I am a two-time breast cancer survivor, so I understand firsthand how essential healthcare options are for women all throughout the country. That is why I oppose the Trump-Handel plan to defund Planned Parenthood. 2.4 million individuals receive health care services from Planned Parenthood every year, and I will fight tooth and nail for the essential services that Planned Parenthood provides. In this vein, I fully support funding programs that help enable women to have the autonomy to make reproductive decisions. This includes greater access to contraception products and family planning services.
Furthermore, I fundamentally believe that everyone should earn equal pay for equal work. I support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and I wish to build on that law to make workplaces more equitable for Georgia women.
One way to improve the lives of working women and their families is to ensure paid family leave. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world to not offer parental leave, and I will support legislation that would allow working mothers and fathers to care for their children appropriately. Studies suggest that paid maternal leave boosts employer productivity while also has tangible, positive health effects for parents and newborns alike. Paid maternity and paternity leave is just common sense.
Another common sense piece of legislation that I wholeheartedly support is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA has been an essential tool to protect women and to prosecute those who have committed violent crimes against them. Shamefully, every single Georgia Republican member of the House of Representatives voted against reauthorizing this important law only a few years ago; I will not only vote to reauthorize VAWA, but also advocate for strengthening the legislation.