The Center, along with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, filed a brief in the Iowa Supreme Court against a regulation that requires medically unnecessary, politically motivated, and harmful measures during medication abortions, which have been proven to be safe and effective. The regulation requires that a physician be physically present and perform a physical exam of the pregnant woman before providing a medication abortion. It also requires every patient to return to the same clinic for a routine follow-up visit. In doing so, the regulation would end Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s telemedicine program, which has extended access to medication abortion to women in more remote parts of the state.
A medication abortion via telemedicine allows a physician to talk with a woman via secure videoconferencing before remotely dispensing an abortion-inducing drug. A Planned Parenthood staff member is in the room at all times to supervise and provide support. The brief sets out why the regulation ending the telemedicine program will increase travel time and costs for rural women, increase barriers to care for women living in poverty, and endanger women for whom surgical abortion is contraindicated. The brief explains how the regulation will also potentially harm women in abusive relationships because of the barriers they face in obtaining an abortion. It also emphasizes that the Board implemented the regulation even though the telemedicine program is proven safe.
National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Alabama law firm Mastando & Artrip, LLC have filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a lawsuit against the Madison County School Board and its officials for violating Title IX, the U.S. Constitution, and state law. The case alleges that the Defendants did not properly respond to a long pattern of sexual harassment by a male student, and instead arranged for a 14-year-old female student to meet him in the bathroom in order to catch him in the act of harassment so that he could be punished. The female student was raped by the male student in the bathroom before anyone arrived to catch him.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in the Supreme Court case Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with medical needs.
Too many employers still deny pregnant women basic accommodations that would allow them to continue working and the courts have ignored the clear language and intent of the PDA in allowing this to continue. As a result, pregnant women are forced to choose between their jobs and their health. This amicus brief, filed on behalf of 123 Members of Congress, analyzes the plain language of the PDA and sets out Congress’s desire to ensure fair and equal treatment of pregnant workers through passage of the PDA.
NWLC filed an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit in the cases Baskin v. Zoeller and Wolf v. Walker in support of marriage equality for gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Indiana and Wisconsin.
This public letter to Walmart from the National Women’s Law Center, A Better Balance, and Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, outlines Walmart’s continuing practice of discriminating against pregnant workers, describes the discrimination recently faced by a pregnant Walmart associate, and requests that Walmart take immediate steps to rectify this discrimination.
Testimony of Joan Entmacher Before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security
Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher explains that Social Security is the basis of retirement security for most Americans and should be protected and enhanced, not cut. The Social Security Administration needs adequate funding to ensure that Americans receive the benefits they have earned in full and on time.
Complaint to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights Against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Wilkes County Schools
NWLC files a complaint with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Wilkes County Schools on behalf of Mikelia Seals.
NWLC Files Comments with Delaware Department of Education In Support of Homebound Instruction for Pregnant and Parenting Students
The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Delaware Department of Education in support of proposed amendments to Delaware Administrative Code Section 930, on homebound instructions. The proposed amendments would promote the academic success of Delaware’s pregnant and parenting students and help to bring Delaware schools into compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
NWLC filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit in the case Bostic v. Rainey in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.