Reproductive Rights

Jan supports reproductive freedom. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and must remain so. In addition to being safe and legal, Jan believes that abortions should also be rare. The primary emphasis must be on education and prevention of unwanted pregnancies.

Women of all ages, regardless of income, should have access to family-planning services, including counseling on birth-control methods and abstinence. Birth control, including emergency contraception, should also be readily available.

On the other hand, Jan opposes measures that would indirectly deny women the right to choose. These include dictates forcing clinics to close, requiring extended waiting periods or inventing other barriers. They also include denying funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide free or low-cost family planning services.

Moreover, among other unfortunate legacies of the “Hyde Amendment,” servicewomen and female members of military families are effectively being deprived of equal rights. They are often unacceptably denied reproductive services, particularly abortion services, at military healthcare facilities.

Finally, a woman’s right to choose should include the right to choose to bear a healthy child. Jan supports full funding of programs to improve healthcare for pregnant women and young children, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), among others.