Forty-three years ago today the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade. This landmark decision gave the freedom of choice to all women, putting each woman in charge of her own reproductive decisions.
Today we must stand together to protect that choice.
This issue has always been an important one to me and my family. My grandmother Rose was the first director of Planned Parenthood in Buffalo, NY where she worked to ensure that all women had access to safe and affordable reproductive care. Her hard work and the work of others at that time paved the way for the rights women now have across the country.
In the current presidential election we are hearing from candidates who want to take away this right and overturn Roe v. Wade. This issue is too important for us to stand by and do nothing. As we move closer to Election Day we must work together to protect a woman’s right to control her own body.
But the reproductive rights of women are only the beginning. I believe that in Vermont we have more to do. We must:
- Guarantee access to free long-term birth control for women across Vermont.
- Initiate paid family leave, providing economic security to families around our state.
- Enforce equal pay legislation and publish statistics on pay equity for state workers.
- Create additional job training for women coming into and leaving the workforce.
In order to do this we must stand together. Click here to view my complete platform on inclusion and civil rights.
On January 22, 1973 an important decision was made that has allowed generations of women control over their own destinies. We all must continue to defend this right and pursue policies that will lead to true equality.