Flashback: Sen. Kaine: ‘Constitutional Right’ to Access Birth Control

By Eric Scheiner | May 26, 2016 | 11:14am EDT

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tells WVIR-TV that he’s co-sponsoring a bill on access to contraception at pharmacies, because “if it’s a constitutional right, you should be entitled” to seek birth control without having to overcome "arbitrary barriers."

“If it's a constitutional right, you should be entitled to seek this kind of medical care and not have arbitrary barriers put in your way," Kaine told WVIR while explaining the Access to Birth Control Act he is co-sponsoring.

The Access to Birth Control Act would mandate that pharmacies order the birth control prescription requested by a customer or refer the customer to another store if they don't have the requested type of contraception.

"There are a number of states where there are significant barriers toward women having contraception access," Kaine said.

Among the bill’s findings is that, "access to legal contraception is a protected fundamental right in the United States and should not be impeded by one individual’s personal beliefs." It does not say that access to contraception is a constitutional right.

A pharmacy that violated the measure would face up to a $1,000 per day fine.


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