For too long, Pennsylvania politicians addressing “women’s health” in Pennsylvania used the phrase a code for restricting access to abortion. As a result, the status of women in Pennsylvania is abysmal. In national rankings, we routinely earn disastrous grades for women’s health, economic security and employment. Most recently, a national analysis conducted the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ranked Pennsylvania 31st for women’s health & well-being, 31st for reproductive rights, and 23rd for employment & earnings.
The United States ranks dead last in the developed world–50th–in maternal mortality, and Pennsylvania is in the bottom half among states. On average, pregnant women and newborns in Philadelphia fare worse than in the rest of the state and country. Maternal and infant mortality is severely stratified by race: African American women are three times as likely as white women to die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
While alarming, these statistics shouldn’t be surprising: Studies show the number of abortion restrictions is directly correlated with poor women’s health and higher risk of maternal death.
This is a preventable crisis.
That’s why we formed the Campaign for Women’s Health.
The Campaign for Women’s Health is a coalition of organizations and individuals calling for an end to ideological politics trumping common-sense policy solutions in Pennsylvania. We support the Agenda for Women’s Health, a bold, pro-choice, legislative package of state bills sponsored and supported by the Women’s Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania Legislature, a bipartisan, pro-choice group of lawmakers committed to promoting evidence-based policy solutions to real problems faced by Pennsylvania women and families.
Interested in learning more or joining the Campaign?
Contact us at PA4WomensHealth@gmail.com