Woman's Reproductive Rights
When it comes to the fundamental and constitutional rights of women, we must continue to strive forward without looking back at the ugly past. We need to trust and allow women to have their own autonomy regarding their personal decisions without extreme government intrusion and unnecessary backlash. Women’s rights ARE undoubtedly human rights.
Women refuse to go back to the days of risking their lives or even imprisonment for wanting to end an unwanted pregnancy. The government has no right to dictate when a woman can or cannot procreate. Abortion is ultimately the decision of the woman’s, and no one else’s.
The radical right-wing attacks to defund Planned Parenthood has got to end. Planned Parenthood has not only been an excellent source of sexual health information for 100 years, it is also a vital healthcare service for millions of women. The effects of defunding Planned Parenthood would be devastating to women of lower classes who rely on their local clinics for STI testing, contraceptives, cancer screenings, and basic primary care.
Birth control has completely revolutionized the lives of American women and has created opportunities for women outside of traditional gender roles. For employers to deny women proper and fair access to contraceptives on a “moral” objection is unacceptable.
On average, American women make 78 cents per man’s dollar. For women of color, this pay inequality is much worse. Our country must move forward in passing the Paycheck Fairness Act into law to ensure women are making the same wages for the same work as their male counterparts.
Women should not go without pay in the event of the birth of a child. 12 weeks of paid maternity leave should be guaranteed to each and every woman in this country. Having a child is one of the happiest moments in someone’s life, and women, along with their spouses, should not be punished because of simply having a child. This issue not only affects women, but their families as well.
Violence against women in this country is getting severely out of control and we must strengthen services provided through the Violence Against Women Act. The Republican’s motion to undermine and attack this act will not be tolerated in any way.
Sexual assault has become an epidemic on college campuses and this issue seriously needs to be addressed. Victims who followed the correct procedures in the event of an assault more than likely will never see the inside of a courtroom for justice. In most cases, women have reported their university made the situation worse by victim shaming and simply failing to take action. Any university that fails to comply with Mandatory Reporting of Campus Sexual Assault should have funding revoked until further action is taken to combat sexual assault.
Childcare has allowed multiple women to join the labor force and work outside of their homes. However, childcare is becoming so expensive, women are now quitting their careers because they cannot afford childcare. Every child in this country should have the opportunity to go to daycare or preschool; it should not be limited to the few that can afford it. We must pass universal child care laws into place to guarantee free early childhood education for all.
2/3s of the minimum wage workers in the United States are women. The minimum wage must be raised to at least $15 an hour to help close the wage gap and to lift millions of women out of poverty.
Universal health care must be a human right for all. Women tend to have higher medical expenses than men and most of these costs come directly from their own pockets. Since women make up most low-wage jobs, companies don’t have to necessarily offer health insurance or any other benefit. We need to go towards a Medicare for all, single payer system to ensure healthcare for all.
- Equal pay for equal work
- Paid maternity leave for parents
- Universal childcare
- Protection for sexual assault victims and accountability towards school systems
- Universal health care for all
- Public basic care facilities