The struggle for equal rights and protection under the law is far from over, particularly for LGBTQ+ women in Contra Costa County, California. Despite the fact that all adopted children in the state are entitled to fair and equal access to services, there are still no federal laws that protect individuals from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is why Congressman Eric Swalwell (Democrat from California) voted in favor of the passage of the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill that guarantees the right of patients to access abortion services and the right of abortion providers, without dangerous and unnecessary restrictions from a medical point of view. In all 50 states, men and women can marry the person they love and share their lives together, with all the benefits that come with marriage.
The Women's Health Protection Act would modify existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds. This expanded language requires that LGBTQ+ Americans' contributions to California and the United States be included. The Women's Health Protection Act would also eliminate the decision in Roe v. Wade, which undermines the constitutional right to privacy and deprives women of the right to make intimate and personal health decisions. It would create a legal right for healthcare providers to provide abortion services and the corresponding right for their patients to receive that care, without medically unnecessary restrictions such as mandatory waiting periods, biased counseling, two-trip requirements, and mandatory ultrasound scans. Congressman Swalwell was honored to have been chosen for the Judiciary Committee, which oversees issues related to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative agencies and law enforcement agencies.
He believes that everyone should have access to fair and equal treatment under the law regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The California Foster Care Non-Discrimination Act (AB 458) is an important step towards protecting LGBTQ+ women's rights in Contra Costa County. This act ensures that all adopted children in California have access to fair and equal services. However, there is still much work left to be done in order to guarantee that everyone is treated equally under the law.