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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-S1415 on Jul 26, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Access to Birth Control Act
Source: HR2659&S1415
    Access to Birth Control Act: Amends the Public Health Service Act to require pharmacies to comply with certain rules related to contraceptives, including:
  1. providing a customer a contraceptive without delay if it is in stock;
  2. immediately informing a customer if the contraceptive is not in stock and either transferring the prescription to a pharmacy that has the contraceptive in stock or expediting the ordering of the contraceptive and notifying the customer when it arrives, based on customer preference, except for pharmacies that do not ordinarily stock contraceptives in the normal course of business; and
  3. ensuring that pharmacy employees do not take certain actions relating to a request for contraception, including intimidating, threatening, or harassing customers, interfering with or obstructing the delivery of services, intentionally misrepresenting or deceiving customers about the availability of contraception or its mechanism of action, breaching or threatening to breach medical confidentiality, or refusing to return a valid, lawful prescription.
Provides that this Act does not preempt state law or any professional clinical judgment. Sets forth civil penalties and establishes a a private cause of action for violations of this Act.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill HR2659.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Abortion
  • Headline: Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill requiring fulfilling contraceptive Rx (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-S1415

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s2pNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Robert Menendez s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 11-S1415



Independents participating in 11-S1415

Bernie Sanders s1sVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 12
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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