Biden Administration Utilizes Pregnant-Workers Law to Advance Abortion Agenda
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act has been passed by Congress to provide fair job accommodations for pregnant women. The law aims to ensure
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act has been passed by Congress to provide fair job accommodations for pregnant women. The law aims to ensure the health and safety of pregnant women and their unborn children while they continue working. It requires employers to make reasonable accommodations such as providing chairs, water, and extra restroom breaks for pregnant workers. The law is seen as a bipartisan effort to support women in the workforce and promote their well-being during pregnancy.
Controversy Surrounding the Act
The Biden administration is being accused of illegally using the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to impose an abortion mandate on the American people. The law does not include a right to an abortion, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed new regulations that would require all employers, including those who are pro-life or religious, to facilitate abortion. This move has sparked controversy and criticism.
Expanding the Definition of "Related Medical Conditions"
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in the United States aims to ensure that employers accommodate pregnant workers and their related medical conditions. However, the administration is proposing an expansion of the definition of "related medical conditions" to include abortion. This means that employers with over 15 employees would be required to provide reasonable accommodations for their workers' elective abortions, even if it goes against their pro-life or religious beliefs.
Protecting Pregnant Workers, Not Forcing Abortions
The content provided highlights Congress's intention to protect pregnant workers rather than force employers to facilitate abortions. It mentions the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation of the value of unborn lives in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case. The Alliance Defending Freedom has been monitoring the administration's efforts to advance a pro-abortion agenda, even if it is illegal and exceeds the authority of the executive branch. Examples of these efforts include trying to require pharmacies accepting Medicaid patients to dispense abortion-inducing drugs, forcing emergency room doctors to perform abortions, and creating a nationwide online mail-order chemical abortion drug economy.
Debate and Controversy
Pro-abortion activists are urging the administration to interpret the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in a way that would require employers to accommodate an employee's elective abortion, regardless of state laws or employers' pro-life positions or religious beliefs. This has sparked controversy and debate among different groups.
New Mandate by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new mandate that requires employers to provide women with additional time off from work to facilitate their access to abortions. This requirement applies even in cases where state laws prohibit employers from intentionally assisting women in obtaining abortions, and even if the state itself is the woman's employer.
Criticism of the Biden Administration
The Biden administration has been criticized for not including any exemptions in its new abortion regulations, which is concerning for pro-life and religious employers. These employers believe they have the right to express their beliefs about the sanctity of life and the need to care for unborn children and their mothers. However, the administration's refusal to provide any exemptions has raised concerns among these groups.
Question of Imposing an Abortion Mandate
The article discusses the question of whether to impose an abortion mandate on employers in America. It states that only Congress has the authority to address this issue through the democratic process. The Supreme Court would require clear language in the text of the act to impose such a mandate, but no such language exists. The article also mentions that Senator Bob Casey, the chief sponsor of the bill, promised that the law did not authorize any regulation requiring abortion leave.
Feedback and Legal Authority
The proposed rule, published on August 11, allows Americans a 60-day period to provide feedback. Critics argue that the administration does not have the legal authority to include an abortion mandate in a pro-woman, pro-life law. They claim that it is unlawful for the executive branch to use administrative processes to promote a radical pro-abortion agenda.
Opinions of Julie Marie Blake
Julie Marie Blake, who works as senior counsel for regulatory litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), shares her views in this article. The article clarifies that the opinions expressed by the author are her own and may not necessarily reflect the views of The Daily Wire.