Protecting Women

Congresswoman Porter believes that every American should have the freedom to control their own body—which is necessary for economic security.

Reproductive health care decisions are personal and should be made by patients, in consultation with their doctors, loved ones, and faith leaders, and without interference from politicians. Congresswoman Porter is working to protect and expand access to reproductive health care. This year, she helped introduce the Access to Birth Control Act to protect patients seeking birth control at the pharmacy.  She was proud to help pass the Women's Health Protection Act in the House, which would codify Roe v. Wade and protect Americans who decide to seek abortions. 

Congresswoman Porter joined her colleagues to urge the Biden Administration to reverse the Trump Administration's harmful changes to the Title X family planning program. These rules withheld federal resources from health care clinics providing abortion referrals and services, and they were reversed by the Biden Administration following Congresswoman Porter’s advocacy.

Congresswoman Porter is also a proud cosponsor of multiple bills that would promote reproductive health care, including:

  • Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, which would repeal the Helms Amendment that bans the use of U.S. foreign assistance to fund abortion care abroad;

  • Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which would repeal the Hyde Amendment that prevents women who receive health care through federal government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Health Administration from getting abortions;

  • Support UNFPA Funding Act, which would restore the United States' financial commitment to the United Nations Population Fund, the lead UN agency providing reproductive and sexual health care around the world; and

  • Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently ban the global gag rule that the Trump Administration used to prohibit international health organizations from receiving U.S. assistance if they offered information about or provided abortion care. 

Congresswoman Porter has consistently stood up for survivors of domestic violence. She has been a leading voice advocating for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and was proud to vote for its passage. Her proposal to recognize economic abuse as a form of domestic violence in VAWA received bipartisan support.

Congresswoman Porter fought for an amendment to gun violence prevention legislation that would require a report on the effect of firearm possession in domestic violence incidents. She also secured bipartisan support for a program to assist victims of domestic violence to safely shelter their pets when they leave their abusers. Additionally, Congresswoman Porter held a roundtable to hear from advocates, law enforcement officials, and health care providers in Orange County about the resources, opportunities, and challenges facing those caring for survivors of domestic violence.

Understanding the devastation that domestic violence can have on children, Congresswoman Porter also supported additional resources for Court Appointed Special Advocates. This important program recruits and trains volunteers to advocate on behalf of child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in courtrooms and other settings. At the start of President Biden’s term, Congresswoman Porter joined a letter urging him to create a position of Special Advisor on Sexual Violence to strengthen the federal government’s response to sexual violence and reaffirm support for survivors.