Category Archives: PA Law

You Are Being Heard: Vote on HB222 Postponed

Last week, we sent you an alert to inform you about a bill that would, if passed, punish women in recovery from drug addiction by withholding food from their families. In short, House Bill 222 would impose a lifetime ban … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Tell PA Lawmakers Not to Punish Women in Recovery by Withholding Food

There is a very bad bill brewing in Harrisburg and we wanted to let you know about it, and ask that you take action by urging our representatives to oppose it. In short, House Bill 222 punishes people in recovery … Continue reading

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11 “Revenge Porn” Cases in First Six Months of PA’s New Law

A law criminalizing a type of digital harassment known as “revenge porn,” an initiative of the Agenda for Women’s Health, passed into law last year. A new analysis by The Tribune-Review reveals that in the first six months the law … Continue reading

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Women’s Law Project Heads to the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit

As a non-profit Pennsylvania-based organization dedicated to advancing the legal status of women and girls, we are, of course, heading up to Harrisburg for the Progressive Summit today. These are a few of the panels that you will not want … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion Access, Economic Justice, Gender Discrimination, Medicaid, PA Law, PA Legislature, Pennsylvania, pregnancy discrimination, Title IX, Women's health, Women's Law Project, WomenVote PA

Pennsylvania Should Adopt A Law to Protect Women in Midlife From Employment Discrimination Based on Caregiving Responsibilities

By Caroline Buck, WLP Law Intern and Tara Murtha, WLP Staff Women moving into the workforce has been one of the most important economic trends in the last 30 years. In April, the Center for American Progress issued a report … Continue reading

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ALERT: ATHLETIC EQUITY REPORTING LAW UNDER ATTACK IN HARRISBURG!

Just last week, the first annual athletic gender equity reports were due from public secondary schools under a new state law that passed on June 30, 2012.  The Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Act (or Act 82 Article XVI-C) requires … Continue reading

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Title IX Advocates Await Release of New Athletic Gender Equity Reports

Attorneys from the Women’s Law Project announced that the first annual athletic gender equity reports from public high schools, junior highs and middle schools are due today under a new state law that passed on June 30, 2012. The Equity … Continue reading

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UPDATE RE: H.B. 2718 Would Penalize Women on TANF for Having Children Unless They Are Survivors of “Legitimate” Rape

UPDATE (10/26/12):  Within three days of the publication of this blog post, three of the six house sponsors of H.B. 2718 have removed their names from the sponsorship of the bill.  The prime sponsor, Rep. RoseMarie Swanger, defended the bill … Continue reading

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U.S Department of Justice Launches Investigation into PA Voter ID Law

Nikki Ditto, WLP Intern The U.S Department of Justice has begun a formal investigation on the legality of Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID Law, which was passed in March of this year. The law, which we have blogged about before, stipulates … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Voter I.D. Law Disproportionately Impacts Women as Election Draws Near

Molly Cohen, WLP Intern When Pennsylvania passed a law earlier this year imposing a voter ID requirement on voting in every election and narrowing the list of acceptable forms of ID, critics quickly pointed out that the law targets specific … Continue reading

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