As a woman who strongly supports women, I will address inequality in this state. I promise:
- I will push for equal pay for equal work.
- To demand that the almost 5000 untested rape kits in Missouri are finally tested so that survivors can move forward with their cases.
- To re-address the disaster of maternal and infant mortality in this state. Missouri has one of the highest death rates in the country due to pregnancy complications, higher than several 3rd world countries. This is especially threatening to women of color. Our current representative feels no need to look into why approximately 800 women die per year in the state from pregnancy-related complications.
- To fight for free contraception and stand up for a woman’s right to choose. We have the lowest teen pregnancy and abortion rates in 14 years thanks to the ACA providing free contraceptives for women. If we wish to eliminate abortion medical care, we need to ensure that women have access to the education and contraception they need to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Making abortion services almost impossible to attain legally just means that women will still have them, just not in a safe environment.