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A new House bill that seeks to outlaw some of the strictest restrictions on contraception in the nation, including restrictions on access to birth control, has been introduced by Representative Joe Barton of Texas.
The House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would ban states from mandating women to use birth control and limit the federal government’s ability to enforce federal regulations that limit access to contraception.
The bill, H.R. 1627, has drawn broad support from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which said it would protect women’s health.
It would also bar the federal Government from interfering with states’ ability to set their own birth control coverage requirements.
The proposal has been called a victory for reproductive rights advocates, who say it would help ensure that all women have access to safe, effective contraception, while also making it harder for government to intervene in the personal health decisions of private companies.
Barton’s bill, however, faces significant opposition from a number of Republican lawmakers, including Representatives Mike Coffman of Colorado and Steve Knight of Kentucky.
The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the bill would put the government in the “business of determining what is in women’s bodies.”
The bill would also prohibit the Federal Government from establishing regulations that require insurance plans to cover birth control or limit coverage for it, unless those regulations are based on “proven medical necessity.”
If approved by the House, it would face a tough fight in the Senate, where a bipartisan group of senators has proposed legislation that would allow states to opt out of the requirement to require women to get contraceptives.
The Senate bill is set to be voted on later this month.