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(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center and law firm Hogan Lovells submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 68 organizations in the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, brought by plaintiffs challenging a core provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court will consider whether the ACA allows the federal government to provide subsidies to individuals and families who buy insurance from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges. The brief argues that a ruling for the challengers in King would thwart one of the main objectives of the law: to make health insurance more affordable and thus attainable for millions of Americans.
(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) offered its strong support of the nomination of United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States, NWLC said today.
The following is a statement by NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger:
“The National Women’s Law Center strongly supports the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States. Ms. Lynch’s legal expertise, breadth and depth of experience, and commitment to equal justice and the rule of law make her exceptionally qualified to serve as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
When I found myself pregnant in August of 2010 it only took a quick calculation to realize the baby was due right smack in the middle of my Spring semester of my junior year of college. Everything was fine until the fourth week of class. I was 40 weeks pregnant, feeling like labor was imminent, and I had a midterm exam that night. After I finished the exam, I went home so that I wouldn’t go into labor in the middle of class. Later, I realized I had received only 5 out of 25 points for “Attendance & Participation” for that day. I emailed the professor asking if she planned to dock me the full 25 points for each class I missed for the birth, and she said ‘yes.’ I had two options: either risk failing the course while giving birth, or withdraw. I withdrew.
As a law student at American University, Grace Pazdan learned that students were being denied prescription contraceptive coverage under the University’s mandatory student health plan, when virtually all other prescription drugs were covered. Grace and her fellow students contacted the NWLC and began organizing a grass roots campaign to raise awareness of this discrimination.
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This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearings for Loretta Lynch, nominated to be Attorney General of the United States.
On Thursday, the President announced a major new proposal to make high-quality child care available for all infants and toddlers in low- and moderate income families, and highlighted the proposal during a visit to a Head Start center and a speech in Lawrence, Kansas. The expanded child care tax credit and child care assistance proposals would be paid for by making very wealthy investors pay their fair share of taxes and fees on large financial institutions.
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