In 2013, she introduced a controversial bill, known as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights." On October 22nd, Members of the European Parliament sent the bill back to committee. Following only nominal changes, the bill was submitted for voting by the European Parliament for a second time on December 11. The plenary rejected it in favour of an alternative bill which emphasized national sovereignty in health matters.
She is a former Mayor of Sintra from 1994 and 2002 and teacher of literature.