Friends of Jan Schneider, P.O. Box 57, Sarasota, Florida 34230 | 941-955-6595

Abortion/Reproductive Freedom


Jan Schneider supports reproductive freedom. Decisions about pregnancy and parenthood are deeply personal and highly consequential. They should be made by the pregnant woman with the support of her loved ones, not by politicians trying to control women’s bodies and restrict their rights. This applies to all women, including American servicewomen and women in
military families.

On June 24, 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the United States Supreme Court overruled the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade. The Court thus reversed a constitutional right to pre-viability abortion in effect for half a century. Newly emboldened, lawmakers hostile to reproductive freedom, mostly Republicans, rammed through a barrage of
abortion bans and restrictions mostly at state levels, some criminalizing actions of doctors and patients. Our politicians did so despite the vast majority of Americans expressing overwhelming support for abortion rights, including in the 2022 midterm elections.

A woman’s right to choose should include the right to choose to bear a healthy child. For “choice” to be more than an abstract right or synonymous with abortion, it must include access to a full range of reproductive health and family planning options. This requires not only legislation, but also funding of programs to improve healthcare for pregnant women and young
children — for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program, among others.

Jan is pro-choice and a fervent advocate of women regaining reproductive freedom and control of our bodies. She believes that Congress should immediately pass legislation restoring the Roe standards nationwide. She also believes that Congress should eliminate the Hyde Amendment prohibiting use of federal funds for abortions, which among other things discriminates against those dependent on Medicaid and other government-sponsored programs. Opponent Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) believes “every American, born and unborn, has the God-given right to life,” although he has recently and somewhat inconsistently adopted the Republican mantra that such matters should be left to the states. His consistent votes against ensuring access to abortion, rights to contraception and other measures to improve women’s reproductive health consistently earn him an A+ on the National Pro-Life Scorecard.


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