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You've Seen This Before: Planned Parenthood Hearings and the Hyde Amendment

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: September 30, 2015 at 04:10 pm

At yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, some members of the committee spent their allotted time for questions asserting that there are plenty of places that can do the same tests and exams that Planned Parenthood does for 2.7 million women every year and that federal funds should just go elsewhere.

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On This Hyde Anniversary, Be Bold

Posted by Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel | Posted on: September 30, 2015 at 04:03 pm

My colleagues have written extensively about the most recent Census Bureau data on poverty in the U.S. in 2014, and you can read their blog posts here. After reading them, you’ll get how poverty is a very real issue in our country, especially for women and particularly for women of color.

But something that gets lost when talking data is what it actually means to be living in poverty. My colleagues Kelli and Alana have written about the stories of women living in poverty, and the common theme is just how much of a squeeze these women and families are facing.

Living in poverty means that every penny matters. It means that some months, there aren’t any pennies leftover. And without those pennies, it also means that health care is inaccessible because it just costs too much.

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The Attack on Public Unions Should End in Friedrichs

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: September 30, 2015 at 03:54 pm

The Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association this Term, deciding whether to erect new barriers to make it more difficult for working people to band together to make their voices heard on the job. Friedrichs presents the issue of whether the Constitution permits public employee unions to collect fair share fees from non-union workers who share in the benefits won through union representation. This issue is critical to the health of public sector unions.

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Women's Pension Protection Act of 2015 Would Boost Women's Retirement Security

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: September 30, 2015 at 03:12 pm

Women are at greater risk of economic insecurity in retirement than men. The poverty rate for women 65 and older is nearly double that of men. This is due, in part, to women’s employment and family patterns [PDF], which reduce their lifetime earnings and limit retirement savings and future retirement income. In general, women earn less than their male counterparts, spend fewer years in the workforce, and are more likely to work part-time. Some of these work patterns are due to family responsibilities, including parenting and caring for sick, elderly, or disabled family members. Because women earn less than men and spend less time in the workforce than men, women reach retirement with fewer pension benefits [PDF] and retirement savings (as well as lower Social Security benefits) But because women live longer, on average, than men, they often must make those smaller retirement savings stretch over a longer lifespan. So increasing women’s retirement savings is a critical component of ensuring women’s retirement security.

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Supreme Court Preview

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: September 29, 2015 at 02:10 pm

Next Monday is the first day of the new Supreme Court term.  Every Term, the Court decides cases that impact the lives of millions of Americans, including women.

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Preserving an Individual's Right to Sue After Enduring Intolerable Treatment at Work

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: September 29, 2015 at 02:00 pm

This term, which begins next Monday, the Supreme Court is slated to hear a case that could raise new obstacles for individuals who faced intolerable discrimination in the workplace that forced them to quit their jobs. 

Green v. Donahoe (now listed as Green v. Brennan) asks the Court to decide whether, under Title VII, the clock for bringing a constructive discharge claim begins to run when an employee resigns or at the time of an employer's last discriminatory act prior to the resignation.

A constructive discharge occurs when an individual’s work environment has become so intolerable that the worker has no real choice other than quitting. She hasn’t been officially terminated, but leaving her job is a reasonable response to extreme and unchanging hostility or harassment at the workplace.

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Taking Away Women's Health Care? Don't Bring It On

Posted by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy | Posted on: September 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Anti-women’s health Members of Congress have become obsessed with de-funding Planned Parenthood and other providers of health services — without any concern for where millions of patients will go to get the health care need if they succeed in their attack.

Today alone, the House is interrogating the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, and voting on a bill that gives states broad unchecked authority to de-fund it.

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Celebrating Fifteen Years of Safe, Legal Medication Abortion in the United States

Posted by Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: September 28, 2015 at 03:12 pm

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Food & Drug Administration's approval of the use of mifepristone for nonsurgical abortions, the National Women's Law Center welcomes a blog post from guest writer Melissa Grant, Vice President of Health Services at carafem. carafem is a network of health centers that provide women early abortion care.

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