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US senators from Alaska fail to commit to House contraception bill as Murkowski pursues different birth control access legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has not said whether she supports a House bill passed Thursday that would codify the right to contraception, saying she is working on different laws to protect that right.

An effort to preserve women’s access to birth control has emerged since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, and Judge Clarence Thomas indicated in his view that rulings protecting contraception and same-sex marriage may be next.

The House of Representatives passed Law 228-195 on the right to contraception on Thursday, with eight Republicans voting yes. Like Murkowski, Sen. Dan Sullivan also took no position on the House’s contraception bill.

The two Republican senators from Alaska are also not saying where they stand on House legislation that would protect same-sex marriage. However, Murkowski said she supports marriage equality and Sullivan said he respects an earlier Supreme Court ruling upholding the right to same-sex marriage.

Murkowski said she supports the right to contraception. She said she was working with a bipartisan group of senators to introduce a different bill that would protect the right to contraception, as noted in the Supreme Court’s decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, and that this bill has “similar purposes” to the House bill with respect to birth control, a spokeswoman said.

“I think it’s an expectation and a trust that most women in this country would say, ‘We fought these battles and we won them,'” Murkowski said of contraception in an interview this week.

Sullivan said he hadn’t seen the Birth Control Act, adding, “I’ll comment when I see it,” in an interview on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Sullivan’s spokesman, Ben Dietderich, wrote in a later statement, “The senator is waiting to see what the majority leader comes up with. Generally speaking, it supports access to contraception.

Dietderich also said that “Right now, the senator is actually focused on the record high cost of food and energy that’s hurting every family in Alaska and fighting back against the administration’s relentless efforts Biden to shut down our state and our economy.”

Murkowski supports abortion rights. However, she recently came under fire from abortion rights activists for voting to uphold conservative Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, two of the Trump appointees who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. When a draft notice was leaked in May, Murkowski told reporters the decision “shakes my confidence in the court right now.”

[Murkowski reflects on Supreme Court votes, with abortion a key issue in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race]

The House passed a law to defend the right to abortion last week. Murkowski did not support the House bill. The senator introduced her own, narrower abortion legislation in February, but she did not move forward.

The House of Representatives also passed the Respect for Marriage Act with a bipartisan vote of 267 to 157 on Wednesday. All House Democrats and 47 House Republicans voted in favor of requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage and repealing a 1996 law that defined marriage between one man and one woman.

National attention has turned to whether Senate Republicans will vote yes if the bill makes it through the Senate. The senses. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced complementary legislation in the Senate on Tuesday.

In particular, eyes are on moderate Republicans like Murkowski who support marriage equality and have a history of backing bipartisan measures.

Murkowski said Baldwin told her about the bill “because she knows I’ve been a long-time supporter of marriage equality.”

“I’m ready to take a look at what they put in their legislation,” she said. “It’s relatively simple, which I think is good.”

When asked if she would support a bill if it were identical to the House bill, Murkowski replied, “I have homework to do, but I think I made it clear that I support the marriage equality for years.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said he wanted to put the bill to a vote.

“We are working to get the Senate Republican support needed to secure its passage,” he said in a speech on the floor. The bill needs 60 votes from the Senate to overcome a filibuster.

Sullivan did not indicate how he would vote.

“The senator is evaluating legislation passed in the House and waiting to see what the majority leader comes up with,” Dietderich said in a written letter. statement. “As he has stated in the past, he respects the court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.”