Joe Biden wants to force every employer in America to fund abortions. Last month, the Biden administration issued a mandate attempting to turn comapnies and small usineses into abortion funders.
Proposed regulations the Biden administration announced Monday for implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act are coming under fire from pro-life advocates. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s proposed rule hijacks the bipartisan law, which does not address abortion, to impose an abortion mandate on virtually every employer in the country, including pro-life and Christian employers who oppose abortion.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires every employer in America to “reasonably accommodate” a worker’s “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”
But Biden is now proposing that “related medical conditions” include “termination of pregnancy, including via . . . abortion.”
If the mandate is implemented, it would require employers with more than 15 employees to create “reasonable accommodations” for their workers’ abortions, even if doing so violates their pro-life or religious beliefs.
How can Washington bureaucrats take a law that could prevent abortions and turn it into an instrument to encourage them? When the pro-abortion Biden administration is writing the regulations, that’s how. At least, that’s a possible outcome regarding the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).
That law, passed as an amendment to last year’s omnibus spending bill, gave pregnant women common-sense rights in the workplace. Similar to the process outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the PWFA requires most employers to make reasonable accommodations for their workers’ pregnancies, so long as those accommodations do not create an undue burden on the business.
The law will give pregnant workers the right to, for instance, take more frequent bathroom breaks or carry water with them at their job site. The measure seems like a common-sense, pro-family measure, one that both sides of the partisan divide can support as a way to make life a little easier for pregnant workers and, in so doing, perhaps discourage some from considering abortion as an option. That is until the Biden administration got involved.
When the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released proposed rules implementing the PWFA, it included abortion as one of the “related medical conditions” covered by the act. If the proposal gets finalized and abortion becomes subject to the PWFA, most employers will have to give their workers leave to obtain an abortion or abortion-related services.
Not only is Biden pushing his abortion agenda on America, as always he wants to force his pro-abortion mantra on pro-life Christians.
Worse yet, this “abortion vacation” mandate could also apply to religious organizations and entities. During consideration of the PWFA in Congress last December, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., offered a one-paragraph amendment that would have exempted religious entities from any PWFA provision violating their faith. Despite the common-sense nature of this provision, 53 senators voted the amendment down. Now, the EEOC’s proposed rule has officially put religious liberty in jeopardy for countless churches and religious groups.
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Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake opposes the rule and urges Americans to contact Congress to oppose it.
“Congress sought to help pregnant workers, not force employers to facilitate abortions,” she said. “The Biden administration is hijacking a bipartisan law that doesn’t even mention abortion to forcibly require every employer in America to provide ‘reasonable accommodations’ for their workers’ elective abortions.”
Blake added: “The administration’s unlawful proposal violates state laws protecting the unborn and employers’ pro-life and religious beliefs. The administration doesn’t have the legal authority to smuggle an abortion mandate into a transformational pro-life, pro-woman law. Alliance Defending Freedom stands ready to continue defending unborn lives and to oppose this egregious federal overreach.”
There is currently a 60-day period for pro-life and religious Americans to submit public comments to the administration to oppose this radically pro-abortion rule.
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