National issues affecting women to consider..

Articles on national issues affecting women to consider.  What do you know about the Hyde Amendment?  You must realize the need for “paid sick leave.” Ever consider the need for “paid safe time”?  Have you heard about the Alabama Judge trying to be the next Kim Davis?  Think about the Supreme Court ruling which opened the door for them – Hobby Lobby.  And more right here.

To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work

“Income inequality has been rising in nearly all advanced countries since the 1980s, but the increase in women’s earnings has helped slow its growth. That means work-family policies that help keep women in the workforce—including paid family leave, paid sick days, and access to affordable child care—are some of the most promising and underused policy tools for fighting inequality, both in the present and in the future.”

More on policies that work at “To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work” from The Center for American Progress.             


When we talk about paid sick, family and medical leave please include “paid safe time.” 

“Domestic violence permeates our workplaces. About one in five full-time workers in America have experienced some form of domestic violence. Of those, 96 percent of victims had the crime spill over into work. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not a private crime, and some workers have trouble addressing its aftermath because of the way workplaces are structured. Supportive employers and thoughtful public policy — such as paid safe time — can help these workers meet their needs.”

The Pope’s Blind Spot: When Income Inequality and Abortion Intersect

“How can you seek to uplift the poor while actively opposing the very health care that low-income women around the world demand? This to me is the epitome of inconsistency in the Church’s work and its teachings, especially when it’s taken to areas where women and their families are in great need.”

The Hyde Amendment singles out low-income people for unequal treatment under the law.

“The Hyde Amendment singles out (poor) and low-income people for unequal treatment under the law.  A U.S. House bill would allow states to exclude providers from Medicaid based on ideology like a moral or religious objection to contraception and abortion, or a declaration that a fertilized egg is a person. HR 3495 builds off conservatives’ win in Hobby Lobby, the case last summer that allowed for-profit secular employers to raise religious objections to providing employee health insurance plans that covered contraception as required under the Affordable Care Act. If enacted and supported, HR 3495 could mean the end of reproductive health care grounded in science. But only for poor women.”

Hobby Lobby’s rewriting of religious liberty law.

“In recent weeks, culminating with the push by an Alabama judge to be exempt from issuing marriage licenses to LGBT couples and the recent showdown over marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky, Americans have heard a growing drumbeat of claims that laws and rules that apply to everyone concerning marriage and insurance coverage for contraception should not apply to certain people who object. In case after case, we have heard cries of religious liberty—often mixed with claims that our country faces a “war on Christians.” These claims rarely hold up to scrutiny, but if the exemptions they seek are granted they would come with serious consequences for women and LGBT citizens.”

“Religious colleges and other institutions claim that they should not even be required to tell the government when they decide to exercise their legal option not to include contraception coverage for their employees in insurance plans—an issue now likely to reach the Supreme Court because one (out of eight) federal appellate court has just agreed. A secular anti-abortion group claims that it should not have to provide such coverage to its employees because religious groups don’t, while several of the group’s religious employees want separate policies without such coverage even if their employer offers it, and a lower court judge agrees. An Alabama probate judge and a county clerk in Kentucky assert that they should not have to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples despite the Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell ruling on equal marriage rights.  What opened the door for all this was the Supreme Court’s flawed 5-4 decision last year in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which rewrote much of the law on religious liberty.”

More on Alabama Judge and Kim Davis at

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