READ: Carlos's Op-Ed in Florida Politics on why men should stand up to protect legal access to abortion.
Fighting to Defend Reproductive Rights
Reproductive rights are under attack in the Florida legislature, and have been ever since Republicans took over as the majority party. Personal medical decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, not by politicians in Tallahassee or Washington. Carlos opposes any legislation meant to restrict a woman’s constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion.
To reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, Florida should replace abstinence-only sex education in our public schools with practical and comprehensive and inclusive curriculums. We should support women’s healthcare clinics and organizations such as Planned Parenthood that provide free or low-cost contraception to people who need it.
"When a vulnerable young woman decides to have an abortion...it should be safe, affordable, and free from punishment or judgment from ANYONE." -Carlos Guillermo Smith
Equal Rights Amendment and Equal Pay
Carlos has co-sponsored legislation to finally pass the ERA in Florida and has co-sponsored legislation to guarantee equal work for equal pay for women, who on average make $.85 for every dollar made by white men in Florida.