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Beyond Little Sisters: The Argument Against Signing the Contraception Mandate Exemption Form

In short, religious-affiliated non-profit organizations like Geneva College requested and received a mechanism to opt-out of a mandate in the name of religious freedom, but are now claiming that using said mechanism also violates their religious freedom.

Little Sisters has been getting a lot of attention as an example of how conservatives’ battle against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate looks more like culture-war ritual than a good-faith effort to productively resolve the conflict between church and state. But there are many other, more typical cases.

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Don’t Call Pennsylvania’s Proposed Medicaid Plan an ‘Expansion’

Victories in the realm of trans health care occasion so much celebration because of what health-care access can do; so many of the trans community’s immediate concerns are quite literally matters of life and death.

In short, Healthy PA would extend some coverage to Pennsylvanians in the health-care gap, but it doesn’t expand the Medicaid program, and would reduce benefits of current enrollees.

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Pennsylvania’s New Medicaid Plan Likely to Reduce Access to Birth Control for Low-Income Women

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

The plan will result in less access to affordable, consistent birth control for the poor working women of Pennsylvania—which, as the federal birth control mandate demonstrates, is counter to the intention of health-care reform.

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Kermit Gosnell Gets 30 More Years on Drug Charges

Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic as well as involuntary manslaughter for the death of a patient, was sentenced Monday to 30 years for running a pill mill out of the same building.

Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic as well as involuntary manslaughter for the death of a patient, was sentenced Monday to 30 years for running a pill mill out of the same building.

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Pennsylvania Nurse Accused of Giving Teen Medication Abortion Pills

A Pennsylvania nurse has been accused of “performing an illegal abortion on a 16-year-old girl,” according to a local report out of Montour county.

A Pennsylvania nurse has been accused of “performing an illegal abortion on a 16-year-old girl,” according to a local report out of Montour county.

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Pennsylvania’s New ‘Women’s Health Caucus’ Unveils Package of Pro-Active Bills

Wednesday morning, the Pennsylvania legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus—just established this spring—unveiled its first enterprise: a package of bills that pro-actively address women’s physical health, financial security, and personal safety.

Wednesday morning, the Pennsylvania legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus—just established this spring—unveiled its first enterprise: a package of bills that pro-actively address women’s physical health, financial security, and personal safety.

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Post-Sandusky Child Abuse Reform Bills Finally Expected to Move in Pennsylvania (Updated)

Last summer, Sandusky was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys and the failures of Pennsylvania law were in the spotlight once again.

If HB 726—the bill designed to redefine child abuse in Pennsylvania—is signed, it will be the first of more than a dozen bills expected to be signed into law that came out of the evaluation following the arrest of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys.

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Research Shows Philadelphia Failing UN Maternal and Infant Health Goals

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.

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BREAKING: Pennsylvania Health Department Shuts Down Suspected Brigham-Affiliated Clinic

Rogue abortion provider Steven Brigham during a prior arrest.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order Monday against Philadelphia reproductive health clinic Integrity Family Health for failing to disclose its affiliations with rogue abortion provider Dr. Steven Brigham and an umbrella group that includes Brigham-affiliated clinics.

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Pennsylvania ‘Pro-Life Caucus’ to Re-Introduce Admitting Privileges Bill

Galvanized by a recent ruling regarding Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law, Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking support to re-introduce an admitting privileges bill.

Galvanized by a recent ruling regarding Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking support to re-introduce an admitting privileges bill.

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