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H.R. 7894 (117th): Affordability is Access Act

About the bill

Should getting Plan B be EZ?

Context: the current rules

Millions of women a year find themselves needing access to emergency contraception, intended for use within 72 hours after sex if a woman does not want to get pregnant. The most prominent emergency contraception is Plan B.

It’s distinct from other forms of birth control — such as condoms, an IUD, or “the pill” — in that it’s available over the counter, but can be used after sex. It’s also not the same thing as a medication abortion, and in fact cannot cause abortion.

However, existing regulations that require health insurance to cover emergency contraception are hampered by so-called “conscience rules,” which allow employers (who typically provide the health insurance) to refuse to cover any type of contraception. …

Sponsor and status

Ayanna Pressley

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 27, 2022
Length: 7 pages
May 27, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 27, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


100 Cosponsors (100 Democrats)



May 27, 2022

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 7894 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7894. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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