Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights

I spent my childhood watching my parents – who both served terms as president of Planned Parenthood of Bucks County – fight to promote reproductive rights for women and girls here in Pennsylvania. That shaped my career, and also the man I am today. As a young lawyer, I worked for the Philadelphia Women’s Law Project on a successful challenge to Pennsylvania’s restrictive anti-choice law. Fifteen years ago, my wife, Christy, and I inherited my family’s foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to family planning and abortion rights worldwide.

Christy and I have rededicated the foundation more broadly to advancing women’s rights, fighting against harmful patriarchal practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation, promoting women’s economic empowerment through access to microenterprise loans, educating investors about the value of investing in women-run businesses, and promoting access to family planning and girls’ education — which is critical to ensuring that women have agency over their own bodies and can participate fully in society.

As your representative in Congress, I will rely on my decades of experience as a zealous advocate for the rights of women and girls to implement meaningful policy solutions that will improve the lives of women and families right here in the first district.

When we empower women and families with policies like this, we are empowering our next generation of leaders and ensuring that they have the right to self-determination in this world. This is powerfully resonant with me because of my parents’ passion and because of my own daughters.

The voters of Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District deserve a Representative who is a lifelong progressive Democrat, with decades of experience actually working for women’s rights and empowerment. As I learned in Quaker meeting, “Let your life speak.”

“You and your parents before you have been stalwart supporters of reproductive choice for decades. Plan B wouldn’t have happened without the support of the Wallace Global Fund. The reproductive choice community should be doing everything possible to support your candidacy.”

— Dr. Sharon Camp, Emily’s List Leadership Circle; formerly: President, Guttmacher Institute; Senior VP, Population Action International; Chair, International Consortium for Emergency Contraception; Chair, Family Health International; Chair, International Center for Research on Women; Founding Chair, Reproductive Health Technologies Project; President, Women’s Capital Corporation (Plan B)