Women’s Rights


Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Darby, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Shapiro Among Attorneys General Challenging South Carolina Abortion Law

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is voicing his support for Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s new abortion law.

State Rep. Maureen Madden (D-Monroe)  says the anti-abortion bill Republicans are pushing will traumatize women who have miscarriages. (Flickr/Office of Governor Tom Wolf)
Madden: GOP’s Anti-Abortion Bill Would Traumatize Women

State Rep. Maureen Madden shares here experience about how a new bill pushed by Republicans would traumatize women.

In a photo shared to Rep. Emily Kinkead's Instagram, the Women's Health Caucus talk about the anti-choice bill pushed by the state Legislature.
(Instagram / @repkinkead)
Bills to Restrict Abortion, Expand Gun Rights Start in Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Republicans began advancing bills to restrict abortion rights and expand gun rights, although the bills faced opposition by Democratic lawmakers and certain veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

US Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., seen here speaking from the House chamber earlier this year, is one of ten members of the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania who voted for the bill. (House Television via AP)
Which PA Representatives Support Pregnant Workers, and Which Don’t?

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act won broad bipartisan support while passing the US House of Representatives, even if a majority of Pennsylvania’s GOP lawmakers voted against it.

Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., is one of the eight republicans who voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. (House Television via AP)
These Are the Eight PA Representatives Who Voted Against the Paycheck Fairness Act

Federal legislation that would prohibit employers from paying men more than women narrowly passed the US House of Representatives on Thursday.

In this image from video, Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) speaks during a debate in the US House of Representatives on Jan. 7, 2021. (House Television via AP)
These Eight PA Reps Voted Against the Violence Against Women Act

Even without their votes, the bill had bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is moving on to the Senate.

State Rep. Jessica Benham is sworn in on Jan. 5, 2021. Benham is the first openly queer woman and openly autistic person elected to the state Legislature. (Courtesy of Pennsylvania House of Representatives)
More Women Than Ever Are in the PA Legislature. That’s Still Not Enough.

Women make up approximately 51% of the state population, but just under 29% of the state Legislature. Several groups are working to change that.