Michael will continue to advocate for U.S. foreign policy to protect sexual and reproductive rights. He has supported permanently repealing the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, to support women’s reproductive rights and international family planning programs.
Attacks on women’s rights must be understood as an attack on all of our rights. I’ve unveiled a plan to protect reproductive rights if elected president. I will continue to fight to protect the constitutional right to abortion and ensure that everyone has real access to reproductive health care. That starts with nominating judges who are committed to upholding reproductive rights, passing legislation to codify the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, and repealing the Hyde Amendment. As president, beginning on Day One, I’d also do more to advance reproductive rights, including creating a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom, repealing the domestic gag rule, and, internationally, I would end the global gag rule and restore funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). For more on what I would do starting on day 1, see my plan here (https://medium.com/@corybooker/how-i-will-take-immediate-action-to-protect-reproductive-rights-as-president-fd7f5d28f616).
Our country has long been seen as a global leader on women’s rights. Over the last three years, however, the Republican Party has willfully abdicated that responsibility — launching instead a relentless assault on women and families that must end if we are to restore our country’s leadership on reproductive rights.
That fight begins with a simple recognition of freedom: whether at home or abroad, women are only free if they can exercise agency over their own bodily health, with the counsel of those whom they choose and trust.
At home, my administration will safeguard women’s right to comprehensive care, and this includes abortion services. We will abolish the Hyde amendment, invalidate and prohibit state legislation that limits women’s access to care, and repeal the domestic gag rule. Lastly, we will only make judicial appointments that protect women’s reproductive freedom.
Abroad, we will resume and expand investments in sexual and reproductive health through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Population Fund, and our other global partners. We will prohibit censorship of gender and family planning data, and repeal the Helms and Siljander amendments.
The U.S. should ensure that our domestic and foreign policies are firm in protecting sexual and reproductive rights. It starts with protecting Roe v Wade here at home. I would revoke the global and domestic gag rules and repeal the Hyde Amendment to ensure that women at home and abroad who benefit from U.S. aid have all medical options available to them. In Congress, I supported both the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and the International Violence Against Women Act to protect women around the world and as president, I would work to sign these critical pieces of legislation into law.
A woman’s right to make personal health decisions is nonnegotiable. In the face of relentless attacks from this administration and its allies in Congress, I have unfailingly stood up to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion, birth control and health care at Planned Parenthood and to ensure women serving in our military have the same reproductive health rights as their civilian counterparts. I voted against the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule and am an original cosponsor of the Global Health Empowerment and Rights Act, which would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule. I have pledged to appoint only judges who will commit to upholding Roe v. Wade, will fight to codify the decision in our laws, and will repeal the Hyde Amendment and President Trump’s domestic gag rule.
There’s no question that the right to reproductive freedom in America is under as grave a threat as has existed since Roe v. Wade was decided. Women need more access to healthcare and abortion, both in America and abroad, where U.S. defense of a woman’s right to safe reproductive care is essential. As president, I will fight to enshrine abortion as a civil right. And because no justices should be appointed who will overturn the right to an abortion, I will be particularly attentive to determining whether I can be highly confident that a prospective Supreme Court nominee will respect a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.
I’ve fought for abortion rights throughout my career, including voting against the Hyde Amendment in 1993 as well as the ban on late-term abortion in 2003. As governor I signed the Reproductive Parity Act, ensuring that health insurance covers abortion as a part of maternity care, and that all forms of birth control are covered without out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, our state successfully sued against to stop Donald Trump’s effort to create a “gag rule” on abortion, and I voted against the global gag rule in Congress. I’m also the only candidate to have both voted for and implemented Obamacare, which ensured extended health insurance coverage that included maternity care to over 650,000 people through Medicaid expansion in my state. Both here and around the world, we should be making it easier for women to get the care that they need, not harder.
When we are in the White House, Bernie will fight back against the Republican assault on abortion rights across the country and defend a woman’s right to control her own body around the world.
Under his Medicare for All program, the Hyde Amendment is fully repealed, and reproductive health coverage is provided to all, free at the point of service. He will also oppose all efforts to undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade, and will appoint federal judges who will uphold women’s fundamental rights. Bernie also believes that we must oppose increasing attacks on women’s rights happening at the state and local level.
When Bernie is in the White House, he will:
Universal health care must be a right — not a privilege — so everyone has the chance to live a healthy life. This must include women’s whole health, including access to abortion, family planning, and cradle to grave care specific to women’s needs.
It was the work of a generation to ensure that women are able to make their own decisions about their healthcare. Access to affordable, safe, and legal abortion has been fundamental to women’s strides in education and the workforce. It is a central part of women’s healthcare, affirms women’s independence and agency in the world, and my administration will fiercely protect that right for generations to come.
When it comes to foreign policy, we need to reverse the regressive acts that the current administration has done: lift the gag order, reinstate family planning funding, increase educational efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancies and provide women and girls more opportunities.
All women have the right to control their bodies and make their own health decisions, including the right to a safe and legal abortion. This lawless president has inspired lawless state legislatures to pass unconstitutional bills; as president, I’ll work with Congress to protect women’s control of their own bodies without government interference and ensure women in every state retain access to abortion care. We must fight to protect Roe v. Wade to make sure abortion remains safe and legal; I support codifying into law the protections that Roe provides.
I’m an original cosponsor of H.R.1692, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2019, to repeal the Hyde Amendment that denies poor women (and, disproportionately, women of color) their rights. I cosponsored this in previous Congresses as well.
I’m an original cosponsor of H.R. 2975, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would invalidate any state laws that single out abortion providers for requirements and restrictions that are medically unnecessary, do not promote women’s health or safety, and limit access to abortion services.
I’m a cosponsor of H.R. 2091, the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2019, to bring health care provided by the military in line with current law for civilian populations.
I’ve agreed to co-sponsor H.R.1055, the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act, to repeal the global gag rule blocking U.S-funded NGOs from providing or even referring women to abortion care.
I’ll fight my heart out to defend a woman’s fundamental right to access safe, legal abortion and control her own body at home and abroad. That’s why I’ve called on Congress to pass new federal laws that protect access to reproductive care — federal laws that ensure real access to birth control and abortion care for all women, and will stand no matter what the Supreme Court does. All women — no matter where they live, where they’re from, how much money they make, or the color of their skin — are entitled to access high-quality, evidence-based reproductive health care. I support repealing the Hyde amendment and passing the EACH Woman Act, which would also prohibit abortion restrictions on private insurance. And we should ensure all future health coverage — including Medicare for All — includes contraception and abortion coverage.
We must also undo the current Administration’s efforts to undermine women’s access to reproductive health care — including ending President Trump’s domestic gag rule and fully supporting Title X family planning funding. But ensuring that reproductive health care is available to every woman in America is just the beginning. Republicans made their fight global when President Trump reinstated the global gag rule to stop our international development agency from funding any overseas health center that may provide abortion services or counseling with their own funds. That’s why I am a proud co-sponsor of Senator Shaheen’s Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act, which would permanently repeal the global gag rule.
We need to appoint judges that will protect Roe v. Wade. We need to repeal the Hyde Amendment and the global gag rule. And we need to make sure that Medicare for All covers all sexual and reproductive health issues.
Additionally, we need to start enshrining these protections at the state and legislative level. If the Supreme Court can’t be relied on to protect sexual and reproductive freedom, then we need to do so legislatively throughout the country.
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