Women’s Rights

Women’s Reproductive Health:

I trust women.  I believe politicians should never come between a woman and her doctor when it comes to reproductive health — from contraception to abortion. The right to decide when and how to start a family (or not) is fundamental to women’s economic and societal autonomy. The constant chipping away at the fundamental promise of Roe has made it nothing more than an illusion for too many women — especially low-income women, women of color, immigrant women and LGBTQ women.

As your Congressman, I will:

  • Sign on to the EACH Woman Act and will support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and any other law, rule, or executive order designed to eliminate federal funding of abortion care for women who rely on the federal government for their health care.
  • Stand with Planned Parenthood and will fight any attempt by anti-choice politicians to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood and critical services it provides.
  • Fight to ensure that the government has no role in denying women access to contraception, abortion care or any other reproductive health care through their employer-provide insurance plans or state insurance exchange plans.

Women’s Economic Empowerment:

It is shameful that in 2018 all women — and notably women of color — are still paid less than men, face employment discrimination based on their gender (and race), and are disproportionately victims of violence perpetrated by men.

In Congress, I will:

  • Champion women’s and girls’ empowerment in all its forms.
  • Vote to fund STEM programs to advance women and girls in math and science education and careers.
  • Provide federally mandated paid sick leave and paid maternity and parental leave
  • Support Rep. Jackie Spears’ ME TOO Act that, if passed, will hold Congressional lawmakers accountable and make the process of reporting sexual harassment more transparent and supportive for the victim.
  • Call for mandatory anti-sexual harassment training for Members of Congress, staff and interns.