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As House Democrats work to codify marriage equality, contraception rights, Senate Republicans cringe

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20.07.2022

As House Democrats vote to preserve privacy rights most Americans never imagined would be on the chopping block, Senate Republicans twisted themselves in knots on whether Americans really deserve access to contraception or the right to marry the person they love.

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, for instance, said she was against codifying birth control protections into federal law before talking herself into supporting it and then once again backing away.

"I don't know that we need to codify things like that. Shouldn't that be states and local jurisdictions, maybe?" Ernst told NBC News, adding, "I would just have to see how it's worded. But, no, I think women should have access to contraception. But it depends on the definition of contraception."

Roger—thanks for clarification, senator.

Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma lashed out at Democrats for making it perfectly clear that Republicans want to strip away basic privacy rights surrounding the most intimate details of people’s lives.

Democrats, he said, are trying to........

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