On Monday—the first day of national Women’s Health Week—Pennsylvania lawmakers convened in the Capitol in Harrisburg to announce a legislative package designed to protect women’s health and promote economic prosperity.
Bills in the Agenda for Women’s Health 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 in our state. In national surveys, Pennsylvania routinely ranks disastrously low across all indicators of women’s health and economic security.
“The women’s health agenda is a proactive package of bills aimed at providing commonsense solutions to problems affecting women with families in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus.
Frankel co-chairs the caucus with Rep. Farry (R-Bucks), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), and Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks).
In response to the introduction of these bills for the 2015-2016 legislative session, advocates announced the formation of a statewide coalition to support the effort: the Campaign for Women’s Health.
Both the Agenda and the Campaign have been well-received across the state, including coverage in WHYY Newsworks, the Philadelphia Inquirer, WESA Pittsburgh, The Patriot-News and the National Partnership.
Stay tuned for updates to the bills.
For more information about the Agenda or the Campaign for Women’s Health, contact us at PA4WomensHealth@gmail.com.