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NYC Passes Bill to Guarantee Paid Leave for Domestic Violence Victims - Broadly

Vice President Vicki Shabo says the National Partnership has been advocating for the Healthy Families Act, a national standard "that guarantees all working people the ability to take time away from their jobs for personal illness, a family member's illness, to get health care services, and also to deal with the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking."

News Coverage | October 18, 2017 | Work and Family

Women’s groups, states resist Trump’s rollback of ACA contraceptive coverage - People's World

Trump’s “interim final rules” on denial of contraceptive coverage “are a discriminatory, damaging attack on women’s health and economic security,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | October 11, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control - NPR

"Women shouldn't be denied access to basic health care based on their employers' religious beliefs," says Sarah Lipton-Lubet, a vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. "We all have the right to our religious beliefs. But the way that this rule treats religion is really an excuse to discriminate."

News Coverage | October 6, 2017 | Reproductive Health

9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP - MomsRising

More than nine million children and their families who rely on CHIP for affordable health care are now at risk of losing their coverage. That’s more than nine million reasons Congress must act now to fund the program and protect kids’ current and future health," write National Partnership President Debra Ness and Senior Health Policy Analyst Stephanie Glover.

News Coverage | October 5, 2017 | Health Care, Maternity

Is Paid Family And Medical Leave Inevitable? Perhaps, But There’s A Long Way To Go From Here - Health Affairs

Those who advocate for expanding paid-leave policies, such as National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra Ness, remain optimistic that it is a matter of if, not when. “Winning paid family and medical leave may finally be inevitable — but how fast we get there remains an open question,” Ness says.

News Coverage | October 3, 2017 | Work and Family

How I Healed From My Traumatic Birth - Mothering

Childbirth Connection’s Listening to Mothers’ Survey II found that “9 percent [of mothers] met full criteria for PTSD following their births, and an additional 18 percent had PTSS.”

News Coverage | September 27, 2017 | Maternity

GOP Health Bill’s Changes Go Far Beyond Preexisting Conditions - Kaiser Health News

“There aren’t clear answers” to what would happen if the bill becomes law in its current form and takes effect in January, said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a reproductive rights advocacy group. “I think it’s going to create chaos.”

News Coverage | September 22, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

Republicans' new health bill would hit women hardest, experts say - The Guardian

“The whole thing is egregious,” said Katie Martin, vice president of health policy and programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. She called the bill “an absolute disaster for women and families who rely on affordable healthcare to thrive in society.”

News Coverage | September 22, 2017 | Health Care

Reproductive Health-Care Fights Roil Washington - Rewire

"As Congress considers what programs and initiatives to fund, we want members to know that women are watching and we won’t stand for any funding cuts that would undermine the health, well-being and economic security of this nation’s women and families,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | September 19, 2017 | Reproductive Health

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

Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, blogs about the importance of paid sick days for employed parents.

News Coverage | September 7, 2017 | Work and Family

Ivanka Trump Backs White House Decision to Stop Obama’s Equal Pay Rule - Fortune

“ Issuing a ‘review and stay’ of an equal pay initiative aimed at identifying and helping root out pay discrimination is a blatant attack by the Trump administration on fair pay for women and people of color,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement.

News Coverage | August 30, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

Ivanka Trump Is Sometimes for Equal Pay. Today Isn’t One of Those Days. - Rewire

“At a time when gender- and race-based wage gaps are punishing working people, families and our economy, identifying and addressing pay disparities should be a priority,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement.

News Coverage | August 30, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

Do All Doctors Perform VBACs? Here's What You Should Know - Romper

Currently, the United States has the lowest rate of VBAC of any industrialized country. In 2013 (the most recently updated year for stats), only 10 percent of all live births were VBACs, reported Childbirth Connection.

News Coverage | August 26, 2017 | Maternity

If Democrats Compromise On Abortion, Women Will Pay An Enormous Price - Bustle

When a woman who wants an abortion is denied one, she is more likely to fall into poverty than a woman who is able to get the health care she needs, according to Sarah Lipton-Lubet, the vice president for reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “Access to abortion is fundamental to women’s ability to participate equally in society,” Lipton-Lubet tells Bustle.

News Coverage | August 9, 2017 | Reproductive Health

This Amazing New Wrap Could Make Skin-To-Skin Contact After C-Section Much Easier - Romper

According to Childbirth Connection's 2013 Report of the Third National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences, only 25 percent of moms who undergo C-sections get skin-to-skin contact with their babies immediately after birth.

News Coverage | July 29, 2017 | Maternity

Why More Americans Are Getting Paid Sick Days - Huffington Post

“The jump in access is an enormous testament to work of advocates and lawmakers passing common-sense policies that obviously and clearly are shown to increase access to sick time,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | July 24, 2017 | Work and Family

Paid parental leave may be the idea that transcends politics - USA TODAY

“We strongly believe this is the right thing to do,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C., which supports the Democrats’ bill. “Why should some people have this benefit and not others based on where they live or the job they have, when it’s clear everyone needs it?”

News Coverage | July 22, 2017 | Work and Family

Washington State’s Working Families Score ‘Groundbreaking’ Paid Leave Victory - Rewire

“This is a truly groundbreaking victory for working families and a powerful model for the nation,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which advocates for paid family and medical leave, said in a statement.

News Coverage | July 5, 2017 | Work and Family

Time or money? Bill could change overtime rules - NJ.com

Vicki Shabo, vice president for the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a letter to The Hill, a U.S. political website, the measure would actually give workers less flexibility and take money from the hands of working people by giving them "a false and dangerous choice between overtime pay now and time off later."

News Coverage | July 2, 2017 | Work and Family

CBO Confirms: When It Comes to ‘Better Care,’ GOP Senators Don’t Count Reproductive Care - Rewire

“By gutting Medicaid, repealing significant insurance protections, defunding Planned Parenthood, and expanding harmful abortion coverage restrictions, it would devastate women and families," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | June 26, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

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