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Why I Strongly Oppose the GOP Effort to Undermine the D.C. Reproductive Health Law

04/30/2015 11:18 pm ET | Updated Jun 30, 2015

Tonight I voted against H.J. Res. 43, a resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Act of 2014. Here's why:

The D.C. Council passed the Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Act in December 2014. This D.C. law prevents employers from making hiring and firing decisions based on a woman's reproductive choices, and incredibly even those of her daughter, regarding contraceptives, abortions or out of wedlock pregnancies. House Republicans have put forward H.J. Res. 43, a resolution to overturn this D.C. law. I voted against H.J. Res. 43 and I strongly oppose this Republican measure.

This is another brazen effort to undermine women's health and restrict a woman's ability to make her own health decisions. In 2015, neither politicians nor employers should be to meddle with a woman's right to make these personal decisions. A woman should not have to fear retribution from her employer and the District of Columbia should be able to pass laws to protect against that retribution.

Statistics show that 99 percent of women use contraceptives at some point. Reproductive health decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor. Any efforts to undermine women's reproductive rights must stop. The District of Columbia has every right to pass their own laws and House Republicans should stay out of it.