Augusta Free Press

Northam releases women’s health, equality, opportunity platform

Alongside NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Planned Parenthood Advocates Virginia, Dr. Ralph Northam unveiled his policy plan outlining his goals for women’s health, equality and economic opportunity in Virginia.

Women make up more than 50 percent of the population, own more than 36 percent of privately-held businesses that generate over $38 billion a year in revenue. If Virginia is truly committed to equality and economic growth, our next governor must help ensure a level playing field for men and women.

Northam is committed to making this a reality in Virginia because what’s good for women in Virginia is good for our entire commonwealth. Northam has fought for women’s rights throughout his career and believes strongly that reproductive freedom equates to economic freedom, which is why he is committed to maintaining access to reproductive health care and keeping politicians out of women’s health care decisions.

“As I’ve said many times, reproductive freedom equates to economic freedom,” said Northam. “That’s why I’m committed to maintaining access to reproductive health care and keeping politicians out of women’s health care decisions. But this plan goes beyond health care — this is about creating economic opportunity and equality for all Virginia women. Ensuring that women are paid the same as men is a moral and economic imperative for our economy. I know that when women do better, we all do better, and what’s good for women in our commonwealth is good for our entire commonwealth.”

 

Reproductive Health

Expand access to contraception

Get politicians out of personal medical decisions

Give all young people access to quality family life education

 

Equal Pay

 

Paid Family And Sick Leave

 

Early Childhood Education and Childcare

 

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Learn more about the Northam women’s health, equality & opportunity policy plan here.