Raja is a longtime, consistent supporter of a woman’s right to choose. As the husband of a physician, Raja believes that women have the right to make their own healthcare decisions in consultation with their doctors and without the interference of politicians.
During his time in Congress, Raja has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that protect women’s access to abortion services, including H.R.771, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017. This bill mandates the federal government to ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) while prohibiting the government from restricting access or funding for abortion care. Raja has also co-sponsored H.R.1322, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2017, which prohibits any government from imposing medically unnecessary tests and procedures on patients, imposing burdensome regulations on medical facilities, or creating barriers to abortion care access that can be detrimental to the healthcare of women everywhere. These bills would ensure that women would not be restricted from access to abortion coverage because of their economic disposition, geographic location, or reasons for seeking the procedure.
Raja is fighting on the frontline in Congress against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, which is the largest provider of health services to poor women across the country. He is fighting efforts to reduce funding for contraceptive services, including removing those benefits from coverage under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), and he is working to protect and expand U.S. efforts to improve women’s access to healthcare and contraceptive services overseas.