Category Archives: PA Legislature

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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AllAboveAll

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff This week, we saw a glimpse of the tragic consequences of the misguided effort to “end abortion” by forcing healthcare clinics that provide abortion services to shut down. A 39-year-old mother in Montour County—the smallest … Continue reading

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“The progress has stalled:” WLP Managing Attorney Terry Fromson testified about Equal Pay in Pennsylvania

By Tara Murtha “Gender-based wage discrimination is unfortunately alive and persistent in Pennsylvania,” Terry Fromson, Managing Attorney of Women’s Law Project, testified in front of the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia yesterday. “Although significant progress was made in closing … Continue reading

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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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Pregnant Workers Have More Rights in New Jersey Than in Pennsylvania

By Amal Bass, WLP Staff Attorney On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that expands the anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation protections of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The NJLAD will now require … Continue reading

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