Preserving Women's Rights
Women must be treated equally, their rights must be protected, and they must have the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions, period.
I am the proud father of three young daughters and am married to a woman who’s a leader in her professional field. I want my daughters to grow up in a state that recognizes equality as a human right and defends it as policy. Maryland’s state Constitution clearly states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex.” Maryland passed the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016, which expanded state equal pay laws and broadened the rights of employees to discuss their wages. As a Delegate, I will review the implementation of that law to ensure that it’s being implemented, and will consider offering expansions to better support working mothers.
I also believe in reproductive justice, and will always support a woman’s right to choose. I support increased funding for reproductive and contraceptive health services, and will resist any attempt on the part of the Federal government to roll them back. In addition, I support increased protections for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault and worked on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) when I worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Harkin. I also support directing state funds to process untested rape kits which further victimizes survivors of violence and adds to the gender bias inherent in our judicial system.
Finally, I will call out sexual harassment and degradation of women whenever I see it. I applaud my friend, Senator Cheryl Kagan, for her courage in coming forward about being sexually harassed and will be a steadfast ally to my women colleagues in Annapolis.