Category Archives: Pregnancy

Litigation Update: Briefs Filed in Case Re: If Prenatal Drug Use is Child Abuse Under Civil Law

We just filed our main brief in an important case that may have a profound influence on public health and the rights of pregnant people in Pennsylvania and beyond. Can a woman’s behavior while pregnant be considered child abuse under … Continue reading

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Rewire: PA Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Using Drugs During Pregnancy Is Child Abuse

Can a woman’s behavior while pregnant be considered child abuse under civil law? That’s the fundamental question in a case co-counseled by attorneys at Women’s Law Project and Robert Lugg of Lugg & Lugg in Lock Haven. As we recently told … Continue reading

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WLP Asks PA Supreme Court to Review Crucial Case With Significant Implications for Rights of Pregnant Women 

  The issue of whether a pregnant woman can be charged civilly or criminally with child abuse for her drug use during pregnancy has been a pressing issue of American law and politics for almost three decades. Attorneys at the … Continue reading

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WLP on the Radio Discussing Pregnant Workers’ Rights

On Wednesday, WLP staff attorney Tara Pfeifer talked with WITF Smart Talk’s Scott LaMar about the rights of pregnant workers. The rights of pregnant workers is at a tipping point, especially since the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion … Continue reading

Posted in Parenthood, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health, Pregnancy, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnant workers fairness

What Young v. UPS Means for Pregnancy Discrimination in PA

The Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion yesterday in the landmark pregnancy discrimination case Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service. At issue is whether or not the company violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978. In … Continue reading

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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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Young v. UPS Heads to SCOTUS: What You Need to Know

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of Young v. United Parcel Service (UPS) to determine whether the company violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of … Continue reading

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