Female Dem Senators Call On Boehner To Drop Birth Control Bill

All twelve female Democratic senators wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday asking him to halt movement on House legislation aimed at rolling back the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

The letter — first reported by the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent — reflects an effort to force House Republicans to publicly concede defeat in the contraception wars — the battle was effectively over when the Blunt amendment was struck down in the Senate last week.

House GOP leaders, like their Senate counterparts, are about ready to call it a day on the issue. But because there are conservative members who feel strongly about fighting to repeal the birth control rule, expect House leaders to soft-pedal their desire to move on.

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