New York State boasts a rich history and a proud legacy of courageous women who have blazed trails in the fight for equal rights. As a society, we have made incredible strides in the fight for equality–but unfortunately, we are facing unprecedented attacks that threaten to roll back the important progress we have made. The Supreme Court’s devastating ruling to overturn Roe v Wade is an assault on women’s rights that turns back the clock to a dark period in our nation’s history where women no longer have control of their own bodies. Joe stands firmly against the Republican agenda to criminalize women’s health freedom and will always stand up for the rights all women deserve.
In Congress, Joe has established himself as a strong ally in the fight to defend women’s healthcare freedom, to enshrine women’s equality in our nation’s Constitution, to bolster resources and protections for survivors of domestic violence, and to secure pay equality for women in the workplace.
In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation:
HR 3755 The Women’s Health Protection Act
Would guarantee a woman’s right to access an abortion and the right of medical providers to provide these services.
HR 7 The Paycheck Fairness Act
Would amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to ensure equal pay for equal work of all Americans.
HR 1620 The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization
Would strengthen programs and increase resources for survivors of domestic violence.
HR 2234 The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act (EACH Act)
Would ensure women enrolled in government health insurance plans have coverage for abortion care.
HJ Res 35 The Equal Rights Amendment
Would enshrine women’s equality in the Constitution by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex.
HR 1670 Abortion is Healthcare Everywhere
Would repeal a prohibition on the use of U.S. foreign assistance to provide abortion services and replaces it with language that would allow the U.S. to support comprehensive reproductive health care—including abortion.
HR 3183 The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act
Would eliminate waiting periods for disability insurance and Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer.
HR 1065 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Would create an affirmative right to reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and make it easier for employers to comply with the law, and easier for pregnant workers to request modifications that will enable them to continue working.
H.R. 3576 Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act
Would require the State Department to report on contraception and abortion access, STD rates and prevention efforts, maternal health, and rates and causes of pregnancy-related injuries and deaths in its annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices.