*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health to Present Final Report from Statewide Series of Public Conversations about Women’s Health
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 18, 2018) — The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, along with a bipartisan group of legislators, key stakeholders and community partners, will present the findings from its series of statewide public conversations that convened discussions around a broad range of women’s health issues last year.
The final report, which will be unveiled during a Capitol news conference at noon Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Room B-31 of the Main Rotunda in Harrisburg, comes as some legislators continue their push to limit reproductive rights and access to basic health care and advance policies that affect women’s economic health and security.
The community conversations, which gave women and others a voice to talk about issues that directly affect their health and lives, were held in 10 communities, including Allentown, Bucks County, Carlisle, Delaware County, Erie, Hershey, Lancaster, Millvale, Pittsburgh and Reading. The theme of each conversation focused on the foremost concerns of the community.
WHAT: Final report detailing the findings from 10 community conversations held statewide to examine women’s health issues.
WHO: Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, key stakeholders, community partners and bipartisan legislators.
WHEN: 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23
WHERE: Room B-31 of the Main Capitol, Harrisburg
(Located in the basement directly under the Main Rotunda.)
Community Conversations on Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Women’s Health was a direct response to several factors that, combined, spell disaster for Pennsylvania families: Pennsylvania’s abysmal track record on key indicators of women’s health; a state legislature obsessed with restricting access to reproductive health care while actively neglecting policy proposals that would improve women’s health and economic security; the legislature’s refusal to hear testimony from constituents on issues that directly affect their health and lives; and a regressive federal agenda fixated on restricting access to affordable health care.
The conversations are an initiative of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. Founded in 2013, the campaign comprises more than 55 local, state and national organizations calling for evidence-based policies to support and protect equal access to affordable reproductive health care, including abortion, personal safety, and workplace equality. Specifically, the campaign supports legislation to address pregnancy discrimination, close gaps in the state’s equal pay law, provide workplace accommodations for nursing workers, protect patients and doctors from harassment, and prohibit legislatively coercing doctors to lie to patients.