The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is seeking public comment on proposed rules to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Unfortunately, the proposed rule encompasses abortion — contrary to the intent of the pro-life members of Congress who sponsored and voted for the PWFA in good faith. To speak out against this injustice, you must submit a comment to the EEOC by Tuesday, October 10. Submitting a comment takes just a few minutes! My own comment is below; feel free to use it as a starting point.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act enjoyed bipartisan support. In a joint statement, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) described the PWFA as “clos[ing] a loophole in the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act by requiring employers to make temporary, reasonable accommodations—like a stool or a water bottle—so that pregnant women can continue to work safely.” Senator Cassidy was explicit: “This is pro-mother, pro-life and pro-family” (emphasis added).
On that understanding, numerous pro-life organizations and individuals lobbied for the PWFA’s passage in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation. Now, the Biden administration wants to stab them in the back, twisting the PWFA into yet another vehicle to promote abortion. The termination of an unborn child’s life is in no way morally equivalent to birth, and forcing pro-life employers to treat them similarly is abhorrent.
If this proposed rule is implemented, naturally Americans who cherish human life from womb to tomb will be reluctant to partner with Democrats again. But perhaps that is the point. We get burned, and when we hesitate to rally behind the next ostensibly apolitical effort to make life easier for working families, you get to smear us as “anti-woman.” It’s cynical, it’s wrong, and babies and their mothers are the ones who will ultimately suffer.