Equality and civil rights
I will honor Montana’s strong history of individualism, personal freedom, and right to privacy by championing legislation that protects women’s bodily integrity and secures dignified treatment by health care providers. Pregnant women should decide whether they wish to carry a fetus to term, as the Supreme Court ruled six decades ago in the landmark case Roe v. Wade (1973). Abortion is healthcare, and everyone deserves equal and fair access to healthcare.
The rights of low-income women and women of color are particularly at risk today. Healthcare should never be denied because of how much money you make. That’s why the Hyde Amendment, which limits poor women’s right to choose, is intolerable. It speaks to the disinterest of our elected leaders that only in 2016 did repealing the Hyde Amendment become a part of our national conversation. That is why I support the EACH Woman Act, in order to right this fundamental wrong.
As the child of same sex parents I still cannot believe that members of my family can be denied service in a coffeeshop, fired from their jobs, or evicted from their home because of who they love. We need the Equality Act, and we need it now. But there is other legislation we must pass:
Customer Non-Discrimintaion Act
Do No Harm Act
And we must lead by example in fostering understanding, acceptance, and opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community, specifically the trans community that has so often been shamefully targeted by this Administration and statehouses across the country.