Women account for more than half of our population, and they should have the same shot at success as their male counterparts. As outlined below, I will be a strong advocate for women’s rights, because it is just the right thing to do.
- Women’s Health. I support restoring federal funding for women’s health organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which provides essential care to women of all races, zip codes, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We need to go further and provide women with free contraception of their own choice. I am pro-life (with exceptions for rape, incest, women under the age of consent and women whose lives are endangered by pregnancy), but regardless of my personal views, Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and I respect and follow the law. I will not support or vote for unconstitutional legislation like the unconstitutional “Personhood” bill introduced in the South Carolina Senate and narrowly defeated at the end of the recent legislative session. Some have expressed concern that because I am pro-life, I would go to Congress to overturn Roe v. Wade. Congress cannot overturn Roe V. Wade. Roe is constitutional law, and Congress cannot change the constitution with a statute – that would be unconstitutional – and as I stated above, I will not support or vote for the unconstitutional legislation.
- Equal Pay for Equal Work. Women deserve equal pay for equal work. As a member of Congress, I will vote for federal legislation demanding exactly that. If you are doing the same job, you should be getting paid the same amount.
- Violence Against Women Act. Unfortunately, South Carolina has one of the highest rates of domestic violence against women of any state in the country. This has to change. I support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and will work to ensure that the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice is properly staffed and funded and lead by an appointee that believes enthusiastically in its mission, not someone appointed by the Trump administration to make the office ineffective. I will also work to find a way to provide federal remedies for victims of gender-motivated crimes and to restore the right of women to sue their attackers in federal court, a right that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Morrison.
- Me Too. For too long, men in positions of power and authority over women have felt entitled to use and abuse the women they work with, and our society has been too ready to accept powerful men’s denials and too ready to discourage women from resisting abuse and standing up for themselves. The Me Too movement has changed the tide in the right direction. I strongly support the Me Too movement and will stand with women looking to end the abuse of men in power.