contraception. In addition to protecting and increasing the Title X funding necessary to ensure that sexual and reproductive health care is accessible, the federal Right to Contraception Act is essential to prevent states from undermining these critical health care rights. Today’s Senate vote was a critical moment in the fight for reproductive rights, and we are deeply disappointed that the United States Senate was unable to pass legislation to ensure that access to contraception is protected. We thank Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly for keeping their promise to Affirm and standing up for Arizonans by voting in favor of the Right to Contraception Act.”