Sara has worked diligently to improve women’s health during her service as State Representative. She was the chief sponsor of a bill that requires coverage for breast and cervical cancer screenings and treatment for low-income women. She was also the lead sponsor of the Gender Violence Act, which would allow victims of gender-based domestic violence to sue their attackers in civil court.
Sara believes strongly in a woman’s right to choose, and fights vigorously in Springfield to protect that right. Recently, she sponsored and passed HB211, “The Contraceptive Equity Act”, which requires insurance companies to cover women’s contraception. She was also the chief sponsor of House Bill 6577, “The Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Act”, which would allow pharmacists to distribute emergency contraception (EC) to women without a prescription. EC is one of the “best kept secrets” in preventing unintended pregnancies. It is currently available in many other countries over the counter and had been determined to be safe and effective by many national and international reproductive health experts. These same experts assert that we can cut the number of abortions in half if EC is available at a pharmacy.