Unveil Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health
13, 2013- Howard Ondick
Speakers are Senator Judy Schwank of Berks County, co-chair of the
legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus, Senator Matt Smith of Allegheny County,
Senator Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County, and Senator Larry Farnese of
and House members will introduce a seven-bill package in each chamber in an
effort to strengthen the lives of women in Pennsylvania by addressing health
and financial issues.
Schwank’s measure, Senate Bill 1167, would ban so-called “revenge porn.” The bill would ban publishing any photo or
video identifying another person, who is naked or engaging in a sexual act,
without the person’s consent. Senator
Schwank objects to the term “revenge porn,” saying it’s not a prank, it’s an
invasion of privacy and harassment.
Smith is introducing Senate Bill 1209 which would require employers to make
reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical
conditions unless those accommodations would prove an undue hardship on the
Teplitz is introducing Senate Bill 1212, intended to strengthen Pennsylvania’s
Pay Equity Law to eliminate the gender wage gap and clarify and update the
legal standards for pay-equity lawsuits.
Farnese’s measure, Senate Bill 1208, would create a 15-foot buffer zone around
health care facilities where picketing, patrolling or demonstrating that blocks
a patients’ access to the facility is banned. Some cities including Pittsburgh have already passed such laws.
other bills deal with sanitary conditions for nursing mothers; increased
eligibility for breast and cervical cancer screenings; and equitable
protections for domestic violence victims.
legislative package was unveiled by a number of Senate and House members, both
Democrats and Republicans. They were
joined by representatives from various women’s advocacy organizations including
the Women’s Law Project, PA NOW, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Violence.