Gender equality means that a woman has the right to make informed decisions about her body. Denying women this right is gender discrimination. ONLY women experience pregnancy and ONLY women have the right to decide what to do with their bodies.

Government should respect a woman’s right to make decisions about her body, and should play NO role in making the decision. A woman should have access to the facilities and care needed to safely address her contraceptive and reproductive health issues.

As a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, I will strongly oppose any bill that infringes on a woman's right to choose.

History tells us that when abortion is restricted by law, women turn to the black market to terminate their pregnancies, often under dangerous conditions.

A 2015 survey found that approximately 240,000 women in Texas had attempted to induce their own abortions without medical supervision. Black market abortions can have devastating effects on a woman’s health, causing serious, often permanent injuries. Black market abortions are responsible for 13 percent of all maternal deaths. Every one of these deaths were preventable.

As District 1’s voice in Lansing, I will oppose any legislation that would restrict a woman’s access to abortion.

Too often, we see politicians impose medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion in an attempt to place obstacles between a woman and her doctor.

Since Roe v. Wade confirmed a woman’s right to choose in 1973, states legislatures have enacted 1,074 laws to limit a woman’s right to choose. Today, over half of American women now live in states where their right to choose is being restricted by their state legislature.

Poor women and women of color bear the brunt of those restrictions and they are an undue burden.

As our next Representative, I will oppose any legislation that hurts women by adding medically unnecessary restrictions to safe, legal abortion.