I am honored that our campaign was one of the first in the nation to be endorsed by the National Organization for Women. I will always stand for women’s health issues, including access to contraception and the right to make one’s own reproductive choices. I will fight any legislation or executive action that allows insurance companies to discriminate against women. I believe that only a woman, her family, and her doctor should be able to decide what is best for her health.
I will defend Planned Parenthood, which provides essential preventative and reproductive health care services like cancer screenings, STD testing and low-cost birth control to millions of American women. I will defend equal pay for equal work and fight any effort to allow wage discrimination against women. It is unconscionable that women and men would earn different wages for the same work.
I will fight for federal legislation that specifically bans sexual harassment. Current enforcement is based on a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that makes harassment illegal under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This gives a conservative judiciary too much leeway in determining constitutes sexual harassment, including allowing federal judges to rely on outdated precedents in order to dismiss claims. This statute should include treble damages, hold harassers personally liable, and extend the statute of limitations to protect victims.
I believe the federal definition of domestic violence must be updated to include stalking and dating violence. Among other things, this would help prohibit stalkers and violent dating partners from having access to firearms. I will also advocate for active GPS tracking of violent offenders, which provides real‐time location information.
Finally, I will make ending military sexual assault a priority of my service in Congress.
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