Choice. I am pro-choice. A woman has the right to make her own reproductive decisions. Roe v Wade says that a woman’s body is under her own control until viability. The power to control reproduction is not among the enumerated powers of the Federal government. The 14th amendment protects the right to choose from infringement by the states. Republicans weaken the 14th amendment when they attack the freedom of choice or the freedom to marry, just as Democrats weaken the 14th amendment when we attack gun rights. The 14th amendment protects our freedom and both parties need to leave it alone.
Respect for the pro-life position. At the same time, we must understand that the pro-life position is grounded in a profound spiritual conviction, and deserves our respect. We’re stronger as a party and as a nation when we can rationally and respectfully disagree.
Reproductive healthcare. Once a woman decides to have a child, that child has the right to be healthy. Healthcare is a fundamental freedom, and includes women’s healthcare from prenatal care to breastfeeding support. I will demand equal access to reproductive healthcare and will fight for criminal justice reform so that pregnant women who commit crimes such as drug abuse or self-harm are not punished and ill-treated, but instead they and their child are protected and healthy.