Women’s Rights and Health

Jeff is committed to protecting the health, rights, and liberties of all women. Throughout his career, Jeff has fought for equal pay, working to restore the balance of power between workers and employees by providing legal protections to women who face pay discrimination. He believes that millions of hardworking American women should have the ability to properly care for themselves and their families, without worrying about their economic security. Jeff also led the successful fight that created the first set of national rights for new mothers who want to continue to breastfeed after returning to work, and he continues to push to expand those rights.

Jeff has fought to protect a woman’s constitutional right to the full scope of comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, and will continue to stand up against efforts that would allow the government to make personal health care decisions for a woman and her family. He has worked to create a society that is safe for women—one that is free of violence and harassment—and continues to speak out against those who use their positions of power to victimize individuals and silence women.


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), joined by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), introduced on Wednesday the Choose Medicare Act

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Breastfeeding Protections at Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), joined by Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Al Franken (D-MN), announced the introduction of the Supporting Working Moms

Merkley, Bonamici Announce D.C. Arrival of “I Am Not Invisible:” Oregon Exhibit Featuring Women Veterans on Display in U.S. Capitol This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) today announced that “I Am Not Invisible”—a powerful exhibit featuring the stories and contributions of Oregon’s women veterans—has arrived in Washington, D.C. and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol through October 26th. Merkley and Bonamici helped bring

Merkley Statement on New Health Care CBO Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis of the latest Republican health care bill: “Even though Republicans tried to rush the CBO so that they wouldn’t be able to give the full details on this diabolical