As a former Republican State Representative in 2011-2012, I voted for abortion restrictions. At the time, my decision-making process was rooted in ideology rather than experience. Since then, I have served in numerous positions that led me to think differently about reproductive rights. As a former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Valley Regional Hospital and a former member of the Sullivan County Public Health Network Advisory Committee, I was exposed to numerous healthcare concerns in our community. As Mayor of Claremont, I met many individuals who were navigating very complex family situations. As a result of these experiences, I have come to the following conclusions:
Government should not be involved in reproductive healthcare decisions.