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'Weinstein effect' is boosting inquiries about workplace harassment - USA TODAY

"This is really an extraordinary teaching moment for our nation," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. "We are in an environment where the people coming forward, rather than being attacked or villainized, what we are seeing is that their stories are being accorded gravity," she said.

News Coverage | November 14, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

Senate Republicans Shoehorn Anti-Abortion Measure Into Tax Bill - Huffington Post

“The hope is that if they throw enough anti-abortion language at the wall something is going to stick,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “It’s a dubious strategy. It’s an affront to women.”

News Coverage | November 14, 2017 | Reproductive Health

If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise. - New York Times

“For people who are living paycheck to paycheck or have significant debt, the risks of staying home and losing pay or potentially losing their job are far too great,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | November 13, 2017 | Work and Family

100 Aging, Work Experts Call on Congress to Address Caregiving Crisis with Strong Paid Leave Plan - PR Newswire

"We applaud the signers of this letter for pushing for a paid leave plan that addresses the full range of care needs people face," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. "The FAMILY Act is the only paid leave proposal before Congress that would provide protections for workers and families at all stages of life."

News Coverage | November 1, 2017 | Work and Family

Find Out How Much It Costs to Give Birth in Every State - Money Magazine

While having a child is a momentous event for the parents, from a medical point of view it’s usually very routine, says Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “It’s mostly healthy moms and healthy babies, so these costs are pretty shocking from that point of view,” Sakala says.

News Coverage | October 30, 2017 | Maternity

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

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