WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — In an election year effort to put Republicans on record on reproductive rights issues, Senate Democrats plan a vote Wednesday on legislation designed to protect women’s access to contraception.

A similar vote on ensuring nationwide access to in vitro fertilization could come as soon as next week.

Neither bill is likely to pass the Senate, where Democrats would need 60 votes, much less the Republican-led House.

But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats will “put reproductive freedoms front and center before this chamber, so that the American people can see for themselves who will stand up to defend their fundamental liberties.”

The effort comes as Democrats worry that reproductive rights will be further threatened after the Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to an abortion two years ago and as they continue to see that access as one of their most potent election-year issues.

Contraception has been increasingly entangled in the abortion debate in some conservative states.

Minority Republicans scoffed, saying the political messaging votes were unserious distractions from legislation they would like to vote on.

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