Legislative Package Focuses on Women’s Health

Posted on December 12, 2017

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Legislative Package Focuses on Women’s Health
Package focuses on protections in workplace, at home, at health-care facilities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 12, 2017) — Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) today endorsed the latest legislative efforts that focus on making real improvements in the health and lives of Pennsylvania women and families, including protections in the workplace, at home, and at health-care facilities statewide. The expanded Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health seeks to end the health inequities faced by women across the commonwealth.

“As a leading provider of women’s health care in Pennsylvania, we know firsthand about the unique needs that women face, and we recognize the incredible potential that all of these bills could have on the health and wellbeing of women,” said Meghan Eirkson, Director of Policy, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. “What is good for women is good for families and good for the state.”

The package of bills was unveiled today at a Capitol news conference by members of the bipartisan Women’s Health Caucus, which is spearheading the legislative push.

Measures in the agenda would provide protections of personal privacy and dignity, including strengthening protections against sexual harassment in the workplace and empowering victims of domestic violence. Other measures mirror the governor’s “It’s on Us” campaign against campus sexual violence.

The agenda also addresses issues dealing with economic fairness in the workplace by raising the minimum wage, closing Pennsylvania’s wage pay gap, ensuring paid family and medical leave for working families, ensuring reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and nursing mothers, and promoting access to affordable child care.

Making sure women have access to quality health care regardless of age or stage of life is another component of the package. That means access to the most effective family planning services, coverage for additional maternal/neo-natal health services, and support for diseases that disproportionately affect women.

Several measures from earlier phases of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, which first introduced in December 2013, have been enacted, including equitable protections for domestic violence victims (Act 200 of 2014) and the banning of intimate partner harassment (Act 115 of 2014).

For more information about the Agenda for Women’s Heath, visit http://pa4womenshealth.org/.

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In partnership with the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, the state public affairs office in Harrisburg, works to achieve maximum public, governmental and media support for reproductive health care – including family planning.

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