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The Women's Law Project creates a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, we engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.

Good News: “$1 Per Touch” Judge Will Not Preside Over Domestic Violence Hearings

In late June, a group of women’s organizations in Pittsburgh including the Women’s Law Project sent a letter to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas protesting the appointment of Senior Judge Lester Nauhaus to preside over protection from abuse … Continue reading

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A Victory of Sorts: Allegheny County Police Will Stop Criminalizing Condoms

We recently told you that Allegheny County police were abusing their authority when making prostitution arrests by adding on a “possession of instruments of crime” charge if the alleged sex worker possessed condoms. Criminalizing condoms defies public health recommendations to … Continue reading

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On Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Regarding “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

In 2015, California passed the Reproductive FACT Act, requiring licensed “crisis pregnancy centers” that provide services such as pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to post information about affordable abortion and contraception services offered by the state. The second provision required unlicensed facilities … Continue reading

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Full Opinion Issued in Boyertown Case Protecting Transgender Rights

We recently told you how thrilling it was to be at the federal courthouse to witness a landmark victory for transgender rights. In late May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that upheld a … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Fight Family Separation From Right Here in Pennsylvania

“On the afternoon of their second day in detention, two male agents entered the cell. “They didn’t say anything,” Rivera told me. “They just walked over and grabbed Jairo. It felt like my son was stuck to me. He clung … Continue reading

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More Studies on Sexual Harassment in PA are Welcome, But Shouldn’t Delay Action

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted two new resolutions to study and monitor sexual harassment in the workplace in Pennsylvania. The first resolution will establish a Task Force on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace. The taskforce will be … Continue reading

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Allegheny County Police are Arresting Sex Workers for Possessing Condoms

Pennsylvania law classifies possessing an instrument of crime as a misdemeanor. “Instrument of crime” generally refers to carrying a concealed firearm or other weapon with the intention to employ said weapon for criminal purposes. It also applies to unlawful body … Continue reading

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