Allred Statement After Ted Cruz Voted No on Protecting the Right to Birth Control

DALLAS –  Congressman Colin Allred released the following statement after the Senate voted on the Right to Contraception Act, which would guarantee the legal right to contraception and stop efforts to restrict access. Ted Cruz voted no on this legislation. 

“Every Texan should be able to access the affordable birth control they need, and we are only having this debate because of extreme politicians like Ted Cruz,” said Allred. “Ted Cruz thinks he should be the one making decisions about if, when and how to start a family — not Texans. I proudly support this bill, and in the Senate, I will always fight for access to affordable birth control.” 

Allred supports the House version of the bill, and has worked to expand access to affordable birth control and over-the-counter contraception. He also supports codifying protection for IVF in federal law, and has voted to codify Roe v. Wade’s protections to restore national abortion access.

Ted Cruz has consistently attacked birth control by calling medications like Plan B ‘abortion inducing,’ and celebrated a SCOTUS ruling undermining access to contraception. As Texas press reported last month, Cruz “threw his support behind” a resolution “declaring fetal personhood,” which could threaten contraception access, and denied GOP efforts to target contraception by saying, “We don’t have a rubber shortage in America.”

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