Opinion | Abortion-care calls for would possibly violate the regulation
The Aug. 22 information article “Employees demand that Google increase abortion protections post-Roe” reported calls for that numerous companies present journey or relocation advantages for abortion and that they halt donations to antiabortion teams. The calls for are misguided.
An employer offering a monetary profit to those that journey to finish a being pregnant, whereas not offering the identical monetary profit to those that journey to take care of a being pregnant or care for a kid in utero, may be being pregnant discrimination below the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Obama-era Equal Employment Alternative Fee steering clearly states as a lot. The demanded advantages could violate the People With Disabilities Act as nicely.
“Antiabortion teams” is a time period utilized to being pregnant facilities that exist to fulfill pregnant girls’s wants so they won’t really feel compelled to decide on abortion. What pro-choice particular person would oppose pregnant girls’s empowerment to choose between attainable choices, relatively than to really feel her solely alternative is abortion? People maintain a variety of beliefs referring to abortion. We must always respect others’ rights to disagree with us, and elect lawmakers who agree with us. Nevertheless, giving in to the reported calls for would possibly violate the regulation — and can deprive some girls of choices they need.
Sharon Quick Gustafson, Arlington
The author is rapid previous normal counsel of the Equal Employment Alternative Fee.