National Women's Law Center (NWLC)
Mara Gandal-Powers is a Fellow for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center. She majored in Women's Studies at Bowdoin College and received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. At Washington University, Ms. Gandal-Powers served as co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, public health officer of the Student Health Lawyers Association, and career services liaison for the Public Interest Law Society. She was an associate editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. During law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers was a law clerk for Senator Al Franken on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Additionally, she interned for the Children's Health Advocacy Project, a medical-legal partnership between Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and health centers and children’s hospitals in St. Louis, and the National Women’s Law Center. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers worked for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. She currently serves on the Alumnae Board of The Holton-Arms School.
House Republicans Continue to Silence Women: Female Reps Prevented from Offering Amendment to Medical Malpractice Bill
The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill which would reform medical malpractice laws. Several Congresswomen drafted an amendment to limit the bill’s malpractice protections if a claim is based on a violation of the health care reform law related to the women’s preventive health services. Republicans are blocking the amendment from a vote.