Congress passed a bill in 2022 called the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PDF), which requires employers to reasonably accommodate a pregnant employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The measure was inserted into the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which President Joe Biden signed in December.
The bipartisan law contains nothing about requiring employers to make accommodations for abortions, but the Biden administration is trying to sneak in this language.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed a rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, with the additional provision of mandating employers with more than 15 employees to create a reasonable accommodation for employees to kill their unborn babies — with no exception for employers who oppose abortion.
According to the proposed rule, the list of regulations of “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions” includes “having or choosing not to have an abortion.”
“Congress sought to help pregnant workers, not force employers to facilitate abortions,” said Julie Marie Blake, Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel. “The Biden administration is hijacking a bipartisan law that doesn’t even mention abortion to forcibly require every employer in America to provide ‘reasonable accommodations’ for their workers’ elective abortions.”
Blake added that the mandate would violate state laws that protect the unborn.
As of this writing, there are 56 days remaining in the public comment period before the rule is finalized. If you oppose this rule, submit a comment.
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