Mike knows women’s rights are human rights. He supports pay equity, paid family and medical leave, workplace rights, and increased protection for women against domestic violence and sexual assault.
Mike does not believe it should be the role of government to deny women reproductive freedom nor should it be the role of state and federal lawmakers to get in the way of private, deeply personal decisions women make about their reproductive health.
Mike is a pro-life progressive and believes in a comprehensive approach to the issue of abortion. Too often, the issue has become needlessly partisan, with warring camps shouting past each other and not seeking solutions that get to the root of the matter.
As such, Mike does not believe the best way to reduce abortion rates is by passing laws that impose strict limits on women’s access to family planning services or to abortion. These laws do nothing to change anyone’s heart or mind, let alone the often precarious economic conditions women and families face.
Mike believes that any society that claims to be pro-life must first provide free at the point of service prenatal and postnatal healthcare to women and affordable housing for families. Mike also believes in generous incentives for adoption and increased funding for community health centers, which provide needed and lifesaving care to under served communities.
Ultimately, the role of the government should be to foster a society where abortion is rare because we’ve addressed the root causes. Passing burdensome restrictions does nothing to solve underlying problems. In a democratic society, public discussions should lead to solutions, not decades of distrust on both sides. As a pro-life progressive, Mike will work to bridge the divide between pro-life conservatives and pro-choice progressives in order to build a better society for everyone.