A new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families explores the common anti-choice restrictions that are forcing doctors to choose between following the law and doing what they know is best for their patients.
“Politics are taking over our exam rooms and that is a dangerous, disturbing trend,” the National Partnership’s president, Debra L. Ness, noted in a statement released to coincide with the new findings. “More and more, lawmakers across the country are enacting laws that mandate how health care providers must practice medicine.”
“I like the two tracks a lot, it’s reflective of the reality while keeping the foot on the pedal,” said Christine Bechtel, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, during a discussion preceding the vote.
Following up on its 2005 and 2012 reports, The National Partnership for Women & Families has released the third edition of "Expecting Better," a state-by-state analysis of all the laws (or lack thereof) that support working moms and dads during pregnancy and after birth.
According to a Rutgers report by the National Partnership for Women & Families, “Women who report taking paid leave are more likely to be working 9 to 12 months after a child’s birth than those who report taking no leave at all.” When that leave isn’t available, women are more likely to leave the workforce entirely. But when it is offered, women consistently report a stronger labor force attachment and positive changes in wages.
As director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, Mark Savage keeps a close watch on healthcare information technology, along with all other aspects of patient care. The idea, of course, is to even the playing field.
"Whether it affects 500 or 5 million women, this is a dangerous and appalling intrusion that takes the country backward and undermines women's health," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families
"Women who thought, in 2014, that their birth control coverage was secure now have to stop and consider the views of their bosses. That is truly outrageous," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Meanwhile, Debra L Ness of National Partnership for Women & Families took the opposite view: Today's US Supreme Court rulings in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. cases are deeply troubling - even shocking, in that the Court is allowing some bosses to deny women coverage for something as basic as birth control.
The idea that women should get paid leave when they have babies started to crop up around World War I and again around World War II. Countries' populations had been decimated, which meant there was a high premium on women as economic contributors and childbearers, explains Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. She says that in the United States, in part due to fewer casualties and the fact that men returned to the labor force, there weren't the same incentives to offer women paid maternity leave.
Judith Lichtman of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which supports abortion rights, said the ruling would create new burdens for patients. "Women deserve access to reproductive health care without being intimidated, harassed, threatened, followed or in other ways harmed," she said.
“This is a welcome and long overdue step toward fair and equal treatment of women who volunteer for their country in the Peace Corps,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, in a statement about the committee’s action to repeal the restriction. “It would finally give Peace Corps volunteers the same abortion coverage as other women who get their health insurance through the federal government. It’s about time.”
One in three U.S. states are getting a failing grade when it comes to offering laws that support new working mothers and fathers, according to a study by the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group.
The Golden State came out on top in a new state-by-state survey of family-protection laws for new parents, earning an A-minus in the study’s letter-grade ranking. Conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the analysis looks at laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, called the proposal “a very welcome pro-family step that makes our country more fair and family friendly.”
Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the National Partnership, says federal laws should be considered only a first step and are something states should improve upon, but “change has been slow,” she says. “So many states are failing their families.”
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