‘This is about censorship’: Lawmakers, experts debate the impact and consequences of book bans
“This is not about parental rights,” Friel said. “This is about censorship. It's about marginalizing people. It's about marginalizing communities. It's about marginalizing ideas. And I've said this many times, parents absolutely have the right to determine what is appropriate for their child. They just do not have the right to determine it for everyone else's.”
Casey visits Harrisburg, celebrates the newly enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Talking to reporters on Friday, Casey said he was “grateful” to see the PWFA enacted after a decade of work to get it across the finish line.
Pa. lawmakers introduce Abortion Protections Package, proposing safeguards for patients, providers
Just over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court gave state legislatures authority over abortion and its legality, two Pennsylvania Democrats are preparing a legislative package ensuring protections for reproductive care.
Pa. Democrat proposes statewide protections for pregnant workers, building on federal PWFA
Sen. Amanda Cappelletti said the proposal is a “commonsense” bill that protects pregnant people without creating “a significant burden” on employers.
Bill banning pre-checked, recurring campaign donation box sees committee approval
A pre-checked box that signs campaign donors up for recurring contributions could soon be banned in Pennsylvania.
Pa. Democrat proposes salary transparency requirements
The bill would require that employers disclose the pay range on job postings or the minimum compensation if a range doesn’t exist.
Democrats seize on Oz’s ‘women, doctors, local political leaders’ abortion response
Asked how he would vote on a proposed national 15-week abortion ban, the celebrity heart surgeon said he opposes the federal government dictating abortion policies, adding that authority should rest with women, their physicians — and local politicians.
Democratic lawmakers, reproductive rights advocates rally in support of abortion access in Pa.
Just one day before Democratic lawmakers, physicians, and reproductive rights advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to support keeping abortion legal and accessible, thousands of anti-abortion proponents attended the Pennsylvania March for Life.
In Philly, maternal mortality, health care inequities take center stage at abortion access hearing
The hearing, the second in a series of meetings about reproductive healthcare in Pennsylvania, focused on the impact abortion bans would have on Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality rate and the implications for OB-GYN physicians, as well as how advocates and providers are faring with an influx of out-of-state patients.
Campus-based child care has helped student-parents; Democrats evaluate expansion, affordability
In Pennsylvania, the average annual cost of infant care is $11,842 — $987 per month — according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. The estimated care for a 4-year-old costs $9,773 — $814 each month.
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Pennsylvanians deserve an honest dialogue about what interests are really driving the climate debate in our state.
Pa. Democrat proposes banning controversial campaign fundraising tactic
Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware, announced plans for legislation prohibiting candidates from using prechecked boxes to default into recurring campaign contributions.