Women’s Rights

Omari Hardy is fighting to:

  • Protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose.
  • Promote equal rights for women.
  • Stop violence against women.

Over the last 100 years, Americans have advanced women’s equality one step at a time. In 1920, after a decades-long suffrage movement, the country ratified the 19th Amendment and granted women the right to vote. More than four decades later, in 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and banned sex-based discrimination. The very next decade, in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to choose, and the next several decades saw the Court reaffirm and build on that fundamental right. While progress has been slow, the last four or five generations of Americans have seen women’s rights advanced and the cause of equality moved forward.

But in recent years, women’s rights have come under attack. Republican lawmakers nationwide have proposed legislation to roll back the hard-won rights that have been affirmed and expanded over the last 100 years. 

Since 2016, states across the country have enacted nearly 200 restrictions on abortion. In 2019, seven states passed so-called “fetal heartbeat” bills that have the effect of banning abortions after approximately six weeks, which is before most women know that they are pregnant. In 2019, Alabama “surpassed” those seven states and enacted a near-total ban on abortion. In 2020, Florida enacted an insidiously marketed “parental consent” law. The law requires pregnant minors to get their parents’ consent before they can get an abortion, and it contains no exemptions for incest victims, sex-trafficking victims, orphans, or foster children. This year, Texas passed a law creating “abortion bounties,” or financial rewards to Texans who sue people for providing an abortion or for providing assistance to a woman who has obtained an abortion. 

Omari Hardy is running for Congress to advance the rights of women and girls. He knows that Democrats in Congress cannot sit idly by while Republican-controlled states roll back our progress in the fight for equality. As your representative, Omari will push for federal legislation to protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose. He will also work to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which deprives poor and minority women of their reproductive freedom. Finally, Omari will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and put an end to the gender wage gap that has women earning 82 cents on the dollar for the same work as men.