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Women’s Issues

Addressing Women's Issues Helps Every American.

We must comprehensively and effectively address issues of importance to women because these are issues important to each of us.  Almost a quarter millennium after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we find to our dismay that women are still not treated equally in healthcare, in the workplace, and in the home.  Progressive Democrats consistently promote the causes of equality and fairness for all Americans while the Republicans fight us at every turn.


 
The GOP claims to want to keep the government out of healthcare and yet uses every opportunity to deny women birth control and to defund women’s health programs. The highest maternal death rate in the developed world is in Texas, where clinics are being closed as the result of GOP efforts. The GOP refuses to take action to effectively deny domestic abusers access to firearms.  They work against family values by defunding education and destroying our healthcare system.  They fight against a higher minimum wage that would lift the lives of women.  At every income level women are consistently paid less for the same work. 
 
I will be a strong advocate for programs and policies that support women, their health, and their livelihoods, specifically:
 
1.    Equal pay for equal work

2.    Reproductive freedom

3.    Equal and comprehensive preventative healthcare and pregnancy services as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act, to include
            a.    Contraception
            b.    Prenatal care with additional government support to ensure clinics in rural areas
            c.    Breast and cervical cancer screening
            d.    Osteoporosis screening
            e.    Preventive care visits

4.    Proactive steps to eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace and at home, to include a national abuser gun ban
5.  Protection of Planned Parenthood, one of the nation's leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and in some areas the only health clinic,  from right-wing vilification, harassment and defunding.
As a progressive Democrat, I believe that by confronting violence against women, fighting for workplace equality, pushing for pro-family policies like paid family leave, and defending a woman’s right to control her own body, we ensure women thrive in our country. We know that when women succeed, America succeeds.


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