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Issue 4: Women's Rights

A woman’s choice with regard to family planning is her own to make, in consultation with her family, doctor, personal conscience, and/or faith, as she chooses. I support investment in family planning initiatives that would increase the accessibility of family planning facilities and information for Texas women, and especially for poor and rural women who may have limited access to care. I support efforts to decrease teen and unwanted pregnancies through age-appropriate sexual education and contraception availability. I support paid maternity/paternity leave and funding to make available affordable and quality childcare for working families.

 Women work as hard as men and should be paid the same amount for the same work. I support the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide stronger incentives for companies to follow the law ratified in the Equal Pay Act of 1963, enhance federal enforcement capabilities, and prohibit retaliation for wage practice inquiries.