WOMEN’S RIGHTS

  • I support Roe vs. Wade and the right to a safe, legal abortion and access to contraception. I believe this should be a settled issue. Contraception should be available to all who need it. I also spoke out on the floor in favor of funding for the LARC program which passed last May.
  • Serve on the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council which is providing leadership nationwide to protect and advance reproductive rights, health and justice.
  • I have and will continue to sponsor of the Whole Woman’s Health Act to remove abortion from Virginia’s criminal code and to remove medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. 
  • I have worked closely at the grassroots level with NARAL and Planned Parenthood since I was a college student at Hollins University in the mid 1980’s and this collaboration continues in the General Assembly.
  • Menstrual Equity - women need menstrual supplies to leave home during menstruation, a natural process over which we have no control. My bill to eliminate the sales tax is The Dignity Act. There is not justification for taxing something that only women need. We now have several menstrual equity bills.
    • HB 24 , chief patron, exemption from sales tax for menstrual supplies
    • HB 25, chief patron, adds menstrual supplies to 3 day tax free weekend (good fit with school supplies and clothing, and with emergency storm supplies)
    • HB 83, copatron, passed, free menstrual supplies in jails and prisons
    • HB 1384 menstrual supplies free in schools

 

Legislative Record on Women's Rights 

  • HB 24, chief patron, exemption from sales tax for menstrual supplies
  • HB 25, chief patron, adds menstrual supplies to 3 day tax free weekend (good fit with school supplies and clothing, and with emergency storm supplies)
  • HB 83, copatron, passed, free menstrual supplies in jails and prisons
  • HB 1384 menstrual supplies free in schools