The Biden Administration wants to force a little abortion, just a little death, into a program designed to show respect and support for expectant mothers. This is not a sick joke, but reality in Biden’s Government.
The Federal Register will publish the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)’s proposed regulations to change the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). This will allow people, organizations, legislators, et al, to comment during a 60-day period about whether they like the new ideas. Sadly, there is a lot to disappoint from in yet another effort by the Biden Administration to poison all kinds of great programs with their anti-baby bias.
THIS IS A MASSIVE NEW MANDATE FOR ABORTION – Whether Employers want to end children’s lives or not … Whether state laws allow death by abortion or not.
Groups like Students for Life of America and Students for Life Action will be directly and increasingly at risk from the changes the Biden Abortion lobby are pushing for once again.
In 2022, the program was set up to demand that employers make reasonable accommodation for pregnancy. But the anti-baby cohort in Biden’s Abortion Lobby want to include abortion, to demand accommodation for ending the life of the baby, not helping women as they have children. It’s a tragic opposite day, again, in Biden’s Abortion Mill of a Presidency.
If you think that religious or faith-based organizations are exempt, think again (remember who we are talking about). The MANDATE (requirement) to accommodate abortion includes such employers and includes accommodating them in states that limit abortions. It is – essentially – a de facto violation of states’ rights.
The change does not demand – yet – that employers include abortion coverage in the healthcare. Though it’s not hard to imagine that as a future change.
And this change is the opposite of what those who worked for passage promised when it was passed late last year!
As POLITICO reported: “Under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act … the EEOC could not — could not — issue any regulation that requires abortion leave, nor does the act permit the EEOC to require employers to provide abortion leave in violation of state law,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said during the Senate floor debate.” He was among those working for passage of the law, and we hope Democrats who worked for passage will now call on the Administration to block a new abortion mandate.
In a statement, “U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, blasted the Biden administration for disregarding legislative text and injecting abortion politics into its proposed enforcement regulation.”
The statement continues: “The Biden administration has gone rogue. These regulations completely disregard legislative intent and attempt to rewrite the law by regulation,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The Biden administration has to enforce the law as passed by Congress, not how they wish it was passed. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is aimed at assisting pregnant mothers who remain in the workforce by choice or necessity as they bring their child to term and recover after childbirth. The decision to disregard the legislative process to inject a political abortion agenda is illegal and deeply concerning.”
To read the fine print, here is the EEOC’s summary of key provisions.
You need your abortion decoder ring to bypass the bureaucrats’ language trying to hide abortion. To be clear accommodating things “related to pregnancy” means abortion. It reads: “The physical or mental condition also may be that a worker affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions has a need or problem related to maintaining their health or the health of their pregnancy. The definition also includes when a worker is seeking health care related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition itself. Under the proposed rule, the physical or mental condition required to trigger the obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation under the PWFA does not require a specific level of severity.”
Students for Life Action will be setting up an easy website to make commenting on this proposed disaster easy. Stay tuned.