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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Vice President for Reproductive Health and Rights

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Roe at 45: Rising Above the Lies to Realize the Promise of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Forty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed women’s right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, we are still defending that right and working to realize the promise of Roe for millions – especially poor women, young folks and people of color – for whom abortion care remains inaccessible. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Moment, a March and a Movement Poised to Win the Policies Women and Families Need

Many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump's federal government is putting all of us last.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Persistence Pays Off: Maryland Advocates, Lawmakers Secure Nation’s Ninth Statewide Paid Sick Days Law

January 12, 2018

The Maryland legislature voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act this week, which means Maryland will soon become the ninth state with a paid sick days law. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders will gain access to paid sick days.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Censoring Science Is Never a Good Idea

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

Letting politics dictate health policy is outrageous! This is not what the country wants. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Connecting Virginians to the Health Coverage They Need

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

This year, National Partnership staff helped Virginians sign up for health coverage during open enrollment.

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From the desk of ... Lauren Paulk

Engaging Young Texans to Call Out Politicians Who Turn Lies into Laws

December 13, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Last month, our friends at Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s Texas Rising hosted a series of Lies into Laws Forums on college campuses to call out lawmakers who are turning lies into harmful laws. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Federal Proposal Would Take Away Hard-Fought Paid Sick Days Protections

November 3, 2017

Federal lawmakers seek to thwart paid sick days progress and undermine state and local victories through a new bill introduced this week. Contrary to proponents’ claims, the so-called Workflex in the 21st Century Act – H.R. 4219 – would not guarantee paid sick days and could actually make it less certain that working people have the sick time they need.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This Should Never Happen – Not Here

October 25, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement must not be allowed to prevent undocumented immigrant minors from getting the health care they need.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Sexual Harassment: When Laws Aren’t Nearly Enough

October 24, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

If we want to make sexual harassment a rarity, changing the law is important, but not sufficient. We also have to change the culture.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days are Critical for Workers’ Mental Health Too

October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day offers an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is also a reminder of the need to promote policies, such as paid sick days, that would help those living with a mental illness.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
October 6, 2017 | Health Care

Congress: Act now and fund CHIP fully. More than 9 million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

A Marketing Plan Designed to Fail

October 4, 2017 | Health Care

This open enrollment period, we have an obligation to help the more than 28 million people in this country without health insurance sign up.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Hyde Amendment Continues to Punish Our Country’s Most Vulnerable Women

September 29, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

For 41 long years, the Hyde amendment has penalized low-income women by withholding coverage for abortion care from those enrolled in Medicaid. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Rhode Island Becomes Eighth State With a Paid Sick Days Law

September 28, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act today, making Rhode Island the eighth state to enact a paid sick days law and bringing the national total to 40 jurisdictions with such laws nationwide. Some 100,000 Rhode Islanders will gain the right to earn paid sick time when the law takes effect in July.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Don’t Just Tell Grandparents You Care, Fight for Their Ability to Care and Be Cared For

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the millions of grandparents who provide so much for our families and our country. Our nation’s grandparents are not only treasured members of our families; they also take on significant caregiving and breadwinning responsibilities.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New School Year, Same Uncertainty for Parents Without Paid Sick Days

September 7, 2017

For kids, heading back to school can be an anxious and exciting time – figuring out new routines, adjusting to different teachers and classmates and navigating changes in social and academic environments... Employed parents stress about changes too, but the millions of moms, dads and caregivers without paid sick time also have to worry about cold and flu season and what will happen if their kids get sick.

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Women Are Watching

September 5, 2017 | Health Care

As the primary health care decision-makers for our families, women have a lot of stake in the debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Stand Up for Workers and Unions This Labor Day

September 1, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Working people and organizations across the country are coming together to stand up and speak out to remind elected officials that America needs strong workplace protections and strong unions. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women Continue to Resist and to Insist on Equality for All

There is another side to the nation’s story right now – the story of the power and persistence of women. Our voices are the ones that have changed, and will continue to change, the nature of power.

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