EMBRACING OUR DIVERSITY
Fighting to Sustain & Increase Equal Rights:
As your U.S. Representative, I would fight for equal rights and opportunities for all Kansans and Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disabilities, economic status, religion, creed, gender, national origin, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Advocating for Human Rights:
No one, whether man, woman, or child, should be subjected to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. No one should be blamed for the unwanted advances of an aggressor for any reason. We should protect our citizens from harm and put responsibility on the perpetrator harming another individual rather than on the victim.
As your U.S. Representative, I would be a strong voice on issues of abuse and personal safety.
As a professional, I know all too well the challenges that men and women face in balancing professional and family life.
As your U.S. Representative, I would advocate for equal pay, paid maternity AND paternity leave, and affordable childcare. Having these protections in place are not only for the wellbeing of women but also for the well-being of families and society as a whole.
People with mental and physical disabilities should be treated with respect and dignity at all times. In addition, we should continue to provide and increase services and infrastructure that allow those with disabilities to live more normal, more comfortable lives.
As your U.S. Representative, I would vote against any legislation that would reduce needed services or demonstrate disrespect for those in our communities with disabilities. In addition, I would be an advocate for reducing discrimination and increasing services to those who need assistance.
Understanding Women’s Rights Are Human Rights:
We have made great progress in expanding the rights and opportunities for women in this country. However, we also have far to go in ensuring that all women have equal opportunities and treatment under the law. Many women still face barriers to entering and advancing in the workforce. In addition, women’s rights to make their own health decision is particularly under fire from this new Administration.
A woman’s personal health decisions should be made in consultation with her family, her faith, and her doctor. I am pro-choice. I would like to emphasize the word “choice.” No one wants to make the decision to have an abortion. The decision to have an abortion is a very personal, very painful one. Particularly in situations where a woman’s life is at risk and a medical decision has to be made, that needs to be a determination between the doctor and patient.
As your U.S. Representative, I would defend a woman’s right to choose how best to handle her own family planning and healthcare.
I am pro-birth control. Access to birth control methods and sex education has greatly reduced the number of accidental pregnancies and abortions per year. The best way to reduce the number of abortions is to educate people on the tools available to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place. For some, abstinence is the preferred method of birth control. For others, having access to other birth control methods is equally important.
As your U.S. Representative, I would fight for continued access to safe and effective birth control, as well as increased sex education for all.
Ensuring Equality for All Races, Ethnic Groups, & Nationalities:
The U.S. is composed of citizens from diverse racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds. Our diversity makes us stronger as a society. Over the last several decades, we have made significant strides in embracing our diverse population, promoting equal rights, and allowing for increased social mobility for minority groups. However, we have a long way to go before all citizens have equal rights and opportunities in this country. There is still much work to be done.
As your U.S. Representative, I would vehemently fight for the rights of all people within our country as well as try to address many of the laws, dynamics, and attitudes that obstruct additional progress to equality within our country.
Supporting Rights for All Gender Identities & Sexual Orientations:
Similarly, the U.S. is composed of citizens from a diverse range of sexual orientations and gender identities. As the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015, it is unconstitutional to withhold the same benefits and rights of an individual based on their sexual orientation. To withhold someone’s ability to marry the person they love is in direct violation of their Constitutional freedom to pursue happiness. A person’s gender identity and family life are personal, between them, their partner, and their religious beliefs.
As your U.S. Representative, I will work to protect our LGBTQ citizens’ rights of happiness, marriage, and equal treatment in this country. In addition, I would protect everyone’s right to make decisions about their own sexual and family lives.