Monthly Archives: April 2009

Pittsburgh Equal Pay Day Rally: April 28, Noon

The following is a guest post from the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania. What does it take for a girl to earn a buck around here? About 483 days. Sure, there are only 365 days in the year, … Continue reading

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Widespread Support for Nurse Home-Visitation Program

President Obama has proposed a nurse home-visitation program for low-income women who are either pregnant or have recently given birth which aims to provide a cost-effective way to improve the health and well-being of first-time parents and their children. The … Continue reading

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Same-sex Marriage in New York

Civil rights activists are hopeful as New York Governor David Paterson introduced a piece of legislation last week to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. Former Governor Eliot Spitzer introduced the same legislation in 2007, which passed in the state … Continue reading

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LGBT youth and harassment

Friday was the National Day of Silence, when LGBT students and their allies call attention to the harassment and bullying that LGBT students experience simply because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Some students remain completely silent all day … Continue reading

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Abortion Legislation in Spain

New legislation being drafted in Spain would legalize abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy and also allow women ages 16 and older to have the procedure without parental consent. The law would also permit abortions in the first … Continue reading

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Republican House Bill Would Block U.N. Treaty on Children’s Rights

Representative Pete Hoekstra recently introduced a bill that would amend the U.S. Constitution to permanently “enshrine” a set of parents’ rights into American society. The bill, which has 70 Republican co-sponsors (along with Rep. Hoekstra, who is also a Republican), … Continue reading

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Our Broken Healthcare System

Kate Michelman, former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, recently published an article in The Nation detailing her horrifying, yet all too common, experience with our country’s healthcare system. After her daughter was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident and her … Continue reading

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