PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward Launch Educational Mammogram Animation Series

Five-part Digital Series to Address Importance of Annual Mammograms, Early Detection 

PENNSYLVANIAPA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) President Pat Halpin-Murphy and PA Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward today announced a five-part animation series aimed at educating Pennsylvania residents on the importance of early detection for breast cancer. The first installment, released today, will serve as a reminder for all Pennsylvania women to schedule mammograms that could save their lives. In the U.S., one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For this reason, each short video clip will be released on the eighth of each month leading to October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“What a terrific way to take our statewide Don’t Miss your Mammogram initiative and partnership with Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward to the next level,” said PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy. “This animation series allows all Pennsylvanians to join the discussion and share the importance of early detection across their social channels. Every like, share, retweet and post can make an impact and promote awareness. Early detection saves lives!”

The animation series will focus on the following topics:

  • Don’t Miss your Mammogram!
  • Am I high-risk?
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program / Free Mammograms in PA
  • Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms
  • Breast Cancer in PA

“More than 12,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Pennsylvania. When detected at its earliest rate, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is greater than 90%,” said PA Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward. “I am proud to continue this partnership and critical dialogue with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. With the help of this educational animation series, we have even more tools to educate women in our state of the importance of annual mammograms. Let’s get screened, Pennsylvania!”

To learn more, access the animation series and view sample social media posts, visit http://pbcc.me/mammogramtoolkit or visit the PBCC and Leader Kim Ward social media pages:

Facebook: PABreastCancer, StateSenatorKimWard

Twitter: PBCC, SenatorKimWard

Instagram: PABreastCancer, senatorkimlward 

About the PA Breast Cancer Coalition

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition, a 501(c)3 organization, represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure now…so our daughters don’t have to. For more information, please call 800-377-8828 or visit www.PABreastCancer.org.

Senate Passes Crime Victim Protection Package

(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Senate today passed a package of four bills designed to assist crime victims by providing stronger protections, increasing support, and improving access to services, according to Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), Senator Ryan Aument (R-36), Senator Kim Ward (R-39), Senator Pat Browne (R-16) and Senator Elder Vogel (R-47).

Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, emphasized that protecting children and adult victims of abuse has been a focus of the Judiciary Committee for the last several sessions. The measures advanced by the full Senate this week address some of the pressing needs voiced by many victims and advocates.

“In addition to streamlining the process so more victims of domestic violence can benefit from the program, Senate Bill 1179 takes a very important step forward in helping to better protect children and victims of human trafficking,” Senator Baker said. “The need was brought to our attention by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

Senate Bill 1179 was introduced jointly by Senator Baker and Senator Aument. The bill extends the address confidentiality provisions of the ‘Domestic and Sexual Violence Victim Address Confidentiality Act,’ to include the victims of child abduction and the victims of human trafficking.  In addition to the expansion of this coverage, the bill updates the Act to allow for applications for address confidentiality to be submitted electronically.

“It’s already incredibly difficult for victims of sexual and domestic violence to get to a place of safety and freedom,” Senate Majority Caucus Secretary Ryan Aument said.  “Our bill makes that process simpler so victims can focus on healing and rebuilding their lives.”

Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, expands Megan’s Law to require offenders convicted of any sex trafficking-related offenses to register.

“Sex trafficking is a significant issue in Pennsylvania as our state ranks 9th in the nation for the most reported cases of human trafficking,” Senator Ward said.  “Most human traffickers are repeat offenders and most use psychological ploys of tricking, defrauding, manipulating, or threatening their victims to the point that many victims don’t realize they are being trafficked, in particular minors.  We must serve as advocates for these victims by immediately registering offenders when trafficking incidents are reported. SB 118 does just that by helping victims when they cannot help themselves, by amending Megan’s Law to include sex trafficking of minors to the sex offender registry, offering one more resource to reduce such heinous acts and help victims.”

Senate Bill 1040, sponsored jointly by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, seeks to ensure that in the tragic event of a murder, communication with the family of a victim takes place before the law enforcement agency otherwise publicly releases the victim’s or intervenor’s identity.

“The family of a murder victim should never find out about their loved one’s tragic death from the news or on social media,” Senator Browne said. “This legislation will require law enforcement to make reasonable efforts to ensure that a surviving family member of the victim is properly notified before releasing their identity to the media. It is my hope that this measure will help to ease some of the shock and pain of grieving families.”

Expanding access to quality care for victims is also a crucial part of this package. Senate Deputy President Pro-Tempore Elder Vogel introduced Senate Bill 1172 to enact the Sexual Assault Emergency Services Act.  This legislation expands access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (“SANEs”) to better provide quality care for victims. SANEs have specialized training in trauma and forensic nursing and are vital to a complete care system for survivors of sexual assault.

“Senate Bill 1172 sets up a critical foundation for the development and augmentation of sexual assault care here in the Commonwealth,” Senator Vogel said.  “I’m gratified to see it join this package of bills empowering victims and survivors of crime.”

All four bills now advance to the House of Representatives for consideration.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kate Flessner (Senator Baker)  kflessner@pasen.gov

Erica Clayton Wright (Senator Ward) ewright@pasen.gov

Matt Moyer (Senator Browne) mmoyer@pasen.gov

Stephanie Applegate (Senator Aument) sapplegate@pasen.gov       

Madisyn Breiner (Senator Vogel) mbreiner@pasen.gov

 

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward Issues Statement on Senate’s Efforts to Override the Governor’s RGGI Carbon Tax Veto on Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) today offered the following statement regarding support for the Senate’s efforts to override the governor’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon tax veto on Pennsylvanians.

“It is simply absurd that we would initiate a tax increase on Pennsylvanians and our Commonwealth’s energy resources at a time when inflation and gas prices are skyrocketing. We are trying to help Pennsylvanians manage through the economic fallout from COVID-19 not to mention the effects of the current state of affairs globally. Instead, Pennsylvania Democrats voted to increase Pennsylvanians electric bills by 30%, eliminate 22,000 homegrown jobs, and increase the cost of everyday products with no significant environmental benefit. The fight against the RGGI carbon tax will continue in court. This could have been a slam-dunk bi-partisan effort for Pennsylvanians to override the governor’s unilateral decision for Pennsylvania to join RGGI. Stopping Pennsylvania from joining RGGI would have helped build upon a foundation started in the last budget session to position our Commonwealth’s economy for prosperity by helping to unleash Pennsylvanians greatest energy assets while reducing energy and consumer prices.

“There is no other state in the nation positioned to rebound out of this economic downturn better than Pennsylvania. To do that, we must not raise taxes on Pennsylvanians and instead place emphasis on our states’ greatest assets to regenerate our economy including agriculture, education, and energy while also addressing our state’s business climate and workforce demands.

“Pennsylvania is the second largest producer of natural gas and third largest producer of energy. There is no excuse as to why Pennsylvania should not be helping our nation and our Commonwealth become energy independent while making Pennsylvanians prosperous.”

Contact: Erica Clayton Wright, ewright@pasen.gov, (412) 334-4856.