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21st Century Women’s Health Act Introduced Today in Senate, Advances Women’s Health and Wellbeing

March 5, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) applauds Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for introducing the 21st Century Women’s Health Act. This bill would advance women’s health in critical ways, including by guaranteeing coverage of women’s preventive health services without co-pays or deductibles in the Medicaid program, improving women’s access to primary health care, ensuring that survivors of sexual assault receive emergency contraception at the hospital, and informing women about the range of preventive services to which they are entitled and what to do if they aren’t getting the coverage they deserve.

NWLC’s Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case Argues State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Are Unconstitutional

March 5, 2015

(Washington, DC) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 10 women’s legal organizations and professors of law associated with the Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law in the consolidated Supreme Court cases that will determine whether states can refuse to allow same-sex couples to marry or refuse to recognize their marriages. The brief argues that discrimination based on sexual orientation, like discrimination based on sex, must and should be presumed to be unconstitutional and subjected to heightened scrutiny under the Constitution. These cases come two years after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA’s) prohibition on the federal government recognizing marriages validly entered into by same-sex couples under state law, and will address the unanswered legal question: whether states may restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

High Stakes for Women in Case Before Supreme Court Today

March 4, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that threatens the financial help the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides to middle- and low-income individuals for purchasing health insurance. This case, which would eliminate the availability of tax credits in the 37 states that rely on the federal government to operate their health insurance marketplaces, could have a potentially devastating impact on women, especially women of color, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

Nearly seven million women would stand to lose eligibility for tax credits – a key financial support that provides access to health insurance coverage.  Approximately half of these women are women of color.

Judiciary Committee Approves Attorney General Nominee, NWLC Urges Swift Floor Vote

February 26, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States, a full 110 days since President Barack Obama announced it. Her nomination will now move to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Lynch, who would be the country’s first African American woman to serve as Attorney General, is exceptionally qualified for the position. She currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position to which she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.  In addition, she has been a partner in a private law firm and an adjunct law professor. She has held leadership roles in Department of Justice committees and served on the Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

U.S. Department of Education Finds NYC Public School System in Violation of Title IX, Thousands of Girls Missing Opportunity to Play Sports

February 24, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in 2010, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has found that the New York City Department of Education (the District), which operates the public schools in New York City and is the largest educational system in the United States, has violated Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, by failing to provide high school girls with equal opportunities to play sports as boys.

Women Gain 39 Percent of New Jobs in January, Half in Low-Wage Sectors, NWLC Analysis Shows

February 6, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Women gained 39 percent of jobs added in January—but half of women’s gains were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“The economy is moving in the right direction, but we need to step on the gas—not ease off,” said Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security. “Half of women’s job gains last month were in low-wage sectors that don’t pay enough to support a family. The smart investments in President Obama’s budget would allow more women and their families to share in the nation’s growing prosperity—mindless cuts by Congress to education, job training, health care, transportation, and other vital programs will hurt families now and for years to come.”

NWLC Applauds Bill that Ensures that All Women Who Rely on the Military for Health Care Get Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage and Counseling

February 4, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act, a critical piece of legislation that will ensure all women who rely on the military for health care receive comprehensive contraceptive coverage and counseling. The bill will give these women equal access to the same comprehensive birth control coverage, education and counseling at no cost that all other federal employees and tens of millions of other women now enjoy, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The bill also ensures that servicewomen will receive comprehensive family planning counseling and are provided the information they need to plan if and when to have a child.

NWLC Responds to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

February 3, 2015

The following is a statement about President Obama’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 by Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

 “President Obama’s budget is a smart plan to expand opportunity and increase economic security for women and their families. It makes major investments in child care and early education and post-secondary education—essential to success in a 21st century economy.  It supports fair treatment for women in the workplace, including a higher minimum wage and paid leave—and funds enforcement of civil rights and worker protection laws. It ends the harsh and mindless cuts to programs like housing assistance, services for the elderly and job training that help low-income families—disproportionately headed by women—meet their basic needs and have a chance at a better life.  It expands tax credits for low- and moderate-income families—and curbs tax breaks for very wealthy investors, corporations and large financial institutions.

NWLC Submits Amicus Brief on Behalf of 68 Organizations in Supreme Court Case That Will Decide Fate of Federal Tax Subsidies for Affordable Care Act

January 28, 2015

(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. 

NWLC Urges Loretta Lynch Confirmation

January 28, 2015

(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.