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Media Advisory: Third Community Conversation about Women’s Health is Thurs., July 20 in Millvale, PA

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Millvale, PA – The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health will host the third event in a series of statewide public conversations around a broad range of women’s health issues on July 20th in Millvale, PA.

Community Conversations on Women’s Health is 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 healthcare 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 healthcare.

The Community Conversation – Millvale will take place on July 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Millvale Community Center (416 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209).

When women succeed, so do families and whole communities.  This is the primary theme of the Millvale event, which will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health in collaboration with Pittsburg United.  Community residents from Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg will have the opportunity to learn from medical, legal, and policy experts; access local resources; and most importantly share their experiences and stories including the challenges they face trying to lead healthy lives and deciding if, when, and how to raise a family in Pennsylvania.

Register to attend here.

Additional Conversations will follow, each with a main theme reflecting the foremost concerns of the community, at locations all over the state. Visit www.pa4womenshealth.org for more information about upcoming Community Conversations.

The Community Conversations are an initiative of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. Founded in 2013, the Pennsylvania Campaign for Health is a collaboration of more than 55 local, state and national organizations calling for evidence-based policies to support and protect equal access to affordable reproductive healthcare 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.

Media are invited to attend in person to listen and learn, or follow along online at @WomensLawPGH and @PPAdvocatesPA or using #PA4WomensHealth #Millvale.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, like us at www.facebook.com/PA4WomensHealth and www.pa4womenshealth.prg.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Susan Frietsche of Women’s Law Project at sfrietsche@womenslawproject.org and 412-281-2892, or Jessica Semler of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania at jsemler@ppwp.org or 412-779-5704.

Media Advisory: Next Community Conversation about Women’s Health is Wednesday, July 19 in Carlisle, PA

PA-Campaign-blue-logoCarlisle, PA — A statewide series of public conversations about a broad range of women’s health issues continues this coming week with an event hosted in the expansive gymnasium at YWCA Carlisle located at 301 G Street, Carlisle, 17013. Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. 

Women’s Health: A Community Conversation will take place Thursday, July 19th at 6:00 PM at YWCA Carlisle. Dr. Chavone Momon-Nelson, with Carlisle Obstetrics and Gynecology, will facilitate the discussion.  Residents of Cumberland County and the Capital Region are invited to attend this free event and share their thoughts, feelings, concerns and opinions about the status of women’s health care in the Commonwealth.  Preventive care, maternity coverage, and contraceptive care are the primary themes of the evening, co-hosted by YWCA Carlisle, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, AAUW Chapter of Carlisle and Cumberland Valley Rising. Register to attend here.

Community Conversations on Women’s Health is 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 poised to restrict access to reproductive healthcare while actively neglecting policy proposals that would improve women’s health and economic security; 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 healthcare.

The Community Conversations are an initiative of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. Founded in 2013, the PA Campaign for Health is a collaboration of more than 55 local, state and national organizations calling for evidence-based policies to support and protect equal access to affordable reproductive healthcare 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.  At the Community Conversations, locals will share their experiences, and the challenges they face trying to lead healthy lives and deciding if, when, and how to raise a family in Pennsylvania.

Local lawmakers and media are invited to attend in person to listen and learn, or follow along online at @PPAdvocatesPA  and #PA4WomensHealth #Carlisle.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, like us at www.facebook.com/PA4WomensHealth and www.pa4womenshealth.prg.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lindsey Mauldin of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania at Lindsey.mauildin@pppamail.org and 717-321-5409, or Robin Scaer of YWCA Carlisle at RScaer@ywcacarlisle.org and 717-243-3818.

 

Media Advisory: “Pennsylvania Community Conversations on Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Women’s Health” Kicks Off in Erie, PA

PA-Campaign-blue-logoPennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health Launches Statewide Series of Public Conversations about Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Women’s Health

Pennsylvania – A statewide series of public conversations about a broad range of women’s health issues kicks off this week with an inaugural event in Erie.

Community Conversations on Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Women’s Health is 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 healthcare 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 healthcare.

The Community Conversation – Erie will take place Thursday, June 15 at 6:30PM at the Keystone Progress Erie office at the Radius Co-work Classroom in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Healthcare Access is the primary theme of the Erie event, which will be co-hosted by Keystone Progress Education Fund and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. Register to attend here.

Additional Conversations will follow, each with a main theme reflecting the foremost concerns of the community, at locations all over the state including Millvale (Allegheny County), Carlisle (Cumberland County), and Centre County.

The Community Conversations are an initiative of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. Founded in 2013, the PA Campaign for Health is a collaboration of more than 55 local, state and national organizations calling for evidence-based policies to support and protect equal access to affordable reproductive healthcare 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.

At the Community Conversations, locals will share their experiences, and the challenges they face trying to lead healthy lives and deciding if, when, and how to raise a family in Pennsylvania.

Local lawmakers and media are invited to attend in person to listen and learn, or follow along online at @KeystoneProgres and @PPWPA and #PA4WomensHealth #Erie.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, like us at www.facebook.com/PA4WomensHealth and www.pa4womenshealth.prg.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Tara Murtha of the Women’s Law Project at tmurtha@womenslawproject.org or 215-928-5762, or Dan Doubet of Keystone Progress at dan@keystoneprogress.org or 646-675-5939.

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Under a Regressive Federal Agenda, State Protections are More Important Than Ever

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Fighting for state and local protections is more important than ever, given the regressive federal agenda. In these times, we have to think globally, and resist locally.

When the phrase “women’s health” is uttered in the halls of the Capitol in Harrisburg, it is often simply code for yet another abortion ban. Currently, Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to pass Senate Bill 3, one of the most severe abortion restrictions in the country.

Meanwhile, women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania ranks among the worst in the country.

Pennsylvania has 1,237 pages of abortion-related regulations, and yet in Philadelphia, pregnancy-related mortality has more than doubled from the 1980s to the 2000s. Across the state and across the country, black women are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women due to a constellation of factors.

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Working women in Pennsylvania lack basic protections. Our equal pay law is so broken that experts estimate that without corrective policy intervention, Pennsylvania women will not earn equal pay until 2072. Pennsylvania lawmakers in the Women’s Health Caucus are working on bills to close the loopholes. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania lawmakers not in the Women’s Health Caucus are trying to fool Pennsylvanians by floating a fake fix.

In Pennsylvania, some pregnant workers are still fired for asking for a glass of water at work.

Women working at small businesses have less protection against sexual harassment than employees of bigger companies. As reports of targeted harassment of abortion providers are rising, right-wing groups are trying to knock down buffer zone in Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health was founded to advocate for solutions to these problems. The Campaign is a growing collaboration of more than 55 local, state and national organizations working together to improve women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania by calling for evidence-based policies that promote equal access to reproductive healthcare and workplace equality.

To be sure, we have pro-choice, pro-evidence champions for women’s health in the state Legislature, and we will do everything in our power to preserve and protect the rights we have already have while forging ahead closer to legal equality for women, despite the opposition.

Keep up with our progress easily by liking the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health on Facebook, where we’ll post updates on our progress and calls to action.

Webinar Invite: Advocating for Breastfeeding Workers in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, many moms are forced to choose between breastfeeding babies and earning a paycheck when their employers prevent them from expressing milk in the workplace.

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It is a basic biological fact that a woman who recently gave birth simply can’t go without expressing breast milk eight hours, five days a week, or perform even longer shift work, and still maintain her milk supply. Medical experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months and up to a year, if it is mutually desired by mother and baby.

The webinar will be hosted by the Women’s Law Project on Monday, August 22 at 3 PM.

Nevertheless, Pennsylvania has failed to enact statewide workplace protections that would enable more new mothers to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Perhaps this speaks to the priorities of a General Assembly that is 82% male.

We invite you to learn more about this women’s health problem in Pennsylvania and the proposed legislative solution, the Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act. The Act, HB1100, would help women not covered by the Affordable Care Act and require their employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, sanitary space to express breast milk. The bill has been stalled in the legislature since May, 2015.

The Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act is supported by the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, a collaboration of more than 50 local, state and national organizations working together to call for common-sense policy solutions to real problems faced by Pennsylvania families.

This webinar is free, but you must RSVP.

 

On the webinar, we will discuss:

  • Health benefits of breastfeeding & challenges new mothers face while trying to maintain a milk supply after returning to work
  • Current rights of employees who express milk in the workplace & the need for better legal protections in Pennsylvania
  • How this issue fits into the PA Campaign for Women’s Health
  • How you can support this campaign to improve the health & economic status of women in Pennsylvania

 

Who should attend?

  • Pennsylvania residents
  • Advocates for workplace equality for women
  • Breastfeeding advocates
  • Legislators
  • Anyone interested in the rights of nursing workers
  • Anyone interested in learning how to improve women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania

 

The webinar will be hosted by:

  • Amal Bass, Esq, Women’s Law Project
  • Katja Pigur, M.Ed, CLC, Maternity Care Coalition
  • Rosemarie Halt, R.Ph, MPH, Maternity Care Coalition
  • Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Join the webinar to learn how to help working women in Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health and to keep up with opportunities to advocate for women and girls in Pennsylvania, check out our website, like us on Facebook, and sign up for email updates.

Welcome to the PA Campaign for Women’s Health

When the phrase “women’s health” is uttered in the halls of the Capitol in Harrisburg, it is often simply code for yet another abortion ban. Meanwhile, women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania ranks among the worst in the country.

Pennsylvania has 1,237 pages of abortion regulations, and yet in Philadelphia, pregnancy-related mortality has more than doubled from the 1980s to the 2000s. Across the state and across the country, black women are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women due to a constellation of factors.

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Working women in Pennsylvania lack basic protections. Our equal pay law is so broken that experts estimate that without corrective policy intervention, Pennsylvania women will not earn equal pay until 2072. Some pregnant workers are still fired for asking for a glass of water at work. Women working at small businesses have less protection against sexual harassment than employees of bigger companies. As reports of targeted harassment of abortion providers are rising, right-wing groups are trying to knock down buffer zone in Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health was founded to advocate for solutions to these problems. The Campaign is a growing collaboration of more than 50 local, state and national organizations working together to improve women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania by calling for evidence-based policies that promote equal access to reproductive healthcare and workplace equality.

We are already building on success, with public hearings on issues that have been neglected for decades, such as equal pay.

Keep up with our progress easily by liking the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health on Facebook, where we’ll post updates on our progress and calls to action.

Calling on PA Lawmakers to Close Gaps in Equal Pay Law

Pennsylvania’s equal pay law has too many gaps and is too weak to be effective.

While gender wage gaps persist across the country, Pennsylvania women are worse off than the national average. Without simple corrective policies that close gaps in current equal pay law, American women, on average, will not achieve equal pay until 2058.

Pennsylvania women, however, are not on track to earn equal pay until the year 2072.

April 12 symbolizes how far into this year women must work on average to earn what white non-Hispanic men earned in the previous year. To mark this unfortunate occasion, advocates from across the state of Pennsylvania are heading to the Capitol in Harrisburg to call for equal pay for equal work.

“The pay gap is not a myth, it’s math,” says Dot McLane, President of the American Association of University Women of Pennsylvania. “As AAUW’s research has shown, women of every race and ethnicity experience a gender pay gap, beginning even one year after college graduation.”

Pennsylvania recently held the first public hearings on the subject of equal pay in more than 50 years after several bills to close the gaps in current law were introduced. Unfortunately, despite abundant evidence of the gender wage gap discussed during those hearings, the bills (HB 1160 – Sims/Davis and SB 303 – Teplitz/Williams) have been left to die of neglect in Committee. The current law has not been updated since 1967, when it was amended to reduce the number of Pennsylvanians to whom it applied.

“It’s time for a stronger equal pay law,” said Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia). “Pennsylvania women are paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Equal work deserves equal pay. Anything less is unacceptable.”

Sen. Rob Teplitz, (D-Dauphin/Perry), said, “Wage inequality and pay secrecy are not only a detriment to working women, but to families. Women make up half of our workforce, and many Pennsylvania households are headed by women, so improvements to the pay equity law not only impact women, but their families as well.”

We have the information we need to correct this problem, but where is the political will?

Pennsylvania’s current equal pay law is too weak to be effective.  Yet, the Pennsylvania Legislature has so far refused to bring any corrective bills out of committee for a floor vote–while also refusing to move bills that would raise the minimum wage, a bill that would prevent pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and another that would help ensure nursing workers have a private, sanitary space to express breast milk.

“House Bill 1160, the equal-pay legislation, should be at the forefront of everyone’s legislative efforts,” said Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks). “It is unacceptable that the effort to provide economic opportunity and equality is allowed to wallow in committee for almost 11 months. Let’s get House Bill 1160 out of committee and to votes before the House and Senate.”

By refusing to support working women, the Pennsylvania Legislature is refusing to enable women to support their families.

These bills are also supported by the PA Campaign for Women’s Health, a growing coalition of more than 50 local, state and national organizations calling for real solutions to real problems faced by Pennsylvania women.

For more information, go to aauw-pa.aauw.net and www.pa4womenshealth.org. Contact Toni Hoffman at aauwpapp1@gmail.com and Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject.org.

 

 

Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health Statement on Governor Wolf’s Executive Order on Minimum Wage

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order ensuring a minimum wage of $10.15 an hour for all employees under his jurisdiction and employees of Pennsylvania state government contractors.

“While we applaud this executive order, it underscores the need to raise the minimum wage for all Pennsylvania workers,” said Tara Murtha, Communications Chair of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health and Associate Director of Strategic Communications at the Women’s Law Project. “We are one of only two states in the Northeast with a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, the lowest hourly wage permitted by federal law.”

In addition to signing the executive order, Governor Tom Wolf also called upon legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvania workers.

Forty percent of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family. In Pennsylvania, women are nearly three-quarters of minimum wage workers—a higher share than all but two other states.

This means that minimum-wage workers in Pennsylvania—mostly women—cannot support themselves and their families, even while working full-time, year-round jobs. A Pennsylvania woman working full time at minimum wage earns just $14,500 annually, more than $4,500 below the official U.S. poverty line for a mother with two children.

“It’s a great step for Governor Wolf to raise the wages of state workers, but there’s still much work to be done… Raising the state minimum wage to $10.15 would give a raise to over 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers,” said Amy Fetherolf, Communications Director for Pennsylvania Working Families. “Pennsylvania’s workers and its economy are being left behind, as 29 other states have raised their minimum wage above the $7.25 federal level.”

Pennsylvania Working Families is a member of the PA Campaign for Women’s Health, a coalition of more than 50 organizations calling for common-sense policy solutions to real problems faced by real families.

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health and Raise the Wage PA support proposed legislation that would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour, raise the tipped minimum wage to at least 70 percent of the minimum wage, index these wages to keep up with inflation, and increase penalties for employers who fail to pay workers the wages they are due.

Leadership members of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health include AccessMatters, Keystone Progress Education Fund, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice (NVP), New Voices Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Philadelphia Women’s Center and the Women’s Law Project.

For more information about how the minimum wage affects working women and families in Pennsylvania, see this fact sheet.

To request an interview, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, visit www.pa4womenshealth.org.

 

 

 

PA Campaign for Women’s Health Supports New Effort to Prevent Abortion Clinic Violence & Harassment

Last November, three people were murdered and nine more injured when a man went on a shooting rampage at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. The attack happened amid a sharp increase in threats and violence against abortion providers across the country—including here in Pennsylvania.

“The burden of public safety should not be carried by reproductive healthcare workers alone,” said Amanda Kifferly, Director of Patient Advocacy for The Women’s Centers. “We support legislation that unites the healthcare community with lawmakers and safety officials to criminalize violent acts against doctors, healthcare staff, and patients seeking care at our Centers.”

Pennsylvania abortion providers have been subjected to death threats, obstructive clinic protests, fake anthrax attacks, bomb threats, arson, vandalism, targeted harassment at home and at church, internet stalking, and assault. Counting the tragedy in Colorado Springs, there have been 11 murders and 28 attempted murders in attacks targeting reproductive health care providers in the US and Canada.

Pennsylvania Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) has taken steps to address this crisis by introducing  Senate Bill 1105, which would provide freedom of access to reproductive health care facilities. “My new proposal makes it clear that people who try to intimidate or hurt women entering a reproductive health care clinic will be punished, ordered to pay a hefty fine, and spend a lot of time in jail,” said Sen. Farnese, who has worked as a volunteer clinic escort.

Modeled on federal legislation, SB 1105 provides for safe access to reproductive health care facilities, prohibits harassment and intimidation of patients and clinic staff, and combats vandalism and deliberate obstruction of clinic entrances.

“In light of the violence, arsons, threats, and terrorism against abortion providers and patients over the past several months, this bill is needed now more than ever,” said David S. Cohen, professor at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University and co-author of Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.

Senate Bill 1105 is part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a package of bills supported by members of the Women’s Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania Legislature, a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on addressing the state’s appalling record on women’s health by promoting evidence-based health policy, eliminating workplace discrimination, and other initiatives aimed at advancing women’s health and well-being.

The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, a group of more than 50 local, state and national organizations calling for evidence-based state policies that support women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania, enthusiastically supports this new effort to address the troubling rise in anti-abortion violence and harassment.

“This policy is based on the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which is a pretty straightforward concept,” says Tara Murtha, Communications Chair of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. “Threatening doctors, harassing patients, physically blocking strangers, and vandalizing buildings isn’t acceptable just because the harasser personally disapproves of whatever presumptions they’ve made about their target.”

On Wednesday, January 20 at 10AM, Senator Larry Farnese will participate in a Twitter Townhall Q&A about clinic violence and harassment and SB 1105. Additional participants include David S. Cohen, representatives of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, the Philadelphia Women’s Centers, and the Women’s Law Project, and other members of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. More details will be available early next week.

Leadership members of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health include the Women’s Law Project, Keystone Progress Education Fund, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Associates, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice (NVP), New Voices Philadelphia, AccessMatters, Philadelphia Women’s Center, and the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

To request more information or to request an interview, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject. To learn more about the PA Campaign for Women’s Health, visit www.pa4womenshealth.org.

 

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PA Renews Effort to Keep Politics out of Healthcare

PA Campaign for Women’s Health Agrees Doctors Shouldn’t Be Forced to Lie to Patients

PENNSYLVANIA – Across the country, politicians have been quietly passing laws and regulations that either coerce doctors to mislead their patients—and in some cases, outright lie—or alternatively, gag them from having truthful conversations about their patient’s health. Politicians have even used legislation to coerce doctors into performing medically-unnecessary procedures—such as is the case with bills that mandate transvaginal ultrasounds before performing an abortion.

The 2014 report “Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women’s Health Care” by the National Partnership for Women & Families revealed that at least 33 states have passed these government medical interference laws in recent years. With today’s re-introduction of the Patient Trust Act by Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, Pennsylvania has the opportunity to lead the country by stating unequivocally that politicians should stay out of exam rooms.

“Doctors aren’t dummies. They don’t go to school for all those years so they can be forced to provide medically inaccurate information, or perform gratuitous procedures in order to satisfy a politicians’ desire to control the medical decisions of private citizens,” said Tara Murtha, Communications Chair of the PA Campaign for Women’s Health, a diverse statewide advocacy campaign of more than 40 organizations across the state supporting the legislative Agenda for Women’s Health and the values and issues it is centered around.

As an example of government interference in medical advice in Pennsylvania, Frankel points to Act 13 of 2012, legislation that many fear will limit the ability of health care providers to discuss the potential harm of chemicals involved in natural gas fracking with their patients.

Another example is a Florida law, heavily lobbied for by the NRA, which prohibits a doctor from asking a patient about access to guns in the home, despite the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics considers a doctor asking this type of question as a best practice for protecting children from risk of accidental gunfire in the home when firearms are improperly stored.

Five states have passed laws requiring providers give patients information unsupported by scientific data about a supposed link between abortion and breast cancer, although the American Cancer Society has repeatedly stated that there is no such link.

“Patients trust that their doctor is telling them the truth, the whole truth, and that their health is the doctor’s primary concern. We should protect that trust,” said Frankel, who co-chairs the Women’s Health Caucus.” Patients shouldn’t worry that they are on the receiving end of a political agenda when they go to the doctor.”

House Bill 1105, known as the Patient Trust Act, is a primary focus of the General Assembly’s Women’s Health Caucus, which formed with the goal of turning around the state’s appalling record on women’s health by promoting evidence-based health policy, eliminating workplace discrimination, and other initiatives aimed at advancing women’s health.

The PA Campaign for Women’s Health includes more than 40 organizations. Members of the Campaign include the Women’s Law Project, Keystone Progress Education Fund, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Associates, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice (NVP), New Voices Philadelphia, AccessMatters, Philadelphia Women’s Center, and the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

The Patient Trust Act is also supported by the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Pennsylvania Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, CeaseFire PA, Penn Environment, Healthcare for All-Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

For more information, contact:

John Neurohr, 724-903-0077, john@keystoneprogress.org

Tara Murtha, 215-928-5762, tmurtha@womenslawproject.org

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