Issue Position: Women's Issues - Women's Reproductive Rights
I support women's reproductive rights, including the right to preventative options and family planning options. Regardless of a person's position on contraception and choice, I think that we can all agree that the ultimate goal is to ensure that all children are wanted children. I want to create an environment in which abortion is the last option in a list of responsible choices. I believe it is long past time that all women have equal and open access to the information and services they need to make conscientious, safe and responsible choices about sex and reproduction.
While women still enjoy the freedoms established in Roe v. Wade, those rights are under continuous assault from anti-choice forces in Congress. They have tried to criminalize abortion aid to minors and limit minors' access to contraception. They have tried banning certain preventative prescription drugs. They have banned federal funding for abortions and denied federal employees coverage for abortions. It's interesting to see just how far some are willing to go to limit a woman's reproductive choice. I will continue to fight these forces, to ensure women's reproductive rights are secure.