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New York City Council Candidate Discusses Running for Office While Pregnant

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“Don’t be scared. Just go for it,” said new mother Raquel Batista, who is running to represent the Bronx in the New York City Council. ”There is nothing to lose. There is nothing to lose in running for office and starting your family.”

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‘We Have a Deal’: Paid Sick Days Will Be Law in NYC

At a press conference that at times became a raucous rally—members of Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change could be heard chanting “Si se pudo!” (yes we could), for example—Quinn and Gale Brewer, the bill's sponsor, addressed the crowd and provided details of the bill.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave in to relentless pressure from unions, community groups, and the Working Families Party and agreed to pass a bill that will ensure that almost no New Yorker can be fired for taking a day off due to illness.

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New York City Council Holds Paid Sick Days Hearing, But Mayoral Hopeful Quinn Barely Shows

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Christine Quinn’s silence was notable because she is widely perceived to be the only obstacle standing between the bill and its passage.

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Paid Sick Leave Pays for Itself: So Why Is NYC’s Mayoral Hopeful Blocking It?

New York's city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers; calling for its passage, the New York Times editorial page noted that it is “a normal benefit for workers in at least 145 countries.”

New York’s city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers. Research shows it’s an economic no-brainer. But the bill’s been stalled for more than 1,000 days, even as a natural disaster and flu epidemic hit the city.

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Something to Celebrate: Philadelphia Board of Health Calls for Public Funding, Insurance Coverage for Reproductive Health Care

Today we have a welcomed opportunity to celebrate the proactive leadership that several municipal bodies across the country are taking in support of women’s access to reproductive health care services.

Today we have a welcomed opportunity to celebrate the proactive leadership that several municipal bodies across the country are taking in support of women’s access to reproductive health care services.

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Philadelphia Becomes Third City to Pass Resolution Supporting Reproductive Health Care

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

As of last week, the Philadelphia Board of Health has avowed it will firmly stand behind the right to comprehensive reproductive health and abortion care.

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From the Ground Up: Restoring Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care

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What if elected officials strongly and unequivocally spoke out in support of insurance coverage for abortion?

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Resolution 1635-A: The Full Text of the New York City Bill Commemorating Roe at 40

(NARAL Pro-Choice New York/flickr)

The following full text of the New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues’ Resolution 1635-A.

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Resolution 1635-A: A Progressive Action That Meets the Real Needs of American Women and Families

Andrea's original testimony document. (NARAL Pro-Choice New York/flickr)

This resolution epitomizes the kind of bold, forward-thinking action that cities and municipalities across the country can and do take to meet the real needs of women and families.

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Resolution 1635-A: A National Model for Championing Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care?

Joan Malin rallies in NYC for Planned Parenthood, 08/2011. (Sam Lewis/Metrofocus)

Women do not want politicians to meddle in their personal medical decisions. We applaud and stand behind the Resolution 1635-A, calling upon the United States Congress to continue to fund comprehensive reproductive health care for all Americans.

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