I want legislation addressing backlogs of untested rape kits, setting federal standards like mandatory testing requirements, proper funding, & tracking. We need to stand up for victims, and process evidence. According to advocacy groups approximately 100,000 rape kits are unaccounted for, or untested.
I will support recently introduced legislation codifying the Title IX guidance recently overturn by Betsy DeVos, named the Title IX Protection Act, and other legislation to address violence against women.
Women deserve full, unrestricted access to birth control, with no religious exemptions for coverage.
I will push legislation to simplify the FDA approval process in the case of oral contraceptives, so they may be purchased over the counter and by prescription.
Pregnancy should not be considered a pre-existing condition. More women need access to proper prenatal care, so both mom and baby are healthy.
As a mom, I know there are women out there who desperately want to start a family. To those women, I’d like to say, I support expanding health insurance coverage to include fertility treatments and medications. The cost of these procedures is sky-high, and out of reach for many because of the huge price tag.
I believe reproductive health care is health care. I disagree with the new Title X guidance issued by the current administration. Title X is a federal grant that should provide reproductive health services to states to fund family planning, including contraceptive information, annual exams, STD testing, STD treatment, and HPV vaccinations. Title X includes funding for programs that provide family planning education and outreach. Title X is meant to help provide reproductive health services to everyone, regardless of income and background. New Title X grant process and funding prioritization have been set up to prioritize providers that emphasize abstinence-only and natural family planning programs, many don’t provide a useful range of birth control methods. It also allows crisis pregnancy centers access to funding, which are known to provide misleading and inaccurate information. The new guidance goes against the intended purpose of the program.