The Trump administration has made it clear that it has placed women’s reproductive and economic rights on the chopping block.
Sadly, Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly have gone along with this assault, standing with the administration on their attempts to undermine equal pay, access to healthcare, and the Constitutional right to an abortion.
It’s why I have so passionately fought and organized against this administration’s actions against women. Most crucially, this has included protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, whose pro-life ideology will ensure that the rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade will be whittled away, if not outright abolished.
Even if we can hold the line on women’s reproductive rights from a hostile Supreme Court and White House, too many women in Virginia face barriers to obtain reproductive health services. Medicaid expansion will help, but for too many Virginian women, access to these kinds of services depends on the size of their wallet. That’s unacceptable, and I will find ways to expand access through direct funding, through our health insurance laws, and through other expansions of women’s health rights.
This vital work cannot wait. That’s why as your state Senator, I will:
- Fight to pass an amendment to Virginia’s Constitution explicitly protecting a woman’s right to an abortion and reproductive health services. We need this passed immediately to protect against future Republican efforts to strip away our rights.
- Introduce legislation to dramatically increase funding for women’s health centers and family planning services, including Planned Parenthood. All women in Virginia should have access to these services regardless of ability to pay.
- Support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which is decades overdue.
- End the “motherhood penalty” by passing paid parental leave, so that no woman is penalized economically for having or adopting a child.