Women's Rights

In the early 20th century, women couldn’t vote or hold office in the majority of the United States, with the vote not granted until 1920. Women were also prevented from conducting business without a male representative, barred from many professions, had little or no education, and, if married, needed permission from their husband to exercise control over their children. The birth control pill was approved in 1960, but not available to unmarried women until 1972. Women could not get a credit card in their own name until 1971.  It wasn’t until 1975 that all 50 states gave women the right to serve on juries. Women were only allowed in U.S. military academies in 1976, and they were still denied the right to fight in combat for their country until 2013. Until 1977, women were denied legal action on sexual harassment, and in 1978, women were finally guaranteed they wouldn’t get fired if they were pregnant. Until 2010, women were routinely charged more for healthcare than men, and still often pay more.

We would like to think that in 2022, we are past that, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that citizens of our country, women in particular, are in danger of losing hard-fought rights. Body autonomy. A woman’s right to choose. Healthcare protection for women.  Rather than expanding rights, the current Supreme Court is taking away constitutional freedoms. As things stand now, states are the last line of defense protecting the hard-fought right of women to have autonomy over their own bodies.

Make no mistake about it, what we are seeing at the national level is no less than a direct attack on women’s health, women’s rights, and women’s freedom of choice. In addition to being an unconscionable attempt to revert to a dark past where women were second-class citizens, these actions will disproportionately hurt women who don’t have the means or ability to seek other options. As an American, town leader, husband, and father of a young daughter, I am outraged.

I am proud Connecticut recently passed bipartisan legislation to address the attacks on women’s rights, and to protect medical professionals providing needed services. The work is far from done, however, and the attacks are growing. As your state representative, I will fight for the constitutional freedoms of all people and advocate for data driven, evidence-based approaches to public health. We must ensure there are choices regarding pregnancy, birth control, and body autonomy, and that medical providers are afforded protection when they provide healthcare services. A woman’s body is her own, and no person, no state, no government entity has the right to challenge or change that.

While serving in Simsbury’s town government, I have worked hard to give all residents a voice. My wife, Rachel, and I are raising our daughter to be a strong, independent woman. I am angry and disappointed that rights I thought she would have – rights that she deserves as a female and human being - are being taken away. It is even more upsetting that this likely is not the end of the destruction of rights, and her choices, and those of so many people, will continue to be restricted and removed.

As your state representative, I will fight for the constitutional freedoms of all people and advocate for data driven, evidence-based approaches to public health.  We must ensure there are choices regarding pregnancy, birth control, and body autonomy, and that medical providers are afforded protection when they provide healthcare services. A woman’s body is her own, and no person, no state, no government entity has the right to challenge or change that.