HB 2409: Requires all insurance to provide free contraceptives and abortion

Introduced by Rep Cody (D-34) of Seattle, sponsored by numerous Seattle/Eastside legislators

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2409&Year=2018

 

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Low-Wage Workers Aren’t Getting Justice for Sexual Harassment

Half of women working in the restaurant industry experienced “scary” or “unwanted” sexual behavior, according to a 2014 report from the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a nonprofit that advocates for workers in the food-services industry. Around 40 percent of women in the fast-food industry have experienced unwanted sexual behaviors on the job, according to a 2016 study by Hart Research Associates, and 42 percent of those women felt that they needed to accept it because they couldn’t afford to lose their jobs. Harassment is frequent in these industries because of the wage and power differences between the women and the men who supervise them, according to ‎Sarah Fleisch Fink, the senior counsel for the National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit. “An imbalance of power in people in two different positions is a big part of sexual harassment occurring, and I think that there’s probably nowhere that occurs more than in lower-wage jobs,” she said. According to the Center for American Progress, the most sexual-harassment charges filed by workers from any one industry between 2005 and 2015 were in one sector: accommodation and food services.   

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/low-wage-workers-sexual-harassment/549158/

http://archive.is/QYsn1

Birth control should be available over the counter

In most countries, this is already the norm. More than 100 allow over-the-counter (OTC) sales of birth control; fewer than 50 require a prescription

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/18/how-to-end-the-fight-over-contraception

http://archive.is/DLELm