Jun 5 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis, alongside nine of his Republican Senate colleagues, recently introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act, legislation that would increase access and availability of over-the-counter contraception. 

“Safe and effective contraceptives, including over-the-counter options, are widely available – and I am committed to ensuring that continues to be the reality,” said Senator Tillis. “Instead of playing political games by pushing partisan bills that take away parental rights and infringe on religious freedoms, Senate Democrats should join us on this legislation to further expand access to contraception options.”


Specifically, the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act:

  • Increases availability of birth control options on the market,
  • Gives women more access to over-the-counter contraception options,
  • Brings transparency to how government agencies are spending tax dollars to support women and families, and
  • Ensures tax dollars are not being used to destroy life by funding abortions or abortion providers. 

“Contraception should be legal and widely accessible. Women should have over-the-counter access to birth control. This would free birth control from excessive regulation and ultimately remove the barrier between women and birth control at the pharmacy counter, giving women more control over their own healthcare decisions. Senator Ernst understands this and we are grateful,” said Carrie Lukas, Vice President of Independent Women's Voice.