From state legislatures to federal judges, Republicans have launched an all-out attack on women’s rights. But with Chuck Schumer and Democrats in control of Washington, we finally have a chance to make real progress on women’s rights and enshrine the right to choose into federal law.
Protecting Abortion Access
The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 confirmed that women have a constitutional right to get an abortion, if they so choose. But Republicans are hell-bent on taking away women’s access to reproductive healthcare. They’ve passed highly restrictive abortion bans in state legislatures and pushed through anti-choice judicial nominees who want to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Chuck Schumer supports federal legislation that will guarantee equal access to abortion, no matter what state you live in. By codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law, a woman’s right to get an abortion will be guaranteed, even if the Supreme Court strikes down part or all of Roe v. Wade.
Paycheck Fairness and Equity
In 2021, women still make just 82 cents on the dollar compared to men for doing the same work, and the pay disparity is even larger for women of color. Chuck Schumer supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive bill that would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act that allow the gender wage gap to persist. It would also strengthen protections for women in the workplace.
Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
Chuck Schumer helped write and pass the The Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the first federal legislation protecting women from domestic abuse. For decades, it strengthened the federal government’s ability to investigate and prosecute acts of domestic violence and provided support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Unfortunately, the Violence Against Women Act expired in 2019 and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch refused to even let the Senate vote on reauthorizing it. Chuck Schumer believes we should permanently reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and expand its protections so it’s harder for people with a history of domestic violence to purchase guns.