Thursday, May 28, 2009

Senate Bill 850 Cuts Key Services for Women and Children in the 2009/2010 PA State Budget

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women thought it important to let women across this state know that the PA Senate has passed a Bill that would substantially reduce funding for critical programs that serve women and children. Yes, this is the same Bill that proposes to eliminate the PA Commission for Women. In devaluing the needs of women and children, the Senate is debilitating families and the communities in which they live.

It is time to protest on behalf of women and families in this commonwealth. Call your legislators and make your voice heard.

Senate Bill 850 will dramatically cut the following services:

PA Commission for Women, cut 100%
Medical Assistance- Obstetric and Neonatal Services, cut 100%
Community based family Centers
Childcare Services
Childcare Assistance
Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood education
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Maternal and Child Health
Accessible Housing
Public Library subsidy

We ask that you call, write or email your Senator and your State Representative. In particular, please also call, Senators Dominic Pileggi, Jake Corman and Joseph Scarnati, sponsors of the Bill, and demand that they reinstate funding for these critical, much-needed services, and reinstate the PA Commission for Women budget for 2009/2010.

It is important to note that there is a companion Bill in the House of Representatives (House Bill 1416) which would restore funding for these essential services. We strongly urge you to contact your legislators immediately to support HB1416.

Who’s my Senator or State Representative? Identify your Legislators and find their contact information here.

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