Category Archives: Family Planning

Bad Bills Alert: Dangerous Legislation on the Horizon in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania already has several laws on the books that enable physicians and other healthcare employees to refuse to provide certain health care services they find personally objectionable. Such provisions are found within the Religious Freedom Protection Act, the Human Relations … Continue reading

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Long Road Since “Roe”

Kate Michelman, President Emeritus, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Co-Chair, WomenVote PA For me and millions of other women, inequality before the law has been the story of our lives. Most recently, advocates on both sides of the equal-pay issue seem … Continue reading

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Courts Come to Different Decisions on the ACA’s Provision Requiring Some Employers to Cover Contraception

Mary Pat Dwyer, WLP Law Intern Two federal district court judges ruled recently on claims regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision which requires that employers providing health insurance to their employees cover reproductive health services, including birth control, emergency … Continue reading

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First Amendment Does Not Give Church Leaders Right to Impose Beliefs on Women

Terry L. Fromson, Women’s Law Project Managing Attorney Advancing the church’s unrelenting pursuit of control over women’s reproductive lives, Joe Watkins’ op-ed published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on June 3 (Mandate for health services touches full religious spectrum) incorrectly labels … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania House Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Nikki Ditto and Molly Duerig, WLP Interns A bill recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, HB 2405, aims to bar state and federal funds from going to health care clinics that provide abortions. Titled the “Whole Women’s Health … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Obama Administration Ensures a Wide Range of Contraceptive Insurance Coverage, Even at Religiously-Affiliated Institutions

On January 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the final rule that will require most new health insurance plans under the Preventive Care package of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to cover … Continue reading

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Declining Rate of Reproductive Health Services Among Young Women

Data from the National Survey of Family Growth polls show an 8% decline in reproductive health services among young women from 2002 to 2008. Low-income women were shown to be the least likely to have obtained reproductive health services. Researchers … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Inflicts a Blow to Women’s Health by Continuing to Restrict Access to Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

In a disappointing and unprecedented move, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendation to lift the age restriction on Plan B One Step, a form of emergency contraception.  Plan B, … Continue reading

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