Category Archives: PA Legislature

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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Report: Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in PA

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff As the Pennsylvania Legislature considers bills to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10, a new report breaks down the big-picture and local benefits of hiking the minimum wage. Currently, minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25, … 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

Special November-December Wrap Up!

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff Welcome to a special end-of-the-year, double-month wrap-up. It’s been a bit, but hmm, what happened in November? Oh, right: Pennsylvanians broke from a sixty-year state history and national trend to elect a new governor into … Continue reading

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October Roundup

B y Tara Murtha, WLP Staff With a new Governor coming to Harrisburg, we have a lot of work to do to get ready for the next legislative session. In the meantime, let’s get up to speed on what went … Continue reading

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Victory: Bill to Protect DV Victims from Eviction Heads to Governor’s Desk

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff We asked for your help, you gave it. We heard about all the phone calls and emails. Now, together, we achieved a huge victory for the rights of domestic violence survivors in Pennsylvania, who can … Continue reading

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Tell Your Senators NO to Hijacking a Domestic Violence Bill with Gun Amendment

This just keeps getting worse and worse, and we need your help. The Pennsylvania Senate convenes this morning at 10:00AM for the last day of the legislative session. While we hoped that PA legislators would finally pass a common-sense bill … Continue reading

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September, We Hardly Knew Ye

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff First, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tara Murtha, and I’m the newest member of the Women’s Law Project team. I’ll be working on strategic communications, which includes corresponding with you, our … Continue reading

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Family Caps are Still Considered Birth Control in Pennsylvania

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff The U.S. Census Bureau’s new report on family income reveals that 14.5 percent of all Americans, 45.3 million people, live in poverty. That’s two percentage points higher than 2007, before the recession. Pennsylvania is no … Continue reading

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Doctors Aren’t Dummies: Support the Patient Trust Act

By Kate Michelman, WomenVote PA and Susan Frietsche, WLP Senior Staff Attorney Doctors aren’t dummies. They don’t need politicians to tell them what they can and can’t say to patients, or how to administer tests and treatments. On September 8, … Continue reading

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