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Oklahoma Courts Attempt to Further Restrict Abortion Laws

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: October 27, 2009 at 11:50 am

by Katherine Beauchemin, Communication Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

While the health care debate rages on the National level, in Oklahoma women’s access to abortion care is being eroded by new legislation. What should be a personal choice between a woman and her health care provider is now a personal shaming placing yet another obstacle between a woman and her reproductive health.

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Did You Catch CNN's Piece on Women and Health Care Reform Tonight?

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: October 27, 2009 at 03:02 am

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager,
National Women's Law Center 

The news is spreading.

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Tune in Tonight to Anderson Cooper for More on Women and Health Care Reform

Posted by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager | Posted on: October 26, 2009 at 08:41 pm

by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Less than a week into our new public awareness campaign Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition we’re getting increased media attention to the fact that women face major obstacles in our current health care system 

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Paying More for Health Insurance Just Because You Work with More Women Than Men…

Posted by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel | Posted on: October 26, 2009 at 07:28 pm

by Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

While we have talked a lot about women paying more for insurance than men when they get coverage directly from insurance companies, this can also be a problem when you get insurance through your employer.

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Take Action: Stand Up for Struggling Families

Posted by | Posted on: October 26, 2009 at 06:39 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, 
National Women's Law Center 

Imagine...

First you lose your job. Then you find out you're about to lose the one lifeline that's keeping your family afloat — your unemployment insurance.

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Victory! New Protections from Hate Crimes for LGBT People

Posted by Robin Reed, Director of Online Communications | Posted on: October 26, 2009 at 01:07 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

In the middle of the complex debate over health care reform, it’s great to have a chance to pause and enjoy a victory. Last week, the Senate passed comprehensive hate crimes legislation that covers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Bipartisanship Lives, At Least When It Comes to Protecting Child Support

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: October 23, 2009 at 08:11 pm

Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security,   
National Women's Law Center   

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PA Budget Stalemate Takes Toll On Child Care, But Cuts Averted

Posted by Rio Romero, Program Assistant | Posted on: October 23, 2009 at 08:03 pm

Rio Romero, Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center

Across the country, families needing child care are feeling the crunch as states’ budgets tighten, resulting in less availability and affordability of child care—an essential support in today’s economy. A 101-day budget standoff in Pennsylvania took a heavy toll on several social services, including child care providers and the families who rely on their services. Families and providers were able to breathe a slight sign of relief when the statemate was finally resolved, with child care funding largely protected. 

Between July 1 and October 9, as the budget impasse continued, Pennsylvania simply stopped providing payments for child care subsidies. Without state funds, some Child Care Information State (CCIS) agencies distributing subsidies had to secure lines of credit or dip into their reserves in order to help pay providers. Child care centers, as one provider put it, “limped along” as some programs—which already have fragile finances—were forced to close operations, turned away families needing care, or took out loans to pay personnel and extra expenses. A survey conducted in August further examining the impact of the budget crisis found that of the providers surveyed, nearly one-third had shut down their program, 12,176 children had lost child care, and 3,604 child care staff had been laid off statewide. In addition, some child care employees earning college credit and working to attain a higher education degree were unable to register for fall classes—setting their education plans off-course. 

Just how long exactly does 101 days feel to low-income parents working to provide for their family or attending school, only to find out that their child’s center will no longer be offering services, or that the center in which they want to enroll their child cannot accept any new students? As a former teacher’s aide at a child care center, I was able to see the joy and relief of parents—including my best friend, a twenty year-old nursing student at the time and a single mother—who were finally able to enroll their child into the program after a long wait-list or search. There was no hesitance, as I asked my best friend what would have happened without child care for her daughter. “It would have been added stress on top of everything else. It would have left me no choice but to have dropped out of college.”

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