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.
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.
Federal legislation that would prohibit employers from paying men more than women narrowly passed the US House of Representatives on Thursday.
Even without their votes, the bill had bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is moving on to the Senate.
Women make up approximately 51% of the state population, but just under 29% of the state Legislature. Several groups are working to change that.
The Court issued its first abortion decision since Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed, and it stands to unfairly burden people of color and those living in rural areas by requiring them to pick up abortion medications in person.
It’s been more than a year and a half since the bill moved to Mitch McConnell’s Senate, where the powerful gun lobby has stalled attempts to reauthorize the legislation.