On November 7, the Wisconsin State Assembly held a floor session to debate Assembly Bill 304 which would permit pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptions to individuals over the age of 18. Rep. Chris Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) thanked the Republican majority for finally taking a bill like this up but not with out criticism on its postponed adoption. "I just want to thank the Majority party for actually attempting to put together a bill that would provide contraception, especially after the fact, that you have repeatably, in the last eight years, attacked women's health care." Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), co-author of the bill, made the case that it would increase contraception access by removing the barrier of needing to see a doctor before getting a prescription, "If we are pro-life and anti-abortion, and I am, give women the tools to not having to put themselves in a place where they're in fear, crisis, not mentally ready for it, not feeling like they can handle this. This is about life, not abortion." This issue has also gained traction on a federal level when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) was approached by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to work on an over-the-counter birth control access bill. As a result, the "Affordability Is Access Act" was introduced by Democrats which puts in place safe guards to prevent over-the-counter birth control from becoming too expensive, if it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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