Tag Archives: Women’s Health
Pregnant worker

Uniting for Justice for Pregnant Workers

Earlier this month, we applauded the reintroduction of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, or PWFA (S. 1512/H.R. 2654). The bill would require employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant employees’ health needs—if the employer can do so without undue hardship—allowing pregnant workers to continue to work to earn wages and benefits. Although PWFA has been reintroduced many times in the past, this is the first time in its history that the bill has bipartisan support! Senators Ayotte (R-NH) and Heller (R-NV) joined Senators Casey (D-PA) and Shaheen (D-NH) as lead sponsors, helping to lead the way in support of pregnant workers. This bipartisan co-sponsorship is exciting progress, meaning PWFA has a much stronger chance of moving forward in this Congress. Read more…

Ensuring Servicewomen Have Access to the Justice They Deserve

This week, Congress will consider amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual bill that sets policy for the Defense Department by authorizing programs and suggesting funding levels. The different military-related items included in the bill provide for the safety and security of the nation and the soldiers who defend it, making it a “must-pass” bill that will garner attention and spark conversation this week. Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shaheen (D-NH) have both offered amendments to this year’s NDAA to improve justice for service members, and in particular servicewomen, with two important reforms: improvements to the military sexual assault adjudication process and increased access to abortion at military treatment facilities. Read more…

Employee denied pregnancy accommodations

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Reintroduced With Bipartisan Support!

This morning, we welcomed the reintroduction of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, key legislation to ensure pregnant workers have the workplace protections they deserve. Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center, issued the following statement to celebrate the bill’s reintroduction: Read more…

The Right to Use Contraception is Only 50 Years Old

June 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned a Connecticut law prohibiting the use of contraception. Although this decision is not as much of a household name as the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, the 1965 Griswold decision made Roe possible by establishing that married couples have a constitutional right to privacy. The Court extended this right to unmarried couples in Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), and one year later, the right to privacy formed the bedrock of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Read more…

All Eyes on SCOTUS: June Decision Frenzy

Back in October, I wrote a preview of the 2014-2015 Supreme Court term, sharing my excitement (and some nervousness) about the cases to come. It’s hard to believe that term is almost over— eight months have flown by! As we welcome June, we anticipate the frenzy of decisions that the Court will hand down as it closes out its 2014-2015 calendar. Just as we did for Hobby Lobby in 2014 and Windsor v. United States, which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, we eagerly await the Court’s “grand finale” decisions this June.

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The Fight Continues Against the 20-Week Ban

This week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a dangerous bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger. Read more…

My Body My Decision

Breaking: House of Representatives Passes Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bill

Just now, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a dangerous bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape or incest or to protect the woman’s life. The Reform Movement has long opposed this bill and others that undermine women’s fundamental dignity to make informed decisions about their own health. In advance of today’s vote, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Read more…

Women's History Month

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Progress and Finding Inspiration for Action

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let’s take stock of the progress—and the setbacks—we saw for women’s rights policy this month:

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) reintroduced the International Violence Against Women Act, or I-VAWA (H.R. 1340), a bill to provide concrete tools to change the circumstances that lead to gender-based violence across the globe, including support for equal economic opportunity, access to education, legal accountability and public health services for survivors of violence. Urge your Members of Congress to support I-VAWA and to join the fight to end violence against women and girls across the globe. Read more…

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