Equal rights for women in the US have come too close to leveling the playing field for set-backs now.
How can we allow ignorance to reverse laws that have been in place for up to forty years – unproven, unscientific claims of rape and pregnancy, domestic violence and abortions? Have we forgotten the price that many women paid prior to laws protecting women? I still recall the horror stories of domestic abuse from my grandmother. And I recall my mother working to train her bosses as computer programmers and managers while being paid as a keypunch operator. I recall returning to work ten weeks after giving birth to my son so I would not loose my job, so I would be taken seriously as a professional. And a preventive mammogram detected my breast cancer before it could metastasize into a deadly cancer.
My life, and the lives of all women in the US are better off these past four years because under Obama-Care: Women receive preventive health services without additional cost, including domestic violence screening and counseling; Insurance companies can no longer classify domestic violence as a pre-existing condition. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act give’s communities life-saving tools to identify and treat child abuse or neglect. The Obama Administration announced an unprecedented coordinated strategy across Federal agencies to prevent and stop violence against women; empowers survivors to break the cycle of abuse with programs to help them become financially independent; and prevents victims of domestic violence from being evicted or denied assisted housing after abuse. Our country needs to continue to recognize and strongly support President Obama on his leadership.