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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.

 

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.

Religious Support for the PA Agenda for Women’s Health

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Our faith-based group, the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network, is proud to have been one of two faith-based groups invited to the May 11 press conference in Harrisburg where the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health was presented to the General Assembly.

As Unitarian Universalists we support the inherent worth and dignity of every person. And we understand that women in Pennsylvania do not always have access to healthy conditions or fairness in the workplace. Therefore, the package of more than 13 bills contained in this agenda are critical for both promoting healthy families and contributing to Pennsylvania’s overall economic strength.

We feel it is vital that liberal religious voices support the bipartisan effort behind the PA Agenda for Women’s Health so that our legislators can continue moving Pennsylvania forward.

LIZ PERKINS
Squirrel Hill

The writer is co-chair, Reproductive Justice Team, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network.