Lawmakers to Introduce "Contraceptive Freedom Act"

Advocate Andy

Bill would protect access to all forms of contraception

Two Tennessee lawmakers plan to announce the Contraceptive Freedom Act, legislation that will be filed in time for the 2024 session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Sen. Charlane Oliver of Nashville and Rep. Gloria Johnson of Knoxville have scheduled an announcement event for Wednesday, November 15th. They plan to discuss the proposed legislation and its potential impact.

The legislation would protect the right of Tennesseans to access a range of forms of contraception, including birth control pills, condoms, and IUDs. The lawmakers say the legislation is needed in light of the state's near-total ban on abortion.

Earlier this year, Johnson noted that the current law restricting abortion harms Tennessee women.

"My state, that I love dearly, has said that women are not equal," said Johnson. "There is no health decision that men are not allowed to make on their own in this state or this country. This is unacceptable."

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Andy Spears is a middle Tennessee writer and policy advocate. He reports on news around public policy issues - education, health care, consumer protection, and more.

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