Gillibrand rolls out 'Family Bill of Rights' to ease parents' financial burdens

Gillibrand rolls out 'Family Bill of Rights' to ease parents' financial burdens
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election Jon Stewart urges Congress to help veterans exposed to burn pits MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday unveiled a proposal that would codify the rights of parents in the nation's laws, including the right to affordable delivery, child care and protections for LGBTQ parents.

The 2020 Democratic presidential contender vowed to pass the "Family Bill of Rights" legislation within her first 100 days in office, should she be elected. 

The bill would protect adoption and IVF rights for all parents regardless of religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, a provision that would overturn state laws allowing such discrimination by private adoption agencies, the senator announced in a press release.

Other rights outlined in the legislation include the right to "a safe and healthy pregnancy" as well as the right "to personally care for your loved ones with paid leave, including care for your child in its infancy."

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Universal pre-K and affordable child care are also included in the wide-ranging legislation, which Gillibrand said would ensure that children across the country would have a better chance at succeeding in life.

"My new proposal, the Family Bill of Rights, will make all families stronger — regardless of who you are or what your zip code is — with a fundamental set of rights that levels the playing field starting at birth," Gillibrand said in the release.

"Passing the Family Bill of Rights will be my priority in my first 100 Days as president, and I believe it will transform American families and their ability to achieve the American Dream."

Gillibrand has been a longtime supporter of some of the proposals, such as universal paid family leave. The broad legislation makes the New York senator's proposal stand out as one of the most defined family rights proposals of any Democrat running in the 2020 primary.

The legislation would also address recent calls from black congresswomen to tackle African American infant and maternal mortality, and would encourage hospitals to adopt standardized best practices for maternity care while providing more federal resources for OB/GYN care, especially in rural areas where shortages exist.

Fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass.) recently outlined her plan to combat black maternal mortality, one of many detailed policy proposals the senator has rolled out as part of her campaign.

Universal pre-K, one of Gillibrand's proposals, is also supported by other 2020 contenders including former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who proposed such a plan as part of an education reform package earlier this year.

Gillibrand is currently polling near the bottom of the pool of two dozen Democrats running to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE. A RealClearPolitics average of recent national polls has the senator at 0.8 percent, a fraction of the 37.6 percent rating for front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE.