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Banning Abortions More Important Than Protecting Pregnant Workers, Says US House

Banning Abortions More Important Than Protecting Pregnant Workers, Says US House

On June 18, 2013, the US House of Representatives passed the woefully inaccurately titled ďPain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,Ē which would ban abortions in the United States after 20 weeks. The vote was along party lines (though six Democrats voted with Republicans) and was purely symbolic as it will never make it to the Senate or get the Presidentís signature.

This bill was approved by a committee of 19 men. During vote time, however, Republicans made sure that nearly all of the women in their party spoke in support of the bill. There are only 19 Republican women in the House.

The passage of this bill is just the latest in a long line of anti-women policies of the current GOP. While there are numerous examples of state actions that have been passed, largely around the abortion issue, the House GOP has been furthering the war on women on the national front.

In May of this year, the US House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) for the 37th time — the 3rd time since the 113th Congress session started in January.

Some of the greatest accomplishments of the ACA are the provisions relating to womenís health, including guaranteed preventive services such as mammograms and birth control with no deductibles or co-pays. It also prevents women being charged more than men for insurance, provides prenatal care and preventive care for infants and children.

The ACA will not be repealed, but as Republicans have indicated 37 times, they want women left without these new advancements.

Often, itís not about action for the House. Their real talent is inaction.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination of wages on the basis of sex. The legislation seeks to ďclose loopholes in the Equal Pay Act by allowing employees to share salary information with coworkers, prohibiting employer retaliation, and requiring employers to demonstrate that disparities in pay between male and female colleagues result from seniority, productivity, or merit ó not gender.Ē

This bill has been sitting in committee since its introduction on January 23, 2013, the start of the current session. GOP leadership refuses to move it out of committee.

Two days before they repealed the ACA in May, the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act was introduced. This bill would eliminate discrimination by employers and require them to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and related medical issues. This would be as simple as allowing her to sit on a stool instead of standing for eight hours or allowing her to drink water at her workstation. Many employers refuse to do that.

While itís illegal to discriminate against women for being pregnant, employers regularly refuse to accommodate them in the later stages of pregnancy and have fired with them with impunity. State laws vary on protections and many women donít know what their rights are. This bill would set federal standards that would protect all pregnant working women.

Itís been sitting in committee since it was introduced May 14, 2013. Leadership felt that an unnecessary, and probably unconstitutional, anti-choice bill should take priority.

The question is — will women remember when they vote? Assuming women are still allowed to vote when the time comes.

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5:23AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

It's too bad the mothers of those voting 'against' abortion, didn't abort them!

2:40AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

ty ...

10:49PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR!

9:15PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thanks for info, I think its ultrasound not X-ray.And in India, even ultrasound is not practiced because people have a tendency to abort the girl child! So these knowledge about these things are not common.I had X-ray when I had tuberculosis so I thought that would be a mean for probing during pregnancy too!!

Abort or let live, that should be choice of female only. They give birth to two children and their duty as future maker is complete.

I am against their decisions which are more or less dominated by external agencies like their family, society,Genetics, money,carrier, popularity,shame,etc. Are these factor enough to justify killing of a life??

Males will automatically correct their behavior. Just think of a society where a woman can born just two kids,few cheater males will try to take advantage and have many babies, but that will make many other males loose their chances of having even a kid.Their would be tension, and quarrels, and ultimately cheating will vanish and responsibility will come up.

9:21AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Aral K.

With all due respect, perhaps you mean to say something else? Perhaps it is incorrect use of language? I don't know what to tell you except a pregnant woman can NOT have an X ray!

Secondly, there are two (2) parties involves in reproduction my friend, try wearing a condom and the need for abortion will be diminished.


Thirdly, are you saying economics should be a deciding factor in the continuation of an UNWANTED pregnancy?

Finally, you are a man, the day you can carry a child is the day you get to voice your opinion of my reproductive rights.

7:57AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

there should be options for abortion
and
advises for letting the child get birthed.

Simple :-)
Former phase for support of those females who are dying due to critical health and need urgent abortions,
latter for those who may refuse to give birth if X-ray reviels that child may not be FITTEST or financially weak.

8:21PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks

1:27PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

If men became pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

1:16PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

It's sad how some still fight to discriminate!

11:32AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks.

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