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National Women's Law Center UpdateNWLC Update
April 2009In this Issue

>Health Care Reform>Federal Budget>Equal Pay Day>HHS Secretary>Family Tax Credits>Pharmacy Refusals>Washington Round-Up>Facebook>Donate Now>On NWLC's Blog>Upcoming Webinar>In the News>A Platform for Progress>Check Your Subscriptions>Spread the Word>Connect with Us

Donate Now


Help NWLC make a difference for women and families by making a contribution today.


On NWLC's Blog


Victory That Will Increase Access to Emergency Contraception!

"A federal district court has confirmed that the FDA put ideology before science when it decided to limit non-prescription access to emergency contraception to individuals 18 and older..." Read more


Upcoming Webinar


Medicaid Family Planning: Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care for Women and Families (Wednesday, April 15)


NWLC in the News


When the Stork Carries a Pink Slip (New York Times)

Obama Weighs Patient Rights vs. Doctor's Conscience (Christian Science Monitor)

Girls' Sports Opportunities MIA in City Schools (Women's eNews)


A Platform for Progress


Check out NWLC's Platform for Progress, with concrete proposals and steps that should be taken by the new Congress and Administration in the areas of education, employment, basic economic security, health, and legal rights.


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Health Care Reform - Take Action in Your State

Health ReformThis week and next, Members of Congress will be in their home districts for recess — and this is an important opportunity to make sure they hear the health care reform message at home. Health care reform that meets the needs of women and their families must become a reality this year. Our partners at Health Care for America Now are holding events with lawmakers across the country to make sure they know that we need real health care reform. More than 15,000 people from across the nation will be joining events taking place in cities near you over the next few weeks. It is important for your Members of Congress to see you face-to-face and to hear your voice to drive home the message that America wants real health care reform now.

>>Take Action: Join a local event>>Find Out More: Get the details on health care reform that works for women
Advancing a Federal Budget that Works for Women

BudgetLast week, both the U.S. House and Senate cleared a major hurdle in the effort to pass a progressive budget that marks the first step in making critical investments for our nation’s future and lays out a plan for long-term economic growth. There are several differences between the House and Senate budget resolutions. So as the process moves to the next step, a conference committee to resolve the differences, we’ll be watching to make sure that the budget supports action on women’s priorities and pays for these investments in a fair and responsible way: by cutting corporate subsidies, closing corporate tax loopholes, and beginning to make the very wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.

>>Get the Facts: Read NWLC's fact sheet on the House and Senate budget resolutions
Speaking Out on Equal Pay Day

Blog for Fair Pay 2009Equal Pay Day, April 28, marks the point in 2009 when the average woman’s wages finally catch up with what the average man earned in 2008. Women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men — and for women of color, the numbers are even worse. We're fighting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill currently before the Senate that would build on the success of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and deter wage discrimination against women. Also, on Equal Pay Day, NWLC is leading efforts to raise a united voice in support of fair pay by inviting bloggers, as well as Facebook and Twitter users, to post on the issue.

>>Sign Up: Pledge to blog, tweet, or post to Facebook about pay equity on April 28>>Take Action: Urge your Senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act
Support Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary

Gov. Kathleen SebeliusThe U.S. Senate is now considering the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius for U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. Sebelius is superbly qualified for the position. She has a strong record demonstrating that she understands the needs of women — including in health care, early education, and other critical areas. As head of HHS, Sebelius will have a major impact on the well-being of women and families, especially in light of her key role in the development and implementation of health care reform. Senate committees held hearings on her nomination last week, and a vote is expected soon.

>>Take Action: Urge your Senators to vote YES on Governor Sebelius' nomination
Family Tax Credits - Help Spread the Word

Family Tax CreditsThe federal tax filing deadline is only a week away — and it's vital that families in your community have the information they need about the state and federal tax credits for which they may be eligible. Families may be able to receive thousands of dollars under the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Earned Income Tax Credit — and, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, individuals and families may be eligible for a refundable First-Time Home Buyer Credit.

>>Get the Facts: Find out more about family tax credits and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act>>Spread the Word: Download NWLC's resources on tax credits for families
Pharmacy Refusals Still Happening Across the Country

Pharmacy RefusalsMany pharmacists are still refusing to fill valid prescriptions for contraception and sell emergency contraception over the counter. But with your help, we can make sure that every woman gets the health care she needs. We're working with state and federal advocates to establish policies protecting access to contraception, fight pharmacist refusal legislation, and educate the public about pharmacy refusals.

>>Watch the Video: Hear from NWLC staff expert Gretchen Borchelt on pharmacy refusals and what they mean for women>>Share Your Story: Have you, or has someone you know, been denied contraception?>>Learn More: Check out NWLC's resources on pharmacy refusals
Washington Round-Up

Here are some of the other recent happenings in our nation's capital:

 

  • President Obama recently signed an Executive Order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls, which is designed to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and ensure that all agencies consider the ways in which their policies affect women and families.

 

 

  • The Senate is considering the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be Assistant Attorney General of the vitally important Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice — but the far right has been generating calls against her nomination. Urge your Senators to support Johnsen's nomination.

 

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Are You on Facebook?

FacebookFor members of Facebook.com, it's easy to keep up with the latest developments on the issues that affect women and families. When you become a Facebook "fan" of the National Women's Law Center, you'll receive regular updates on NWLC's work and up-to-the-minute information on our latest resources.

>>Join Us: Show your support for women and families at NWLC's Facebook page
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Apr 8, 2009
National Women's Law Center UpdateNWLC Update
April 2009In this Issue

>Health Care Reform>Federal Budget>Equal Pay Day>HHS Secretary>Family Tax Credits>Pharmacy Refusals>Washington Round-Up>Facebook>Donate Now>On NWLC's Blog>Upcoming Webinar>In the News>A Platform for Progress>Check Your Subscriptions>Spread the Word>Connect with Us

Donate Now


Help NWLC make a difference for women and families by making a contribution today.


On NWLC's Blog


Victory That Will Increase Access to Emergency Contraception!

"A federal district court has confirmed that the FDA put ideology before science when it decided to limit non-prescription access to emergency contraception to individuals 18 and older..." Read more


Upcoming Webinar


Medicaid Family Planning: Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care for Women and Families (Wednesday, April 15)


NWLC in the News


When the Stork Carries a Pink Slip (New York Times)

Obama Weighs Patient Rights vs. Doctor's Conscience (Christian Science Monitor)

Girls' Sports Opportunities MIA in City Schools (Women's eNews)


A Platform for Progress


Check out NWLC's Platform for Progress, with concrete proposals and steps that should be taken by the new Congress and Administration in the areas of education, employment, basic economic security, health, and legal rights.


Check Your Subscriptions


Are you getting the e-mails from NWLC that most interest you? Please take a moment to update your subscription preferences.


Spread the Word


Please forward this e-mail to your friends, family, and co-workers — and encourage them to sign up to receive the NWLC Update in their own inboxes.


Connect with Us


Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Health Care Reform - Take Action in Your State

Health ReformThis week and next, Members of Congress will be in their home districts for recess — and this is an important opportunity to make sure they hear the health care reform message at home. Health care reform that meets the needs of women and their families must become a reality this year. Our partners at Health Care for America Now are holding events with lawmakers across the country to make sure they know that we need real health care reform. More than 15,000 people from across the nation will be joining events taking place in cities near you over the next few weeks. It is important for your Members of Congress to see you face-to-face and to hear your voice to drive home the message that America wants real health care reform now.

>>Take Action: Join a local event>>Find Out More: Get the details on health care reform that works for women
Advancing a Federal Budget that Works for Women

BudgetLast week, both the U.S. House and Senate cleared a major hurdle in the effort to pass a progressive budget that marks the first step in making critical investments for our nation’s future and lays out a plan for long-term economic growth. There are several differences between the House and Senate budget resolutions. So as the process moves to the next step, a conference committee to resolve the differences, we’ll be watching to make sure that the budget supports action on women’s priorities and pays for these investments in a fair and responsible way: by cutting corporate subsidies, closing corporate tax loopholes, and beginning to make the very wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.

>>Get the Facts: Read NWLC's fact sheet on the House and Senate budget resolutions
Speaking Out on Equal Pay Day

Blog for Fair Pay 2009Equal Pay Day, April 28, marks the point in 2009 when the average woman’s wages finally catch up with what the average man earned in 2008. Women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men — and for women of color, the numbers are even worse. We're fighting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill currently before the Senate that would build on the success of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and deter wage discrimination against women. Also, on Equal Pay Day, NWLC is leading efforts to raise a united voice in support of fair pay by inviting bloggers, as well as Facebook and Twitter users, to post on the issue.

>>Sign Up: Pledge to blog, tweet, or post to Facebook about pay equity on April 28>>Take Action: Urge your Senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act
Support Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary

Gov. Kathleen SebeliusThe U.S. Senate is now considering the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius for U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. Sebelius is superbly qualified for the position. She has a strong record demonstrating that she understands the needs of women — including in health care, early education, and other critical areas. As head of HHS, Sebelius will have a major impact on the well-being of women and families, especially in light of her key role in the development and implementation of health care reform. Senate committees held hearings on her nomination last week, and a vote is expected soon.

>>Take Action: Urge your Senators to vote YES on Governor Sebelius' nomination
Family Tax Credits - Help Spread the Word

Family Tax CreditsThe federal tax filing deadline is only a week away — and it's vital that families in your community have the information they need about the state and federal tax credits for which they may be eligible. Families may be able to receive thousands of dollars under the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Earned Income Tax Credit — and, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, individuals and families may be eligible for a refundable First-Time Home Buyer Credit.

>>Get the Facts: Find out more about family tax credits and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act>>Spread the Word: Download NWLC's resources on tax credits for families
Pharmacy Refusals Still Happening Across the Country

Pharmacy RefusalsMany pharmacists are still refusing to fill valid prescriptions for contraception and sell emergency contraception over the counter. But with your help, we can make sure that every woman gets the health care she needs. We're working with state and federal advocates to establish policies protecting access to contraception, fight pharmacist refusal legislation, and educate the public about pharmacy refusals.

>>Watch the Video: Hear from NWLC staff expert Gretchen Borchelt on pharmacy refusals and what they mean for women>>Share Your Story: Have you, or has someone you know, been denied contraception?>>Learn More: Check out NWLC's resources on pharmacy refusals
Washington Round-Up

Here are some of the other recent happenings in our nation's capital:

 

  • President Obama recently signed an Executive Order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls, which is designed to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and ensure that all agencies consider the ways in which their policies affect women and families.

 

 

  • The Senate is considering the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be Assistant Attorney General of the vitally important Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice — but the far right has been generating calls against her nomination. Urge your Senators to support Johnsen's nomination.

 

To make sure you are receiving the latest alerts on the legislation and policy developments that interest you, please update your e-mail preferences.


Are You on Facebook?

FacebookFor members of Facebook.com, it's easy to keep up with the latest developments on the issues that affect women and families. When you become a Facebook "fan" of the National Women's Law Center, you'll receive regular updates on NWLC's work and up-to-the-minute information on our latest resources.

>>Join Us: Show your support for women and families at NWLC's Facebook page
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