Published On: Fri, Jul 29th, 2016

Countdown to July 31. Opportunity: Women’s Rights,,

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Right now, you and your colleagues have a number of great opportunities to act for women’s equality and health. We can’t let this legislative session end without taking significant steps forward.Please prioritize getting these bills to Governor Baker’s desk before July 31!

1. An Act to establish PAY EQUITY (S.2119, Reps. Livingstone & Story)

The Pay Equity Act would advance gender equality and support working families by making the principle of equal pay for equal work enforceable in Massachusetts.

2. An Act to protect access to CONFIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE (S.2138, Rep. Hogan)

This bill, known as the PATCH Act, would establish mechanisms to ensure that when multiple people are on the same insurance policy, confidential health care information is not shared with anyone other than the patient. This is critical for dependent spouses in abusive or coercive relationships, and young people under age 26 on their parents’ plans.

3. An Act relative to HEALTHY YOUTH (S.2062, Reps. O’Day & Brodeur)

The Healthy Youth Act would establish standards for public schools that choose to offer sexuality education, so that young people receive information that is comprehensive, inclusive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate.

4. An Act establishing the Massachusetts PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS Act (H.1769, Rep. Story)

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would ensure that pregnant workers are treated fairly on the job. Pregnant women should not have to fear losing their jobs when they can continue working with a reasonable adjustment of working conditions.

We’re all better off–women, men, children, and entire communities–when everyone is treated fairly and is assured equal opportunities.

When women and men are paid equally for equal work. When pregnant workers are treated fairly on the job. When young people learn how to have healthy relationships. When patients can trust that their doctor visits will be kept confidential.

Please tell leadership you want to see action on women’s equality and health–including final passage of these specific bills–before the session ends.Thank you for all that you do to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Originally Posted Jun 28, 2016


Source: Massachusetts ACLU