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Issue Position: Women's Issues

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Women's health and access to a full array of services is the driving force behind Sara's legislative agenda. Sara was the chief sponsor of the Contraceptive Equity Law, requiring insurance companies that offer prescriptions to also pay for contraceptives. Sara led the charge on breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment in Illinois, guaranteeing that insurance companies pay for mammograms for women over the age of 40.

She has championed legislation to codify the central tenets of Roe v. Wade and guarantees women's access to prenatal care, information about adoption, and coverage for screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

This year, she authored legislation that would have required insurance companies to cover maternity care and would prevent women from being denied coverage based on pregnancy as a pre-existing condition; this provision was later incorporated into the federal healthcare plan.

Sara has repeatedly stood up for women in the workplace and fought to pass Illinois' equal pay for equal work law.


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