Despite claiming to be “pro-life,” over 100 House Republicans voted against a bill designed to make life easier for pregnant women in the workplace.
For too long, pregnant women have been discriminated against in the workforce as employers will often fire pregnant employees rather than accommodate them so they can work safely. Sometimes, accommodation can be as simple as providing the pregnant employee with a chair behind the counter so she can work while sitting down. There’s no reason why women should have to choose between a paycheck and a healthy pregnancy.
So, Democrats introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in Congress to address the needs of pregnant women in the workforce, something all “pro-life” and “pro-family” Republicans surely support, right?
Wrong. On Friday, the bill passed in the House on a 315-101 vote. Every Democrat voted in favor, including Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.).
Pregnant workers have been fired or discriminated against simply for being pregnant. Today we passed legislation to protect pregnant Americans. This is just basic fairness. Proud to cosponsor this legislation.
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) May 14, 2021
Meanwhile, 101 Republicans voted against it. That means half of House Republicans voted in opposition of making working life easier for pregnant women. Yet they wonder why women would choose to have an abortion.
Voting against this legislation is just as bad as when Republicans voted against the National Marrow Donor Program last month. That bill and this one are both pieces of legislation that should have zero opposition. But Republicans are hell-bent on opposing any bill Democrats support.
As for who these anti-pregnant women Republicans are, the list of “no” votes includes Reps. Lauren Bobert (R-Co.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who voted against the National Marrow Donor Program. The list also includes Reps. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and Ken Buck (R-Co.), all of whom have proclaimed to be “pro-life” or “pro-family.” Clearly, they are neither or they would have voted for the bill, which even the right-leaning US Chamber of Commerce supported and praised as “a balanced approach that clarifies an employer’s obligation to accommodate the known limitations of employees and job applicants that accompany pregnancy.”
Any Republican who voted in opposition should not be a member of Congress.
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