At a time when women all across this country face discrimination in the workplace and need greater access to reproductive health care, it was encouraging to see what happened in Pennsylvania this week. A broad coalition of Pennsylvania legislators introduced the 2015 Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a collection of bills that demonstrates they understand what women and families need.
The Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health would help more than six million women by:
If the bills that make up the Pennsylvania Women’s Health Agenda become law, they would help women achieve optimal health and strengthen their ability to thrive wherever they work.
Pennsylvania’s Agenda also provides a strong model for other states striving to ensure women have access to quality, patient-centered, comprehensive reproductive health care without barriers; promote fairness in the workplace; and protect the relationship between patients and their health care providers.
We commend the many Pennsylvania advocates and policymakers who have supported this legislation and encourage Pennsylvania legislators to pass it promptly. In doing so, they will make Pennsylvania a model state that supports women’s health, economic security and equality. And here at the National Partnership, we will continue fighting to advance policies that protect and support women and families, in Pennsylvania and in every state.