Jeanne Shaheen is a fierce advocate for women. Throughout her career, she has done whatever it takes to protect a woman’s access to a full range of health care services. As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen repealed a law making abortion a felony and signed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover birth control. In the Senate, she has worked across the aisle to bolster women’s rights and helped lead opposition to partisan efforts aimed at overturning Roe vs. Wade.
In the Senate, Jeanne authored and steered to passage the “Shaheen Amendment” to provide women in the military who are victims of rape or incest health insurance coverage for abortion, so they have the same coverage as non-military federal employees.
Jeanne Shaheen has also led opposition to President Trump’s global and domestic “Gag Rule,” which blocks federal funding for family planning programs at home and abroad if they also provide abortion. She has consistently worked across the aisle to block cuts to Planned Parenthood to protect access to birth control, cancer screenings and other critical health services. Jeanne has introduced federal legislation guaranteeing patients access to birth control at the pharmacy and will continue to push for bipartisan legislation that secures and strengthens women’s health care access.
The only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen is a fierce advocate for women and girls across the world. She wrote and passed the Women, Peace and Security Act to prioritize the inclusion of women in all matters concerning national security, including conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and she is working with the Trump administration to ensure it is implemented. Peace agreements impact everyone, and Jeanne knows with women at the table, agreements are proven to be more effective and last longer.
Jeanne has dedicated her life to making sure that women are safe and protected at home and at work. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she has protected and added the highest amount of funding ever for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs so that both communities and law enforcement are prepared and supported in their efforts to protect survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Her legislation establishing a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights was signed into law in 2016. Jeanne Shaheen has always advocated for equal pay for equal work and leads legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and make sure that any woman can hold her employer accountable for pay discrimination.