Protecting Reproductive Rights
Women’s reproductive health care, including access to safe, legal abortion, is essential to women’s equality and autonomy. Laws that restrict access to abortion care threaten a woman’s ability to make the best decision for herself and her family, may jeopardize a woman’s health and disproportionately impact women of color and poor women.
Roe v. Wade affirmed abortion as a constitutional right in 1973, yet a woman’s right to choose has been under attack in Missouri for years. I’ll work to protect this right so Missouri women and Transgender men can access the reproductive health care they need -- and Missouri can focus on more pressing issues like addressing climate change, the fight for $15, and achieving equality for all.
Supporting Public Education
Every child in Missouri deserves a quality education, but every year the Missouri legislature shortchanges public education funding. In recent years, lawmakers have reduced the total amount of money allocated for K-12 education and failed to appropriately reimburse school districts for transportation. In District 24, public schools struggle due to lack of state funding, while charter schools proliferate with private assistance. This parallel system is expensive, inefficient and confusing for parents. Worse, it fails to address inequity in our schools.
I’ll work for a funding formula that provides adequate support for Missouri schools and policies that ensure all students have access to a high-quality public education, regardless of race, class, gender or sexual orientation.
Increasing Access to Affordable Healthcare
Many people across the state struggle to afford the healthcare they need. Approximately 250,000 Missourians make too much money to be eligible for Medicaid but too little to afford health insurance. Until Missouri passes Medicaid Expansion, these low-income adults, most of whom are working, will struggle to access healthcare. Plus, Missouri will continue to leave Federal money on the table.
No one plans to have a health crisis, and unexpected medical bills leave many Missourians struggling. As your state representative, I will work to implement policies that will increase access to healthcare throughout the state.