Republican Senator Ted Cruz is seeking to collaborate with Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to pass a bill that would make over-the-counter birth control legal, according to The Hill.
The Texas lawmaker responded on Monday through Twitter to Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that birth control should be sold without prescription.
“I agree. Perhaps, in addition to the legislation, we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well. A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested?” Cruz wrote.
The New York representative has denounced limits to birth control and abortion as inappropriate controls on women’s sexuality. "From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in May.
Access to birth control is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which declared that woman must receive a prescription before accessing the hormonal treatment.
The exchange comes a week after Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez publicly agreed through Twitter to work on a bill that would prohibit former lawmakers from working as lobbyists.