I strongly support reproductive freedom and have stood against efforts to roll back that freedom. That freedom is, regretfully, in peril.
The Women’s Health Protection Act would prohibit medically unnecessary requirements or restrictions on abortion services. I have co-sponsored and voted for this bill during my time in Congress. At heart, I believe that every woman must be empowered to make her own decisions regarding her reproductive health without government intrusion and deserves access to the best medical care available.
More broadly, we can do more to achieve the goals shared on both sides of this issue. I have and will continue to support efforts to reduce unplanned pregnancies by expanding access to family planning services and comprehensive sex education.
I was proud to cast one of my first votes in Congress for the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore a woman’s right to challenge unfair pay. Unfortunately, pay disparity remains an issue. I’ve co-sponsored and voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help address the problem. The bill would amend the Equal Pay Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to implement stronger protections against gender-based pay discrimination.