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When women succeed, we all succeed. That is why I am fighting so that women who do the same work as men earn equal pay. Taking care of a sick child or going through pregnancy should not mean having to lose out on badly needed funds. And healthcare choices should be made by women, not their employers.

I am pushing for a Women’s Economic Agenda, which would bring today's policies on minimum wage, child care and paid leave into the modern age. The fact is that today, women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar their men earn. And for women of color, this number is even lower. We must also improve access to affordable childcare. Too many women have to choose between a paycheck and making sure that their children are properly cared for.

I also believe that it’s time for the U.S. to join the 145 other countries who offer workers paid sick days. Our country is one of four countries that don't offer paid leave to new mothers. I am pushing for policies that would make paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave the standard in this country.  

Women’s Health

Nobody’s rights should be determined by their zip code, but in recent years, numerous state legislatures have taken action to impede a woman’s constitutional right to access safe, legal abortions. That is why I introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act. This bill creates federal protections against state laws that fail to protect women’s health and that intrude upon personal decision-making. It prohibits medically unwarranted restrictions that single out abortion services or the facilities that provide them.

And as Chair of the Contraception and Family Planning Task Force of the Pro Choice Caucus, I am fighting to ensure that women have access to birth control so they can decide when and where to have a child. I firmly believe we should be investing in evidenced-based public health programs like the Title X Family Planning Program and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. These programs provide comprehensive sex education, cancer and STI screenings, and access to contraception for low-income Americans. And I’m fighting to ensure a woman’s decision to access contraception is between her and her doctor, not her and her boss. 

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October 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

July 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:

June 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), alongside Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement after the Supreme Court Decision on National Institute of Family and Life Advocates vs. Becerra:

October 19, 2017 In The News

If passed, the “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” — introduced by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in the Senate, as well as Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) in t

October 19, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Four House leaders on women’s rights today introduced a bill to block recent Trump administration moves to limit women's access to birth control. Co-chairs of the Congressional Pro Choice Caucus Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY), along with Judy Chu (D-CA) and chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group Lois Frankel (D-FL), authored the Protect Access to Birth Control Act to safeguard this right for every woman in America.

May 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, an interim final Trump Administration rule that would allow any employer to be exempt from the requirement to provide health insurance that includes contraception was leaked to the public. Reps.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) sent a letter to Ivanka Trump inviting her to a meeting on women’s health issues, including access to affordable contraception.

April 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2017 marks the 100th day of President Trump’s presidency, a marker used for every President since Franklin Roosevelt. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement regarding the impact of President Trump’s first one hundred days:

March 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Judy Chu, Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Suzan DelBene, Jerrold Nadler and Katherine Clark today blasted Republicans’ latest changes to their disastrous healthcare repeal bill, which threatens the health and well-being of women and families. Under the latest version of the Republican bill, states would be allowed to kick new mothers off Medicaid if they can’t find work within 60 days of giving birth.