I'm committed to protecting the fundamental rights of women.
We've made great strides in advancing the fundamental rights of women in the workplace, the home and in the doctor's office - but we still have a long way to go.
I'm proud to be 100% Pro-Choice and have worked closely with NARAL and Planned Parenthood to protect and advance those rights. That's why in the Maryland House and Senate, I restored more than $9 million in budget funding for women's reproductive health services, passed a new law banning genetic discrimination (HB29), and established attendance policies for pregnant and parenting students (SB232). In 2008, I was selected to serve on a President Obama White House working group for health reform, in which I advised the White House on principles and provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including banning discrimination based on preexisting conditions. In 2011, I successfully urged U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to recognize women's birth control and reproductive services as medically necessary preventative health services, guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. I've passed the new law establishing hiring preferences for Veterans and their spouses, walked the halls of Congress to push for the Equal Rights Amendment, and authored the first bill in America to ensure that women's health services are provided only by medical professionals.
In Congress, I will not rest until women have equal pay for equal work, and absolute equal rights under the law.