In Case You Missed It: October at the Women’s Law Project

We know you are busy and as you’ll read, so are we, so we’re bringing back our monthly wrap-up posts to make it easier for you to keep up with everything going on at The Women’s Law Project. We’re leading the national effort to get politicians to exit the exam room It sounds like a plot line from a dystopian novella, but it’s real and happening right now: your doctor may be being forced to lie to you, and you have no way of knowing if what they are telling you is based on their expertise and scientific consensus, or if they are just mouthing the words of a politician you’ve never met. At least 33 states have passed laws that interfere with private doctor-patient relationships by either forcing doctors to lie to patients, gagging them from telling patients certain information, or mandating they perform medically unnecessary procedures or arbitrarily wait to administer care. These government intrusion laws have been getting a lot of attention, and doctors are organizing to fight back. We’re fighting back, too. On October 1, Rep. Dan Frankel, co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus, re-introduced the Patient Trust Act. The Patient Trust Act gives Pennsylvania the opportunity to lead the country by stating unequivocally that politicians should stay out of exam rooms. Learn more about these laws and the Patient Trust Act by reading this fact sheet co-authored by Women’s Law Project and the National Partnership for Women and Families, this report highlighting these laws, or reading WLP Assoc. Director of Strategic Communications Tara Murtha’s column at the Ms. Magazine blog. Want a full report on the prevalence of these laws across the country? That’s here.   WLP Executive Director Carol Tracy at the Vice President’s House WLP Executive Director Carol Tracy was invited to Vice-President Joe Biden’s residence to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.  In addition to speaking with the Vice-President about our work in Philadelphia, Carol also met Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to discuss ways to improve institutional response to sexual and domestic violence. November marks Carol Tracy’s 25thAnniversary with the Women’s Law Project Speaking of anniversaries, we’re preparing to celebrate Carol Tracy’s 25thanniversary leading the helm at the only public interest legal organization in Pennsylvania devoted to women’s rights. We hope you will celebrate with us in person at the fabulous party we are hosting in Philadelphia on December 4. You can register for the party here. It will feature delicious dinner by Bistro St. Tropez and a wine and beer open bar. The party is very kid-friendly, with face painting and balloons. We are also...

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