Kentucky Considering Legislation To End Discrimination Of Pregnant Workers
Students for Life Action is supporting a bill in the state of Kentucky sponsored by unlikely allies; the ACLU and the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. The legislation would protect pregnant workers from discrimination, and also has the support of the business community.
According to Jason Hall, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference, “As things stand right now, employers and employees are forced to navigate a complex web of federal law and case law, which leads to confusion and litigation; discourages workforce participation among women; and too often results in bad, often unsafe decisions.
The clarity provided by Senate Bill 18 is also deeply important. It’s important for our economy; it’s important for health; and it’s important for society as well. That is why this legislation has garnered broad support, from community advocates like United Way of Kentucky and March of Dimes, to professional organizations like the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police and Kentucky Nurses Association.”
Protecting pregnant women from discrimination is incredibly important to creating a culture of life in the United States. While Students for Life generally focuses directly on abortion, this is an issue we have weighed in on before.
In March 2018, in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins wrote, “While we recognize that it is wrong and unlawful to discriminate against pregnant women, we cannot pretend that such discrimination is surprising. Since abortion became widespread and commonplace in the 1970s, many have come to view preborn children as disposable and women as objects that exist for the pleasure and use by others and nothing more.”
“How can we then be surprised that pregnant women are treated as an inconvenience who can be plucked out of the workforce on a whim? The normalization of abortion comes hand-in-hand with the normalization of devaluing women in the workplace and devaluing their priceless role of carrying and raising new human life. From the beginning, the pro-life movement has adamantly insisted that pregnant women be reverenced and shown the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.”
To learn more about Students for Life’s work on college campuses, visit our website at pregnantoncampus.org.
For any questions, please contact Matt Lamb, Director of Communications, at [email protected].