FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2015
Contact: Meghan Eirkson, Campaign Chair, 717.991.0805 (Harrisburg)
Tara Murtha, Campaign Communications Director, 215.928.5767 (Philadelphia)
New Campaign Supports the PA Agenda for Women’s Health
Advocates and health care providers call for evidence-based policy solutions
The Campaign for Women’s Health is a new statewide coalition that supports the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a legislative package of bills that proposes evidence-based policy solutions to real problems faced by women and families in Pennsylvania.
Agenda bills are sponsored mainly by members of the Women’s Health Caucus, a bipartisan, pro-choice group of lawmakers from both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature committed to taking pro-active steps to improve abysmal status of women’s health and economic security in our state. In national surveys, Pennsylvania routinely ranks disastrously low across all indicators of women’s health and economic security.
Today, the Campaign for Women’s Health applauds the Women’s Health Caucus for their continued commitment to improving conditions for women in Pennsylvania with the announcement of a new wave of Agenda bills. Last session, numerous Agenda bills were introduced and three bills were passed, including a ban on intimate partner harassment (Act 115 of 2014) and a new law that protects domestic violence victims from being evicted in retaliation for calling the police for help (Act 200 of 2014).
The Agenda bills introduced at the Capitol today include reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, accommodations for nursing mothers in the workplace, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring patient trust by protecting the integrity of provider-patient communications, along with many others. In all, the Agenda includes 13 bills that promote economic fairness, family-friendly working conditions, physical health, and freedom from violence and abuse.
“In such divided times, it is heartening to see legislators coming together from across the aisle to make these improvements for women and their families a priority,” said Meghan Eirkson, Campaign Chair.
To support this effort, nearly two dozen organizations have united to form the Campaign for Women’s Health, united around the idea that it’s time to stop playing politics with women’s lives.
“For years now in Harrisburg, the phrase ‘women’s health’ has been code for restricting access to safe abortion and contraception for poor women,” says Tara Murtha, PA Campaign for Women’s Health Communications Director. “The data shows us that pretending these personal-belief politics makes for good public health policy leads to disaster.”
The Agenda and the Campaign are important first steps in changing the conversation about women’s health in Pennsylvania.
For more information about the Agenda for Women’s Health, please visit www.pa4womenshealth.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to the press contacts above.