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Reproductive Rights

I promise to defend and protect women's rights. I do not believe in the undue influence of government infringing on a pregnant person's rights.

My opponent, Todd Young has a 0% rating from several pro-choice groups. He’s also been endorsed by a former U.S. Senator (from Indiana) who once stated pregnancy from rape was something God intended. I wholeheartedly disagree.  

There was a time when abortions were simply a part of life in the U.S. It wasn’t until medical doctors faced fierce competition with midwives and other homeopathic providers that it became a political issue in the late 1800s. This was followed by the women’s liberation movement in the 1960’s. Before the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion nationwide in 1973, abortion was already legal in several states. So why are we still talking about this today? Because several states enacted laws that continued to violate Roe vs. Wade plainly, claiming viability (or life) starts at conception. There remained conflicts with the Fourteenth Amendment with regard to the fetus being deprived of “life” and the mother’s right of privacy. This all led to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. Most Americans (59% as of May 2021, Gallup) are still pro-choice and about 60% of Americans (May 2021, Gallup) believe Roe vs. Wade should have never been overturned. As it relates to the right of privacy, I believe congress should act in accordance with the will of the people. Here's what I believe: 

  • The decision to have an abortion is owed the right of privacy 

  • The decision to have an abortion should not be infringed upon excessively 

  • Under the Supremacy Clause of our Constitution, federal law preempts state law. For this reason, the establishment of federal statutory rights would invalidate any contradictory state laws. Therefore, as a member of Congress I will work to create and pass federal legislation that preempts any state effort that functionally limits access to an abortion.  

Americans must understand that, as a nation, we may never be able to agree on what one’s moral obligations should be, but we can respect each other’s right to choose. I am a woman of great and unwavering faith, but America is not a theocracy. It is a democracy. Roe vs. Wade protected a pregnant person's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restrictions or undue influences. Roe vs. Wade did not guarantee or propose to regulate how that choice was made or how it should be funded. Furthermore, it did not address accessibility. It is a private medical procedure which should be handled as all others, with the utmost care and responsibility. 


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