The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition supports a comprehensive approach to improve women’s lives and health.
In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, there is an important commentary by Kate Michelman, co-chair of WomenVote PA, president emerita of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and author of “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose,” and Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women’s Law Project and co-chair of the project’s WomenVote PA initiative.
“…the bipartisan, bicameral Women’s Health Caucus, led by State Rep. Dan Frankel (D., Allegheny) and State Sens. Judy Schwank (D., Berks) and Chuck McIlhinney (R., Bucks), has made history. It took a proactive, positive approach by addressing a wide range of legal and policy barriers to women’s health and equality, recognizing that women’s reproductive rights and health are the keystone.
“The agenda is not born of ideology, but reflects the very real struggles of women and families throughout Pennsylvania.
“The first phase of the agenda is seven pieces of legislation, including measures that would protect pregnant women in the workplace, fill gaps in protection for nursing mothers at work, ensure unimpeded and safe access to women’s health centers, strengthen the equal-pay law and prohibit wage secrecy, extend health screenings to more women, stop intimate-partner harassment, and ensure that domestic-violence victims are not punished for contacting law enforcement…“The agenda for women’s health offers an opportunity for real improvement in the lives of the state’s most important resource: women. And we need to be mindful that this is only the first phase of an aggressive campaign needed to improve the health and well-being of women in Pennsylvania.”