FDA Goes After Small Business Women

Home sewing businesses have been around since needles and cloth were invented.  These small operations  are usually run by women and allow stay-at-home moms and working women alike to generate extra income.  Most of us know of someone who does sewing or altering of clothing.  We are likely to praise the seamstress for making our slacks fit better or for designing the exact dress we had in mind.  But what if instead of sewing a wedding gown our neighborhood sewer stitches up cloth diapers or fabric menstrual pads? 

The FDA regulates personal care items as “medical devices” and demands a minimum $4000 yearly fee of these small time entrepreneurs.  The fee is not new, but has been virtually unknown or enforced on home seamstresses before December 2014.  For small operators this fee threatens to run them out of business by sucking away a large portion, if not all, of their profits.  Several sewers report the FDA told them medical device regulations including fees, not only apply to products made for sale, but also to items made for gifts, charity or personal use.

Small business creation and ingenuity are core republican concepts.  It’s time to tell the FDA we can trust ourselves to create, purchase and care for cloth diapers and menstrual pads without their involvement.  Admittedly this is not the most pressing item of public policy, but nevertheless it represents a government grown too big and addicted to taxes and control at any cost to the taxpayer.  Tell our federal legislators to reign in the power of the FDA.  

Further reading: 

Government Reaches Into Ladies’ Undies To Shake Down Women-Owned Businesses

The FDA Gets in Women’s Panties: Reusable Menstrual Pads to be Subject to $4000 a Year in Extortion Fees

FDA Classifies Reusable Menstrual Pads As Medical Devices; Retailers Must Pay Fee To Sell Them

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2015 PA Leadership Conference

Calling all Republican women to Pennsylvania’s premiere conservative event of the year.  PA Leadership Conference brings the best speakers, issues and advocacy information and campaign training to you very year.  Don’t forget to register early for the April 17 and 18 event at the Penn Harris Radisson, Camp Hill.

Vigilance Required as Schools Implement Common Core

A Pennsylvania mother attended her child’s Back to School Night this month. The parents were told that there will be a new grading system because of Common Core, and that there was nothing that they could do about it because the state had spoken.

In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. There is a great deal that parents can do about it.  Read more from Peg Luksik at Founded on Truth.

19th Amendment

We have grown up with the right to vote and 0ne of our goals as Republican Women is to educate women so they are informed voters.  Today we should remember that wonderful opportunity came to women only 94 years ago on August 26, 1920.

“The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Prepare to use this vote on November 4th!


PFRW Passes Paycheck Protection Resolution

SUNACRW is extremely pleased that the full delegation at the PFRW biennial convention and board meeting unanimously passed the Paycheck Protection resolution we submitted.  Thank you, ladies!  Your hard work and reasoned stand on principles is paying off as we encourage other women to be bold for republican principles.


(Harrisburg, PA) Saturday, the PA Federation of Republican Women, which is made of local councils across Pennsylvania took a bold stand and unanimously passed a resolution supporting the passage of Paycheck Protection legislation in Pennsylvania and ending the draconian practice of having Pennsylvania’s workers act as collectors and campaign bundlers for public sector unions.  Read more here.

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