Women’s Rights


L-R: Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Sen Amanda Cappeletti, and Rep. Liz Hanbidge, outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown on Oct. 15. (Courtesy Rep. Hanbidge)
New PA Bill Would Provide Three Days’ Paid Leave for Pregnancy Loss

Many women silently grieve a pregnancy loss while going about their daily lives. New PA bill would allow working women to take time off.

State Rep. Chris Rabb (Courtesy of Pennsylvania House of Representatives)
PA Lawmaker Gets Snippy With Proposed Vasectomy Legislation

State Rep. Chris Rabb announced a bill requiring men to undergo a vasectomy after the birth of their third child, or their 40th birthday, whichever comes first.

State Sen. Amanda M. Cappelletti (D-Montgomery) speaks during a virtual public hearing on the need for workplace accommodations for pregnant and postpartum Pennsylvanians.
Why Does Texas Have More Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Than Pennsylvania?

A bill proposed by State Sen. Amanda M. Cappelletti (D-Montgomery) seeks to address the lack of workplace accommodations for pregnant and postpartum Pennsylvanians.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., holds a news conference just before a House vote on legislation aimed at guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion, an effort by House Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
US House Passes Women’s Health Protection Act, Here’s How Pennsylvania Lawmakers Voted

The US House of Representatives has passed legislation to protect women’s rights to health care.

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.