By Tam St. Claire
BCWAC, First Vice President
There are a lot more concerns facing women’s health and lives than the narrow focus of barriers to contraception and abortion that occupy too much of the public debate. Women are concerned with their economic security and their personal safety. They need reasonable accommodations to successfully balance work and family responsibilities. They need secured rungs in the ladder to climb out of poverty if economic disaster strikes. They need access to affordable, quality health insurance for themselves and their children throughout their lives.
Today, the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition officially signed on in support of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health that signals a major change in direction for women’s health policy. Lead by the bipartisan, bicameral pro-choice Women’s Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania legislature and working with the Women’s Law Project and other statewide organizations, members have already started working on the first of many bills that are part of this initiative.
In the couple of months since this agenda was launched, we are already seeing success. Of the first seven bills introduced, two have unanimously passed in one of the chambers of the legislature. The Equitable Protection for Domestic Violence Victims HB 1796 passed the House unanimously. SB 1167, also known as “Revenge Porn,” passed the Senate unanimously.
The Women’s Health Agenda compliments the BCWAC Cliff-Effect Initiative efforts and our work to close the health insurance access gaps. In the coming months and years we will be working closely with others to promote many of the bills that are and will be proposed in Harrisburg.
To learn specifics about this initiative, come to the 2014 Conversation with Elected Officials on Friday, April 4 at BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Church on Street Road in Warrington when Carol Tracy, Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project, will give the keynote address to begin our conversation.
You can RSVP here for the 2014 Conversation with Elected Officials.