California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a fierce response Wednesday in the wake of U.S. Senate Republicans blocking legislation protecting access to contraception nationwide.

The Right to Contraception bill needed 60 votes to advance but failed with 51 votes in favor to 39 against. Only two Republicans voted in favor.

In a video statement posted to the California Governor account on X, Newsom said:

“Well, in case you missed this. Republicans are at it again. Republicans in the U.S. Senate just blocked a bill that would have protected access to birth control across the country. After overturning Roe, the so-called ‘Party of Freedom’ has repeatedly blocked efforts to help women access .

While the GOP tries to take us back to a pre-1960s world, California is proud to provide comprehensive protections for contraceptives as well as reproductive health care. We will never stop fighting for you and your right to control your body and your future.”

The Right to Contraception Act, which Democrats introduced following the historic move by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, would have codified the right to contraception in federal law.

One Senate Republican, Joni Ernst, in opposition to the bill argued that the Democratic effort goes “far beyond the scope of providing access to contraception,” creating a precedent to “mandate access to abortion drugs for women and girls of all ages,” CBS News reported….

From CBS