Monthly Archives: May 2012

AIDS Researchers Sideline Women: An Example of Sex Bias in Drug Treatment Trials

Guest Blogger:  Elizabeth Wingfield, Former WLP Intern A recent Los Angeles Times  editorial revealed that women are underrepresented in clinical trials of ways to treat and prevent HIV infection. While men make up 75% of the U.S. population living with … Continue reading

Posted in Drug Trials, Gender Discrimination, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, People of Color, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Women's health | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Lawsuit in Federal Court Seeks to Lift the Obama Administration’s Emergency Contraception Decision

A federal district court in New York is considering “whether to force the federal government to lift the age restrictions on over-the-counter sale of emergency contraceptives.” This lawsuit, brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, alleges that the Food and … Continue reading

Posted in Contraception, Courts, Emergency Contraception, Family Planning, Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Women's health | Tagged , , , , ,

Report: Female Farm Workers Face Sexual Violence, Harassment

On May 16, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report detailing the results of interviews with over 160 farmworkers, police, attorneys, and other members of the agricultural industry about sexual violence and harassment endured by female migrant farmworkers. Women make … Continue reading

Posted in Immigrants, Sexual Assault, Sexual harassment, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Women’s Law Project Releases Through the Lens of Equality: Eliminating Sex Bias to Improve the Health of Pennsylvania’s Women

The Women’s Law Project (WLP) released today a major report, Through the Lens of Equality: Eliminating Sex Bias to Improve the Health of Pennsylvania’s Women, linking sex bias to adverse health outcomes in women.   The release of this report coincides … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic violence, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Equality, Family Planning, Family Violence, Gender Discrimination, Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Assault, Sexual harassment, Violence Against Women, Women's health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Pennsylvania General Assembly Should Hold Public Hearings on SB 1063 and HB 1957 to Insure Motherhood

Pennsylvania’s women deserve to have maternity coverage in their health insurance.  Individual health insurance policies often do not cover maternity care, leaving many women at risk of having inadequate or no insurance when they become pregnant.  Furthermore, pregnant women applying … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Health insurance, Maternity Coverage, Pregnancy, Reproductive Rights, Women's health | Tagged , , , ,

Urge Your Representative in Congress to Oppose H.R. 4970 to Protect the Safety of Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

As Congress debates the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), domestic and sexual violence victims are in danger of losing important protections under the law.   Unlike previous reauthorizations of VAWA, a law originally passed in 1994 and reauthorized … Continue reading

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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Offers Hope for Women in the Workplace, If Congress Passes It

“Tina,” who is pregnant and works as a health aide in a nursing home, is told by her doctor that she should not lift more than 35 pounds.  Her job description requires lifting 40 pounds regularly, but lighter duty jobs, … Continue reading

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Plaintiffs Challenge the Constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s New Voter ID Law

On May 1, 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), the Advancement Project, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter, LLP, filed a lawsuit challenging the new voter ID law in … Continue reading

Posted in PA Law, Voting rights | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments