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S. 3223: Access to Birth Control Act

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About the bill

Should this legislation be Plan A?


In six red states, pharmacists can legally refuse to fill somebody’s prescription based on a moral or religious objection: Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Dakota. This includes emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B.

(Other states including Florida and Tennessee have more general medical refusal protections, but those six states specifically single out pharmacists for such legal protection.)

What the legislation does

The Access to Birth Control Act would circumvent such laws, by requiring any pharmacy to provide a contraceptive to the requesting customer “without delay.”

It also goes into detail about what to do in several situations; for example, if the pharmacy is out of stock, they would either have to refer the patient to another nearby pharmacy or otherwise …

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 11 pages
Nov 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Nov 17, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 17, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


21 Cosponsors (21 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 17, 2021

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S. 3223 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3223. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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