Reproductive rights are facing an all-out attack in our country right now. Make no mistake, these efforts are well-coordinated and very intentional.
These types of laws are designed to control, dehumanize, and criminalize women. We can’t — and won’t — let that happen. That’s why on day one of my presidency, I will put my plan to protect abortion access and reproductive rights into full motion.
As President, I will act decisively to strengthen women’s rights and expand access to reproductive health care. In addition to pursuing legislative solutions, including codifyingRoe v. Wade’s protections into federal law, I’ll take immediate executive action to stop Republicans’ relentless and coordinated attacks on reproductive rights. Here’s what I will do beginning on Day One:
Create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedomcharged with advancing abortion rights throughout my administration.
End the “domestic gag rule” and expand and modernize the Title X Family Planning Program.The gag rule prohibits health care providers from even talking with low-income patients about how and where to access safe and legal abortion. It’s in direct conflict with Title X and I will work to strengthen Title X funding to ensure that all women have access to a full range of health care options.
Guarantee access to employer-covered contraceptive care.The Trump administration made it easier to restrict access to contraception. Birth control should be covered and protected by the Affordable Care Act just like other medication, without employers being able to refuse coverage.
Repeal Hyde Amendment in first presidential budget.Abortion is health care, but it can be incredibly expensive for women seeking one, which limits access for many low-income people. By repealing the Hyde Amendment, we will ensure that abortion care is available to all, regardless of income level.
Undo dangerous refusal rules that allow women to be denied the health care they need.No woman should be turned away from receiving the care she needs because of someone else’s personal beliefs.
Restore evidence-based guidelines for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.The Trump Administration has prioritized funding abstinence-only programs that ignore years of evidence of what actually works to prevent teen pregnancy. We’ve got to do better by our students — that means teaching them sex ed, including their full range of health care options and consent.
End the “global gag rule” and restore funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Just two days after the Women’s March, President Trump reinstated and expanded the “global gag rule,” forbidding international organizations that receive federal funding from even mentioning abortion. One Day One, I’d rescind this dangerous policy and reinstate the U.S. contribution to the UNFPA, which provides aid for family planning and child and maternal health across the globe.
Look, politicians — especially men — can say they’ll stand up for reproductive rights all they want, but if we want to be the best allies and partners we can be in this fight, we need to do more than just talk.
I’m learning more every day about how to better help in this fight, but one thing I know is that I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the generations of women and men who fought for each other during times of moral crisis. And this is most certainly a moment of moral crisis.
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